Logan immunisation nurse nominated as nation’s best
Published: 12 May 2016
The nurse behind Australia’s first targeted immunisation outreach service has been named as a finalist in the Nurse of the Year category at the HESTA Australian Nursing Awards 2016.
Logan City Council lead nurse Gillian Hermosilla-Silva created the Immunisation Outreach Program as a way of implementing targeted intervention to at-risk communities, with the program now considered a to be a nationally leading example providing an effective strategy.
Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Cr Lisa Bradley, congratulated Gillian on her nomination, saying the clinic, and the wider immunisation campaign, was making inroads in raising immunisation rates across the city.
“We know how vital high rates of immunisations are to protect the most vulnerable in our community – the elderly, the young, and people who can’t be immunised on medical grounds,” she said.
“It also stops highly contagious and deadly diseases from spreading through our community, taking lives and devastating families.
“Gillian’s work has been instrumental in helping reach residents of Logan whose access to services can be difficult, for a multitude of reasons.
“This program provides the vaccinations at the recommended time, and ensures children are protected when they are most vulnerable despite the challenges of day to day life.
“I would like to congratulate Gillian, and the rest of the Immunisation team, who have worked so hard to make this happen.”
HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said that this year saw a high calibre of nominations from across the country, with the finalists epitomising the outstanding standards of care and ongoing commitment provided by nursing professionals.
“It’s always a difficult task for the judges to shortlist finalists from so many worthy applicants, and this year’s finalists represent the best of the best from a diversity of nursing services and practices from around Australia,” she said.
“The finalists are all leaders in their field and their dedication and commitment to patient care is inspiring. It’s a privilege to help give these professionals the acknowledgement they deserve.”
HESTA is an industry super fund for health and community services workers. Open since 1987, it now provides services to over 800,000 members, with $33 billion in assets under management.
Winners will be announced at a gala reception on World Nurses Day, 12 May.