Congratulations to Coledale’s Professor Kate Curtis who has been named HESTA Nurse of the Year for her work advocating to improve emergency hospital care across Australia and internationally, particularly for children.
The national awards are the profession’s most prestigious, recognising nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers who excel in their area of expertise or service provision across the three Award categories — Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year and Team Excellence, and have been presented at a gala night in Melbourne.
Kate was instrumental in obtaining federal funding to develop a National Injury Prevention Strategy and has been recognised for her work advocating to improve emergency hospital care across Australia and internationally, particularly for injured children.
She is an internationally renowned emergency and trauma nurse clinical researcher whose studies into injury prevention and treatment have improved clinical practice both in Australia and around the world.
“The most rewarding thing about this work is knowing we’re making a difference through research and advocacy for this pandemic that is childhood injury, which is the leading cause of death and disability in Australian kids,” said Kate.
One of the most published emergency and trauma nurses in the world, her evidence-based models of trauma care have improved access to quality emergency treatment.
“Part of what I do is ensure everyone gets equitable access to emergency and trauma care,” she says, “so no matter where you are when you are injured in Australia you have the same opportunity for survival,” said Kate.
“Emergency and trauma care is an opportunity to help people at the worst time of their lives. It’s also an opportunity to apply science and clinical skills to save lives.”
Kate combines her work with academic roles to produce ground-breaking studies on paediatric and emergency trauma care. Kate also founded the Childhood Injury Prevention Alliance (CHIPA) to improve injury treatment and prevention, and has tirelessly advocated for a national injury prevention strategy.
Kate says she will use the prize money to share her research with other clinicians.
“I plan to continue to develop emergency nursing education nights which presents the latest evidence to clinicians so they can use that in their own practice.,” she says. “This means our patients will then get the best possible care.” .