Griffith College alumnus and First Peoples midwifery lecturer Cassandra Nest has been recognised for her work offering high quality maternity care to First Peoples on the Gold Coast with the HESTA Midwife of the 12 months 2020 award.
The trade superannuation fund awarded the proud Ngunnawal girl the title throughout a digital Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards ceremony final night time.
Cassandra – Griffith’s first Aboriginal Bachelor of Midwifery graduate and the recipient of assorted scholarships throughout her research – has all the time identified she needed to be a midwife.
“Midwifery is my calling, it’s what I used to be meant to be doing,” Cassandra mentioned.
“That is greater than only a job to me, that is my life and the lives of my neighborhood.”
Cassandra was instrumental in establishing Gold Coast College Hospital’s (GCUH) Waijungbah Jarjums Service alongside the First Peoples neighborhood, which supplies assist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ladies and their households from conception and being pregnant, and thru their child’s first 1000 days of life.
A number of First Peoples Griffith midwifery college students have the chance to undertake their scientific hours on the service and within the time Cassandra has labored at GCUH the variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ladies accessing their maternity providers has skyrocketed from three to greater than 100, and First Peoples’ midwives employed by the hospital from one to 5.
“I’m these ladies, the ladies are my household, my tradition, their infants are our future ancestors and I’m a part of the neighborhood whose experiences I’m devoted to enhancing.”
“Essentially the most rewarding a part of my work is being honoured with the function of strolling beside ladies and their households as their midwife while they create our future ancestors into the world,” she mentioned.
Enthusiastic about boosting the variety of First Peoples midwives, Cassandra pledged her HESTA prize cash in the direction of a scholarship that can embody mentorship for a First Nations Griffith College midwifery pupil.
“In an effort to enhance the experiences of First Peoples ladies and households they have to be supplied with culturally secure care,” Cassandra mentioned.
“Rising the quantity of First Peoples midwives not solely supplies the ladies and households they look after with entry to innate cultural knowledges, it contributes to the cultural security of the entire workforce as First Peoples midwives advocate for culturally secure care and may encourage others to do the identical.”
Griffith College Head of Midwifery Professor Jenny Gamble mentioned Cassandra’s contribution was beneficiant and the award “testimony to her achievement and management”.
“Cassie is an impressive chief in utilizing her success to assist the success of different First Peoples,” Professor Gamble mentioned.
“She shines with all the things she does and over the various years now we have identified her, she continues to go from power to power.”
“The entire staff are utterly along with her for her journey and are pleased with her accomplishments.”
Griffith College’s First Peoples Well being Unit Director Professor Roianne West additionally applauded Cassandra’s achievement.
“Cassie’s management has been instrumental in transcending the boundary between the college and the Gold Coast Hospital and Well being Service to supply each culturally secure training for our First Peoples Midwifery college students and a service that promotes First Peoples Midwives delivering First Peoples infants that manner it was once,” Professor West mentioned.
Professor Gamble mentioned Cassandra was a job mannequin for different First Peoples who have been trying to work within the well being sector.
“Cassie demonstrates management via her pure simple type,” Professor Gamble mentioned.
“She connects strongly with individuals and communicates values and imaginative and prescient in a manner that permits others to know the purpose and the following steps.
“She is an excellent function mannequin for Griffith college students in demonstrating the best way to span a number of communities and roles to attain essential outcomes.”
Cassandra is presently enrolled in Griffith’s Grasp of Major Maternity Care and thanks Griffith College Well being, the Midwifery at Griffith Workforce and the First Peoples Well being unit and Gold Coast Hospital and Well being Service for his or her continued assist and dedication to enhancing the experiences of our First Peoples neighborhood.
Midwifery alumnus Daybreak Reid was additionally a finalist for the Midwife of the 12 months award, recognised for her work offering high quality antenatal care and different specialty well being providers to households in rural Queensland.
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