Josh Ball named 1029 Hot Tomato’s Gold Coast Nursing Award Winner for September 2017

A LifeFlight nurse who also works in intensive care at the Gold Coast University Hospital has won the Gold Coast Nursing Award for September.

Josh Ball told myGC he was inspired to become a nurse over 10 years ago after he was airlifted to hospital following a motorbike accident.

“I was in a serious motorbike accident where I broke my back and suffered a serious shoulder injury,” he told myGC. “The accident happened at a place called Black Duck Valley, west of Brisbane, so I needed to be airlifted to hospital.


“The chopper came and I remember it took only 10 minutes before I was at hospital. The nurse on board was so professional and inspiring and I knew when I recovered that I wanted to be a LifeFlight nurse too.

Lifeflight Josh Ball

Josh Ball | PHOTO: Supplied

“It took me ten years, but I finally got my dream job working with LifeFlight in 2015.  I also work in intensive care at the Gold Coast University Hospital which I enjoy thoroughly as well.”

Josh told myGC he loves being a nurse and couldn’t imagine doing anything else as a career.

“It didn’t really hit home that I had achieved that dream of becoming a LifeFlight nurse until I had to airlift someone from the same place that I had my accident.

“It’s so satisfying being able to help people and give back. It can be difficult and devastating at times, especially when we are working on children, but it is so rewarding being able to help people during their time of need.”

Along with a certificate, Josh wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Awards where he could be awarded the annual winner’s cash prize of $5,000.

If you know a nurse or midwife who has made a difference in the life of you or your family and deserves to be recognised, you can nominate them for the award at

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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