A local nurse who works tirelessly to immunise Gold Coasters has been awarded the 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for May.
Annie Hackett has been a nurse for more than 30 years, 10 of those years spent here on the Gold Coast. She is in charge of the Clinical Nurse Consultant Immunisation Program for Gold Coast Public Health, which sees her travel to schools and clinics around the city to vaccinate Gold Coasters, from babies right through to the elderly.
“I have a fabulous team and we work tirelessly to immunise everyone we can in the community,” Annie told myGC. “Vaccinations are so important, and everyday we are helping to stop people from getting sick.”
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As part of her role, Annie is responsible for liaising with the head of schools, community centres, hospitals and child care centres to ensure they are kept informed of immunisations. She also oversees the training of nurses wanting to join the Immunisation Program.
Along with a certificate, Annie wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Award where she could share in cash and prizes of over $5,000.
“I am absolutely gobsmacked! I feel very grateful to be recognised. I wouldn’t be able to do this job without the support of a great team, so I am going to donate the $250 to our program. We are in need of another robotic seal, which helps to calm anxious children and teenagers who come into the clinic.”
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 June award at mygc.com.au/gold-coast-nursing-awards-nomination-form/