Remote Indigenous health award recognises contribution of Registered Nurse from Victoria
The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) awarded its Annette Walker Award for 2014 to Anna Heisar, a Registered Nurse from Apollo Bay in Victoria, at an event held in Sydney on 13 March 2015.
The Annette Walker Award is named in honour of a much-loved and respected member of the RAHC team who passed away unexpectedly in 2012. The award recognises an outstanding contribution by a RAHC Health Professional during the year.
The 2014 recipient, Anna Heisar, was recognised as having gone ‘the extra mile’ to provide excellent support to other health professionals in the health centres where she worked. In particular, in her role as a Remote Educator for RAHC, Anna assisted new-to-remote health professionals who are unfamiliar with remote environments to make a smooth transition to remote practice.
General Manager of RAHC, Philip Roberts, said, “We are delighted to recognising Anna’s outstanding contribution to working to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes”.
Recently Anna went above and beyond the call of duty when a cyclone hit the Northern Territory. The Warruwi community was evacuated and she accompanied the community to safety in Darwin. Anna was in full swing, caring for, and attending to the members of the community, typical of her commitment and her dedication.