COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Midwife Nominated for State Award

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Congratulations Neisha Manning on your nomination for the 2020 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards! Neisha is one of just three nurses and midwives from the Hunter New England Local Health District to receive a nomination. She is a finalist in the Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife of the Year category for "consistently maintaining the highest standards for all mothers and babies in the provision of quality, safe, compassionate and culturally appropriate healthcare".

Neisha's family are originally from Armidale and are recognised in the Anaiwan Nation and the Awabakal community in Newcastle. A registered midwife, Neisha divides her time between work as a team leader of the birthing unit at Maitland Hospital and at with the Naae-Wanni Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service.

Although she works full-time shift work, Neisha is also completing her Masters degree and teaches on a casual basis at the University of Newcastle. Winners of the 2020 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on November 26.

I'm sure that those families touched by Neisha in her varied roles join me in wishing her every success during the awards, and throughout her career ahead.