THE Bundaberg Health Services Foundation has started a new award in honour of midwife Melanie Robinson who was tragically killed in a car crash on February 4.
Each year the foundation will fund $2000 for the Melanie Robinson Midwifery Award, open only to midwives who are working in a maternity (including ante-natal and post-natal) environment at Bundaberg Hospital to further enhance their work practice.
Melanie loved being a midwife and was a Winnie May Scholarship recipient in 2014. These scholarships are held annually by the foundation to provide nurse education to those at Bundaberg Hospital.
She received $1500 for her studies in neonatal nursing allowing her to undertake a post-graduate degree in neonatal nursing through the Australian College of Nurses.
Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the foundation's board members agreed to fund this yearly award as it believed it was a fitting tribute and lasting reminder to a remarkable young nurse and midwife.
"It has been Melanie's passion and long-term professional goal to become a specialised neonatal nurse which she achieved through her foundation scholarship funding," Ms Burnet said.
Melanie was a registered nurse in the pediatric ward at Bundaberg Hospital from 2007 until 2009 when she then went and became a student midwife for one year at Nambour Hospital. She returned to Bundaberg as a registered nurse and midwife in 2010.
The Melanie Robinson Midwifery Award will be announced in conjunction with the foundation's annual Winnie May Scholarship function this year.
Midwives at Bundaberg Hospital wishing to apply should contact the foundation for a prospectus. The award closes on April 4.
At the foundation's recent monthly staff barbecue, on the day of Melanie's funeral, $913 was raised with proceeds going to the Special Care Nursery in her honour. It will be used to buy non-government funded equipment to assist patients and staff.