A fourth Australian nurse, Kirsty Boden, will receive a Posthumous Florence Nightingale Medal. Kirsty, who worked at Guy’s Hospital in London, was killed on 3 June 2017, while helping people during an attack on London Bridge. This medal recognises exemplary service or a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.
Red Cross nurses are on the frontlines of some of the world’s most challenging armed conflicts and disasters. They help children survive horrific injuries caused by wars and earthquakes, care for people suffering from Ebola and cholera and save lives through hygiene and disease prevention education. They are colleagues and mentors to local health workers, often working under difficult and dangerous conditions.
Denise Moyle played a critical role in surgery teams across Sudan and Pakistan, also recently heading up health teams in the world’s biggest refugee camps in Bangladesh.
“The opportunities I’ve had with Australian Red Cross, the fabulous mentors along the way and the privilege of assisting some of the world’s most brave and humbling people in their times of desperate need has truly shaped me. I am forever grateful,” Denise says.