Andrew Cameron OAM

Bachelor of Nursing 1991

Andrew Cameron OAM is a highly decorated nurse and humanitarian-aid worker. Recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the nursing profession, Andrew's work has taken him to some of the world's most troubled hot spots including Sierra Leone, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, The Caucasus and Afghanistan.

Andrew is currently the Director of Nursing at one of Australia's most remote inland clinics in Birdsville, Queensland.

Over nine years, Andrew volunteered in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Sudan, Yemen, Ossetia and Sierra Leone. During two years in Afghanistan, his leadership led to the polio vaccination of many thousands of at-risk children and young adults. Most recently, Andrew worked as a manager of safe-burials at the Red Cross Ebola Treatment Centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Andrew has long demonstrated a commitment to mentoring employees, including his work in the northern mountains of Yemen, where for ten months he supported medical and nursing staff to improve the standards of care in clinics and in camps for Internally Displaced People. In Australia, Andrew gives his time voluntarily to help run emergency nursing courses throughout remote areas.

In 2011, Andrew received the highest international distinction in nursing – the rarely awarded Florence Nightingale Medal "for exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict". In 2004 he was named Australian Nurse of the Year and in 2013 received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the nursing profession.