Florence Nightingale Medal recipient

Florence Nightingale Medal recipient

28 Jun 2011

La Trobe University Alumni and Red Cross aid worker, Andrew Cameron, will receive one of the world’s highest nursing honours, the Florence Nightingale Medal, later this year.

Andrew CameronAfter completing a Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe in 1991, Andrew became involved with the New Zealand Red Cross and for the past seven years has worked extensively in demanding surroundings.
 
‘The Red Cross have sent me on missions to help victims of war in Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, Afganistan, Yemen and now I am in South Ossetia - former USSR - , so will receive the medal later in the year,’ he says.
 
Awarded by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) the Florence Nightingale Medal is the highest international distinction within the nursing profession. It is awarded to people who distinguish themselves in times of peace or war by showing exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of conflict or disaster.
 
Andrew was also honoured as the Australian Nurse of the Year in 2004, which recognised the exceptional contributions he made to improving care and outcomes for remote-area patients and his work above and beyond the normal role as a nurse anywhere in Australia.
 
‘So far this has been a good and satisfying career for me, especially for a male in the nursing profession. On these humanitarian-aid assignments, the goal is to protect life, promote health, and really importantly to ensure respect and dignity for your fellow human being,’ Andrew says.
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