The Lucas Foundation Award recognises the significant contribution that Doctors, nurses, allied health workers and any medical practitioner or individuals who works within the health industry contributing to the health and wellbeing of others in the community.

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There is certainly very few people who continuously show complete dedication and integrity to their chosen profession.

This is why Carmen one the 2015 Excellence Award.

Carmen is an ANUM in the midwifery unit and has worked for more than 10 years at the Mildura Base Hospital.

According to her colleagues, not only do patients praise Carmen on her beautiful caring nature before, during and after birth, everyone feels safe when Carmen is around.

Soon to be mothers hope that Carmen is on shift when they arrive to have their babies.

carmen-award-winnerWe as her colleagues have absolute admiration for her and it’s such a privilege to work alongside her.

She is very approachable as one of our senior nurses in charge.

Her management of staff and the midwifery unit cannot be faulted.

Her communication skills with nurses’, doctors and patients are phenomenal, Carmel has a special gift of being able to communicate with all different personnel.

She is so respected among Paediatricians, Obstetricians and all Senior Doctors, through her experience, knowledge and excellent clinical skills which she displays on every shift.

Along with her fantastic caring work ethic, Carmel is one of the kindest, most humble people we have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing.

Congratulations to Carmen on winning this well deserved award, and thank you for all your hard work from all of us in the Sunraysia Community.


Mildura Base Hospital emergency nurse Karen Tankard has been awarded the inaugural Lucas Award recognising her outstanding efforts as a health care professional.

nurse-karenCo-founders of the Lucas Foundation Mark Thornton and Tania Chapman announced the emergency department nurse as the inaugural winner of the Foundation’s Award, which includes up to $2000 in further training.
“We wanted to recognise someone within the medical fraternity who goes to that last degree when it comes to care and support,” Mr Thornton.

“We received two separate nominations for Karen, which obviously said something about her efforts as a nurse.”