BENDIGO nurse Elise Kornmann has been crowned Nurse of the Year at a recent award ceremony.
The PapScreen Victoria Nurse Cervical Screening Provider Awards are held every three years.
They aim to recognise the contribution nurse cervical screening providers make to cervical cancer prevention in Victoria, especially in regional communities.
Mrs Kornmann was one of 50 nurses to be nominated for the award from across the state.
The Women’s Health Loddon Mallee nurse said it was a privilege to win the coveted award.
“I’m passionate about cervical cancer screening and women’s health and it’s a privilege to be acknowledged for my contribution, particularly to women in under-screened groups” she said.
Mrs Kornmann said she had a vested interest in community health and wanted to ensure all women were checked for cervical cancer.
“The importance of regular screening cannot be understated,” she said.
“Finding changes early means that women can usually be treated before anything serious occurs.
“Unfortunately only 61 per cent of women in the Loddon Mallee region are having regular pap tests.”
The 34-year-old said it was also important to share her knowledge with other like-minded nurses.
“Training nurses in Bendigo builds the city’s capacity and provides nurses with a chance to do their training here and not in Melbourne,” she said.
Mrs Kornmann’s colleague Tracey Murphy nominated her for the award.
“Elise has demonstrated her passion and innovation not only for the population of Bendigo but also residents of Long Gully and Avoca as well as La Trobe University students through the provision of outreach clinics,” she said.
PapScreen Victoria program manager Hiranthi Perera said nurses such as Elise Kornmann were evidence of how integral cervical screening providers were in Victoria.
“Thanks to nurse cervical screening providers, women have more options and better access than ever to this potentially life-saving test,” she said.