Allison Mhlanga: Nursing and Midwifery BankVic Scholarship recipient

May 10, 2024

Allison Mhlanga, Graduate Nurse, Ward 6, is the recipient of the Nursing and Midwifery BankVic Scholarship.

In celebration of International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses Day (12 May), BankVic generously sponsored one scholarship to be awarded to a Northern Health nurse or midwife in recognition of their valuable service and dedication to their role.

In association with Northern Health Foundation, BankVic offered a $,5000 scholarship towards a national based conference or professional development activity.

Yesterday, Lisa Cox, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, surprised Allison with the news that she was the lucky recipient of the scholarship.

“This is great, because I just found out that I got into the ICU STEP Program, so I am doing my post-grad next year,” Allison said when she found out she had received the scholarship.

Rebecca Attard, Relationship Manager, BankVic, said, “BankVic is so proud to partner with Northern Health Foundation and contribute $5,000 towards a scholarship to support an incredibly worthy recipient, Allison Mhlanga, to help further her professional development with Northern Health and to recognise her valuable service and dedication to her role. A very big congratulations to Allison.”

Fifty Northern Health nurses and midwives submitted an application with their responses to how the themes of International Nurses Day or International Day of the Midwife inspired them in their role.

In her application, Allison said the theme of International Nurses Day – Our Nurses. Our Future. The Economic Power of Care – resonated with her as a new nurse who recently completed graduate program at Northern Health.

“It underscores the vital role nurses play, not only in providing compassionate care, but also in driving economic prosperity through our expertise and dedication,” she said.

“This theme inspires me to recognise the economic impact of nursing care, both on individual patients and on broader healthcare systems. As I begin my career, I am motivated to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that maximises positive outcomes for patients, while optimising resource utilisation.”

As a graduate nurse, Allison is looking forward to and committed to ongoing professional growth, pursing advanced education and actively engaging in initiatives that promote nursing leadership and innovation.

“By embodying this theme, I aspire to make positive changes within Northern Health, driving improvements in patient outcomes, operational efficiency, and the overall wellbeing of our patients,” Allison said.

“Together with my fellow nurses, I am excited to harness the economic power of care to create a brighter future for healthcare delivery and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we help.”

Allison plans on using the scholarship toward the completion of her post-graduate studies in anaesthetics and recovery.

On behalf on everyone at Northern Health, we salute Allison and thank all of our nursing and midwifery staff for their dedicated service.