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[Posted: 26 September 2012]

Curtin midwifery academic wins Lifetime Achievement Honour

Ms Janice Butt, Associate Director of Midwifery at Curtin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, has received the Lifetime Achievement Honour at the prestigious 2012 Western Australian (WA) Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

 Ms Janice Butt

The esteemed award, announced by Health Minister Kim Hames on Saturday 22 September, recognises Ms Butt’s profound impact on midwifery education in WA and the wider nursing and midwifery community at a State and national level during her 34-year career.

Ms Butt was jointly nominated for the award by the Australian College of Midwives and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). She was one of 16 nurses and midwives from across WA to win one of 15 award categories.

Professor Phil Della, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Curtin said Ms Butt had made a difference to midwifery education and practice in her role as an academic at Curtin and as Coordinator of Midwifery Education at KEMH.

“Janice is recognised for her constant professionalism and clinical knowledge in the midwifery arena,” Professor Della said.

“She is a tireless advocate for the midwifery profession both nationally and internationally and has been committed to raising the profile of midwifery over the past three decades both in the United Kingdom and Australia.

“I’m also extremely proud that Curtin nursing and midwifery academics have received the Lifetime Achievement Honour for three years in a row, a testament to the expertise and dedication of the team here at Curtin.”

Ms Butt said that she felt honoured to be nominated for the award.

“Midwifery has dominated my professional life, most of which has been in education,” Ms Butt said.

“My involvement with students has been very important to me and I have aimed to have a positive influence on the future generations of midwives and the continuing advancement of this wonderful profession.”

Grace McCarthy, a Curtin Graduate Diploma in Midwifery student, and Alicia Belotti, a recent Curtin midwifery graduate also scooped the Aboriginal Health Award.