A DEDICATED Weipa nurse has been joined by a spinal surgeon and a respected paediatrician to be honoured for the exceptional and enduring contribution they’ve made to improving the lives of children and young people in Queensland.
Esther Rutherford was one of three recipients of the Children’s Health Queensland Medal of Distinction.
She has worked as a nurse at Weipa Hospital for the past 29 years, playing a critical role in the health and wellbeing of generations of children in Cape York.
Her care and commitment has helped address the health equity gap for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as children living in rural and remote areas.
Ms Rutherford was recognised alongside Queensland Children’s Hospital’s visiting medical officer Adjunct Professor Geoff Askin and the late Dr David Levitt.
“The Medal of Distinction acknowledges Queenslanders who have made a significant impact – either through direct health care, research, education, community support, engagement or activation, or outstanding advocacy – by dedicating themselves to our youngest and most vulnerable,” Children’s Health Queensland chair David Gow said.