A Kalgoorlie-Boulder midwife has been celebrated for her work in the community at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.
Beginning her midwifery career in 1981, Kate Brown brought her years of experience to the Goldfields, working as the clinical midwifery manager of maternity at Kalgoorlie Health Campus since November 2017.
And in that time she has made a huge impression, for which she was recognised with the Excellence in Midwifery award at the gala ball in Perth on Saturday night.
“I was really overwhelmed,” Mrs Brown said. “I couldn’t believe it.
“But I’ve been very much supported by my team — it’s an individual recognition but it’s for everyone.”
Mrs Brown said it had been a privilege leading the team of about 30 at Kalgoorlie Health Campus, and emphasised how critical it was that women were given the proper care.
“Birthing a baby is probably the most significant life event for a woman,” she said.
“It’s really important that women receive the right care at the right time by the right carer.”
With woman from many different cultural backgrounds living in the Goldfields, Mrs Brown also highlighted the importance of providing culturally safe and respectful care.
With a career spanning almost four decades, Mrs Brown felt privileged to have been part of such a special day in so many people’s lives.