Monday February 1, 2016
Australian Red Cross nurse, midwife and aid worker, Anne Carey, was a runner-up and finalist in the Australian of the Year awards - highlighted on Australia Day - for a lifetime's work of helping others in Australia and overseas.
"We extend heartfelt congratulations to Anne Carey on this remarkable achievement, being named West Australian of the Year," said Peter Walton, Director of International Program, Australian Red Cross.
"Anne Carey is an outstanding humanitarian, who has spent her whole life helping people, providing health care in remote areas of Australia, Papua New Guinea and most recently helping win the fight against Ebola in West Africa."
"Anne's bravery in fighting Ebola was truly remarkable. She was sent to Sierra Leone to provide life-saving medical care when the disease was at its peak in 2014," Mr Walton said.
"Just last week the whole of West Africa was declared Ebola free by the United Nations. Yet since then there have been two cases of Ebola reported sparking fresh fears of a further outbreak.
"Tragically, more than 28,600 people were infected with Ebola in West Africa and more than 11,300 lives were claimed.
"Yet the toll would have been much higher if it were not for local and international health workers, such as Anne, who worked tirelessly to beat the disease. Together they provided life-saving care to people with Ebola, buried the dead safely and with dignity, and educated families on how to protect themselves from the disease," Mr Walton said.
"All Australians can be proud that our aid workers like Anne were part of this fight."
West Australian of the Year Anne Carey said: "Being named West Australian of the year was a huge honour."
"But it wasn't just about me. It was about all of the teams that went into West Africa and particularly in Sierra Leone where I was. There were so many people involved in trying to end Ebola.
"To be West Australian of the Year gives humanitarian work a great boost. Because there's so much to be done for people within Australia and the world and there's great need to care for people.
"We need the courage to be kind in the world," Anne Carey said.