Aid workers Denise Moyle, Yvonne Ginifer and Cristina de Leon will receive Florence Nightingale Medals for exceptional courage and dedication to the victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.
A fourth Australian nurse, Kirsty Boden, will receive a Posthumous Florence Nightingale Medal. Kirsty, who worked at Guy's Hospital in London, was killed on 3 June 2017, while helping people during an attack on London Bridge. This medal recognises exemplary service or a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.
Red Cross nurses are on the frontlines of some of the world’s most challenging armed conflicts and disasters. They help children survive horrific injuries caused by wars and earthquakes, care for people suffering from Ebola and cholera and save lives through hygiene and disease prevention education.
They are colleagues and mentors to local health workers, often working under difficult and dangerous conditions.