Nursing Award Goes To Indigenous Grandmother

Nursing Award Goes To Indigenous Grandmother

Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

Karratha Grandmother Graduates With Honours From Nursing School

Victor P Taffa

A Karratha Grandmother has beaten the odds to Graduate as an enrolled nurse and takes out the top honour in her Class.

Kate Moyes received her Diploma of Nursing from the Marr Mooditj Foundation at a graduation ceremony held in Perth in December.

She also received the Honour Award for Most Outstanding Student of her year.

Ms. Moyes, 39, will now focus her attention on becoming a registered nurse and inspiring young indigenous women to pursue a career in health.


Ms. Moyes’ journey to nursing began after working as a support service theatre cleaner at Nickol Bay Hospital. She also worked at Pilbara Kimberley Care and then completed her studies at the Marr Mooditj Foundation in Perth.

She has also been involved with the WA Country Health Service Pilbara’s Indigenous Employment Program (IEP), part of the nationwide push to improve the overall health of indigenous people.

Through the IEP, Ms. Moyes was offered the job of Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Nickol Bay and was able to fulfil her dream of studying to become an enrolled nurse.

Ms. Moyes believed her life would always be challenging, after falling pregnant for the first time at 16 but now says the sky is the limit.

“Most of the girls are like me, they don’t think they are capable of much at all, but they need the confidence and support to know they can do more with their lives.”

“I love helping indigenous people and now I can help them in a medical way. I understand patients’ concerns and I love helping to make their lives better.” Ms. Moyes said.

Health Minister Kim Hames congratulated Ms. Moyes on her achievement and said she was a role model in the region.

“Our $4.87 Million Indigenous Employment Program is already showing results and Kate is part of that.” Dr. Hames said.

The program will recruit a target of 100 new indigenous staff to positions across a five-year period. Up to 20 additional indigenous people per annum are set to receive employment and training opportunities in health services.

The IEP is funded under the $38.2 Million Pilbara Health Initiative. This five-year partnership between the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Pilbara Industry’s Community Council (PICC) Health Initiative members (BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, North West Shelf Joint Venture, Rio Tinto and Woodside Energy), aims to boost health services in the Region.

WA Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

WA Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls










Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said it was an excellent result for the Pilbara Health Initiative.

“To see the result of someone taking the challenge that IEP offers and fulfilling their expectations is a wonderful story and I hope that many others will be inspired by Kate’s success.” Mr. Grylls said.

WA Country Health Service’s IEP Manager, Tim Turner said Ms. Moyes’ achievements were outstanding.

“Kate is a fantastic role model for the Pilbara Region. We hope that many more young women follow her lead and realise they can have a career in health.” Mr. Turner said.