The World Health Organisation declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This presented a unique opportunity to recognise and showcase the work and contributions of nurses and midwives. Unfortunately, this event was overshadowed by COVID-19 and our focus was on a global pandemic.


As a tribute to Australasian Nurses in 2021, ASHM wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate this important milestone and recognise the vital work of our nursing professionals within the viral hepatitis sector, by nominating them for the Levinia Crooks Emerging Leaders Award 2021.


Levinia Crooks was the CEO of ASHM from 1999 until her passing in September 2017. Widely regarded as a leading advocate within the Australasian and international BBV and STI field, she served for over 30 years as a champion for people’s rights. During her career, Levinia took an active role in recognising emerging leaders within the sector and she personally mentored many talented individuals along the way.


Not only are the annual awards a way of honouring her impressive legacy and recognising her significant contribution, but they also help to identify future key opinion leaders for the sector.

We are extremely excited to announce this year’s winner and celebrate their achievements at the 12th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference 30 May – 1 June 2021. Watch this space!