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Adv Diploma in Nursing 1984


Distinguished Alumni Service Award 2015, Florence Nightingale Medal 2011

Andrew Cameron

As the only male in many of his nursing courses, Andrew Cameron is used to standing out. After leaving school at 16, a chat with an orderly at Napier Hospital while visiting a colleague after a welding accident piqued his interest. He holds an Advanced Diploma of Nursing from Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University). He is exceptionally well-qualified, despite gender barriers put in his way. Unable to train as a midwife in New Zealand because of his gender, Mr Cameron completed midwifery registration in Melbourne, before returning to Napier to practice. He also added a Bachelor of Nursing, a Radiography Operator’s License and a Master of Tropical Health to his qualifications. These would be essential for his next position with the Red Cross. Since 2005, Mr Cameron has been posted to Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, South Ossetia in Georgia and Afghanistan multiple times, in roles ranging from head nurse of a teaching hospital to hospital administrator. “I never stayed away from patients for too long – I’m still very hands-on. I enjoy seeing people all day long.” Mr Cameron was named Australian Nurse of the Year in 2004, awarded the International Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal in 2011 and presented with an Order of Australia medal in 2013. - See more at: http://definingnz.com/taking-care/