Sydney-based non-profit community association, ADHIKA, Inc. will join forces with the Philippine Health Care Association of Australia Inc./Philippine Nurses Association Australia (PHCAA/PNAA) to hold the first-ever event recognising the exemplary services of Filipino-Australian nurses in Australia in the past three decades.

The awards ceremony will be held on 23 March 2014 at Rooty Hill RSL Tivoli Room, 55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill, Sydney during the bi-annual ADHIKA Gala Dinner.

"The compassion and outstanding professionalism of Filipino nurses is well known around the world. In Australia, the healthcare industry holds them in high regard. The idea of bringing to public attention the work that they do is long overdue," says Josie (Pines) Musa, overall coordinator and public officer, Adhika Inc. and producer/broadcaster of Adhika Filipino radio program.

"As media practitioners, we want to help put the media spotlight on them and celebrate their role in the well-being of the mainstream community through these awards/citations."

Ella Magallanes Martirez, past president and current director of the Philippine Nurses Association Australia, says that they have been looking for a way to recognise the efforts and the achievements of Filipino nurses in Australia.

"In many ways, Filipino nurses are among the unsung heroes of our birth country, the Philippines, and adopted country, Australia."

"Not only are they a source of pride for their families back in the Philippines but in Australia, they continue to raise the standards in their line of work, whether they are in hospitals, medical centres, clinics, nursing homes and other health institutions."

Awards will be adjudicated by a panel of judges from the industry and candidates can either self-nominate or be nominated by their colleague or employer. Nominations open 28 January and end February 27.

The awards will coincide with ADHIKA's bi-annual event celebrating the work of Filipino-Australian community media. 

Tickets cost $70 per person and includes a three-meal course and entertainment, including performances by well-known local talent, Brian Lorenz, music producer/composer Oliver Gadista, the Visayan and the Mindanao Ethnic Dance Groups plus other local artists.

Keynote speakers will include officials from the health industry and a dignitary from the Nurses Council.

For more information and tickets please contact 0404631438 (Josie), 0404871319 (Ella),  0411521 135 (Nilda), 0408227 794 (Violi), 0403214909 (Charles). Email or visit the website

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