Annabel McKay

Nurse and educator

QLDNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2021

Annabel McKay is a nurse who is recognised for delivering an outstanding level of compassion and care. She divides her time between caring for vulnerable cancer patients and educating aspiring practitioners at the University of Southern Queensland.

The youngest full-time academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Annabel has already made remarkable achievements in nursing education – despite a daily struggle with profound deafness. She was recently selected by the Head of School to supervise a dozen students undertaking their professional placement in Vietnam.

Annabel also takes annual leave from her role to volunteer in Cambodia – where she educates and upskills local staff. Her approach creates an environment that promotes positive nursing outcomes and patient change.

Nominated by her colleagues and patients for her unwavering dedication to the healthcare community, Annabel has received the Pride of Australia Medal for Care and Compassion, Australian Nurse of the Year, and the Professor Catherine Turner Medal for Excellence in Nursing.