Keith Hansen was born at Bundaberg in Queensland in 1919. He joined the RAAF in 1940, shortly after the outbreak of World War 2. A secondment to the RAF for the remainder of the war saw him involved in combat operations in the Middle East and North Africa and in particular managing air traffic out of the strategic city of Cairo. On return to civilian life he began a career in air traffic control at Launceston Airport before moving into airport management. Keith passed away in 2017 at the age of 98.
Keith's wife, Mildred, was a nurse and midwife and her long dedication to the well-being of children and families inspired Keith to endow this prize.
Awarded to a Tasmanian student who has successfully completed either the Graduate Certificate in Nursing or Graduate Diploma of Nursing with specialisation in Child and Family Health Nursing, with highest grade point average, considering both curriculum based units and practicums.