Nadene Hansen was born on 3 February 1947 in Ballarat Victoria but brought up in Tasmania when the family moved here. Nadene trained as a librarian in the State Library and developed an interest in the conservation of documents which encouraged her to undertake a course at the UK’s Camberwell College of Arts in conservation.
Although she returned to Australia and worked as the Conservator at the State Library of Victoria, Nadene was drawn back to London in 1982 to set up her own conservation business. She later joined Harrods in 1989 as its archivist, a position she had to relinquish in 1998 due to declining health caused by the onset of multiple sclerosis.
In mid 2000 Nadene was diagnosed with inoperable bladder cancer and was transferred to St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London, founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, which pioneered palliative medicine and linked expert pain and symptom control.
Nadene’s family was highly impressed with the care provided not only for Nadene but also themselves and were humbled at the compassion exhibited by Hospice staff. As a consequence Nadene’s father and sisters endowed this prize for the best overall Tasmanian student completing a course in oncology nursing.
Awarded to a Tasmanian student who has successfully completed either the Graduate Certificate in Nursing or Graduate Diploma of Nursing with specialisation in Oncology Nursing, with the highest grade point average, considering both curriculum based units and practicums.