Clinical Nurse Consultant at Queensland Health and International Health Delegate at Australian Red Cross Midwifery graduate
When most of us would run from crisis and conflict, Ruth Jebb has spent more than 10 years running towards it. The Brisbane-based nurse and midwife has been deployed to some of the world’s most dangerous places with the Australian Red Cross. She’s fallen asleep to gunfire ringing in her ears, and survived a carjacking in Sudan.
In 2017 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal for exceptional courage and devotion to the sick, wounded or disabled in conflict and disaster zones. This medal, the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve, recognises exceptional courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.