Honour roll

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Young Australian of the Year


2020 QLD Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Luke Yokota

State: Queensland

Men’s nursing advocate

After visiting his grandfather's aged care residence, Luke Yokota decided to study to become a registered nurse, and started volunteering at the home. But when he told his grandfather about his plans, Luke was surprised and disappointed by his negative reaction to Luke's career choice.

Now working in Queensland's Princess Alexandra Hospital in the intensive care unit (ICU), Luke has become a passionate advocate for diversity in nursing – a profession where men currently make up just 10%.

Luke spends much of his time outside work in the ICU as a sessional tutor and lab instructor, supporting nursing undergraduates and medical students. As chair of the Men in Nursing Working Party, he works tirelessly to increase the awareness of men in nursing and address the barriers and negative perceptions they face when entering the profession.

Luke's effort to inspire men to choose a caring profession includes writing and collating articles for an eBook about men and nursing, and public speaking.


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