Captain Jan Becker - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Captain Jan Becker

Bachelor of Nursing Science: Graduate Entry 2009

USC nursing graduate Capt. Jan Becker is well known and respected in the aviation industry as CEO of Becker Helicopters Group — the Southern Hemisphere’s largest helicopter flight academy. She is a commercial helicopter pilot and board member of Helicopter International Association based in Washington DC.

Her drive, vision and business acumen have been recognised with multiple honours, including the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Owner Award and the 2013 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award.

However, aviation is not Jan’s only passion. As a trained nurse and midwife, she is committed to improving the health of women and babies in some of the world’s most under-resourced countries. Jan is the founder of non-profit organisation Midwife Vision, which offers education, global community participation, professional support, and resources to midwives at Amana Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Jan volunteers two to three times a year in the labour ward, which delivers 80-100 babies a day, and trains local midwives in neonatal resuscitation as part of the global ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ (HBB) program.

“It’s both exhilarating and exhausting, yet I can’t escape the sheer enormity of the responsibility I think we all have as global citizens. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, it’s a privilege to have a successful business that allows me to create and expand in this “giving back space”. As a midwife, I felt I had a skill set that could make a difference - to change the face of a woman’s life by saying, ‘you are not invisible, I see you and you are not forgotten’.

Jan is also Chair of the Cherish Foundation, supporting gynaecological cancer research, and is a board member of the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.