The nursing and midwifery community thanks and farewells ‘Louy’ for enriching the lives of so many
In life, Louise May Thomson was known for being indefatigable and highly energetic to all she touched.
Affectionately known as ‘Louy’, Australia’s first registered nurse and midwife, empowerment coach, and recruitment agency owner led a colourful and fast-paced life, glittered by personal and professional milestones.
Her husband Steve described Louy as his truest soulmate and loving mother to their three children Blake, Grace and Belle Thomson.
“We were married for 31 years but in the 33 years we knew each other, we lived a hundred,” Steve said. “Every touchpoint of her farewell will represent a significant moment or impact she made to the people she knew.”
Coincidentally, Louise was the first nurse registered on The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and made significant contributions to the health industry over her years.
During the pandemic year of 2020, her agency Caring for You, employed 4,326 dedicated nurses and carers, and together deployed over 1,100 individual nurses and carers each week to cover hundreds of healthcare facilities.
“Louy was driven by the nursing community by helping to empower women to understand their abilities to influence and impact those around them,” Steve said.
“The Caring for You recruitment agency for nurses will be survived through (her daughters) Belle and Grace who have been with the business for over a decade; both girls are registered nurses like their mother.
“Belle has been working at the Alfred Hospital, predominately in the burns unit, through bushfire and volcanic incidents, while Grace is a psychologist,” Steve said. “Both will share the responsibilities of the CEO role alongside Blake who continues to provide critical input into the business.
“I’m proud to say that her memory and legacy will continue through a new foundation being made in her name and will serve to help nurses and women more broadly to improve their corporate careers and personal progression.”
The service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral today, Friday March 5, 2021, with Louy’s procession moving by some of her favourite Melbourne landmarks (including Treasury Gardens).
The send-off will include a sea of hot pink and true red; the hearse and a custom red casket adorned with her favourite red and pink flowers, will be led by her beloved red Porsche.
Eight magnificent white horses with red plumage will lead the procession with a guard of honour held by Caring for You team members who will sport their signature pink uniforms.