Barbara Chambers

Barbara Chambers

Tell us a little about yourself

I am 63 years have 2 wonderful daughters, 6 grandchildren and one great grand child. I am passionate about advocating for carers who find difficulty navigating the health system.

Tell us a bit about your work background

I trained and registered as a Psychiatric Nurse in 1970 in Newcastle NSW and worked as a charge nurse in a variety of wards including a Psychogeriatric unit. I worked in The state Psychiatric System until 1983 and then in private psychiatry until 1989. I moved to Byron Bay and was the after hours crisis nurse for the Byron shire for 6 years and also a Private Community Nurse with Department of Veteran Affairs Clients. In 1998 I commenced work with Byron Shire Respite Service Inc. and was easily able to transfer my skills to working with people with dementia and challenging behaviours.

What is your current role? I am the Care Manager for Carers of people with Dementia and Challenging Behaviours at Byron Shire Respite Service Inc.

How long have you worked in this position?  9 years.

How long have you been a facilitator of the DementiaCare program? I did the facilitator’s training at Lismore in May, 2012.

How do you think you can make a difference to those with dementia and their carers? I do make a difference. The staff at Byron Shire Respite provide excellent Person Centred Care to clients and as the care manager I work tirelessly supporting, providing advocacy and educating carers

Would you recommend others do the training and facilitate too?  Yes, most definitely.

Anything else you would like to share with us?  It is imperative as facilitators we support each other.