Tell us a little about yourself
I live in the beautiful Bega Valley on the far south coast of NSW and have three boys 25, 22 and 19. I have been nursing since 1975 and see it as a great profession.
Tell us a bit about your work background
I completed my general nurse training at Bega Hospital in 1980 and then moved to Sydney to complete midwifery training. Since returning to Bega I worked in various clinical, management, administrative and project positions across acute, community and residential care settings. My qualifications include Bachelor of Health Science Nursing; Certificate 1V in both Workplace Assessment and Training and Frontline Management a Certificate in Wound Care with the Wound Care Foundation and a Master of Nursing (Research) with the University of Canberra.
What is your current role? Dementia Delirium (Acute) Clinical Nurse Consultant for Southern NSW Local Health District. The aim of this position is to improve the care outcomes for people with dementia and delirium and their carers presenting to our LHD facilities. The position covers 9 rural acute hospitals, 1 sub-acute facility 3 Multipurpose services
How long have you worked in this position? I started working in this position May 2011.
How long have you been a facilitator of the DementiaCare program? Since 2011.
How do you think you can make a difference to those with dementia and their carers? By working in a supportive and collaborative way with patients, carers and staff to improve person centred care and outcomes. Staff education is a central to this occurring.
Would you recommend others do the training and facilitate too? Definitely! It is a fantastic course. Completing the course would benefit all staff involved in care of older people in any setting. However for those interested in doing facilitator training it’s important to ensure they have management support in relation to the time commitment in facilitating the course.
Anything else you would like to share with us? The course is a fantastic learning opportunity that is flexible and cost free. I thoroughly enjoy facilitating the course with clinicians and care workers who are so passionate about improving their care and practice for our vulnerable older adults and their carers.