I originally joined the team in 2008. I am one of our respiratory nurse educators working part-time from Wednesday to Friday, working across all developmental ages delivering consultations, education and support to individuals, families, community groups, schools and health professionals.
I enjoy the demands of her role and making a difference to respiratory health in Hawke’s Bay.
In addition, it has been a joy to witness the growth of Breathe Hawke’s Bay and the changes in our service provision since I joined.
After graduating from Otago University I worked as a junior doctor at Napier Hospital for two years and then travelled as a ship’s doctor to the UK. Most of my five years in London was spent in post graduate training and obtaining qualifications as a specialist in Paediatrics.
I returned to Hawkes Bay with my family in 1972 as a full time Clinical specialist to the Hawkes Bay Hospital Board, not to any specific hospital. My job was to develop child health services regionally.
I retired from my hospital appointment in 2006. I was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order for public service.
I have had fifty years of experience in public health. I have had clinical and administrative experience and have served on local and national committees working in health, medical education and research. Asthma has been a clinical and research interest all my professional life.
I am a past president of Asthma Hawkes Bay and have been a Board member and member of a medical advisory group to the Foundation.
Early on my major task in Hawkes Bay was the development of new-born services including a Newborn Intensive Care Unit. In addition I have always been interested in respiratory diseases in children of all ages. Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis have been particular interests. I enjoy my association with Asthma Hawkes Bay very much and hope to continue this.
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