I have been working for Breathe Hawkes Bay since August 2010 as a Nurse Educator. I have worked in a variety of hospital settings in Auckland and UK in particular the Emergency Department, where I enjoyed the adrenaline rush.
Since moving to Hawke’s Bay with my family, I have enjoyed a quieter pace of life. Working as a Respiratory Nurse Educator in a community setting has been very rewarding. I enjoy the one on one contact within our community, educating people the importance of good respiratory health and supporting those who want to improve or maintain their quality of life.
Ijoined the team at Breathe Hawkes Bay in 2017 as a respiratory nurse educator specifically as support for the Asthma Friendly Schools Programme.
During my nursing career I have experienced a variety of nursing roles from Midwifery to Primary Care with a commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of others, particularly women and children.
As a lover of the outdoors, I cherish the opportunities to freely breathe the fresh air we enjoy in Aotearoa /NZ and want to support others to do the same.
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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