Disability Services Manager
I grew up in Temora on a property but moved to Newcastle when I finished school.
I got my passion for caring when my Nan developed dementia and was unable to care for herself. I spent a lot of time with her and decided that I wanted to become a nurse.
I completed my Enrolled Nursing in Newcastle at the John Hunter Hospital in 2000. I continued working as an EN there and also at Carey Bay Nursing Home where I mostly worked with residents with Dementia. I found this very rewarding to be able to make a contribution to someone’s life while they were no longer able to care for themselves at home.
My family & I moved back to Temora in 2005 after having our second child.
I started my career with Pinnacle Community Services (HACC) in 2006 as the Recreational Activities Officer for Dementia Day Care – I did this until our third child came along.
After taking some time off I returned to Pinnacle Community Services on a casual basis doing relief work for Meals on Wheels, Community Transport & Reception and Case management through the ComPacks program. Since then my role here at Pinnacle Community Services has evolved to full time and I am currently co-ordinating Respite and individual funded disability specific program management.
I have also completed my Diploma of Community Services in Case Management and Certificate IV in Disability.