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Nursing good health for Tieri community

TENDING TO TIERI: Nurse Sue Hall loves her job helping to keep Tieri healthy.
TENDING TO TIERI: Nurse Sue Hall loves her job helping to keep Tieri healthy.

SUE Hall is a dedicated professional who devotes her time and energy into providing proactive health care for the Tieri community and surrounding areas.

Sue has been Clinical Nurse Consultant in Tieri for the past 14 years.

“Queensland Health has operated the Tieri Community Health Centre here for 25 years and in that time there have only been three people in the position, which just shows what a great job it is,” she said.

This is in direct contrast to the usual high turnover of rural medical staff and Sue puts it down to the amount of diversity and stimulation she enjoys in her job.

“I am passionate about being proactive – with information people can make choices about their health.”

Sue has worked with other organisations to improve and introduce several initiatives, including a Baby Think It Over program for the Capella High School and Human Relations Education for Years 5-7 at Tieri school.

She has co-ordinated regular Well Women clinics, biennial visits by the Breast Screening Service and provided access to visiting Queensland Health services.

With 50-60 babies born to Tieri families each year, Sue is kept busy running a suite of antenatal, immunisation and well-baby clinics and positive parenting information talks.

“We have set up a weekly email distribution to all of our clients so they know what health events are coming up in Tieri. Very few people have extended family in town, so it is really important to provide support and networks for them.”

Sue is an active member of many organisations, including the executive committee for the Capella Tieri Middlemount Community Support Network for the past 18 years.

“This organisation helps plan community events, gets clubs up and running, supports multicultural activities and welcomes and integrates people into our communities.”

As community nurse, strong relationships with the local doctor and ambulance staff are vital and Sue is on the executive for the Local Ambulance Committee.

“We fundraise and write grant applications to ensure the ambulance is equipped with the best and most up-to-date equipment available.”

Sue is dedicated to the people in Tieri and said, “I couldn’t do what I do without the town support, they are such wonderful people, and so appreciative. I am lucky to have a job I love – I wouldn’t want to talk to mums about boobs and poo all week, so the different challenges and the people I meet make it all worthwhile.”

The Tieri community is equally appreciative of Sue’s efforts.

“With their wonderful support I was a finalist at the Queensland Nurse of the Year in Brisbane in 2003. We got a Special Award (third place) on the night. I was nominated for Citizen of the Year in 2010 for my community work, which was very humbling.”

FAST FACTS

Born: Julia Creek. My parents emigrated from Holland after the Second World War. Dad got a job with the council.

Who inspires you?: The parents I help, they are so willing to take information and realise their parenting job is so important.

 

Favourite quote: Life is too short to be unhappy.

 

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?: Everyone! My daughter, because I am so proud of the effort she has put into her study.

 

First job: Packing potatoes at a fruit and veg shop.

FAST FACTS

Born: Julia Creek. My parents emigrated from Holland after WWII, and Dad got a job with the Shire Council.

Who inspires you?: The parents I help, they are so willing to take information, and realise their parenting job is so important.

 

Favourite quote: Life is too short to be unhappy.

 

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?: Everyone! My daughter, because I am so proud of the effort she has put into her study.

 

First job: packing potatoes at a fruit and veg shop.


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