What is the exact title of your role?
Neurology Clinical Nurse Consultant
Where do you currently work & how long have you been working there?
I work at the Gold Coast Hospital and have been here for 13 years in a variety of roles, most of my time has been in the Emergency Department. I have acted in the Stroke Coordinator role and now in the Neurology role relieving maternity backfill.
What is your special interest in epilepsy and how did it develop?
I find all of Epilepsy fascinating and am very privileged to work with Epilepsy patients in the outpatient setting currently, aiming to be a point of contact for them if they develop side effects or further seizures but also aiming to prevent hospitalisation.
Obviously prior to my appointment I would be part of the team managing patients in the acute setting when they present with a seizure.
I have a special interest in improving the transition for paediatric epilepsy patients to the adult setting and the management of epilepsy and pregnancy.
I am sure you have seen a great deal of change in epilepsy care and treatments. What do you think is the most exciting change and why?
I think the current cannabis trials are exciting with the current results and the potential for improving patient’s quality of life without multiple antiepileptic medications.
Where else have you worked in your life?
I have worked in the public and private setting for 22 years in a range of specialties such as plastics, ENT, cardiology, orthopaedics, paediatrics and emergency and critical care.
What about your work brings you joy?
The patient contact and the feeling that I am making a difference to my patients.
What do you feel would greatly improve epilepsy care currently in Queensland?
More research studies and trials
What is the best part of being a nurse?
The satisfaction that it brings
Where would you most like to travel?
What is your favourite food?
Any thai food
Do you have any interesting hobbies you would like to tell us about?
I love my garden and get a lot of peace from being in it and I love pilates