Aunty Pam and her family were born and raised on the Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi country in northern NSW. The passing down of cross-generational cultural knowledge is important and continues today with Aunty Pam’s grandchildren. In educational years, she was a budding sportswoman.
Aunty Pam’s career started as a shop assistant in a small country town and working as a bank teller. Soon she made the big leap and moved to the big city of Sydney to commence her nursing career as an Enrolled Nurse. It was shortly after that she fell in love with nursing and progressed into becoming a Registered Nurse 1984 (RPAH) and then a Registered Midwife (TCH). Furthermore, Aunty Pam completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Child Health (CSU), and then a Post Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing Tresillian (UTS).
Aunty Pam has nursed in NSW Area Health Services in rural, regional and urban areas. She has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait families and carers, screening programs, parenting groups, growth and development clinics of 0-4years, immunisation clinics and the dedicated ‘New Directions Teams with parents and carers and their 0-8-year old’s children’. Currently, she is a clinician with Queensland Health as a Child Youth and Family Health Nurse.
Aunty Pam places high importance on feeling culturally safe as an employee and as an Aboriginal person. She ensures that the connections she makes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait families are culturally safe. She aims to be a voice, to help build on the parents’ strengths as they journey through parenthood. She aims to impart and share her knowledge, skills and learning. She has ideas of the importance of family health and of culturally safe ways and sees an opportunity for Aboriginal Health and Culture leading the Australian population, to be another way of powerful healing.