Lesley Salem

I am a descendant of the Wonnarua Nation in NSW, married, mother of four, a Nurse Practitioner/High Dependency with specialty in Renal Medicine, Dialysis, Transplant and Apheresis with Hunter New England Health and a Project Officer for Aboriginal Health (Heath Service Performance Improvement NSW Health).  

My qualifications include a Hospital Certificate in Nephrology and Transplant, post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science-Apheresis, a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science and currently undertaking a Masters in Nursing Science/research.  

During my 28 years of nursing, 26 have been dedicated to Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, advanced practice in Apheresis. Always through my work is a strong dedication to the health and wellbeing of my people. Not only have I worked in a capacity of advanced practice, I have conducted and contributed to research, completed Human Islet Isolation Techniques training and gained accreditation as a Nephrology Nurse Practitioner. 

I am now employed to help clinically manage the 300+ patients of the community dialysis Centres of Wansey Centre at Charlestown, Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Taree as well as the Home Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis patient populations in the 31,000 sq Km in the lower  sector Hunter New England Health Service. I am also working part time with the Department of Health to develop chronic disease management education and clinical management strategies (and funding) for Aboriginal health Workers to improve chronic disease recognition and management through interfacing primary and tertiary health services. 

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