Kim Henschke is a proud Kalkadoon/Waanyi and Butchulla woman, born in Mount Isa, North West Queensland and mother of 5 amazing children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Kim’s career in health began as an Enrolled Nurse, Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice (RIPN) and completion of my Masters in Research (Thesis) followed by a Diploma of Leadership and Management.
Having studied over a period of 35 years, Kim said that during this time she has been fortunate enough to have worked in both the Public and Private Health systems, Rural and Remote and Aboriginal Medical Services. Each of these areas have provided the opportunities and experiences which have impacted on the desire and drive to be part of the bigger picture of policy development and strategic directions in Aboriginal Health care delivery and attrition and retention of an Aboriginal workforce including Aboriginal Health Professionals and Aboriginal Nurses.
Kim has worked in Mt Isa, Katherine, Paraburdoo, Darwin, Hervey Bay, Ramingining and the Tiwi Islands.
Kim feels that her work and study has equipped her with the knowledge and experience to advocate for better health outcomes and provide management, leadership, advice, coordination and integration of efficient delivery of core Primary Health Care services in the regions.
Kim is currently working as the District Manager (N7 equivalent to the Director of Nursing), for Primary Health Care in Top End Health looking after the health delivery across Top End West area of the NT. As a senior person in the executive leadership team, Kim is able to support and contribute to the overall professional, clinical, operational and business activities within the nursing stream, and oversight of the clinical and corporate governance in the region. Health has been Kim’s passion and she recognised very early the need to have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurse with extensive experiences to be part of change management and implementing improvements to ensure culturally safe primary health care delivery to communities and ensuring the sustainability of this service is informed and provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.