Sue retired in January 2015 after working with Blue Care for 32 years as a Community Nurse. For the first 20 years Sue worked as a Registered Nurse and developed the palliative services and in the past 12 years worked in an administrative role as the Community Service Manager. Sue was responsible for providing nursing, personal care and allied health services for clients living in the northern part of the Gold Coast. In her administration role, Sue managed the budget, 70 staff, human resources, work place health and safety and was also responsible for planning and developing services through strategic planning and goal setting. During her time with Blue Care Sue worked with many community agencies, and in particular the Queensland Health Palliative Services.
Sue has served on the committees of the Gold Coast Branch of Palliative Care Queensland and as President and a Committee Member on the Oncology Nurses Group committee, during which time the committee was responsible for providing excellent education for nurses and carers. Sue has contributed to Liberty in her role as Committee Member for the past three years.
Sue’s passion for patient care again saw her return to work for three years as a Registered Nurse on a part time basis at Hopewell Hospice, although her involvement is now in a volunteer capacity.
The community care industry is facing many changes and competition for services and funding and Sue sees these as both challenges and opportunities. Her knowledge of community services and experience on various committees has been a great contribution to the Management Committee of Liberty.