- Bachelor of Arts majoring in journalism - Griffith University, Gold Coast, 2005
- Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Midwifery dual degree - University of QLD, Brisbane, 2019
- Prescribing for Midwives - Griffith University, 2022
I’ve spent the majority of my midwifery practice working in rural and remote settings. Before joining the Toowoomba team, I worked at a little hospital in the northwest corner of Victoria. I’ve been lucky enough to spend my career working across the continuum of pregnancy, providing antenatal, labour and birth, and postnatal care. I love education and facilitating classes. I’m a nerd for sexual and reproductive health and am constantly upskilling in this area, so I can work to my full scope of practice. The best thing about being a rural healthcare worker is that you don’t get pigeon-holed. We get trained in a really broad range of skills.
I am a strong believer that midwifery is a form of activism. I’m working to create a culture of informed consent and trauma-informed care in everything I do. I also believe in valuing the diversity of families seeking out compassionate, evidence-based continuity of care in pregnancy. Like all things in life, midwifery is about life-long learning. The ex-journalist in me loves seeking out new research and knowledge and finding ways to incorporate them into my practice. But more than anything I like creating a place of safety and trust, both between us and within ourselves. My ultimate goal is for people to come out the other side of pregnancy more in awe of their bodies and stronger than ever before.
I’ve inherited my love of plants from my mother, and I push my cuttings onto anyone who shows the slightest interest. I love cooking, travelling, and music. However, despite numerous attempts, I still can’t play an instrument or fluently speak another language.