Everybody should be able to go to work and come home safe and uninjured. For some they are killed simply doing their job and even more are harmed/injured by their work. I was one who was seriously harmed by the work I do. From my injury I had vowed no other nurse or midwife will be injured by the actions or inactions of others. I try to attend the annual workers Memorial Day in April to reflect on those workers killed and harmed simply by doing their work. I am thankful I had my family and my union that stood beside me during my recovery.
I was elected to the QNMU Council and exec 2003-14. I have completed the mandatory Company Director Course as legislated for all Australian Unions. I had been a very active member of the Redcliffe Hospital branch. I was a recipient of the Emma Miller Award 2008 from the QNMU.
Being part of an industrial union, I have been part of the health reform with a specific focus of improving maternity care for women and ways of working for midwifery. Having more like minded around the negotiating table ensured I have been part of the College of Midwives and Midwives Australia.
Part of health reform was changing the way women considered childbirth care and carer. A growing concern emerging was the high suicide rate and injury rate for new mothers. I went into private practice midwifery 2010- 2014 offering women a choice of where they wanted to birth, with whom and how they wanted to birth. A very political field with domination and oppression of midwives. The changes are continuing. Queensland is leading the other states on maternity services reform.
I have been a 34-year veteran of the Australian Labor Party. I felt it was better to be within the tent doing changes than being on the outside whinging.
The internal report into Moreton Bay Regional Council called Grassroots report painted a sorry state of employee relations within MBRC. If elected I will ensure all workers are valued and listened to. There will be proper governance, leadership and support for employees through the CEO and internal processes.
Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre has been a highlight of my participation in make things happen for the good of the community.
Prior to 1989 a swimming pool had been funded for the Bay community. However, it had been allocated to an organisation at the top of Deception Bay Road near the highway.
Through the efforts of the newly elected State member Ken Hayward and Families minister Anne Warner the Deception Bay Community was able to get its swimming pool rightly located in Bay central!
The Bay wanted more, more resources, more support preferably governed from within. Thanks to Kevin and many others the beginnings of the Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre sprung into action early 90’s. I was the inaugural secretary and the committee had the huge job of ensuring that the organisation met the needs of the community, fulfilled strategic directional goals and funding requirements. Proper governance and accountability principles are incorporated in all my activities to this day.