I have been a professional psychiatric nurse, registered for over thirty years, from 1986 to 2017; from 2003-2015 as a community mental health nurse in an assertive treatment team working with a wide range of clients.
I have a passion regarding maintaining people in their own homes in the community, working with them in ways they find supportive and empowering.
I am deeply proud of my cultural affiliation to Ngai Tahu. The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are an integral part of my practice, and I actively support and encourage the principles of partnership, protection, participation and Tino rangatiratanga (self-determination).
As a professional psychiatric nurse and a member of Te Ao Maramatanga (New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), I abide by the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s Code of Conduct for Nurses and the NZNO Code of Ethics.
Having a balance between work, family, friends and pets is important - out of work I enjoy baking, woodworking and spending as much time with my family and grandchildren as I can.
I am a qualified social worker and have been practicing for thirty years in the areas of care and protection of children, family therapy and, prior to establishing my own practice of Power To Care almost 20 years ago, I was the social worker for the elder abuse service in Christchurch. I now specialise in the care and protection of adults.
I am a certified member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANSASW) and practice in accordance with their practice standards and code of ethics.
When I am not working with people I am working with horses and my passion is horse trekking.