Bourke Health Service has welcomed two midwives who will provide ante-natal and post-natal care for mothers in and around Bourke. Matilda Davis and Terese Siew joined the team recently and have already thrown themselves meeting the community and working with mothers and babies.
Originally from Orange Matilda has been working in Maternity for three years. She is also a Registered Nurse and has worked in ICU and Rehab. One of her aims is to introduce and offer birthing classes to all pregnant women in Bourke.
“The people in Bourke have been particularly welcoming and the sunsets are beautiful!” Matilda said.
Teresa Siew has come to Bourke for the next three months in the role of Registered Midwife for the Aboriginal Infant and Maternal Health Strategy (AIMHS).
Originally from New Zealand, Teresa has had 35 years’ experience as a nurse and midwife working in Malaysia, New Zealand and Queensland. Teresa said that she has found Bourke very friendly and feels very wanted.
Julie Dorling is a Clinical Midwife Consultant who has been providing support to midwives in Bourke for the past 10 years.
“I have been living and working in western NSW since I became a midwife 30 years ago,” Julie said.
“I feel very welcome when I come to Bourke and look forward to working with the new midwives Matilda and Teresa to build a wonderful midwifery service for women in and around Bourke”.
Lou Gillman is a Child and Family Health Nurse and a relief AIMHS Midwife.
Lou lives in Gilgandra and has been working with mothers, families and children in Gilgandra and Gulargambone for the past 15 years.
Over this time she has also relieves as an AIMHS Midwife in Dubbo and Gilgandra.
Lou said it was during this time she met AMIHS Aboriginal Health Worker Kelly from Bourke - and after listening to her story of needing midwifery help she inspired me to offer to come and help out.
Lou has been able to come to Bourke every second week for the last eight weeks.
“I had never been to Bourke and when I got there I was straight away welcomed into the community by the wonderful staff and the lovely ladies that Kelly and I would be providing ante-natal care for,” Lou said.
“I have enjoyed working here and will leave Bourke with great memories. Matilda and Teresa will be a fantastic asset for the Bourke community and the community health team”.