Bourke Health Service has welcomed two new midwives who will provide ante-natal and post-natal care for mothers in and around Bourke.
Matilda Davis has enjoyed her move to Bourke. Originally from Orange she has been working in Maternity for three years. Matilda is also a Registered Nurse and has worked in ICU and Rehab.
“The people in Bourke have been particularly welcoming and the sunsets are beautiful!” Matilda said. One of Matilda’s aims is to introduce and offer birthing classes to all pregnant women in Bourke.
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.
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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” said Julie.
“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” she said.
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 relieved as an AIMHS Midwife in Dubbo and Gilgandra.
Lou said it was during this time she met Kelly from Bourke who was the AMIHS Aboriginal Health Worker and after listening to her story of needing midwifery help was inspired to offer to come and help out.
“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” said Lou. Lou has enjoyed working in Bourke and will leave with great memories.
“Matilda and Teresa will be a fantastic asset for the Bourke community and the community health team” she said
For more information contact Rebekah Bullock, Director Communication & Engagement Rebekah.Bullock@health.nsw.gov.au