When Nobuhle (Noe) Mpofu came to Charleville from Zimbabwe in 2009 she hadn’t planned on giving away her career as a nutritionist.
However once she got to Australia, she was told her qualifications didn’t enable her to practice here, so it was back to the drawing board.
“I was told I needed to study my Masters but I couldn’t move away to study because I had my husband Bongi and three young children in Charleville,” she said.
“So a few years later when my mother, a nurse, suggested I study nursing, at first I laughed, but then after giving it thought, I decided it was a career I’d like to follow.
“I wanted to be useful in my new community and my previous studies in microbiology, anatomy, physiology and nutrition, prepared me for my new career in nursing.”
Noe was prepared for a hard slog.
During her time of study, it was hectic and financially challenging, but a $12,000 scholarship from the Australian College of Nursing and Queensland Health study assistance meant she was able to leave Charleville when she had to complete practical sessions.
And all of that hard work paid off, because via external study, Noe has graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Central Queensland University.
“My mother and husband played a big part in caring for the children while I went away to do practical sessions.
“During my study, I integrated the family into my learning. So when the children arrived home from school we sat around the table, got our books out and studied together.
She continued working at Charleville’s Central Sterilisation Services Unit, raised her young family, studied and did practical study at Charleville , Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.
Now you will find Noe at the Charleville Hospital and Waroona Multi-Purpose Centre where she will be working for the next 12 months as part of the Nurse Graduate Program.
“My new community offered me more friendship and support than I’d ever experienced, and raising the children in such a close-knit community has been wonderful for our family,” she said.
“Each day I look forward to coming to work because I have a real sense of belonging in the community and have made many friends.”
Since the families move here, Noe has seized many career opportunities, gaining certificates in Aged Care, Central Sterilising and Endoscopic Reprocessing.
And for Noe and her family, Charleville has been a very rewarding town to live in.
Both Noe’s husband Bongi, an accountant, and her mother Sibusisiwe (Sib) Dube came to Australia on 457 visas for skilled workers.
“My mother came in 2006 as a nurse and when we visited in 2008 we instantly loved Charleville.
“The town is similar to Hwange where I grew up where everyone knows each other and there’s a sense of community.”
We wish Noe all the best for her future career as a Nurse, and we are so glad their family has chosen to stay on in Charleville.