The Morven Community Clinic have welcomed a new Director of Nursing, Desley French.
Desley brings with her international medical knowledge, as well as a thorough understanding of how rural and remote Queensland operates.
Hailing from Mt Isa, Desley found herself conducting humanitarian work with the International Red Cross in Sudan, Nigeria and Kenya from 2003 – 2007.
When living in Kenya, there was severe flooding in 2006 and Desley dealt with disease caused by the lack of clean water, and educating people how to deal with this.
“Our health team of a doctor and nurses went in a small tin boat up the river for six or seven hours each day, walking into villages and running clinics and education programs for those affected by the flooding,’’ she said.
“The lack of clean water and access to health care was a major crisis for the people.
“They were very appreciative of any help they could get and, for me, it was a rewarding experience.”
She’s a jack of all trades because whilst in Sudan and Nigeria, Desley also taught in hospitals where nurse only had their classroom training.
“In some instances you get a nurse in a ward with 60 people, but with no experience in practical nursing,” she said.
“It was my role to teach these nurses how to do their practical work.”
Her Third World nursing conditions compliment her experience as a paramedic and nurse and she is currently studying public health and tropical medicine.
For the past seven years, Desley has worked with the North West Hospital and Health Service, covering remote communities in North West Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Desley has experience as a relief Director of Nursing, organising relief staff and working in Burketown, Karumba, Camooweal and Dajarra.
And she’s no stranger to the South West, Desley has also worked as a paramedic in St George.
We welcome Desley into our community and hope that she has settled in well.