Chris works in rural settings where communities are deeply affected by many social determinants and often steeped in generational traditions. Her passion is to empower and be inclusive. To do this she engages with families, groups, organisations, and communities to 'join their dots'.
Rural Maternal and Child Health Nurse and Community Development Worker
Chris describes herself as ‘a bit of a girl friday’ before she settlied into nursing, health promotion and community development. ‘I caused my parents a bit of grief; moving from one job to another. I tried out being a typist, receptionist, jeweller’s assistant, take away chicken shop worker, supermarket cashier, fruit and veg assistant, bank fraud department assistant, babysitter, car auto parts assistant, nursing home cleaner and waitress in a french restaurant – all before I was 20’.
It all led to the health and community field with Chris starting her nursing career in rural communities before spending time in ‘the big smoke’ undertaking postgraduate studies in midwifery, maternal child health, sexual health, masters of nursing and management.
Chris works in maternal and child health nurse and community development roles in the Otway Ranges of Victoria. She loves everything about living in a tiny community with cows, dogs and frogs and is a strong advocate for communities getting together to grow, develop and make positive change.