For the past eight years Vanes­sa has been employed with Queens­land Health as the Direc­tor of Nurs­ing in Win­do­rah Pri­ma­ry Health Cen­tre. Vanes­sa is also a del­e­gate for the Queens­land Nurs­es and Mid­wives Union and an active mem­ber of their Rur­al and Remote Ref­er­ence Group, which gives strong focus to safety.

I am hon­oured and proud to have been select­ed as an Indige­nous Direc­tor of CRANAplus,” she says.​“I believe in equal­i­ty for all staff regard­less of their loca­tion of employ­ment. As a Board mem­ber I will work to ensure remote and iso­lat­ed nurs­es have a voice, to have access to train­ing and to have a voice on safe­ty issues. 

All Aus­tralians regard­less are enti­tled to access to the same good health care, no mat­ter where they live.”

Tele­health and the Inter­net have improved the sit­u­a­tion for those in remote loca­tions, Vanes­sa points out.​“Tele­health is forg­ing ahead, allow­ing patients to speak direct­ly to their spe­cial­ist, such as the endocri­nol­o­gist or der­ma­tol­o­gist, and fur­ther edu­ca­tion for nurs­es has start­ed to become more acces­si­ble through the Inter­net. I’d like to see these advances progress further.”