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Vanessa De Landelles
CRANAplus Board Member
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.”