Sharon is a registered nurse with a wide range of palliative and community experience. Qualifying in 1999 from Glasgow Caledonia University Sharon emigrated with her family to Australia in 2011 from Glasgow Scotland where she had worked firstly in the oncology setting and then community as a registered nurse before conducting further study as a specialist practitioner in Community Nursing. Prior to emigrating to Australia, she was a District Nurse Team leader in an out of hours service delivering both palliative and complex care in the community setting. After settling in Melbourne, she worked firstly with RDNS then as a Clinical Nurse specialist in palliative care at Calvary healthcare Bethlehem. Sharon describes her interest and passion for palliative care as being shaped by the palliative care team she met and spent time with during her nurse training and placement opportunities in the oncology setting where she saw at first hand the importance of palliative care and how intrinsic it was to care of the living and the dying. Sharon’s career since coming to Australia has been varied in order to better understand the health care system here but it has given her the opportunity to develop good relationships and have a better understanding of the needs of each area she has worked in these include Residential In reach, HARP, TCP, Subacute GEM , In patient palliative care unit , Clinical nurse educator and project management for palliative care consortium.
Sharon is delighted to be working with the PEPA aged care team and hopes to inspire and motivate the participants she meets to provide excellence in care through an education experience that will value their roles and support them through a valuable placement experience with mentorship at the forefront.