New Director of Nursing brings wealth of experience to Dirranbandi

A love of the bush and desire to make a difference has attracted an experienced nurse to lead the team at the Dirranbandi Multipurpose Health Service.

Brenda Close
New Director of Nursing (DON) Brenda Close has been nursing for 28-years, coming to Australia from her native New Zealand in 2010.

“I had worked in both the acute and primary health care sectors in New Zealand and once I arrived in Australia almost eight years ago I worked for the Cape York Health Service, which is now known as the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service.”

“During my time there I was DON at the Weipa Integrated Health Service, Napranum Primary Health Care Centre and Mapoon Primary Health Care Centre.”

In 2015 Ms Close ventured to the Northern Territory where she spent two years as DON at the Katherine Hospital and later in Darwin working on a project at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

“Most recently I was on a three-month placement at Newman Hospital in Western Australia and was delighted when the opportunity to work at Dirranbandi became available.”

Ms Close says moving to Dirranbandi was a brilliant chance to explore a new rural setting and lead a dedicated team of health care professionals.

“The autonomy of the DON role means you can truly lead the service in the development and delivery of care, which is something I’m very passionate about. I also look forward to mentoring those new to the profession and hopefully inspiring them to continue in rural and remote nursing.”

“I look forward to meeting and caring for the community and I encourage anyone with feedback about the Dirranbandi Multipurpose Health Service to get in touch.”