20 years in car­ing role

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEER work led Melinda McIn­tyre into a re­ward­ing ca­reer with Blue Care that has just reached 20 years.

The cur­rent ser­vice man­ager at Blue Care Gayn­dah Com­mu­nity Care first worked as a vol­un­teer with Blue Nurses in Gayn­dah, be­fore join­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion as a reg­is­tered nurse in May 1994.

“I was work­ing as a nurse mid­wife at the Gayn­dah hospi­tal at the time and study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Health Sci­ence,” Ms McIn­tyre said.

“A po­si­tion came up at Blue Care Mun­dub­bera/ Eidsvold Com­mu­nity Care for a reg­is­tered nurse, so I ap­plied and got the job.

“I wanted to work for Blue Care be­cause I be­lieved in its val­ues and in the out­reach of the Unit­ing Church, and those val­ues and out­reach are still ev­i­dent to­day.”

Since then, Ms McIn­tyre has worked in a va­ri­ety of roles across the Wide Bay Bur­nett.

Her high­lights in­clude “watch­ing cen­tres be es­tab­lished in our towns of Biggen­den, Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold,

I wanted to work for Blue Care be­cause I be­lieved in its val­ues

and also see­ing per­sonal car­ers be­come more com­fort­able in their roles”.

Start­ing a di­a­betes sup­port ser­vice and foot care clinic have brought re­wards too, she said.

“Above all though, I re­mem­ber the lit­tle things like driv­ing down dirt tracks to visit fam­i­lies in the bush, mak­ing great friends and be­ing able to serve the com­mu­nity, and hav­ing fun with our team.”

Blue Care is a not-for-profit ser­vice provider as­sist­ing older people, people liv­ing with a disability and oth­ers in need with ser­vices which pro­mote their in­de­pen­dence and qual­ity of life.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.blue­care.org.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LONG SER­VICE: Blue Care Gayn­dah Com­mu­nity Care ser­vice man­ager Melinda McIn­tyre.

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