20 years in caring role
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.
LONG SERVICE: Blue Care Gayndah Community Care service manager Melinda McIntyre.