Probus hears from remote nurse

Cleve Probus Club president David Reed opening the July meeting and welcomed members and seven guests.

The meeting followed with committee members giving reports followed by the morning tea break.

Guest speaker Christine Noble was introduced to talk on her nursing career.

Her training commenced in 1982 in Tumby Bay, then she did training experience in many other locations, including Kimba, Whyalla, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cooper Pedy and Sarawak in Malaysia.

From 2007 to 2010, Mrs Noble completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of South Australia, and in 2016, she commenced working as a Remote Area Nurse in remote Indigenous communities.

She worked in Mimili in the APY Lands, 300 kilometres west of Alice Spring, where a permit is necessary for access to this area.

Security was very important in the living quarters and work conditions.

She had a troopy vehicle to work with and a satellite phone to check in with authorities on a regular basis.

The local people spoke up to four or five different languages making it necessary to have interpreters to assist.

They had a lot of emergencies along with operating a pharmacy to dispense medications, spinning pathology bloods and administering immunisations.

Conditions could be challenging at times and the local dogs could be very menacing.

Care Flight would fly patients to Alice Springs when necessary.

Mrs Noble would visit to out stations and had experience in the Northern Territory in many places, such as Alice Springs, Borroloola, Elliott, Finke, Hermannsberg and Mutitjula.

Photos were shown during the presentation much to the enjoyment of the members.

Time was taken to do the tourist touring in the outback scene and were greatly enjoyed by her.

Questions followed and a gift presented thanking Mrs Noble for her presentation to the club.