Endorsed as a NP in 2006, Wendy began a nurse practitioner via a Commonwealth project that was looking into the role of Nurse Practitioners in Aged Care. Following the completion of this trial, she was instrumental in the development with Dr Mary Ann Ryall and Stella Creighton of the service RADAR (Rapid Assessment of the Deteriorating Aged At Risk). This was a community based service that GPs referred to when they were concerned about one of their elder clients in the community and worked to avoid hospital admission. This service won Quality Awards and the Poster Presentation award at the Australia and New Zealand Geriatric Society Meeting. Following on from that she also participated in another Commonwealth funded project looking at the role of the Aged Care Nurse Practitioner in private practice with the view of developing a sustainable model of care. She was involved with Holistic Medical Care for this trial and stepped down from her full time role with RADAR, for the duration of this project.
Following the completion of this trial Wendy joined the nursing team at the Walk in Centre’s which are the only community based publicly funded nurse led clinics in Australia. These clinics provide care to the community for minor illness and injuries. They are staffed with nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses.
Wendy’s key interest is delivery good quality care to all her patients young and old. She continues to have a small private practice seeing elderly in the community. This includes research, quality projects and education.