Education and Service Development Consultant
Hello, I’m Abie. I’m a psychiatric nurse, social worker and midwife with qualifications across mental health nursing, social work, and education. One of my primary interests is building clinician skills to address cultural and complex needs at the point of admission or during initial assessment in mental health settings.
I have worked as a mental health nurse since 2013 in both acute and community settings, including as a transcultural Recovery Mental Health Clinician at the Mercy Mental Health Wyndham Clinic and Associate Nurse Unit Manager at the Monash Health Perinatal Mental Health Unit. I held a VTMH portfolio from 2016 to 2017.
Most recently, I worked in the Monash Health Forensic Mental Health in Community Health Team (FMHiCH). I have also worked as transcultural child protection practitioner in New South Wales, working mostly with African and First Nations families. I speak three African languages.
As well as these health roles, I have worked in several educational settings, including:
- Lecturing in nursing and midwifery at Charles Sturt and Southern Cross universities in NSW
- As an academic/clinical educator at La Trobe University
- Casual /relief teaching in the UK
- Special education educator in Zimbabwe for 16 years before emigrating to the UK and ultimately Australia.
One of my career highlights was a publication I co-authored on the application of cultural safety in midwifery in Australia, which has informed Australia’s antenatal guidelines for midwifery.
I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to VTMH’s important work.