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Health Promotion and Access - Lesley Salem
A presentation by Lesley Salem at the APNA 2018 National Conference - Nurseforce for the Future.
A descendant of the Gringai-Wonnarua Nation in New South Wales, Lesley's nursing is dedicated to improving the health of those with chronic disease and continuously agitating the state and federal government over nurses and patient rights. The leading nurse practitioner enjoys mentoring and believes strongly in sharing knowledge and the important role for nurse practitioners in rural communities.
In 2015, well-known Coledale Community Centre nurse Lesley Salem was recognised by the industry’s peak body, the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, when she was named the Australian Nurse Practitioner of the Year. Lesley splits her time between a number of community clinics across Australia.
A lack of specialty services, extended waiting times and shoestring budgets were listed as the main challenges faced by community clinics. While a nurse practitioner’s primary service is medical help, Lesley maintains that communication skills are vital in the industry.