Frontline health heroes - Wodonga TAFE Nursing teacher and past Nursing students supporting our community
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Some of Wodonga TAFE's past Nursing students, and current staff member, Nursing teacher Penny Wilson, are part of the amazing team working in the AWH COVID-19 Vaccination Hub.
Penny has been working for the last few months as a Nurse Immuniser at the AWH Vaccination Hub in Wodonga, along with conducting outreach clinics to Beechworth Health Service, Corryong Hospital, and Albury Base Hospital. Penny has also been involved in the set-up of the multicultural clinics at Mirambeena Community Centre, for members of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community, where she is working alongside some of Wodonga TAFE's past Nursing students. They are part of a team providing COVID-19 education and vaccination to people from many different cultures in a safe environment with the support of the local ethnic community organisations, and are working to meet the needs of disability workers, health care workers, abattoir workers, and elderly people with chronic disease within the CALD community.
Penny said that she was very proud of the students - past and present - and loves that they are working as team mates, not student-teacher!
"As their teacher and former teacher, I would like to say how proud I am to work alongside four of our former and current Wodonga TAFE Nursing students! Emma, Joy, Manjula, and Britt are key members of the great team at AWH providing vaccinations at the Vaccination Hub and on the Outreach team. They are providing a much-valued service to our Albury Wodonga community, including our local CALD communities."
Image 1: Pictured below is Manjula Pillay (past Nursing student) vaccinating a member of our community as she works in the CALD clinic at Mirambeena. Manjula's language skills have made her an invaluable member of the team where she has been able to communicate with the Bhutanese elders and Indian community members.
Image 2: Also pictured is Nursing teacher, Penny Wilson, along with former Nursing students, Joy Smitts, Britt Jones, Manjula Pillay; and Emma McKay (current Nursing student about to graduate) at the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub in Wodonga.