RGN, RSCN, Diploma in Government NSW Clinical Redesign, Diploma in Project Management NSW Clinical Redesign, Diploma in Management & Industrial Relations
TKCC Building Services Manager & Cancer Systems Innovation Manager
Colette’s role as Building Services Manager & Cancer Systems Innovation Manager for The Kinghorn Cancer Centre involves the planning, coordination and implementation of the occupation of the St Vincent’s dedicated and shared spaces in the Centre. Colette works collaboratively with staff from the Garvan Institute to ensure the delivery of a high quality cancer centre.
Over the pasted 12 months she has been working on policy and procedures in the clinical setting, through patient journeys and facilitated working parties, she has process mapped current practices and established new models of care for the Centre’s clinical areas.
Colette began her nursing training in Ireland and trained as a Sick Children’s Nurse, before becoming a Registered Nurse. She soon found her passion was in management and in motivating staff and producing high quality care for patients. Colette honed these skills by completing a Management and Industrial Relation Diploma at the National College of Industrial Relations, Ireland.
In 2000 Colette relocated to King Faisel Hospital in Riyad, Saudi Arabia where as a Nurse Manager she improved the quality of care for the oncology and haematology outpatients by leading a number of quality improvement projects. Two such initiatives were the establishment of a pre-assessment clinic for children requiring chemotherapy and the setting up of safe areas for sedating paediatric oncology patients requiring painful procedures.
After two and a half years in Saudi Arabia, Colette moved to Australia where she worked as Nurse Unit Manager in Sydney Children’s Hospital. Colette oversaw the relocation and setting up of two new full-service area within the hospital and established a newly refurbished unit, with minimal disruption to patients and their families.
Colette joined St Vincent’s Haematology Oncology Ambulatory Care Department in 2010 as Nurse Unit Manager. She also successfully completed the New South Wales Diploma in Project Management and Clinical Governance in 2010. She began her current role at TKCC in July 2011.