After years of hard work and dedication to her neighborhood and family decided to follow her dream to support her community by completing a Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care online.
Since then, she has gone on to complete a certificate IV and diploma in the same field and at the end of 2017 she enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE Queensland. As a testament to all her hard work she has just been announced as one of the successful applicants of the 2018 Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship is taking her one step closer towards achieving her goals.
“My goal is to provide the best care in my community and continue my studies to become an enrolled nurse,” said Jodie.
“My family are very proud of what I have achieved through my studies and when I told my Nanna that I wanted to become a nurse, she cried.”
“She gave great advice and encouraged me to keep fighting for my goals. In return, I have inspired my youngest daughter to complete her schooling and she plans to attend university to become a doctor.”
“As a single mum, the Indigenous Scholarship has helped ease the financial commitment and is setting me on a path to achieve my aspirations.”
Jodie, whose family are Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa, has a passion for educating people on health issues and for helping women connect.
In her Patient Care Coordinator role at Kalwun Medical Services Centre, Jodie assists patients with chronic diseases by providing education, liaising with General Practitioners (GPs) and allied health workers, seeking funding, and organising transport. She enjoys making an impact in their lives and being there for her patients in times of need.
Jodie's advice to other mature age students thinking about studying? Work hard, keep focused and share your knowledge and experiences with others. When you do that, anything is possible.