The power of education: CALHN expertise leaves a lasting legacy

In this episode of the Our People podcast, we speak to CALHN Nurse Educator Joy Booth about the impact of her role educating Central Adelaide perioperative nursing staff and upskilling health care workers in Timor Leste, also known as East Timor.

Joy has worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for more than 30 years and during that time has undertaken 10 visits to Timor with the Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia, or OSSAA, to share her knowledge and skills to support our closest overseas neighbour.

Joy is a Nurse Educator working in the Technical Suites at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She has specialised in orthopaedics and trauma surgery and spent 25 years as a senior instrument/circulating clinician before transitioning into leadership and education. Joy has served as Squadron Leader in the RAAF for 10 years, bringing her trauma surgery expertise to the military. A life changing event volunteering as nursing team leader for the SA medical team that travelled to Banda Aceh following the 2004 tsunami, led to her involvement with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in East Timor. Joy’s volunteer work was recognised with a humanitarian award at the 2019 SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence awards.

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