Sharon is a registered nurse with a post graduate in chemotherapy treatments. Over the last 10 years she has worked in the acute, emergency, aged care, palliative, transition care program and chemotherapy departments.
From July 2018 to August 2019 Sharon was the Choosing Wisely Project Coordinator focusing on reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures at Swan Hill District Health. She also teaches Diploma of Nursing students at SuniTAFE.
- Successfully reduced the number of unnecessary CTPAs ordered for investigation of pulmonary embolism
- Implemented a pulmonary embolism evaluation pathway tool
- Ran information sessions for consumer groups based on the Choosing Wisely ‘5 Questions to ask your doctor’
- Provided resources aimed getting consumers engaged in discussions with physicians regarding their own health needs
Why I do what I do
“After being involved in Choosing Wisely I have become passionate about reducing waste in health facilities and improving processes and the delivery of healthcare to the public. I also wish to ensure future carers are adequately educated and understand the issues underlying the delivery of safe and effective healthcare and with a view to continually improve and further their profession.”