Rowena Coyle

B Nursing

Rowena moved from not so sunny Launceston to only slightly sunnier Melbourne to join Wellness Medicine.  “My heart”, she says, “will always be in Tassie but I love Melbourne too, especially the autumn; when the leaves and the light are beautiful but the weather’s so mild you can wear and do almost anything”.

Rowena’s nursing degree at the University of Tasmania included placements in hospital intensive care, general and plastic surgery and community based adult mental health.  After the degree, she spent a year as one of the Practice Nurses with a private clinic, then another year as a general nurse with an aged care facility, both in Launceston.  “I found intensive care nursing was not for me.  You see both young and not so young patients in so much pain and often there is so little you can do.  Part of what attracted me to Wellness Medicine is the commitment here to early intervention and preventative health in a respectful partnership with our patients”.

In the relatively short time since graduation, Rowena has also completed nine professional development courses ranging from Advanced Management of Medications to Diabetes Management, Wound Care and Pain Management.

Rowena’s particular strengths and interests include:

Vaccinations and Immunisations for everyone, but especially children,

Care Plans and their use in Chronic Disease Management,

Travel Medicine, and

Screenings especially supporting and encouraging the ‘take-up’ of government funded and supported programs as a valuable service to our patients.

As well as handling all new patient intakes whenever possible, Rowena is playing a key role in keeping patient records up to date and alerting patients to recommended and eligible screenings as they qualify through age or medical conditions.

Rowena also manages all our medical supplies and equipment, dispensary and treatment room and oversees the results-recalls process.  “It is a busy and complex role” she says “but it is made easier because of the supportive colleagues and the strong teamwork between clinicians, admin and nursing.  It particularly helps that I am part of the weekly Clinical Meetings and am able to make a real contribution to patient case management and our overall clinical excellence.