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Training and Support Unit for Aboriginal Mothers, Babies & Children

The Training and Support Unit for Aboriginal Mothers, Babies and Children (TSU), a relatively new service being managed by HETI – Rural, was  established to provide targeted education to staff working in Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Services (AMIHS), Building Strong Foundations for Aboriginal Children, Families and Communities (BSF), Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership Agreement (NPA-IECD) Element 2 programs across NSW.

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The team

This virtual Team boasts more than fifty years of collective experience working with Aboriginal communities.

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Karen BeattieKaren Beattie (right), Midwifery Educator, was the Clinical Nurse Consultant / Community Midwife at Durri Aboriginal Corporation, Kempsey, for 12 years prior to joining the TSU. Karen brings a wealth of clinical experience as well as knowledge of state working groups

Julie George

Julie George (left), Nurse Educator, Child & Family Health, worked with Biripi Aboriginal Medical Service, Taree, as the Clinical coordinator for the BSF program and compliments the Team with her understanding of child and family health. 


Kylie Sands (right), Administration Officer, moved Kylie Sands from TAFE to work with the team and has made a seamless adjustment to working in the health industry. 


Jean Clulow

Jean Clulow (left), Project Officer, Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol, will facilitate the development of an education resource to support Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol staff who are currently being appointed to work with Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Services across the state. Jean brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position having worked in health for almost forty years as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Drug and Alcohol Clinical Nurse Consultant.

Marilyn DeanMarilyn Dean
(right), Aboriginal Health Educator, has worked for 4 years with Aboriginal Health at Kempsey as an Aboriginal Health Education Officer and previously with Department of Community Services as an Aboriginal Alice MunroCaseworker / Family Worker. Marilyn has a strong commitment to the health and well-being of Aboriginal people.

Alice Munro
(left), Social Worker based at TSU in Orange, completed Social Work (Honours) at CSU in Wagga Wagga in 2009 and since this time has worked throughout Western NSW (specifically covering communities such as Dareton, Bourke, Lightning Ridge and Cobar with the Murdi Paaki Drug & Alcohol Network) in the fields of Aboriginal health, drug and alcohol, mental health and health promotion.

Jennifer WannanJennifer Wannan
(right), Manager, has worked in rural health for more than twenty years and has always had a passion to improve the health of Aboriginal people. The Team is eagerly awaiting the recruitment of three Aboriginal Health Educators who will bring the essential ingredient of cultural knowledge and understanding. 

Sharon TaylorSharon (Shazza) Taylor (left), Aboriginal Health Educator, has worked for three and half years with Birra-li Aboriginal Maternal Child Health Services as Aboriginal Health Educator Officer with both AMIHS and Bringing Services Together Program (this is a Child & Family Program). Shazza has been previously employed as a Preschool Director and Teacher and has over 13 years working with a Community Development focus. Shazza has a strong commitment to facilitating individual self-actualisation, family and community capacity building. Shazza is a member of the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council as well as other community committees.

Deborah NicholasDeborah Nicholas (right), Midwifery Educator based in Taree, established AMIHS in Taree and Forster in 2001. Deborah worked as a community midwife and CFHN at Biripi and Tobwabba AMS for 12 years. Midwifery philosophy is that as midwives we work with mothers to enhance their baby's growth and emotional development. In doing so we have a nurturing effect on the woman, her family and community. Engaging with mother and babies is vital to "closing the gap".

Contact Details

Alice Munro:         02 63 60 0183  
Deborah Nicholas: 02 6592 9164  
Marilyn Dean:       02 65 62 0373  
Jean Clulow:         02 63 61 4558  
Jennifer Wannan:  02 63 60 2630 
Julie George:        02 65 92 9161  
Sharon Taylor:     02 6592 9162   
Karen Beattie:      02 65 62 0373 
Kylie Sands:        02 63 60 0279  



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Concerned about cost?

Consider a scholarship. It's easier than you think!

There are several scholarships and grants currently open for Nurse, Midwives, Aboriginal Health Education Officers, and Allied Health staff. These scholarships can assist with undergraduate and postgraduate studies, continuing professional development activities; short courses, workshops, conferences and seminars.

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The TSU team is happy to discuss your application with you  

Last Updated: 2013-01-09 13:33:05+11