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During the 50 year celebration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS), PA Hospital's own Aunty Glenda was recognised as a life member of the organisation.
Aunty Glenda Brooks is a valued member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison team at PAH and has even found fame as the pin-up gal for COVID-Vaccination across Queensland.
“I had no expectations of receiving an award.
“I am who I am, and I can thank my hard-working mother and father for that,” Aunty Glenda said.
“I have an Aunty who is 72 and I hope to surpass her. I have the energy to do it!”
Aunty Glenda started with ATSICHS in the mid 90's as the diabetes health worker at Hubert St Woolloongabba.
“From there, I was one of the first Aboriginal women to go to the Wesley Hospital to do the diabetes educator course there.
“It was a 6-week course with no excuses for not completing,” she reminisced.
Following a secondment at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Aunty Glenda began at PAH in 2019.
“I am delighted to be in the HLO position here, building respect from nursing staff, operational staff and the executive team here.
“Sharing what we do for our people and working right across the hospital with patients and all professions is immensely satisfying for me. I’m all about sharing the workload and caring for our people,” she said.
“It is nice when people inside the hospital recognise me from my interactions out in the community.
“I do my work because I love supporting our peoples throughout their journey; not for awards, just a simple thank you from my patients is enough for me.”