New Diabetic Educator for Bourke and Far West NSW Medicare Local
Shane with his mum Mary, brothers Luke and Mitchell and daughter Montana.
Congratulations to local Bourke boy and Far West NSW Medicare Local Aboriginal Health Worker, Shane Boney on receiving a graduation certificate in Diabetes Education from Deakin University.
Shane lives in Bourke with his young family, has attended the local primary and high schools and has been employed with Far West NSW Medicare Local and the NSW Outback Division of General Practice for the past five years.
He has a passion for primary health care and jumped at the chance to continue his studies in the field. The new qualifications will enable Shane and Far West NSW Medicare Local to have a more in-depth interaction with people newly diagnosed and living with diabetes.
Shane says "The main reason for completing this course was because I see a lot of my people living with Diabetes and the impacts of having it. I feel as though I can help reduce the numbers through education and programs". Shane commenced part time studies with Deakin university in Geelong to gain this certificate in late April, Shane and his family travelled to Geelong for his graduation.
CEO of the FWML Stuart Gordon says "We have a culture of investing in our staff and helping them realise their full potential. Shane's achievement is both a terrific personal milestone but also something our organisation celebrates as its proof of the real potential within our local health workforce and evidence of how this can be enhanced to bring much needed skills and expertise to the primary health care settings of our remote communities".
Shane is located at the Darling River Medical Centre three days a week and conducts fortnightly Diabetes Group with locals in the FWML health promotion room. Call and speak with Shane at the Bourke Office on 02 6872 4777 so you can learn more about diabetes and the exciting programs he has planned for the community.