"I believe that within our community it is the art of caring that brings us together. I care about where I live and the community that I live in."

Iris as a young state registered nurse (SRN) in England

I hail from the North East of England, a place of rich history and poor industrial communities. Growing up in the 1960’s & 70’s my home was in the bland uniformity of the new council housing estate, yet a stroll from the stunning architecture of Durham Cathedral, a building with a history spanning over thousand years.

I fell almost by accident into the profession of nursing, training in the era of the frilly cap, the stout shoes, and the matron to be feared. Such memories! My nursing career has since led me to work in various locations within England, South Africa and on the East and West Coasts of Australia. It is a profession that I continue to love.

Iris in full PPE helping with their Covid-19 response

I recently had the honour of helping with the Covid response in Melbourne during Victoria’s second wave of infection. It was a time of intense physical work and emotion, where we worked long and hard; we cried, we mourned, and we also celebrated the victory of life. We cared.

I have learned that whilst the delivery of health care changes, caring for people does not. The real art of nursing lies in the gentle touch, the kind smile, the pause to listen and the desire to help.



I believe that within our community it is the art of caring that brings us together. I care about where I live and the community that I live in.

Iris relaxing in beautiful Woronora

I am involved with We Are Hughes because I want to see greater caring for the community from our elected representatives. I want to see a genuine desire to consult, to get to know and to understand. I want to see a willingness to work with the community – our goal must also be their goal. They must care for our community.