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Five questions for Julie-Anne Whittaker

This month we spoke to Julie-Anne Whittaker, UQ Health Care Nurse Practitioner at Aveo Durack and Newstead.

How long have you been working with UQ Health Care at the St Lucia Clinic?
Since July 2012

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day can include visiting residents with acute health concerns and prescribing a treatment plan, reviewing residents who have been unwell to ensure they are responding to treatment, reviewing healthy residents monthly as part of a general check-up and arranging geriatrician reviews via telehealth. Providing end of life care to residents is an important part of my role to ensure residents remain comfortable and family are supported during this difficult time.

What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy interacting with the residents and staff.I particularly enjoy observing a person who has been unwell responding positively to a treatment plan and returning to an optimal health status.

What benefits does a nurse practitioner provide as part of the healthcare team for aged care residents?
I can provide healthcare that is proactive and not reactive. I am able to assess the resident when symptoms first appear and be proactive, hopefully reducing the risk of the illness progressing or requiring hospitalisation.

What are your interests outside of work?
My family, two little fluffy white dogs, cooking and eating out.

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