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Features Gold Coast nurse-paramedic and Christian Helen Zahos in Moldova in July 2022 Features

To Moldova with love

“The local Moldovans were Christians from different denominations. Their willingness to risk their lives for fellow Moldovans and Ukrainian refugees set a new bar for servant leadership. I was also inspired by how they banded together despite their theological or liturgical differences to focus on what was important – caring for others,” says Gold Coast nurse-paramedic and Christian Helen Zahos

Features Helen Zahos at an anti-tank barrier Features

Nurse’s nerves of steel: to Ukraine and back again

“When I explained that I had volunteered in Ukraine as a nurse-paramedic, after a thoughtful pause the reporter asked…’Are you a believer?’ When I replied, ‘Yes’, his response was, ‘I figured. Nobody would go into a dangerous warzone as a volunteer unless they had faith,’” says Gold Coast nurse-paramedic Helen Zahos


In remembrance of AIF Staff Nurse Norma Violet Mowbray

“More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during World War I. They were posted to Britain, France, Belgium, the Mediterranean, India and the Middle East. They nursed in hospitals, on hospital ships and trains, or in casualty clearing stations closer to the frontlines. Of these nurses, 25 never came home – Staff Nurse Norma Mowbray among them,” says former Archives Researcher, Adrian Gibb


Toowoomba aged care nurse overcomes obstacles to complete her degree while on dialysis

Sheryl Kupfer is a Clinical Educator and Registered Nurse at our Anglicare Southern Queensland Symes Thorpe Residential Aged Care home in Toowoomba. She has been in her role for the past six years. Sheryl has inspired many of her colleagues with her determination and positive attitude as she completed her nursing degree while on dialysis for a kidney transplant


What is palliative care?

National Palliative Care Week was marked between 23 and 29 May. Hear Anglicare SQ registered nurse Sue Gordon share about palliative care: “I think there is a misconception that palliative care is all about death and dying…it’s also about optimising quality of life and living until death.”