Alana Haymes – Acting Program Manager – Chronic Conditions
We welcomed Alana to the team in February 2018 as the Project Officer. Prior to this Alana worked in the Deadly Choices team at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) as the Clinical Integrations and Tobacco Coordinator. In July 2018, Alana transitioned to the Acting Program Manager (Chronic Conditions) and in this role supports the Chronic Disease team, PIR and ITC team. Alana greatly enjoys working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, engaging with the community and strengthening NCACCH’s partnerships in the region.
Nicole McDermott – Coordinator (Chronic Disease Management Program)
Nicole’s family orginate from the Darug people of Sydney NSW. Nicole and her family have loved the transition from the Hunter Valley NSW to the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Nicole joined the NCACCH team in May 2015 to assist with our Chronic Disease Management Program as the Chronic Disease Support Facilitator. Due to the growth of the program, late 2017 Nicole was promoted to Chronic Disease Program Coordinator where she continues to embrace the opportunity to work with our community to improve health outcomes.
Julie Fresta – Clinical Support Officer (Chronic Disease Management Program)
Julie is a Registered Nurse who has worked doing care coordination in a number of roles, including homeless outreach nursing, radiation oncology and HIV/AIDS. She has also worked in community cultural development and workforce development in the health and community services sectors. Since 2013, Julie has worked in Chronic Disease Management across various locations including; Brisbane ATSICHS at their Woolloongabba clinic, Our PHN (Sunshine Coast) and most recently transitioning to NCACCH in 2017. Julie grew up in Ingham in Far North Queensland where she remains connected with her extended family.
Di Bennett – Health Advocate/Clinical Nurse (Chronic Disease Management Program)
We welcomed Di to our team in September 2015 in the role of Health Advocate (Nurse) for the Chronic Disease Management Program. Di is a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator. Prior to relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2002 from hometown Broken Hill, Di worked in the local AMS and the regional Diabetes Centre where she provided Diabetes education and Chronic Disease Management to the Wilyakali and Paakantji people. Di has actively worked within our community for many years ie Well Persons Heath Days, NAIDOC, Chronic Disease Management within the General Practice and Nambour Hospital. “Di believes that every client has a story to tell and sometimes health professionals just need to listen”.