Pioneer and advocate in community nursing

Pamela Brady
17 October 1941 – 10 April 2009

Colleagues and friends wish to express their sadness on hearing of the sudden death of Pamela Brady in 2009.

Pamela initially completed her general training at Prince Henry Hospital in Sydney in 1961 followed by her midwifery training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide.

Always looking for new adventures, she travelled overseas working as a nurse in a variety of roles and locations including Canada, Alaska, New Guinea and Sarawak.

On her return to Australia in 1973 Pamela became interested in the Whitlam Government-funded innovative Generalist Community Nursing project. Pamela was one of the original ‘Whitlam Nurses’ based in Mt Druitt. It was during her time as a Generalist Community Nurse she pioneered nurses working within a primary health-care model in Sydney’s west.

It was from here that Pamela progressed into management positions, becoming a Senior Community Nurse and the first Director of Community Nursing in the former Western Sydney Area Health Service in 2003.

Pamela was well respected as a nursing leader who supported and encouraged staff to reach their potential. She was dedicated to achieving respect for community nurses within the health system. She was known to challenge the boundaries, always looking for opportunities to improve community nursing practice or to implement innovative strategies for the community.

Pamela was an active member of the NSWNA. At the local Branch she held positions of delegate, Secretary and President over many years. She was involved in wage claims and often provided expert opinion.

Pamela was ultimately a wonderful friend with a great sense of humour who will be greatly missed. She was an inspiration to us all and has left an enormous legacy of nurses understanding the value of the individual’s contribution to how best to work together for the client and the community.

There will always be a special place for Pamela in all community health centres.

All staff wish to express their sympathy to Pamela’s family.

By Sue Briggs on behalf of Pamela’s friends and work colleagues at Sydney West AHS Community Nurses.