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Neroli ARMSTRONG

Year of Award: 2002.2 Award State: Tasmania Health And Medicine > Diseases, Disorders And Syndromes
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to acquire knowledge and gain experience in the management and latest developments of care, research and education for people living with Type 1 diabetes - USA, Canada, Denmark, U.K.
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When I was 22 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, which allowed me to study the international management of paediatric diabetes in Canada, Denmark and the United Kingdom. I was fortunate enough to spend time at paediatric diabetes education centres in Vancouver, Toronto, Copenhagen, London and Oxford; I attended outpatient diabetes clinics and a diabetes family camp, and visited many families in their homes.

Since receiving my Churchill Fellowship, I have moved to Sydney to consider and develop my career as a diabetes educator. My Fellowship allowed me to gain a unique learning experience in my field and has inspired me to implement many changes in diabetes management, following the exposure I had to international models of care.

Following my move to Sydney I worked as a paediatric diabetes educator at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where I used skills and knowledge gained from my Fellowship experience. I completed two Masters of Nursing degrees and am now an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner, a position I feel would not have been possible without my Fellowship experience.

I currently work as a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Endocrinology at Royal North Shore Hospital. I have switched back to adult diabetes education and have implemented many new models of care based on international models I studied or was inspired by during the Fellowship. While at Royal North Shore Hospital I have had further opportunities to examine international models of care when I travelled to California’s Kaiser Permanente and Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.

My Fellowship allowed me to gain a unique career experience, to travel and to meet so many amazing people from around the world. I had never travelled overseas before the Fellowship, which certainly gave me a taste for it! However, the most important role I have taken on since my Fellowship is that of a mother and wife. I am now married with two boys and live on Sydney’s North Shore. I visit my home town of Hobart often to see family and friends, and hope to settle there again one day with my family. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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