Menzies School of Health Research
My name is Lesley Versteegh and I am an Arrernte woman from Central Australia who has more than 38 years’ experience working as enrolled nurse in numerous capacities for the NT Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research.
For the past 10 years I have been employed as a clinical research nurse in the Menzies Child Health Respiratory Team. My role as a research nurse includes recruitment of participants, data collection, development of respiratory educational resources and family support.
I have been the recipient of the Indigenous Respiratory Nurse Career Development Award in 2011 & 2015 from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference.
As part of the Child Health Respiratory Team, we received the Charles Darwin University Vic-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding contribution to research.
I have been an instrumental part of the Child Health Respiratory team in the development of:
Culturally appropriate educational flipcharts for children with bronchiolitis; pneumonia; and bronchiectasis.
Culturally appropriate educational flipcharts for adults with pneumonia; bronchiectasis; and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Culturally appropriate talking posters in various Aboriginal languages covering the topics of ‘Cough’, ‘No Smoking’ and ‘Hygiene’.
I have designed and implemented a culturally appropriate, ‘Asthma App’ which includes asthma education for Indigenous families in six Aboriginal languages to cover the NT.
As a follow through from this project, I have been a key player in the further development of this App to be expanded to include bronchiolitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis.
I served as a member of the Aboriginal Ethics Sub-Committee for the NT Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research (2014 – 2016).
I have been an active member of the Menzies Child Health Indigenous Reference Group since 2017.
I’m passionate about improving the respiratory health of all children and improving education support to families whose children are affected with a respiratory condition.