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Dr Maureen Mackay

"Providing exceptional treatment and care"

"Providing exceptional treatment and care"

Dr Maureen Mackay

In life, Maureen dedicated her career to continually improving medical knowledge. In death, through a gift to Cabrini in her Will, she left a legacy dedicated to the same ideal.

Maureen’s nephew John Delohery, shares his insights into her amazing life:

“My Aunt, Maureen Florence Mackay, was born in 1927. Her father, Dr Henry Delohery died of a heart attack just 12 days after Maureen’s birth, but she shared a happy childhood with her two older half siblings, James and Patricia Delohery.

Educated in Sydney, Maureen enjoyed an incredible career spanning across both the United States and Australia. Maureen had a passion for education, in particular Chemistry, and was the first woman ever to be appointed to the Physical Chemistry staff at La Trobe University, where she lectured for the rest of her career.

After receiving treatment for colon cancer at Cabrini in 2013, Maureen was moved to include a percentage of her estate to Cabrini in her Will, and requested that part of it be used for nursing education.

She would be proud her legacy is helping Cabrini’s aged patients with complex medical conditions to receive exceptional treatment and care through the funding of a new Clinical Support Nurse position at Cabrini.”

The position was taken on by Anie Abraham, who now provides bedside education for staff and patients in medical and surgical wards.

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In her new role, Anie assists the Clinical Education Department in providing nursing staff with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to recognise and respond effectively to patients presenting with complex medical conditions.

“This role has been essential in providing the best possible care for our patients and residents,” says Director of Clinical Education Rick Peebles.

“Anie has successfully supported the implementation of an individualised medical daily plan of care project – a new process of patient care and planning which better aligns our care to individual patient and family needs.”

Anie has also been instrumental in establishing clinical skills workshops to support up skilling of medical nursing staff and supported personal protective equipment training during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has proven vital in training our clinical staff to minimise infection risk for both staff and patients.

Thank you Maureen. Your passion for knowledge and education lives on in our hearts, and in the wards and treatment rooms of Cabrini.