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When it comes to serving her community, Sherene has skin in the game

When it comes to serving her community, Sherene has skin in the game

Published:07 February 2017

CQUniversity Alumni Industry Contribution Award winner Sherene Devlin.

The community of Ipswich is a much healthier place thanks to CQUniversity alumnus Sherene Devlin, who continues to grow her clinic offering accessible dermatology treatments and management.

Despite having to overcome a personal tragedy in 2013, she was able to complete a Masters of Nurse Practitioner Dermatology with honours and has been forging ahead with her health career.

She earned the CQUniversity Alumni Industry Contribution Award 2016 for her contributions to nursing and primary health care over the past 14 years.

Ms Devlin graduated with a Bachelor of Health (Nursing) from CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus back in 2003.

After building her nursing experience, she established her own clinic and offered the first bulk-billed Narrowband UVB Phototherapy dermatology treatment, so clients no longer had to travel. 

The inspirational alumnus has reduced lengthy wait periods to access a dermatologist and has provided fly-in-fly-out psoriasis clinics in Rockhampton and Townsville.

On top of being Australia's first nurse practitioner to specialise in psoriasis management, Ms Devlin is also the only nurse who has established a clinic that specialises in chronic inflammatory skin conditions.

In recognition of her remarkable achievements, contribution as a health care professional, and the positive impact she has had on the lives of many, she was awarded the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association’s 2016/17 Nurse of the Year award. The significance of the award is demonstrated by the fact she is one of more than 80,000 Practice Nurses Australia-wide.

Ms Devlin continues to mentor other nurse practitioners through their studies and has been described by colleagues as an extremely humble and inspirational person, who gains great pleasure in helping others.

After receiving her award, she was invited to meet with Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, who offered congratulations on behalf of the community.

Other invitations have included opportunities to pass on her knowledge at various dermatology venues and to present to GPs and nurses.

Ms Devlin is proud to be an advocate and ambassador for nurses in primary health care and she educates other health professionals and community members about the role of 'nurse practitioner'.