Patricia Bailey

I have been working as a registered nurse for 22 years. I have worked most of my nursing career at the Royal Hobart Hospital. During this time I have completed two post graduate courses, in Critical Care nursing and Neuroscience nursing. Seventeen years was spent nursing in the Department of Critical Care at the Royal Hobart Hospital and now I currently work in the anaesthetic and recovery department.

Over the years, I have been involved with many women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Also caring for them pre and post surgery, chemotherapy and unfortunately the complications of their treatment, and regretfully saying farewell to those who have succumbed to this insidious disease. Working in the fitness industry, I am very focused on living a healthy lifestyle. I love to encourage and support women to do the same.

I consider myself very lucky to have been brought up in a very close, loving, supportive family. Unfortunately I lost my mother 13 years ago and am well aware what it is like to lose someone so precious. The pain, the hurt, the overwhelming sadness, the frustration and anger is something I will never get over.

I am a mother of three children whom I love and adore. I just hope that I can live long enough to see them grow up into adulthood and have families of their own. And, with this desire to live to a ‘ripe’ old age, my nursing experience and the tragic loss of a loved one, if I can help save a woman’s life in any way, I am very proud to be an Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia.