Position: General Manager Mental Health Services and Aged Care Service
Sue Thomson began her psychiatric nursing career in 1980 at what was Carrington Hospital in Point Chevalier. She completed her General Nursing qualification in 1984 and has gone on since to work as a Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator and Advisor in the community and inpatient settings, and attain many university qualifications. In the last 10 years, as there are too many years to cover, she worked as Manager of first Ons Dorp Retirement Village, and then with the Oceania Group (the largest provider of aged residential care in NZ) before returning to the DHB to work as an advisor to the 4 Northern Region DHBs on services for older people with mental illness. She comes to Goodwood Park Healthcare Group after nearly 2 years as the Charge Nurse of the Acute admission ward at Middlemore with a wealth of clinical knowledge, skill and humour.
She has 2 adult children and in her spare time writes non fiction, collects gollywogs and dark skinned dolls as a political metaphor, and has her own TARDIS because she is a life long Whoee.