BECAUSE OF HER ... Tara Denaro


I am a Practice Nurse, a registered Nurse and Midwife. I work for Institute for Urban Indigenous Health – Birthing in the Community at the Salisbury Mums and Bubs Hub, and as a nurse home visitor for the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program. I also enjoy practising my art.


I’m a Mununjali woman. My family are form the Beaudesert area, but I grew up in Inala.


There are a few different women that have inspired and helped me along the way. My mum Desley Denaro (Blow) is one of those people that’s had a hand at a lot of different work in the community, mainly with a health focus but also social well-being for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She’s taught our language, Yugambeh, to local schools through Catholic Education. As she didn’t pick her own language as a child apart form a few words, she first learnt and then taught her language, and she’s enjoying sharing that knowledge with other people.


She’s also been a personal carer in aged care and a respite carer for dibbled children. Now she’s an elder for the Murri Court, helping out with youth. For her work on the HIPPY early year’s program, where she helped parents teach basic skills to their children before they start Prep, Mum received an award from Mission Australia.


Because of Her I can…. Follow in my family’s footsteps and make a difference. Mum gives me the drive to work hard to achieve my goals. Now, I’m trying to be a good role model for my three daughters to inspire them to be proud of their heritage and do remarkable things themselves.


I’ve been inspired in my work by so many health colleagues, like Sherry Holzapel, Nola White, Kristie Ivory – Watego, Marianne Wobcke, Sharna Hill, Tess Symes, and so many others. I’ve been lucky to have them to help me with my career and shape my path. We have similar interests and passions, and sometimes after speaking with them I just want to go and change the world.


Because of them I can…. Have confidence in my work and feel supported in following our common passions and interests.


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