Four memorable decades of nursing

WSLHD Child and Family Health nurse unit manager Joann Mannion is ready for retirement.

After an incredible 42 year career in nursing and midwifery, Joann Mannion has decided to call it a day.

For 30 years Joann has worked for Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Child and Family Health nursing, managing large teams of nurses and working with leadership to review, plan and deliver nursing services.

Reflecting on career highlights, Joann mentioned how rewarding it was for her to watch parents grow in confidence and enjoy their children.

“I’ve always prioritised teamwork and staff wellbeing, and seeing the professional growth of my staff has been the most satisfying part of my nurse unit manager role,” Joann said.

“I appreciate and will always remember the camaraderie, support, encouragement and mentorship I received from colleagues and the nursing leadership group during my time in Western Sydney.”

Joann followed her mother’s footsteps to enter the nursing profession at the young age of 17, training at Swan Hill District Hospital before she relocated interstate to train as a midwife at Canterbury Hospital in 1981.

She joined the WSLHD Child and Family Health team in 1989, and in 2003 was promoted to nurse unit manager – a position she maintained until her retirement.

Joann played a lead role in the Auburn Community Health service redesign and managed nursing teams throughout a number of service restructures.

Most recently the dedicated nurse helped her team implement a new nursing model of care.

Joann has been a valued, respected colleague and friend who has worked tirelessly to make a difference for families and children in Western Sydney.

Her immediate retirement plans include a long touring holiday in Queensland, NSW and Victoria with her husband and spending time with her family.