Dedicated nurse’s career spans 50 years

Merrylands Community Health Centre nurse Tina Thung is celebrating 50 years of nursing.

Dedication, desire, passion and commitment have been key components to Tina Thung’s 50 years working as a nurse and midwife.

Helping to support patients and their families lies at the core of the Merrylands Community Health Centre child and family health nurse.

Tina started training as a nurse in September 1970 in London, aged 17 and spent 12 years working in different locations including a London psychiatric hospital.

In 1982, Tina and husband David moved to Sydney to start a family and embark on a new chapter in her career.

After the birth of their first child in 1987, she returned to nursing at Westmead Hospital’s obstetrics unit where she served a further 16 years.

Tina shines a small torch – one of the most useful tools of the trade for community nurses in checking vision and tonsils, among other things.

In 2003, Tina accepted a role at Merrylands Community Health Centre as a child and family health nurse where she remains.

The Cherrybrook resident and mother of two enjoys helping Western Sydney families.

”Knowing I’ve made a difference in helping patients and families is rewarding,” Tina said.

“I work with a supportive and friendly team of health professionals who all pitch in and help each other out.

“I feel blessed being a nurse and midwife and I encourage the next generation to consider nursing or midwifery as a rewarding and exciting career.”

Tina has no current plans to retire from her community health centre setting.

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