About Maureen Helen, writer, blogger

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I’m Maureen Helen and I want to celebrate my zest for life and share my enthusiasm for life-long-learning with you. My blogs reflect my many interests and often include tips to help people enjoy life, whatever their age.

Maureen Helen

My background

Originally hospital trained as a registered nurse and midwife, my long career in the helping professions included work as a nurse in different settings such as a women’s hospital, community nursing and aged care.

While a stay-home mother with my six children, I completed a degree in social science. Years later, I added a counselling course at Edith Cowan University and worked as a relationship counsellor. For several years, I tutored in introductory and family sociology and in social research methods at Curtin University.

My last full-time position was as chief executive officer at Advocare Inc. which advocates on behalf of people receiving aged care services.  When we discovered how many older people in aged care facilities and in the community were being abused by people they should have been able to trust, we set up the first elder abuse prevention unit in Western Australia.

My writing

I have always loved writing but opportunities were limited. Before I retired, I made up my mind to take my writing seriously. I completed a Masters Degree in Writing, and was delighted to be accepted as a doctoral candidate to complete a PhD in Writing at Edith Cowan University. My first book, Other People’s Country, was published in 2008.

I met my second husband, learned to sail an ocean-going yacht, and eloped to Paris on our honeymoon before the launch of the book. I put serious writing on the back-burner, but have now started to write a novel.

Why I blog

Blogging is a hobby that I take seriously. Having come to the digital world late, I don’t speak the language fluently, but I do love the challenge of exploring new ideas and learning new skills. There are plenty of opportunities for both (and, of course, for writing and research) in my world of blogging.

The most important reason why I blog is that it provides a place to communicate. It’s a way to exchange ideas and develop friendships. I’m always delighted when readers comment on my posts, and happy to write about topics suggested by other people.

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  1. Have just finished reading Other Peoples Country and found it eye opening and very interesting. I was also an RN and completed training in 1962 in NSW.

    1. Hello, Lynne,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on Other People’s Country. I’m glad it was informative and interesting.
      Best wishes,
      Maureen Helen

  2. I commented on your Blog about Polio and Shenton Park ,previously.
    Have just watched a programme on TV. about the polio days, and this sent me to the net and I found that I not replied to you .
    I was relief charge nurse at Shenton Park during the early 1957s and was amazed to see the iron lungs, there, and that there were still (I think) about 3 patients still using them.
    One woman ,still using a lung, was allowed to go home for a limited amount of time, and had become pregnant. I learnt so much about life ,emotions, and bravery, very quickly. All this was an eye opener. On the paraplegic ward, my knowledge was again expanded, greatly. I recall the men/boys from that ward playing the Globe Trotters. The G.T.s were rather aloof and one had the feeling they thought it would be an easy game for them. It wasn’t. They had to use wheelchairs as did our patients , and the Globe Trotters fell out of those chairs – lot.
    I trained in England, and was a year out of training, when I went to Perth and Royal Perth Hospital. I eventually came back to Canada, were was I born, and continued nursing, here, when my children were older.
    Again, I cannot speak more highly of the nurses in the Infectious Disease Unit, at that time.
    Please note different EMail, address
    Judy nee Peake

    1. Dear Judy, what amazing stories you have to tell about your time at the Infectious Diseases Unit of Royal Perth Hospital. I also worked there at the time you would have been there. My name then was Maureen Stone, and I would have been a second year trainee. I remember the woman who got pregnant. I think her name was Barker, but I don’t remember her first name.
      I also remember those boys playing wheelchair basketball. Dr Bedbrooke came up with the idea and it was very experimental. We very junior nurses were pressed to ‘volunteer’ to play with them, and to make up the teams for practice matches. They showed us no mercy, and we often went to work with grazed knees and elbows and multiple bruises everywhere.
      Thank you for commenting on my blog. I gather you are still in Canada. It is good to hear from you.
      Best wishes,

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