Our Head Registered Nurse Tracy has been working in a variety of nursing roles from orthopaedic trauma, to a communal child health for the past 26 years.
In 2008 she decided to specialise in the ear health field, following this, Tracy performed her specialities in an Ear Nose and Throat out-patient department for 5 years whilst she ran her own part-time micro-suction business which eventually became full-time after building up the clientele in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom have now prohibited water ear syringing due to the high risk of infections and ear drum perforation. Tracy’s vision is to make micro-suction the primary procedure for ear wax removal in Australia as it has in many other countries.
Q. Why are you so passionate about micro-suction?
Tracy: Sometimes people think that they need hearing aids or if they have hearing aids they think that they just aren’t working properly but more often than not, the issue is just wax. Over many years of ear wax removal, I have seen many clients with impacted wax, pain and infection caused by failed syringing – so it makes me proud to be performing an effective method.
Q. What’s your favourite part about your job?
Tracy: People have told me that I’m a lifesaver, as a nurse it is so rewarding to be able to fix a problem and make people feel better fairly quickly by relieving their pain and improving their hearing in just 15 minutes.
Q. What is your greatest mission?
Tracy: My biggest goal is to promote safe effective wax removal with the suction method from toddlers to the elderly – it is vital to maintain correct ear health always, as too much wax can result in a lack of concentration, infections and deafness resulting in isolation.
Tracy is a member of:
Completed – 0416NAT Course for Australian Certification in Microsuction and Aural Hygiene
Ear Nurse Specialist Group of New Zealand
Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses Ear nose and Throat Group of Australia
AHPRA Registered Nurse Division 1
Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association