Marianne Cummins RNAbout Me
Marianne Cummins is a Registered Nurse specialising in Gerontology and Psychiatry of Old Age across all settings: Acute, Community and Residential Care.
Marianne has a long career in Gerontology as a Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) and as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC). She has commissioned Geriatric Assessment; Rehabilitation and Psychiatry of Old Age units, set up the service model and service for the Psychogeriatric Service in Central Australia (Alice Springs based) with Catherine Brown in the Top end (Darwin based).
Over the past 8 years while working in the NT has had broad experience working in
Aboriginal communities and held different roles and positions. All these positions have been based on case management (Care Co-ordination) and advocacy for this vulnerable client group, particularly where social justice, access and equity of health services were the focus.
Marianne also has a strong interest in nurse education and how this is best
delivered. Her focus of staff education is on experiential learning i.e. Experiencing Dementia workshops and role modeling care while working alongside peers.
Marianne has managed the flexible aged care Centre (Kungkarungkalpa) situated on the aboriginal community Wanarn in remote Western Australia – half way between Alice Springs and Kalgoolie).
Marianne has been a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) for many years as Division President ACT; Chair AAG National Conference Committee 2009 in Canberra, Scientific Committee 2015 National Conference held in Alice Springs and Representative on AAG National Council. Also, as a member of the Australian College of Nursing on the Faculty of Ageing Well in the past.
Marianne describes one of the highlights of her career being selected to accompany the WW1 & WW2 Veterans’ with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on numerous Commemorative Missions to major battlefields around the world.
My Nursing background and interests: Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Nursing (and related Behaviour challenges), Gerontology, Dementia assessment (and management) plus Psychiatry of Old Age. Hence my long interest and expertise in the behavioral relationship of the “Brain and Behaviour” and the influence of the environment interpretation/misinterpretation.
AS CNC at Concord Hospital my focus was to educate staff (all staff including
Security) to recognize and understand Delirium and manage this appropriately.
Recently, Marianne has been working as Chronic Disease Care Co-ordinator (CDCC) outreach with Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs (services for town camp residents). Town Camps are satellite communities or suburbs of different language speaking groups of aboriginal people surrounding Alice Springs – there are 19 such communities.