Profession: Nurse
Location: Victoria – Heidelberg

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Qualifications: Registered Nurse, Grad Dip in Business Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Professional Affiliations: ANF, Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Polio Australia

Brief Bio:

Trained at The St George Hospital in Sydney, Anne worked in Emergency Nursing for 9 years before deciding upon a change of direction. In 1989 she began working in the Long Term Ventilation Unit (LTVU) at Fairfield Hospital in Melbourne. At that time there were fewer than 40 people in Victoria using mechanical ventilation in the community.
Anne was the Nurse Unit Manager of the LTVU from 1990 to 1998, moving the unit to the Austin Hospital to amalgamate with the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Austin Health in 1996 to create the Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS). The VRSS provides a state-wide service for clients who require mechanical ventilation in the community.
In 1998, with Department of Health funding, she set up the VRSS Outreach Service, a small team who manage the provision of equipment, information and support for ventilator users living in the community.
Anne operated alone in this role until 2005 when VRSS Outreach won the contract for ventilator servicing and repair and expanded its staff to manage to the additional work. The Outreach team now consists of 4 nurses, 2 biomedical engineers and a part-time secretary and it has over 900 clients under its care

Consults with clients/patients: Yes

Consults both with polio survivors and with other health practitioners: Yes

Consults with other health practitioners but not directly with clients/patients: No

Name: Ms Anne Duncan RN, Grad Dip Bus Mgt
Position Title: Victorian Respiratory Support Service - Outreach Coordinator

Workplace Name: Austin Health
Workplace Address: 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg  Victoria  3084

Landline Phone: 03 9496 3688
Fax: 03 9496 5124


Mobile Phone: 0409 387 448
Email Address: [email protected]

Type of Practice: Public Hospital  
Doctor’s Referral Required:

Days of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4.30pm

Wheelchair-Accessible Workplace: Yes

Consultation Options:

Home Visits:
After-Hours Service: No


Any Additional Practice Information:

Late Effects of Polio Experience/Training:
Worked with post-polio clients/patients, Participated in a Polio Health and Wellness Retreat, Attended a Post-Polio Conference

Any Additional Experience Details:

Specific and/or Other Areas of Interest/Expertise:
Neurological Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions, Muscular/Skeletal Conditions, Chronic Health Conditions, Respiratory Health

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