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Nurse reflects on more than a decade of international aid work

When Denise Moyle got the call for her first international aid mission, she was nervous, excited and a little scared about what was in front of her.

Moyle ended up working on the perimeter of Kenya and Sudan, providing care to the weapon-wounded from the latter. She said it didn’t take her long to settle into the role or to shake the daunting feeling she had on her way overseas.

Now, Moyle is an international health co-ordinator with the Australian Red Cross and has been with the Australian Red Cross and the International Committee of Red Cross for the last 12 years, working in such countries as Sudan, Pakistan and Yemen and across areas affected by conflict and disaster.

Nursing Review sat down with Moyle to discuss the ways in which she has been able to use her skills overseas and how the thoughts running through her head in the lead up to her first mission stack up against what she has experienced over the past decade.

Moyle also took part in the first episode of the second season of Red Cross’s podcast How Aid Works, titled, "Earthquake, war, famine, flood … interested?", which can be found here.

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