Donna Rumbiolo (nee McCracken) completed her Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University before moving to Melbourne to complete her graduate program at The Alfred Hospital in 2005. After a few years in Melbourne at The Alfred she moved to Shepparton to continue her nursing career and gained experience in Acute, Aged Care and Community based settings.
Interested in further study in Community Health, Donna completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing
at La Trobe University majoring in Community Health in 2000.
She was employed at Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, a local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) for over 16 years working in a clinical capacity across the Health Service and Health Promotion Units. She has had a special interest in Aboriginal Health, Women’s Health, Smoking Cessation and Illness Prevention across this time.
In 2015 she has recently completed a Department of Education and Early Childhood Department (DEECD) 6 month pilot project to assess the value of having Adolescent Health Nurses in Flexible Learning Centres which are education centres for young people who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education. This showed clear benefits for nurses in these centres and funding has been extended for this role.
She is currently doing a 6 month women's health project at Rumbalara Health Service funded by PapScreen Victoria to help increase the uptake of pap tests, breast screening and bowel screening within the local Aboriginal Community.
Donna’s main role is within the Primary Care and Prevention Team at Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research under the guidance of Associate Professor Melinda Carrington. New to research, Donna is based in Shepparton and working as a Research Assistant (nurse) within The Management to Optimise Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Risk Reduction via Nurse-Led Intervention (MODERN) Study.
As a recipient of a CRE scholarship in 2015 Donna has recently completed studying a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education via distance education at Curtin University, Western Australia. She has worked with people with diabetes across her nursing career and has found this study complemented her current role within the MODERN study and other fields of interest.
Scholarship recipient for Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education.