DOREEN ROCKLIFF

Doreen Rockliff is a patient advisor who came to the role the hard way. A life changing event on Halloween 2011, in the form of SEPSIS, set in motion a lengthy connection with AHS. A two week ICU stay was followed by four months on the wards of FMC. More surgeries and hospital stays and a lengthy physical recovery lead me to seek support and information which, in turn, lead me to the the patient engagement experience. The opportunity to use all this personal experience and knowledge provides me with a sense of purpose at this stage of my life; that is…when I am not travelling or playing tennis. Having been invited to support grant applications and to be on Research teams and also having been accepted as a volunteer in ICU validates my health experience in a personally beneficial way. My Masters research at the U of A was in a museum related field, that of the conservation of cultural objects. This lead to a twenty year career in that field and included studying at ICCROM (a part of UNESCO), in Rome, Italy and a stint as a tutor at the Textile Conservation Centre based at Hampton Court Palace, London, UK. And I have never forgotten my early years as a student nurse in an English hospital built in Victorian times where the ghost of Florence Nightingale still had the student nurses polishing floors! The intervening years of motherhood and home economics have given me a great overall experience of life. My family were my advocates and my support as we together navigated the health care experience.