Professor de Crespigny has been an active DANA member since 1989. She delivered the second Adams – de Crespigny – Harvey Oration, ‘Courage Through Complexity’ at the DANA Annual Conference in 2012. You can read her oration at this link…DANA-oration-2012
This brief summary of Professor de Crespigny’s career was written by Eliza Black and appeared in the South Australian Advertiser on January 25, 2018.
Since going back to study nursing as a mature age, single mother of five in the 1970s, Adjunct Professor Charlotte Champion de Crespigny has dedicated her career to acting as a “bridge” between the medical profession and some of society’s most vulnerable.
Charlotte Champion de Crespigny, AM
She helped grow Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia from a NSW-based group to the institution as it stands today, has worked as a mentor and clinical nurse, nurse educator and frontline worker trainer. “From early on, working as a nurse in detox units, I realised I wanted to be an educator,’’ she said.
“I worked as a mentor and led a lot of change, got others to feel brave and to be a bridge, too.”
Her work in nursing and nursing education has earned her a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). “Many I’ve taught in regional areas are indigenous. Who else would care for someone who is so drunk, vomiting, lashing out? I’ll tell you. Nurses, Aboriginal workers, that’s who. All those people out there, who try every day to make life better in those indigenous communities deserve this award.”