Being focused worked out well for Judy, who graduated in 1993 and decided to stay in Townsville. Soon after, she started her own family and realised that parenting doesn’t come naturally to everyone.
“I had four children in five years, and so I had a lot going on. It was a very busy household,” Judy says. “I was somewhat overwhelmed by my family situation. A child health nurse recommended me to go to the free Triple P program, and I was happy that I chose to go.
“Triple P stands for Positive Parenting Program. It is a way of helping parents to be more proactive in their parenting rather than reactive,” Judy says. “The program is about building confidence. It teaches parents strategies that help them to pre-empt unwanted behaviour in children.
“Once these strategies are being implemented, families have more rewarding times,” Judy says, and adds that the program helped her get on a better footing with her children and to have a more peaceful family life.
Building on success
While Judy was working as a Registered Nurse at the Kirwan Health Campus of the Child, Youth and Family Health Service (CYFHS) in Townsville, she felt that she still needed to know more about the profession.
She returned to uni to study a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery in 2009, and a Graduate Certificate in Child, Youth and Family Health Nursing in 2016.
Judy was also still interested in the Triple P program, which had been an eye-opener for her when she was raising her children. She decided to learn how to facilitate Triple P herself.
So, in 2022 she become the coordinator of the program at Kirwan CYFHS, and in 2023, the Stepping Stones Triple P program gave her the ability to reach parents of children with intellectual and physical disabilities.