Hunter New England Local Health District
After an autoimmune disease depleted her kidney function in 2009, Nicole spent nine months on home-dialysis before undergoing kidney transplant surgery. Since then, she has dedicated much of her life to help other dialysis patients and those with kidney disease.
She helps to run the local Kidney Support Group in Armidale for patients and their families, assists with transport to ensure patients can get to their appointments and opens her home at Christmas time to patients who are away from home and cannot spend the holiday with loved ones.
She works with many schools, clubs, organisations and local businesses in the Armidale region, to raise funds in order to improve the health journey of patients.
In 2018, Nicole created The Norm Bourke Box for Home Dialysis - a free care package for those beginning their home peritoneal dialysis journey, in honour of her friend and for dialysis patient Norm Bourke.