The Limbic System 

The Limbic System 

New T-Shirts – The Limbic System 

I have been delivering education on professional boundaries since 2005. Over that time I have worked with many groups from diverse organisations. I have worked 1:1 with professionals who have transgressed professional boundaries with patients, clients, and customers. Through the stories from participants in workshops or in 1:1 work, it is clear that in many cases there are significant links between their adverse childhood experiences and transgressing boundaries as an adult. Old systems get activated when at what I call the boundary crossroads – to establish a boundary or defer to old role responses to keep safe.

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My, oh my…

My, oh my…

…is it 2024 already?

by Debb

I looked back at my last blog posted in 2022 and, believe it or not, we were all still in lockdown. Seems such a long time ago now. I am thinking back over those past years and how much Davaar has achieved, or should I say ‘Wendy’ has achieved in that time. Zoom is certainly the way to go. It’s workable for all parties when it comes to ‘finding time’ and convenience. Add to the mix, the usual face-to-face workshops in all states of Australia, and a conference in Melbourne and before you know it, the months rush by and we’re heading into…
2023 – also a year of travel. January saw a trip to Cambodia. Both Wendy and Colleen presented for 41⁄2 days covering such topics as: Defining trauma and where stress and PTSD fit; the impact of trauma in the workplace; exploring trauma; understanding the interplay between trauma, the limbic system, and chronic health conditions; substance use for self-care; what is transference; professional boundaries; and many more.

They both had a wonderful time in the land of stunning colours, amazing temples, and mind-blowing food. Picture if you will: à la-cricket naturale. And I have the photo to prove it! A fun year looking back.

Fast forward to 2024. Our diary started filling up at an encouraging rate, starting at the end of last year. But, hey, I am not complaining! The diversity of my workload keeps me from getting bored ..


. not to mention ‘on my toes’. We have booked three huge workshops, from


Feb to May. For the exciting details and registration form please go to our website calendar. For your colleagues, staff, and self – you don’t want to miss out on these.

There’s a Trauma Informed Interpreting Practice Training workshop via Zoom in April & May for our friends in the UK – but open to all who don’t want to miss this unique opportunity.

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Why Rotary for Nurses  & Midwives?  

Why indeed?

A very special podcast this time – with the exciting news that a new Rotary Club being formed for a very special group. Announcing the new Provisional Global Nurses and Midwives Rotary Club.

Episode #31: Dr Wendy McIntosh on Rotary for Nurses & Midwives

Sue Walker (of Nurses for Nurses Network and Nursing CPD Institutex) and Charter Member of Provisional Global Nurses and Midwives Rotary Club poses the question:  “… why is our nursing and midwifery voice not being heard where decisions about how health and community services are delivered?” So, why ARE our nursing and midwifery voices not being heard?   How do we even start to get people to listen and truly hear what is being said?  Wendy has a solution.

In the first half of the podcast, Sue talks to Wendy about her role as a Rotarian.  What is involved in becoming a Rotarian? Wendy describes her role, experiences and contribution as a ‘newbie’ Rotarian (joined 2011) who is ‘humbled by being a citizen of the world’.   ‘Is there a place for nurses and nursing skills in Rotary’?  Wendy takes us on her 30-year journey of nursing & 9 years of Rotary, meeting like-minded enthusiast Sue Walker along the way and together with the leadership group, putting their heads together to form the Global Nursing & Midwives Rotary Club (GNMRC).

In the second half of the podcast, in the discussion between Sue and Nic, the listener learns that 50% of the global health workforce are nurses and midwives, yet the profession’s representation in policymaking, at the political level or in the boardroom is at best… scant.  Through volunteering, fundraising, grants, exchange programs, sponsorship – Sue and Nic talk about a perfect platform for lasting change;  understanding others’ needs, getting involved and making an impact both locally and internationally.

It IS indeed exciting times. As we come towards the end of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife the chartering of a Rotary Club specifically for Nurses and Midwives is a great initiative – a global opportunity to join a tribe.

Working together as a team, Sue, Wendy & Nicole Nash-Arnold (Nurse Manager HQ) … you couldn’t find a more interesting and formable combination of passion and experience to introduce this exciting new concept to the world.  There’s that ‘e’ word again … exciting.   When listening to this episode you can feel the enthusiasm, and yes, again, excitement, our speakers share with their listeners.

As Wendy asked … what’s possible? Let’s be challenged and let’s figure out a way to meet those challenges.

2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife“This is our Time”.

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Podcast Special Guest Appearances

Podcast Special Guest Appearances

Special Guest Appearances: Dr Wendy McIntosh 

Nursing and Midwifery Education is a platform put together by Nicole Nash-Arnold (of Nurse Manage HQ) and Sue Walker (of Nurses for Nurses Network and Nursing CPD Institute) to give nurses the information, resources and stories that they need to live their best nursing life. Nursing + Midwifery Emporium was born for exactly that reason. Sue and Nic’s vision was to create a place where nurses could access a variety of non-clinical information about their careers and the lifestyle of being a nurse.

Wendy has appeared on the NMEmporium Podcast twice so far in 2020, and we thought it might be helpful for our podcast listeners to include links here for those appearances, so without further ado:

Episode #21: Dr Wendy McIntosh on Nursing Professional Boundaries

Episode #26: Wendy McIntosh on Clinical Supervision

Dr Wendy McIntosh PhD shares insights and strategies about developing and maintaining professional boundaries. Professional Boundaries are not limited to the clinical or therapeutic arena. If you are in a professional role – a nurse, a teacher, support worker, doctor, police officer, a prison officer, a council worker, healthcare worker, or hairdresser. If you are a volunteer or belong to a theatre group, a choir, a sports club, there will be something in this podcast for you and the relationships you have with others. Setting boundaries in our life is necessary for our emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical well being. Setting boundaries is about our safety.

Since 2005 Wendy has been developing her knowledge and interest in the area of professional boundaries. Wendy delivers workshops on boundaries in Australia (where she now lives) and Internationally when invited to do so. She is continually integrating learning and insights she gains from the work she does in professional boundaries. Wendy comes from a nursing, and predominately psychiatric nursing, background.

Wendy consistently receives feedback on her passion, knowledge, and creativity as a presenter and facilitator. Enjoy exploring boundaries in these podcast episodes as Wendy takes you on your own reflective journey on your professional boundaries, and clinical supervision.


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