Wiradjuri Nurse Shannon Gleeson on the COVID-19 Testing Frontline

Wiradjuri woman Shannon Gleeson is 20-year veteran nurse who has found herself on the frontline of the battle of COVID-19

Wiradjuri Nurse Shannon Gleeson on the COVID-19 Testing Frontline

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 10 August 2020
      CMR COVID 005 - Shannon Gleeson


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For over 20 years, Wiradjuri woman Shannon Gleeson has devoted her life to nursing. Now, a specialist nurse in pancreatic and upper GI cancer, she also part of the growing army of health professionals on the COVID-19 front.

Alongside team mates from the Banyule Community Health Service, she assists in the critical work of COVID-19 testing.

The mildest of symptoms

In commenting on the first warning signs for people that should be the trigger to get tested, she said: “People need to get tested even if they have the mildest of symptoms. So a cough, a fever, sore throat, a runny nose and loss of taste or smell.”


The BCHS COVID-19 Testing Team preparing for work at West Heidelberg


When asked about the seriousness of COVID-19, Ms Gleeson stressed the point that people need to appreciate that it is much more than just a bad cold, as is so often touted on social media.

“COVID-19 is very serious,” she said. “Our mob have been identified as high risk, especially if members of our community have other health issues, like diabetes, kidney problems, lung problems or a low immune system. If they get COVID-19 they could get serious complications.”

Ms Gleeson went on to stress the absolute importance of self-isolation after having been tested.

“If you do have that virus you could be touching things without thinking about it or spreading it to other people even if you’re having a yarn with someone out the front of your house.

“You need to consider yourself infectious and potentially harmful to others until you’ve been told that you’re negative. So really do go home and isolate.”

More Information

Click here for more information on BCHS COVID-19 Testing Facilities at:

Walk-In Testing Clinic (West Heidelberg)

Drive Through Testing Clinic (Greensborough)

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