Nursing Team

Compass Immunology has a highly skilled nursing team running clinics across both Greenslopes and Grange sites. Our nurses co-ordinate patient clinics independently however always in conjunction with a Doctor on site. Once you have seen one of the attending Allergists/Immunologists, our nurses may assist with performing further investigations and procedures. They are particularly skilled in administering immunotherapy and performing food and drug challenges and patch testing. Specialized treatments and patient training for immunoglobulin therapy or Berinert are also available.

Our nurses are available for established patients to book directly for immunotherapy appointments. They are also provide education on food allergy management, anaphylaxis recognition and emergency treatment as well as infant growth checks and eczema follow-up. Appointments for nurses can be made directly online or by calling reception.

Please note our nursing clinics are often busy and appointment times are limited at short notice. You are welcome to email the nurses for any queries as the nurses are usually not able to attend to phone calls. An email response will be given within 24-48 hours. Nurse’s email – 

Lena James BN, RN, GCEmNurs, PC Allergy Nursing

Lena is a Registered Nurse who has been with the Compass Team for over 4 years. She has previously worked and qualified in Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine and research. Lena is passionate about all things Allergy and Immunology and has completed the Professional Certificate in Allergy Nursing. Her particular professional interests pertain to drug allergy, food allergy and immunological dysfunction. Lena also has set up and co-ordinates the program for Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin Therapy at Compass.

In her spare time, Lena enjoys cooking, hosting dinners, wine, listening to music, going skiing and camping and spending time with her friends and family.

Naomi Drew BN, GradCert Neonatal Care, IBCLC, PC Allergy Nursing

Naomi’s background in nursing started 17 years ago as a graduate emergency nurse where she incidentally met her paramedic husband. She then moved to neonatal intensive care nursing a few years later, where she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care and spent a decade caring for families and their babies. She has also qualified as a lactation consultant (IBCLC) after experiencing the ups and downs of feeding her first two children, and when her third child experienced multiple allergies, she knew where she wanted to work next. In 2019, she obtained her Professional Certificate in Allergy Nursing from the University of South Australia. It is from her children she feels she has learned the most about how to approach her nursing practice, and she understands the challenges which can come with being an allergy parent. In between working at Compass and in her private practice at Aspire Lactation, she can be found cooking, gardening, running, playing violin, and hassling her oldest child to practice his viola.

Justin Gaffney RN

Justin is a Registered Nurse who re-joined the Compass team in early 2019. He has primarily worked in Paediatrics over the last 25 years. Justin is a busy man with four children who he enjoys spending time with. He spends his spare time coordinating a Not for Profit of Health Volunteers who head to Cambodia to run health clinics. His dream is a farm full of lavender and chickens.