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.

Nancy Gillam RN, BN MSc Chronic Disease Management

Nancy completed her Bachelor of Nursing science degree at the University of Tasmania & Masters of Chronic Disease Management at University of Queensland. Nancy has been working as an RN for over 30 years and throughout this time has worked in various hospital specialties including wound care, infection control, emergency departments, outpatient radiology departments, community pharmacies & managing vaccination clinics. She has also been employed in the past as a University lecturer for student Nurses. Nancy strives to improve her clinical knowledge, and this makes her a keen participant in educational activities and is committed to keep up to date with current evidence based care to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care.

Nancy enjoys working with the Compass Immunology team who demonstrate a friendly attitude of empowering patients through education, and she embraces the patient centred care where assessment and intervention options are explained including patients/parents/carers as part of the decision making process for clinical interventions.

Outside of work Nancy enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She also loves being outdoors with her two schipperke dogs.

Lisa Ploderer RN, BN, MNurs (Emergency Care), PC Immunisation for Health Practitioners 

Lisa joined us at Compass in February 2021. Her background is in Emergency Nursing, having worked at The Alfred Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre in Melbourne qualifying for her Masters of Nursing (specialising in Emergency Care). Lisa is a lifelong learner and is enjoying applying these skills and knowledge in the Allergy and Immunology domains.

Outside of work Lisa enjoys being in the great outdoors with her family, playing or watching sport as well as sewing and baking.

Tracey RN