Serving as an officer in remote areas of the Territory can provide uniquely demanding, exhilarating and unpredictable experiences, as Constable Alexandra Konrad recently found out.
Austrian born Constable Konrad moved to Australia 14 years ago and joined NT Police in August of 2008. After performing general duties at Darwin Station, Alexandra was deployed to Nyirripi on 14 June of this year.
Nyirripi is a small Aboriginal community of 350 people, located approximately 160km from Yuendumu. Constable Konrad had never been to the desert before and was unsure what to expect of such a remote location. She was certainly aware that there was no Mitchell Street or Casuarina Shopping Centre, however, little did she realise an experience of a literal lifetime was about to knock on her door.
On 3 August, Constable Konrad received visit from the Nyirripi Clinic nurse requesting her urgent assistance to deliver a baby. Time was of the essence, as he was the only nurse available and required a woman to be present at the birth. Valerie Marshall had just gone into labour and due to the unavailability of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Constable Konrad would have to help deliver her baby.
After a gruelling six hour labour, a healthy baby girl was born. Constable Konrad had the honours of severing the umbilical cord and presenting Valerie with her brand new baby daughter.
The new mum was so impressed with Constable Konrad that she named her daughter Alexandra Margaret Marshall. Constable Konrad was then honoured by the Warlpiri people and given the skin name of ‘Napanangka’.
Napanangka as she is now known, is thoroughly enjoying her time serving in the remote community of Nyirripi and actively encourages any other Police Officers who may be considering remote service to take up the challenge.