Nurse’s sweet passion keeps him buzzing
Matthew, practice nurse manager at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus, spends his spare time caring for Australia’s native bees and currently has 60 hives.
It was Matthew’s work as a remote area nurse in the Kimberleys more than 20 years ago that introduced him to native bees.
The honey from native bees, which do not sting, is a valued food source for Indigenous people, who eat the whole hive, which is one of the few sweet-tasting foods in the bush.
“I used to collect firewood and find the