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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Rebecca Cox

Name: Rebecca Cox

Job: Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies social worker

Sites that you’re based at:  All sites, predominantly Frankston.

Rebecca is a member of the multi-disciplinary Children’s Services Team at Peninsula Health. She shares an insight into her role.

What does a typical day/shift in your role involve?

I am an outreach worker so I go to mums’ homes to help them with anything to do with being pregnant or to help them up to eight weeks after their baby is born. I support women with challenging experiences affecting their pregnancy to improve their health and well-being and give their baby a better start in life. It might be as simple as getting them to appointments, or they may need coordinated case management to meet their many needs if they are homeless or experiencing violence.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?

I am passionate about supporting people to have the very best outcomes for themselves. I recognised that this could be difficult sometimes when I was growing up and wanted to believe I could change the world, one small step at a time. So I became a social worker.

What do like best about your job?

Watching people transform and thrive from a difficult pregnancy to a new family after birth and managing all of the trials and tribulations that having a baby brings along with it. I love watching the resilience people have. These mothers are so inspiring as they rise to the challenge on a daily basis.

What has been one highlight of working in Children’s Services at Peninsula Health?

It is always wonderful when I get to visit a mother for the first time after birth. I feel privileged every day that I get to play a role with women on their mothering journey and admire their capacity to love no matter what their situation is.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I love to garden and go to markets to find bargains or visit old restorer barns and purchase old things that I can restore.