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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Kerry Strickland

Name: Kerry Strickland                 

Job:  Aboriginal Healthy Start to Life Worker (RN)

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

I try to plan to see about three families a day with one day a week in the office to follow up on tasks. I also support the gathering place Playgroups on a Thursday as part of encouraging cultural participation.

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

I identify as Aboriginal and when I decided to become a Registered Nurse I always knew that I wanted to work within the Aboriginal Community in health care.

I have always worked with children and when I saw this position I knew this was the job for me. I am grateful every day to be in this job. It has definitely had its challenges but the amount that I have learnt, and my own personal growth is just amazing and fulfilling

What do like best about your job?

I love spending time with the families and children, and I love working in the Children’s Services team. I have found that many of my families need to see other members of the multidisciplinary Children’s Services team and it is always nice for the families to know that they are going to be looked after.

What has been one highlight/ memorable moment working in Children’s Services at Peninsula Health?

There are so many memorable moments, but the one that really melted my heart was when I attended one of the Playgroups earlier this year – I walked through the door and everyone looked up and when all the children saw that it was me they  come running with their little arms open, and screaming my name Aunty Kerry, Aunty Kerry!

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

I usually hang out with friends and go out for dinner or to the movies or cultural festivities.