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Faces of Peninsula Health: Q&A with Matt Baynes

Name: Matt Baynes

Job title: Senior Clinician – RN Grade 4 Year 5 – Mornington Team – Adult Community Mental Health Team

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?

A: I will have worked for Peninsula Health for 19 years in January 2019

Q: What is your background?

A: I am a registered nurse with a degree in general nursing and a post graduate diploma of mental health nursing. I started with Peninsula Health in 2000, working on 3 North, I then worked in 4 G North where I was a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and during this time I also did a secondment as the no lift coordinator. I then went back to University and completed a Post Graduate Diploma and then worked on the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, 2 West, as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager for 6 years. I also worked in the mental health telephone triage and with mental health clients in the emergency department, I then transferred to the Community Mental Health Team. I have over the last 6 years worked as an Acting Manager of 3 Community Teams. I have now been working as a Senior Clinician for the Mornington Adult Community Mental Health Team for the last year.

Q: What does a typical day in your role involve? 

A: My typical day consists of managing a caseload of clients aged from 26 – 65 with a range of mental health disorders. I also am involved in the Access Planning and Suicide Prevention program. I also manage the Peer Workforce in Rosebud. I have management responsibilities in my role, I also am the OH&S representative for my designated workplace. I am a preceptor for Undergraduate students that do their placements with us. My usual day can be a mix of seeing clients, assessing mental state, risk, ensuring that they are managing in the community, supporting them in their recovery. My work is quite autonomous which I like, my day is not always the same, I love the variety that my work brings.

Q: What do like best about your job?

A: I like working with my clients and supporting them in their recovery. I like working with families and I love being able to work in the community.

Q: What has been one highlight working at Peninsula Health?

A: There have been many highlights but I think the biggest highlight for me would be completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health when at the time I had a very young family and was working full time.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Peninsula Health?

A: I would say a highlight of working in Peninsula Health would be the opportunities I have to work with great people, the staff I work with are so supportive of each other, and we have a great culture down here it at Rosebud. I am appreciative that I have been able to work at Peninsula Health for the last 18 years and have had so many varied and interesting roles during this time.

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

A: I enjoy spending time with my family, I enjoy playing my drums and I also enjoy keeping fit, I run early before work and over the last five months have become far fitter and healthier and have lost over 12kg. I also love watching the AFL and support North Melbourne Football Club.

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