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Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Colleen White

Mother of six, marathon runner and Operations Director of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health, Colleen White, started at Peninsula Health six months ago.

“I’m loving working here – this is where I live and it’s nice to feel like I am making a difference in my community,” she says.

“The team here are fabulous – they are positive, passionate and committed to implementing new programs and practices that are better for women and children.”

Colleen started her career as a nurse in neurosurgery, before moving into midwifery which led to several management roles at Monash Health.

“I went to Casey Hospital when it first opened as an Associate Midwifery Unit Manager, then I became the Unit Manager and went on to manage the whole maternity service,” explains Colleen.

“I had never done any management before I took on Casey. I learnt a lot and had really good mentors. My advice to other women is to put your hand up and go with your gut – the right time doesn’t come, you just need to do it.”

It’s an exciting time for Colleen and the team with several initiatives in the pipeline to expand the services offered and an increasing involvement in research on the agenda.

“We are looking at being involved in a number of pilots and increasing our research partnerships with Monash University,” she says.

“We’re also looking at introducing a paediatric Hospital in the Home service and a Caseload Model of Care in Women’s Health, which is really exciting.  This would allow nurses to care for children they know really well when they go home from hospital and for women to be given their own midwife to see throughout their pregnancy and be on call for the birth.”

Outside of work, Colleen enjoys running and is currently training for the Edinburgh Marathon, which she is competing in with friends in May.

She’s also looking forward to the arrival of her fourth grandchild this winter.

“The baby will be born at Frankston – which is a testament to how great I think the care is here – I trust the hospital with my own grandchild.” Colleen says.