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Faces of Peninsula Health Q&A with Social Worker Breanne

Job title: Women’s and Children’s Health Social Worker

Q: How long have you worked at Peninsula Health?  

A: 4 years

Q: What is your background?  

A: I completed my Bachelor of Social Work at RMIT. I applied for a job at Peninsula Health as a new graduate and have worked here since.

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

A: I work on the Maternity Ward, Special Care Nursery, Children’s Ward and in the Antenatal Clinic. My role varies day to day. It starts with a handover with the Women’s Health Unit team which helps to establish who needs to see me that day. I work with children and families to address any needs they have when they come to hospital or during pregnancy. These needs could be related to mental health, housing, trauma, family violence, drug and alcohol issues, bereavement and providing information for families who are requesting support.

Q: What do you like best about your job?

A: My role in Women’s and Children’s Health is a specialised role, so I am given plenty of opportunities to improve my knowledge base in this area. I work in multiple teams with clinicians who are passionate about their role and working with children and families which creates a positive environment to work in day in day out.

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

A: The most enjoyable part of working for Peninsula Health is the variety of work. I have worked on most wards throughout the hospital which have all presented new learnings, opportunities and challenges. We are fortunate at Peninsula Health to be able to work with people at different ages and stages of life, from newborn babies to older patients and end of life care.

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