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Faces of Peninsula Health – Q & A with long-serving staff member Patsy Smith

Patsy Smith (centre) with Executive Directors Associate Professor Vikas Wadhwa and Fiona Reed at the Service Award Ceremony. 

This month Patsy Smith was presented with an extraordinary 45 year Service Milestone Award at the Service Award Ceremony.

Q: What do you do?

A: I am a Mothercraft Nurse and I work on the ward in the Women’s Health Unit.
I introduce myself and my role to the mothers as being able to help with anything to do with your babies! I educate and assist new parents in those early days after delivery on nappy changing, dressing and undressing babe, bathing and breast or bottle feeding. I give the daily breast feeding talk on the ward where all mothers are able to attend and ask any questions that they may have with their babies.

Q: What do you like most in your job?

A: Love a good cuddle with the babies! What I really love to see is when I have spent a bit of time with nervous, anxious parents whose bub is not feeding well. We work on different techniques and strategies for them to feel confident going forward. The confidence that builds in the parents over that short period of time is a real pleasure to see and I always say to the parents “my job is to be made redundant as they have all the tools they need going forward.”

Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

A: I am a founding member and board member of Baluk Arts on the Mornington Peninsula. I had the great pleasure of having my grandchildren participate with me at Tanderrum in October, opening the Melbourne Arts Festival in Federation Square. Our Taungurung mob, one of the five Kulin Nations, celebrated our language with song and danced up a storm.