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  • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Alison Bobik

    Name: Alison Bobik

    Job: Children’s Services Team Psychologist.

    What does a typical day in your role involve?

    My role involves supporting parents who identify concerns with their child’s development or behavior. I support families with a range of concerns including anxiety, sleep concerns, toileting issues and social development. A large part of my work involves providing parents with additional parenting tools. A typical day involves working individually with clients or supporting children in groups. I am currently facilitating a group for children who experience social anxiety. 

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

    I always wanted to be in a helping profession but I initially enrolled in a Health Promotion degree. I took Psychology as an elective and found I enjoyed the subjects even more than health. I ended up majoring in both!

    What do you like best about your job?

    Supporting parents in their toughest but most rewarding ...

  • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Allison Hocking

    Name: Allison Hocking

    Job: Team Leader/Occupational Therapist- Stroke Detours Program at Golf Links Road.

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

    Every day is different, which is why I love working in a home based rehabilitation team. I can be working with clients within their own homes to help them attain their goals post stroke or out in the local community with clients to assist them to return to shopping or work. I can be visiting the hospital or other rehabilitation wards completing referrals for clients coming onto our program or I can be working with the other team members to support the on-going day to day running of the Stroke Detours Program.

    Why did you decide to work in rehabilitation?

    I started my career in a rotational position, which allowed me to see different areas of Occupational Therapy. I loved rehabilitation as I was able to see a ...

  • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Sarah Billing

    Name: Sarah Billing

    Job: Paediatric Speech Pathologist

    Sites that you’re based at: Hastings, Mornington

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

    If you ask my clients (mostly children aged 2-6 years) what a typical day involves, they’d probably say I spend my time choosing all of the best games for us to play in our sessions!

    If you ask the parents and families, they might say I spend some time choosing resources, activities and home practise cleverly targeted at getting the child to do ‘therapy’ without realising it.

    If you ask my colleagues, my day involves planning therapy, administering and scoring assessments, calling families / childcare centres / preschools / paediatricians (etc.), writing reports and letters, making resources and attending meetings... just to name a few!

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

    Firstly, I knew I wanted to work in the health care industry to better the ...

  • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Kaye Hall

    Name: Kaye Hall

    Role: Early Education Advisor

    Sites that you’re based at: across all sites as well as outreach and community work 1. What does a typical day in your role involve?

    Unlike my other work colleagues in the Children’s Services Team who are all allied health professionals, my background is teaching. My key role on the team is to enhance collaboration and communication between the Health sector and the Early Childhood sector to help bridge the gaps between sectors. The ultimate aim is to wrap supports around young children with developmental needs to enhance learning opportunities in their Early Years settings.

    There is no really typical day for me. Some of the things I might do could include:

    • Running school readiness, social skills and language groups with the clinicians at Community Health.
    • Outreach to targeted Early Years Educators to identify and support children with developmental delay.
    • Working alongside educators ...
    • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Rebecca Little

      Name:   Rebecca Little

      Job:  Children’s Occupational Therapist (OT)

      Sites that you’re based at: Hastings & Frankston

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

      Every day is different, which is what’s great about this role. As a children’s OT we work with children, and their families, to support them with ‘things they do every day’. This usually involves support to develop fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing skills, independence skills, and for the older kids, skills for school and handwriting. But depending on the client, this can also involve so much more.

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

      Like many people, I initially had to ask ‘what is OT?’ I found myself continuing to ask this even after I started my degree. It wasn’t until I had a placement working with children that things became clear. I saw how my contributions helped make day-to-day ...

    • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Matt Brailsford

      Name: Matt Brailsford

      Job: Community Rehabilitation Team Leader/Senior Physiotherapist

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

      Being a part of a big team, with many different roles and days of work, the day often starts with a check up of who is around today, which staff members are off site doing home visits and making sure if someone is off sick their clients are sorted. Emails next (if no immediate meetings) and there can be quite a few if I have been away from the office for more than a day.

      I have an ‘open door’ style (most days!) which means staff members often ‘visit’ with any concerns, issues or ideas. This can be an enjoyable part of my role – or a challenging (somewhat stressful) part. I like to know what is happening with everyone, as this helps me have a clearer picture of how we are ...

    • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Simone Cranage

      Name:  Simone Cranage

      Job:  Paediatric podiatrist

    • What does a typical day in your role involve?
    • I am the podiatrist in the Children’s services team, so my role involves looking after the little feet of the Peninsula and beyond. I see children with foot or leg pain, any developmental variations and any concerns related to the way a child is walking. Every day is different, which is why I really enjoy my work.  I am also lucky enough to run a music group on a Tuesday, Jive Jiggle and Jump and Mother Goose for babies up to 4 year olds.

    • Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?
    • I actually started my university life enrolled in a Medical Science degree but soon realised it wasn’t for me as I didn’t really enjoy being in a lab and on one occasion I blew up my chemistry experiment.  I remember ...

    • 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 ...

    • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Nick Mavroudis

      Name:  Nick Mavroudis

      Job:  Senior Audiologist

      Site that you’re based at:  Frankston Integrated Health Centre

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

      Assessing children’s hearing in a sound treated room. This involves using a range of specialised techniques and equipment. It also involves engaging the child and making the assessment process as child friendly as possible, so it is a positive and enjoyable experience for both the child and parent.

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

      The opportunity to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others and being able to work with clients, as I enjoy people contact. The anatomy and workings of the human ear also intrigued me coming from a Science background initially as a student, before embarking on my Audiology studies.

      What do like best about your job?

      The satisfaction of making such a difference to a child’s life in terms ...

    • Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Rebecca Cox

      Name: Rebecca Cox

      Job: Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies social worker

      Sites that you’re based at:  All sites, predominantly Frankston.

      Rebecca is a member of the multi-disciplinary Children’s Services Team at Peninsula Health. She shares an insight into her role.

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

      I am an outreach worker so I go to mums’ homes to help them with anything to do with being pregnant or to help them up to eight weeks after their baby is born. I support women with challenging experiences affecting their pregnancy to improve their health and well-being and give their baby a better start in life. It might be as simple as getting them to appointments, or they may need coordinated case management to meet their many needs if they are homeless or experiencing violence.

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

      I am passionate about supporting people ...