Faces of Peninsula Health: Consumer Advisor and Volunteer Kris Bramston

Joining Peninsula Health 12 months ago following a suggestion from her daughter, Patient Companion Volunteer and Consumer Advisor, Kris Bramston has found a sense of purpose in spending time with patients at Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre.

“Since retiring, I felt like it was just so hard to get out of bed, so I took my daughter’s advice and began volunteering, and while at first I didn’t know what to expect, now I absolutely love it and look forward to it every week,” explains Kris.

And while no day is the same at the rehabilitation centre, Kris enjoys chatting with her ‘regulars’, always checking in with those patients who have spent an extended period of time at the health service.

“Some patients have been here for months, so being that familiar face they can look to during times of loneliness and isolation is so important,” says Kris.

“They’re so appreciative of anything that can make their stay more comfortable and personable; they’re not just a knee reconstruction in bed six, they have a name and a personality, and sometimes they just need someone to talk to.”

These regular human interactions not only boost the spirits of the patients but also uplift her own, positively impacting her mental health and wellbeing.

“It is such a rewarding role; it makes you feel less insulated in yourself because you’re helping other people,” reflects Kris.

“It’s done wonders for my mental health; I come away from each shift knowing I’ve made a difference, and whether that’s only a little difference, it still makes you feel good in return.”

Join us – find out more about how to become a volunteer or consumer advisor at Peninsula Health.