We extend a warm welcome to Rae who has joined us as Program Manager / Clinical Care Coordinator for the ‘Promoting primary health care integration in the Warren Blackwood’ program.
Rae has extensive experience child and paediatric health and has enjoyed a career throughout the state.
In 2017, she moved back south to work at SWAMS in Bunbury within the Maternal Child Health team where she completed post grad studies in Child and Family Nursing. “I developed the child chronic care portfolio involving general chronic health care management, facilitation of the visiting specialist clinics (paediatric and ENT) and coordinated the ear health program for Aboriginal clients within the SW. I left that role just prior to Xmas 2022.”
Prior to nursing Rae worked in a range of fields all around Australia, including hospitality, retail, vet nursing, home/care support for complex needs, and predominantly as a laboratory technician within the assay and metallurgical areas within the resource industry, at a variety of mine sites around Australia.
We asked what she was looking forward to most in the new role, Rae told us that it was developing a new care/management program that is centred around community needs and whole of community input. “The South West is an isolated area and while there are many great health care providers within the region, due to distance/travel costs there are still many gaps especially for those communities in outreach areas. So, I am looking forward to bridging service provision to those in need and working in partnership with local providers for effective service provision.”
Being a ‘local’ of Northcliffe, Rae feels like she is heading home. Rae, her partner and two dogs – Benji and Dusty - who, after many years moving about between country and city, are again enjoying the open spaces.
“In my spare time I enjoy growing my own food and living as sustainably as possible, reading (and I am not far off having my own official library collection!), practicing a multitude of arts and crafts, and star gazing (which is very much improved now I am in a rural area).”
Rae will be based in Manjimup but will be travelling the region to meet community members, stakeholders and might even bump into family.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.