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Staff Spotlight: Allied Health Superstars

Allied Health
WCH News
Posted 12 Oct 2023

To celebrate International Allied Health Professions Day, we’re shining the light on some of our Allied Health staff to showcase the vast and varied skillsets within the division.

Allied health professionals are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses and often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.

There are over 450 Allied Health professionals across more than 20 different disciplines at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) - from art and music therapists to social workers and pharmacists. We’re proud to introduce just some of these passionate and skilled staff.

Thank you to all of our amazing Allied Health staff for everything they do for families across South Australia.

Nina, Allied Health Clinical Lead, Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)

Nina has spent more than a decade at CaFHS working with her team help to support families through various aspects of infant and child growth, wellbeing, and parenthood to deliver positive health outcomes. Nina is passionate about what she does and feels privileged to be welcomed into people's homes over the years.

Nina says families shouldn’t hesitate to seek support and emphasises the importance of curiosity and guidance for the best outcomes in raising children.

Rita, Clinical Coordinator at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Rita started her career at WCHN as an Early Intervention Coordinator and progressed from a Clinician to Clinical Coordinator over 11 years working at CAMHS Mt. Gambier, reflecting her commitment to mental health for young South Australians and their families.

In her current role, Rita supports clinicians and fosters their growth with encouragement and a personable approach. Proudly part of Southern Country CAMHS Leadership Team, Rita loves to see the voice of country teams at the forefront of planning.

Rita is a fierce advocate when it comes to empowering families to seek help when they need and is passionate about the impactful collaboration of high-quality, culturally inclusive services with her clients.

Kate, Social Worker, Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service

Kate works in the adult counselling team providing support and trauma counselling to survivors of rape and sexual assault. She is driven to empower survivors at every stage of their recovery journey.

Kate loves the teamwork aspect of her role, often collaborating with social workers, nurses, doctors, and administration officers to provide trauma-informed and person-centred care in the field of Allied Health.

“Working with vulnerable people is a privilege and can be incredibly fulfilling work. It is important to know your limits and have good self-care strategies to utilise,” she says.