CQ Health Mental Health Careers - why work for us?
18 March 2019
Welcome Ashleigh Green! Ashleigh has commenced in her new role as a case manager in the Adult Mental Health Community Services team.
Ashleigh is a local Central Queenslander, completing much of her secondary education with CQUniversity, in Rockhampton.
Throughout the course of studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Ashleigh had always been drawn to the mental health field.
We asked Ashleigh why work for us; here is her story:
The Rockhampton Mental Health Community Services team has been extremely welcoming and supportive of me in this new role. Particularly since this is my first role since graduating last year. I feel extremely comfortable approaching any member of the team for assistance and have confidence that they will provide excellent guidance where they can. It is wonderful to see the CQ Health values of Care, Integrity, Respect and Commitment reflected in each member of the team which further motivates me to provide outstanding care to all consumers.
I completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hon) through CQUniversity in November 2018. During my studies, I completed three practice placements across a range of areas. The first placement I completed in 2017 was with the Rockhampton Community Care Unit which sparked my interest in mental health services. This was a six-week placement where I was also given the opportunity to work shadow in the Community Services Team. I have completed a six-week placement with Anglicare in Brisbane where my main role was providing minor and major home modifications and equipment prescription. I completed my final placement with the Longreach Rehabilitation Service in 2018 for 12 weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed all my placement experiences and look forward to implementing the skills I obtained from these student placements in my work as a qualified Occupational Therapist.
I became passionate in advocating for mental health consumers due to the ongoing stigma and associations surrounding this area. I believe it is extremely important that mental health be recognised and better understood within the community and that gaining employment in this field may support this in some way.