CCWA: How long have you been working for CCWA?
Janet: I started working for CCWA on August 8, 2016.
CCWA: Tell us a little about yourself…
Janet: I worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of settings and locations including eight years in Emergency Departments, eight years in General Practice and four years as a clinical trial coordinator for HPV studies in Perth.
Since 2008, I have been moving internationally with my husband who works in infrastructure development. As well as working in clinics and with a local health promotion NGO in East Timor, I ran a transport service in a Nairobi slum for people living with HIV/AIDS, worked on improving cervical screening in the Solomon Islands and started local Art Markets in Timor and the Solomons.
All very interesting, but I am more than happy to have returned to my home town of Albany to work as the CCWA Great Southern REO.
I have a Post Grad Diploma in Public Health from UWA which has been useful both in Australia and overseas and a Political Science and Arabic degree which is somewhat less directly relevant to the REO role.
CCWA: What does your role entail?
Janet: I am still finding my way in the role – how best to improve prevention and early detection of cancer in the region. I’m working with partners such as the WA Country Health Service, the City of Albany and other local governments, and the Great Southern Aboriginal Medical Service. I also work directly with community groups. I’m keen to reach people living less centrally in the region, and groups with poorer health.
CCWA: What do you love most about your role?
Janet: The variety and scope of the role is terrific. I am grateful that CCWA allows me to shape the job to local needs and my interests. My manager Cassandra is very supportive and the other REOs are sources of inspiration. I love getting out and talking to people, hopefully making them think about what they can do personally and/or professionally, to reduce the impact of cancer in the community. Many people are aware of the link between tobacco and cancer, or the sun (if not UV rays) and skin cancer, but awareness of the link between cancer and other lifestyle factors seems pretty low. The opportunity to drive around this beautiful region is also a big plus.
CCWA: How can people best get in touch with you?
Janet: I usually work Monday to Wednesday 8:30am -4:30pm but may adjust these times for community activities. People can contact me on 08 98427513 or email@example.com.