I first joined RAMHP in May 2013 working as the Northern NSW RAMHP Coordinator until July 2020 when I was seconded to lead the newly formed Disaster Recovery Team in the wake of the devastating bushfires. I spent 2 years in that role until returning to RAMHP late last year.
Whilst in the other, more clinically focused role, I got a new appreciation of how important RAMHP is across rural and regional NSW. The community connections and partnerships that exist within the program are so highly regarded by our stakeholders.
Since returning to RAMHP, I have enjoyed meeting and talking with my new RAMHP colleagues, re-connecting with existing ones and I’m excited for the future of the program.
During the flood catastrophe a year ago, many of my RAMHP colleagues were in a position to come and assist, which was an incredible support for our overwhelmed communities, and I will always be grateful for that support.
My background is in mental health nursing, and I started my mental health career in 1989. I reckon I’ve found the best job in the sector.
After taking some long service leave last year to re-charge my batteries, I’m now excited as ever to be a RAMHPer!
Pictured: Steve and his son fishing in Broome, WA