I love working in the health field, it’s kind of like my calling. I like looking after people. I get the patients ready, make sure they understand what they are doing, what they are going through on the day, what the process is. It’s a great experience. When you come to work you don’t know what to expect each day.
My name’s Carmen Cooms-Delaney, I’m an Admin Officer and I work at the X-ray Department at the Mt Isa Base Hospital.
I hope that I can act as some sort of liaison for other Indigenous patients especially a lot of the Indigenous girls that come in, they are very shy, they are very shame, they don’t want to come up, and if you talk loud at them, they don’t want anything to do with you. They’ll just back away and they won’t come back.
Being an Indigenous person myself, I treat them with the respect that I think I deserve when I go somewhere. The thing I like most about my job is you learn different things every day. When I first started, I had no idea about x-rays, body parts and what-not.
My first job was working in a sandwich shop and now I’ve come up to the hospital and working at the x-ray department. It’s a big change, but it was a great change. I am keen to do further study. My bosses and the owners of the practice have both encouraged me to get onto studying and they are willing to help.
The only advice I would give is don’t sell yourself short. There’s opportunities for everyone out there. Don’t ever think that you could never do it.
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