"Being here listening to my patients has given me confidence because they look to me for help, even when I’m not at work. That makes me feel good because I know that I’m doing something right.
My name is Leitisha Jackson, I’m one of the Registered Aboriginal Health Workers at Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service in Katherine.
As a Registered Aboriginal Health Worker, we do basic observations such as weight, height, temperature and blood pressure. We can give out medications, as per their medication chart in their file. We do immunizations, make sure that they are up-to-date, childhood vaccinations and we take bloods if they need to be taken.
Everything is different every day. You just don’t know what you’re going to get. When I go home, I can’t wait to tell everybody what I did today. When I started with my traineeship, I was doing the Cert. III for the Registered Aboriginal Health Workers, and I’ve done my other bit of training, Cert. IV registration. So now I’m a qualified Registered Aboriginal Health Worker.
I had to do a lot of training in my first year. We had to go off on blocks, so we would go away for two weeks, come back maybe for a month, and then go away for two weeks. So it was like that through the year.
On each block, we did all the heath topics. I found it really fun. I couldn’t wait to come back to the clinic here and just do it on real people. For my Mum and Dad to come and tell me that they’re proud of me, and for my community to tell me that too. That’s a big thing. If we get more young people, then you know, we’ve got more role models. And the younger ones, their younger brothers and sisters, cousins and that, they can look up to us and think, “I want to be an Aboriginal health worker too."
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