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ATSI health practitioner
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Dental medical specialist
Federal health representative
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Local Kalgoorlie based Chiropractor, Wendy Peh, from Goldfields Chiropractic and Healing Centre took out the award for Disability and Healthcare Services at The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Awards.
We asked Wendy how she felt about receiving the award, “It’s humbling to receive recognition in this community that I’ve been a part of for the past 7 years. Working in the Goldfields has given me such a rich learning experience. I’m so grateful for taking a chance on a rural job that has been so rewarding for me in my career and has given me opportunities to continue with study. The best part about my work is the patient’s and hearing how far they have come on their health journey”
Well done Wendy!
Meet RFDS Flight Nurse/Midwife, Colleen Reid
Royal Flying Doctor Service
What are you professional interests/specialties?
Having grown up in remote NT I have always found myself drawn to Rural and Remote nursing.
I got into Emergency and loved fast paced environment particularly dealing with anything trauma related, fixing breaks, suturing wounds and the like. I got into rural and remote from there working all over Australia and loved the primary health care aspects that job brings. Even now, I continue to work with the awesome crew at Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital when I can as I love ED nursing. I have always wanted to be a Flight Nurse with the RFDS. To hold this job, I am an RN with a critical care background of over 14 years. I have my graduate certificate in Emergency and one in Disaster Health, I have a graduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine, I am nearly done with my Rural and Isolated practice endorsement, and I am also a Midwife.
Tell us where are you from and how did you get to be a flight nurse in the Goldfields?
I grew up all over Australia, but my family is in Toowoomba, Queensland. I applied for the RFDS midwifery scholarship whilst travelling overseas and got it! Heading from Derby, WA back to Brisbane to do my Midwifery degree, knowing we would be coming back to WA but not sure where. Then a spot came up in Kalgoorlie. We moved from the Sunshine Coast, living at the beach with my boat building husband, to a desert town we both had never been to in the middle of winter, that was 5 years ago now and we wouldn’t change a thing.
What do you love about the Goldfields?
The people. Hands down it is the most welcoming town. We have made so many amazing friends here. The town of Kalgoorlie has this incredible community spirit, you know your neighbours and so many faces down the street or in the shops. We have always found the people in this region are happy to help in every aspect. The park facilities and activities the kids get to do, especially being regional are great.
Did you always want to be a Nurse?
Yes, nursing is the best job. To be a part of the best or worst day of people lives and to make even the slightest difference is a total privilege. You can travel anywhere with this job, and if you step outside your comfort zone and take a job in a town you’ve never heard of you might just be surprised with the amazing experience you have and friends you meet along the way. Flight Nursing was always my goal, but I had a ball at every single job I had along the way. Flight Nursing encompasses everything I love about nursing, we are outside or in a cool plane heading out to amazing locations to help people in regional or remote areas and the days are completely unpredictable. The health field whatever specialty is always changing there is always something new to learn. Nursing has such diversity within its title, it’s never boring.
What are your passions?
Work related – I love my job and have a passion for promoting nursing and in particularly flight nursing. I am the vice president of Flight Nurses Australia and focus on mentoring student nurses or new graduate nurses to get them into choosing flight nursing as a career path. I love photography and have a pretty cool office for photos! So, I guess social media and promoting our small industry for the world to see is something I love to do.
Outside of work seeing WA and creating memories for the kids and our family while living in this amazing place is my passion
When you are not working, where will we find you?
Hanging out with my family or friends and playing sport particularly netball and swimming when I get the time! Two little kids and full-time crazy hours of flight nursing can be hectic!