Meet midwife Trish

November 30, 2020

How long have you been at KEMH?

I started here as a student in 2009 and was successful in being accepted into the KEMH Graduate Program 2013. I have been here ever since as a rotational midwife/core staff and presently Staff Development Midwife.

What is your qualification?

Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)

Describe your career to date.

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 and have been with KEMH since being accepted into the Graduate Program in 2013. I have also been an Academic Tutor at Curtin University, Notre Dame University and the University of Western Australia.

What is the best thing about your profession?

It’s the feeling that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself. I am honoured to be a part of a woman’s journey into motherhood and relish the bond that I make with women and families at such an intimate time.

What is your greatest achievement or most memorable moment?

Honestly, it was completing my university degree. This meant lots of sacrifices and missing out of moments with my loved ones, especially with my very young children.

Once I received my degree, I was very relieved that I “made it” and could live out my dream of being a midwife. My first pay cheque as a registered midwife went on a big splurge at the Crown Hotel with my family. I vividly remember my children jumping on beds, laughing, giggling and ordering room service. It was pure joy!

I am also privilege in being recognised and nominated twice in the Nursing and Midwifery Awards. In regards to academic teaching, it was winning a National Australian University Teaching Award with the other Academic Tutors at Curtin University. This was in teaching and sharing my own cultural background in the Indigenous Culture and Health Unit at Curtin University. I felt we were paving the way in making huge changes in the academic arena.

How has your work changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

My work has required me to be flexible and adaptable to rapid changes especially on the obstetric postnatal wards.

What is something you enjoyed doing recently?

To help me switch off from all things COVID, I have been listening to podcasts. I tend listen to them when I’m driving to and from work. I recommend “No filter” by Mamamia.

And I don’t know if I enjoy this, but I try to go for a 5km run every few days as I know it is important to get those endorphins flowing, plus keep the copious amounts of chocolate I eat off my hips.

What is the best thing about working for KEMH?

It is the people, hands down. I feel like I am a part of a huge family. I love walking down the corridor and saying hello to everyone. Flashing a smile and knowing we are all making a difference in our community