Two ambitious women from QAIHC Member organisations have assisted themselves, their ATSICCHOs and their communities by completing a Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership for Practice Managers. Amber Saltner from CRAICCHS and Lorna Baker from Wuchopperen Health Service completed the Diploma through UNE Partnerships.
This qualification builds Member capacity and was financially assisted by Health Workforce Queensland and their employer, with coordination by QAIHC Workforce Coordinator, Sandy Robertson.
Amber is a Maroon, having played in the QRL squad in 2012 and 2013, where they thumped NSW.
She enrolled to expand her skillset and apply it at work and the community.
“By completing this qualification, it has given me a clearer understanding of the clinical setting and its operations, and all the fundamentals involved, from management of staff to daily operations. This has also given me the confidence to successfully fulfil my duties as a clinic coordinator and further my career in the health sector.” Amber said.
Lorna Baker is Wuchopperen Health Service’s Manager of Children and Family Services. Lorna said she was prompted to apply for the course by a senior member of the Wuchopperen team, but making the choice was easy.
“It didn’t take much for me to consider this as I was the Acting Manager of the service that I am working for (at the time) and thought, this is a great opportunity for me to pursue and to see where it takes me,” Lorna said.
Lorna said she found the challenge of the Diploma gave her a sense of confidence and achievement.
“I was challenged with balancing studies, work and life and had to make some sacrifices. However, I proved to myself that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to as long you stay committed and focused.”Lorna Baker