Celebrating International Women's Day at WNHS

March 9, 2020

WNHS Coordinator Midwifery and Nursing Jennifer White, was one of only 24 medical experts who have just returned from three weeks with the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) to Christmas Island, to care for those Australians returning from Hubei province, China.

In her day job, Jenni leads a team of health professionals and aims to improve the patient experience for women at KEMH.

On International Women’s Day we stopped for a moment, to ask Jenni some questions!

What is your role at WNHS day to day?

 “I manage the flow of patients efficiently through the hospital so that they are seen in a timely, manner and they receive treatment in the right place, at the right time.” At the same time, I make sure the appropriate number and skill mix of staff are available to provide excellent care especially after hours.”

With a theme ‘Each for Equal’ how do you strive for equality?

“I always treat everyone with fairness, dignity and respect, regardless of their reason for admission and care requirements. I also mentor junior staff in leadership and management, to empower them to problem solve and develop as leaders.”

What are you most proud of/ what is you greatest achievement?

“My greatest achievement was the establishment of the Aboriginal Maternity group Practice, the excellent clinical outcomes, patient and community acceptance and national recognition winning two awards.”

“ I am most proud of the work I have done with AUSMAT and other aid organisations as a nurse and midwife, working in poor undeveloped countries helping those in need in a time of disaster. “

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day?

“I celebrated 40 years of Women in Surf Lifesaving with beach competitions and nippers.”