Congratulations on your latest promotion Grant! Could you tell us about your career progression within Home Nursing Group?
In January 2017 I started out as a Care Worker which I loved because I really enjoy that face to face contact and support. Later that year I slowly started my transition into the role of On Call Scheduler, whilst still working within the field. I gained a lot of experience and knowledge whilst doing this and in June 2018 I moved into the full-time position within the Home Nursing Group Scheduling Team.
In early 2019 I was promoted to Care and Support Coordinator and I am really enjoying this new and challenging role. Within all these positions however, I always refer back to my time and experience as a Care Worker as it still heavily influences my work. It is a reminder to always have the client’s best interest at heart.
Have you always worked in aged care?
No, I have a pretty interesting resume as my first job was the Roller-Skating Supervisor and a Ten-Pin Bowling Machine Maintenance guy at the local Sports Centre.
In 1999 I commenced my Certificate III and Traineeship through a local nursing home, and I’ve been working within aged care ever since.
I was born and raised in Armidale, spending some of my younger years in Melbourne and Sydney. It’s not surprising that I gravitated towards a career within caring as I came from a very big family; my mother has thirteen sisters and one brother, and Dad is one of five.
My parents were foster carers for over thirty years, and they have adopted several children. Even today they have two children within their care.
Our household was always alive and fun, and I loved having children from all different backgrounds share our home.
What do you love about working for Home Nursing Group?
I really enjoy the variety of people that I work with. I also love the genuine care and compassion from all the staff at every level within Home Nursing Group. There is so much passion and commitment they all put into their jobs and to me it really does highlight the timeless saying, ‘Let what you love, be what you do’, which is so important within this caring field.
What do you find rewarding about your job?
As a Care Worker I found it rewarding to be able to care for clients within their own home. It’s a satisfying feeling knowing that you were able to assist them and help them maintain their independence and quality of life in their own home.
What are you known for within your big family?
In my much younger days I was a State Champion Ballroom Dancer. I’m light on my feet! My dance partner was my cousin and we spent most of the weekends competing at various competitions. We danced for nine years together until I seriously injured my ankle and advised not to continue.
After my injury healed, I enrolled into Inline Hockey, which is like Ice Hockey except with no ice – handy for Armidale. In 1996 I played for the Australian team in Canberra and we were the runners up out of 12 international teams.
I still play Inline Hockey on a weekly basis and I attend national games throughout the year when I can.
Home Nursing Group are looking for like-minded people to join our team and help provide exceptional in-home care. If you share our values of trust, respect, empathy, accountability and teamwork, we’d love to hear from you.
Head to our Careers page to see the latest positions available.