By Sarah Bowers and Laura Clements-SmithRead moreShare this article”It has helped us realise that we are not just at the point of leaving the workforce but are in a position to build our future and help our children and grandchildren achieve their full potential,” she said.
“The degree was an amazing opportunity for me to get involved with my local community and help out with local businesses and schools.”
As a child of migrants, my mother and grandmother were not able to support me in my education, but I felt it was important to do something for the local community.
“Bower was the first of five children to attend St John’s University in Sydney’s south-west and later moved to Canberra to study English literature and history.
Her studies were interrupted by the Second World War and she worked as a nurse in the hospital before she moved to the capital in 1974.”
I think it has helped me develop the ability to make a career out of it, to move up and be in a senior position within the organisation and it has made me realise that I am in a much better position than when I started out,” she told the ABC.”
My wife is a nurse, so we have three children, and the kids have all grown up and are able to go out and do whatever they want to do.
“It is a very fulfilling and rewarding life.
The degree was great.
I have a lot of respect for the university, they are a really well run institution.”‘
I was in my early twenties when I graduated’Bower said she was not the first person to consider a career in the human services sector.
“In my early years I was a member of the Aboriginal health service and that was a pretty important role in the community, so when I was about 20, I thought I wanted to work in the NHS, which was an interesting opportunity,” she added.
“But I didn’t think that it would be for me.”
Bowers said she decided to become a nurse because she was in her late 30s and wanted to make sure she was doing something for her children and her grandchildren.
“They are very young, they need all the help they can get, so I thought it would make a difference,” she explained.
“When I first started I had been doing everything myself.
I was in the middle of the pack when it came to the hours I worked, but the kids are getting into it and they are doing their homework, so it is a good start.”‘
A lot of my colleagues are very, very, kind’Bowers was the chair of the Canberra Aboriginal Health Association’s Aboriginal health and welfare committee, and said she saw the university’s role as a means to “give back”.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community and it really gives us a chance to be involved in the local Aboriginal community,” she revealed.
“There is a lot more to Aboriginal people than just health, it is about caring for your community.”
A lot my colleagues in the health and social care industry are very generous and a lot my colleague colleagues in health care are very nice and welcoming.
“If you look at the job market, there are many nurses that come from Aboriginal backgrounds, and so I think that’s great.”ABS is also seeking to recruit Aboriginal staff in Canberra to join its community health and support services team.
The organisation has more than 60 positions available across the city, with positions ranging from nurses to social workers.
Bower has also applied to the Department of Human Services to join a team of Indigenous nurses to work alongside other Aboriginal staff, and is working with the ACT government to find more Indigenous volunteers to help train Indigenous nurses.
“We are hoping to have more Indigenous nurses on our team, and we are also hoping to recruit more Aboriginal people to our network,” she concluded.
Topics:community-and-society,health,social-policy,health-administration,careers,human-interest,work,human,healthcare-facilities,australia,canberra-2600,actFirst posted October 19, 2019 09:46:16Contact Sarah BowerMore stories from New South Wales