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Rewarding, enjoyable but never boring in perinatal mental health

Niamh Dolan is one of our registered nurses who came from Ireland to work in Sydney at St John of God Burwood Hospital's Mother and Baby Unit and says she has found her niche in perinatal mental health.

13 Jan 2023


Coming from Ireland, Niamh values the experience and great learning opportunity she is gaining from working in our specialised perinatal mental health unit at Burwood. 

"This sort of experience would not be an option in Ireland due to limited specialised services," Niamg said.

Drawn to Australia by the fabulous climate and lifestyle, being able to enjoy this has been enabled by the flexibility in her work arrangements. 

"I feel privileged to work with mothers with their newborns and help them navigate through the ups and downs of motherhood," she said.

" Working in a multidisciplinary team with a good sense of community and teamwork makes St John of God Burwood Hospital a supportive and encouraging place to be."

Niamh said she appreciated the various training opportunities on offer at Burwood which have included domestic violence training, trauma informed care and medication management. 

St John of God Health Care really values continuous professional development and are very supportive in helping you achieve your goals," she said.

Working in mental health is definitely challenging but Niamh feels it is also one of the most rewarding jobs, with many opportunities to pursue within mental health care. 

She said the sense of achievement in applying her skills and having positively impacted someone’s day is the best feeling at the end of a shift.

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