I have worked both in the private and the public health sector in Australia. My years as a sonographer, radiographer, mammographer and a single parent have been quite intense. In 2000 I chose to continue my career as a full-time sonographer, establishing an ultrasound department in a public hospital. My heart and soul went into this and in the end I was chewed up and disillusioned with the whole bureaucracy of the public system. I had nowhere to go, I had bought a house and I had hoped that I would spend the rest of my time working and planning for my eventual retirement.
I met Joanna and Tricia at an ASA conference in 2003. We chatted and I mentioned that I had always wanted to see Broome. In early 2004 Joanna called me to say that there was a locum in Broome and was I interested. I moved heaven and earth to go and told the hospital department that I was going to Broome for 3-4 weeks. So off I went. Broome was magic. I experienced Opera under the Stars, Cape Leveque, sunsets on Cable Beach and the town was just like the picture postcards and so much more. Of course I worked hard scanning and even did the occasional x-ray!
I went home and returned to the public system. By early 2004 I was hitting my head against a stone wall with the administration, working more and more and with no recompense. My health was suffering and I knew it had to end but how do you pack up everything and leave especially when you know that you had hoped to eventually retire in this position. My son was my rock and encouraged me to resign. He said, “Mum leave and go”. He and his sister were both capable of looking after themselves and it was time for me to go and find something for me.
A sonographer friend was in New Zealand, sent by GHS. She phoned me and said they needed someone to teach obstetrics and she had recommended me. Tricia at GHS managed all the logistics, including my NZ registration. I walked out of QLD Health and off I went overseas to NZ. It was the best thing I did. I was given time to forget my upsets and I made new friends.
On my return I became a private contractor. All my locums are arranged through Global Health Source. Joanna and Tricia, where would I be without them? Joanna is a tigress – she has me booked nearly three months in advance; I have to remember to ask for time to stay home! She sorts everything out and if anything goes wrong, I have no worries, I just contact Joanna. Problems, phone Joanna – she’s very efficient at sorting things out!! As is Tricia, in her own quiet Scottish way.
I have had a wonderful life so far and have travelled extensively and have had the opportunity to see more of Australia and NZ than many locals. I work hard during the week and at weekends become a tourist. My home has paintings, pictures and artefacts from my travels and when I have the rare time at home, I reminisce. I also paint pictures from my travels and when I retire I shall have much to occupy my time with so many albums and sketches to log. My ultrasound experience has increased with my travels as I have learnt so much from the expertise of various departments, I shall retire with a broader clinical knowledge. I have also made many wonderful friends. I have never looked back.
I am well looked after by Global Health Source, and wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you Global Health Source!