We meet Emma, one of our amazing Support Coordinators. Emma is available in North East Adelaide.
As a mum of two active boys, most of my spare time is taken up with their various sports, I love watching them play games on weekends and cheering them on! As a family we love to travel, go camping with friends, my boys also love fishing (I have since developed a liking for fishing too!) and taking our Great Dane for big walks. I also love visiting the hills, walking, cooking, listening to pod-casts, watching reality medical shows and horse-riding!
After school I took an extended gap year working overseas. I worked both as a nanny and in hospitality travelling around the UK, Europe and China. One of the highlights was working with a family on the Greek Islands. After a final stint in hospitality in London (with the opportunity to work at some amazing festivals!) I knew I wanted to come home and study. On return to Adelaide, I completed a certificate 3 and 4 in Community Services and then began a Nursing / Midwifery degree whilst at the same time working as a carer in rehab and aged care. Whilst maintaining my strong interest in health I transferred to a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. My reasons for choosing this degree were driven by the privileged position Social Workers have in challenging social injustices and empowering people to be able to live the best life possible. After completing my degree in 2006 I was accepted into the Inaugural Mental Health Allied Health Internship with SA Health. During my 15 + years working as a Mental Health Clinician I’ve had the opportunity to work across different Local Health Networks in Mental health, including acute, sub-acute, community and rehabilitation programs. My experience working within a multidisciplinary team and with clients who have complex co-occurring mental and physical conditions has enabled me to develop specialised knowledge in both Clinical Mental Health Disorders as well as physical health issues and a range of disabilities.
My areas of interest are psychosocial disability and working with clients with complex support and health needs. I enjoy crisis intervention and assisting people to link with the most appropriate support in the community. I am passionate about advocating for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged and promoting social inclusion. I also have a strong interest in working with women in the perinatal period having completed Certificates in Infant and Perinatal Mental Health.
I first heard about I Can Jump Puddles through a dear friend of mine who receives Support Coordination through ICJP for her daughter with Muscular Dystrophy. I was contemplating employment in the NDIS space and as my friend spoke so highly of ICJP I applied for a role as a Support Coordinator. I have been working with ICJP for six months now and am really enjoying the role. I learn new things every day and especially love seeing participants receive the services and support they require to help them live the best life possible!