RAMHP Welcomes Aimee Makeham to the team
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team continues to grow and this month we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Aimee Makeham.
Aimee is based in Wagga Wagga and will work closely with communities in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
You can read more about Aimee below.
Aimee, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was raised in country NSW, but moved to Melbourne to study as soon as I finished high school. I am a university graduate, thrilled by the opportunity to serve my community in the Murrumbidgee. I studied a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Advanced, and decided that I could serve my community better through the public health – mental health system. I am currently undertaking my Masters of Public Health (by distance) because I felt as though it was the best way to marry my two passions; Mental Health and Rural Health.
What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?
I have always wanted to work in mental health, but I am also very passionate about rural health and this opportunity combines both of them!
What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
I am looking forward to being part of a team of movers and shakers whose aim is to improve the lives of all people living in rural and remote communities. Each member of staff has their own specialties and backgrounds, but all are linked by this incredible desire to help others, and to make communities stronger and more resilient.
What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
Mostly being outdoors. I love playing hockey and bushwalking. I’ve recently moved back to the country and can’t wait to go camping and walking, when the weather warms up! When it’s too cold to go outside, I enjoy reading a good book or cooking, both of which help to keep me mentally healthy.
Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?
There are two; my parents. They have encouraged me and showed me how I can be the best version of myself. They are two of the most supportive people I know. They have shown me how to remain positive, whilst approaching life’s obstacles.
Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?
I am proud of my tertiary education. The university degrees I have undertaken have required persistence and determination to complete, something I will be taking into my current position to contribute to the Murrumbidgee community.
If you had a chance to talk to your 10 year old self – what would you say?
Always be the best version of yourself. Aim high, never settle, and strive to be happy.
How can people get in touch with you?
Anyone can email me at Aimee.Makeham@health.nsw.gov.au, or call me on 0428 249 719. I usually work Wednesday and Thursday, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to reach me.