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RAMHP welcomes Jamie Kuerschner to the team

RAMHP are thrilled to welcome Jamie Kuerschner to the team. We’re so pleased to announce, with the new addition of Jamie, RAMHP now have two Coordinators in the Far West.

Jamie is based in Broken Hill and will work closely with communities across the Far West NSW Local Health District.

You can read more about Jamie below.

Jamie, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I grew up on my parent’s sheep and cattle station, near Milparinka. I went away to boarding school in Adelaide for Years 10-12, then to LaTrobe University in Mildura. From there I was lucky enough to get a spot within the NAB Agribusiness Program where I worked as an Agribusiness Analyst for a few years. In 2018 I moved to live with my fiancé at his family property on the Darling River near Menindee, which is when I started to work for NSW Health. Prior to starting with RAMHP I was the Drought Relief Peer Support Worker for NSW Health and it was an amazing way to give back to the community and graziers that are still experiencing severe drought. I am also a Thermomix consultant on the side which is a great way to connect with people!

What attracted you to this new role working in the rural mental health space?

The drought has always, and still is, a huge part of my life. The correlation between drought and mental health is extremely prominent, and I want to be the go-to person that people feel they can come to when faced with drought or any other adversity. Having been born and bred in the Far West, I feel like people out here are receptive of a familiar face within this role.

What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?

I am really looking forward to working with such a diverse team within such a unique and successful program. The role of a RAMHP Coordinator is broad which means it can be moulded to the unique needs of each individual community.

What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?

A lady who lives up the road from me, probably around 70km away, started her own Gratitude Journal. I have started journaling most days. It is a great way to start my day doing something as simple as having a quiet moment to reflect on what I am most grateful for.

I am also lucky to have a great support network of family, friends and work colleagues that check in with me often and vice versa.

Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?

There isn’t one person in particular that has inspired me, as I am so lucky to be around so many strong and inspirational people! When you live where I do, nearly everyone you come across inspires you in one way or another.

Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?

Growing up, I have always been a helper, listener and someone who friends and family would often confide in. I have always loved helping people, so I am really proud that I have the opportunity to work with RAMHP and be able to do this within my role. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to help someone else!

If you had a chance to talk to your 10 year old self – what would you say?

It’s OK to not know what you want to be when you grow up! Be confident in yourself and the rest will work out.

How can people get in touch with you?

Mobile number is 0427 174 396

Email is jamielee.kuerschner@health.nsw.gov.au

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