RAMHP welcomes Jamie Rose to the team
We are thrilled to welcome Jamie Rose to the team. Jamie joins us as the latest RAMHP coordinator in the Shoalhaven area, based in Nowra. She comes from a background in Paramedics and has jumped at the chance the further help her community with RAMHP. Read on to learn more about Jamie.
Jamie, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I live in Burrill Lake, just south of Ulladulla, with my 21-year-old daughter and my husband. I am originally from Cowra and grew up on a large farm outside of Canowindra. When I left home I spent a number of years travelling and spent some time living in Denmark.
When I returned to Australia I spent many years living in Sydney and working as a Paramedic with the NSW Ambulance Service. It was this job that brought me to the beautiful South Coast. As much as I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of being stationed in the centre of Sydney, our whole family craved a change. I then got the great news that I was being offered a position in Ulladulla. Since then our family has not looked back!
What attracted you to this role working in the rural mental health space?
It was a combination of two factors for me. Working as a Paramedic I was in a role that would often be called upon when people are in crisis and require immediate intervention. It is a career path that you feel you can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Secondly, I grew up on a property and was from a family of farmers. I have personally witnessed the impact of mental health issues on people living on the land and in rural communities. So I jumped at the chance to work in a role that I felt I could make a difference in.
What are you looking forward to most about working with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) team?
I am most looking forward to getting out into my community and really getting to know people. I want to be able to learn as much as I can so I can make a positive impact on the lives of the people in my community.
What are some of your favourite activities which you do to keep mentally healthy?
Nothing keeps me more mentally healthy than spending time with my husband, daughter, our two dogs and my cat. They can make me laugh until it hurts!! We live in a beautiful area with the beach at our doorstep. It’s difficult not to feel relaxed and happy when walking along the beach at sunrise or sunset.
Is there a person in your life who has inspired you in a positive way?
Nobody has inspired and encouraged me like my husband. We have been married since I was 19 and he has seen the best and worst of me. He is the one person who has always had complete belief in me. He is the calm, always dependable person in my life and I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without his positive impact on my life.
Is there something you have achieved in your life that you are really proud of?
It probably sounds a bit cheesy, but it’s true, my daughter is at the top of my list of proud achievements in my life. Like so many others, we struggled with infertility. I am so thankful that we were blessed with a child. Although she’s not a child anymore by definition, she will always be my baby! I am so proud of the person my daughter has become. She has chosen to study Social Work because she wants to be able to make a positive impact, particularly in children’s lives.
If you had a chance to talk to your 10-year-old self – what would you say?
You are good enough as you are. Be kind and stand up for people that you know you can help. So many young people never feel as though what they have to offer is good enough. We are all different, so just being and doing you is more than enough.
How can people get in touch with you?
Jamie.Rose@health.nsw.gov.au or 0436 826 672