Ann-Marie Brennan, Charge Nurse, Acute Adult Mental Health - joined us from Ireland
"I came to NZ after living in Ireland and the UK in Dec 2003 and have enjoyed each day since then. There is so much variety here, NZ truely offers people choice and variation. My work/life balance is fab. I have taken up so many outdoor activities that I never had the chance to achieve when I was living in the UK. Fun in the sun is NZ's attraction and even though I work full-time I get to see plenty of it!
I work in the mental health services within ADHB and it's the best job I've ever had. ADHB has a real active interest in my career pathway and support me in my professional and personal development. I am based in an Acute In-Patient Mental Health Service and the team are fantastic. The team spirit here is amazing, those of you working in teams know how important team cohesiveness is ...... well that's how it is on a daily basis here. The staff, regardless of job title, are friendly, welcoming and dynamic. ADHB are trailblazers within NZ for their approach to mental health, the client centered recovery programme is central to its philosophy. Delivery of services are optimised with regular reviews and updates that filter through to ground level."
Adele Wakeham Service Manager Mental Health - returned to New Zealand after 17 years in London
I trained as a nurse in NZ then worked and lived in central London for 17 years finally making the decision to return home at the end of 2002.
I have settled back into Auckland with my English husband and son and have grown accustomed to the easier pace of life. I love it that your groceries get packed for you and the Auckland rush hour is nothing compared to the North Circular or the M25! Plus - you are never too far away from feeling the sand between your toes.
Being at ADHB is always busy and often challenging but I am proud to be part of a superb mental health service that continually strives to do better for our clients. We are well supported at a senior level and this has a positive knock on effect to the services. A “can do” attitude prevails and there are ample opportunities for development at all levels from buddying to ongoing training.
Dr Ashok Malur, Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician, Manaaki House, a Community Mental Health Centre in ADHB
I came to work for ADHB in August 2000 and have stayed put here since. A combination of a good clinical working environment supported by an efficient administration has ensured that the staff turn over remains low.
The relationship between community and inpatient teams is fairly cordial. There is a good level of interaction between the various departments within mental health viz Liaison, Child Psychiatry, Psycho- Geriatrics and General Adult psychiatry.
There is a good degree of academic emphasis as well with regular Grand Rounds, Peer group meetings, Journal clubs and training programmes.
No good system can be without problems and ADHB is no different. However, we can air our grievances openly and rest assured that they will be addressed in an efficient and timely fashion.
ADHB has a good ethnic mix in terms of the client population and staffing. This makes working here an educative, enriching, at times challenging but a wholly satisfying experience !!
On the whole, a good place with good people and a good future.
Avril Scott - Community Mental Health Nurse Taylor Centre Auckland
My family and I came to New Zealand 12 months ago from the UK. Living in Auckland offers the whole family a wide range of activities on the doorstep. It offers us both a place to relax and for those adventure seekers much more. There are excellent beaches and clear blue seas, naturally beautiful parks and wonderful weather to enjoy these. Last summer our family attended free music festivals in the park most weekends with our picnics. We enjoyed the latest bands, 60s rock and roll, opera and jazz, music for all tastes (these were all free). Auckland is multi cultural so there is a wide range of things to do. Downtown is vibrant and offers a wide range of shops, great places to eat and things to do. My son tells me the school is great and we have seen him develop greatly since starting. My husband loves it because of the sport especially the rugby (typical men).
I have worked in mental health for 9 years and working in the community in Auckland is one of the best experiences I have had. The Taylor Centre is made up of a professional multidisciplinary team who work across the central city and surrounding suburbs. The work here is similar to that of the UK; there are some differences in healthcare provision but the support the team provides makes it easy to learn and adapt. Although you work mainly independently in the community the support networks at the Taylor Centre mean you never feel alone in your practice. The services provided are excellent and there is a 24 hour crisis team which supports staff with client treatment out of hours. There is a range of treatments provided by the Taylor centre which allows staff great opportunities to develop their skills and there is a also a wide range of internal and external learning programmes on offer.
When we came here one of the most difficult things for us was the homesickness. My colleagues and there families (now our friends) have been great supports to my whole family not just at work but outside they have made us feel so welcome and helped us make this home.