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Beenleigh Adult Mental Health benefits from decades of Cathie's dedication

4 July 2022

What was meant to be an eight-week stint with Beenleigh Adult Mental Health turned into a 20-year career for Administration Officer Cathie Lloyd.

The job was her first back after being a full-time stay-at-home mum for five years, and it seems Cathie manifested her role there.

“I would always drive past the Beenleigh Adult Mental Health building and mention to my husband that I would be working there one day when my daughter started school… and this came true!” she said.

The proud mother also wonders if her career in the community and mental health field helped to shape her daughter’s choice of vocation- a paramedic working in the USA.

Cathie said it’s important to be non-judgmental in her line of work and has learned to accept both the good and bad behaviours of the people she interacts with. In fact, one of her favourite parts of her job is the unexpectedness of not knowing who will next walk through the door at Beenleigh.

The clients also make up Cathie’s most memorable career highlights; with one memory standing out more than the rest.

“When my daughter, who was in Grade 9 at the time, and I took the train back from Brisbane, one of our long-time clients boarded the same carriage and sat down with us.  I didn’t mind whatsoever,” she said. 

“It was a train ride stopping at every station to Beenleigh, so we both sat and listened with interest to his colourful life story, his prison stay, and his drug stories. We were getting off the train at the end of this journey and the client yelled out to us, ‘look after your mum’,” Cathie said remembering how lovely it was.

Along with making a difference through her work at Metro South Health, Cathie dedicates countless hours of her time to volunteering with agencies that help homeless and disadvantaged people.

A favourite event is the annual homeless connect day where she works on the pet friendly bus.

“We pick up the homeless and take them to the stadium which they totally enjoy because this day makes them feel like royalty,” she said.

“At the end of the day, everyone has a big smile on their face - and so do I.”

Last updated 4 July 2022
Last reviewed 4 July 2022

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