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In 20 years, Elly Bauer has gone from patient to staff member, making a difference as part of the Operational Services team in porterage.
The mother of three has become one of PA’s newest recruits through the federally funded Metro South Health Pathways to Inclusion Strategy.
“When I was 18, I was in a bad car accident and ended up in an induced coma at PA then spent some recovery time in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) here.
“This certainly factored into my decision to work at the hospital and there have been some memories come up, but I am really enjoying my role here,” she said.
Elly is one of 25 new starters to take on contract roles at PAH following three weeks of training as part of the Pathways to Inclusion Strategy.
“My husband and I were living in Toowoomba and running our own restaurant when my son was diagnosed with a severe blood disorder.
“We needed to be closer to Brisbane for his treatment, so we moved, and I became a stay at home mum for close to six years so having the opportunity to undertake a course like this and get back into the workforce has been great,” she said.
In partnership with HELP enterprises, shortlisted candidates from Brisbane undertake three weeks of training throughout the Metro South Hospital and Health Service then successful trainees are offered contract work where appropriate.
“I’m a people person, I love getting to know people, hearing their stories and helping them which is why I found myself in porterage,” said Elly.
“A lot of people are quite surprised when I arrive to take them around the hospital, I’m not a big bloke but I’m very capable!”
Senior Diversity and Employment Consultant for Metro South Health, Glyn Dodt, said Elly is an asset to the team and a success story from the program.
“Elly has embraced her new role and is well-received by the patients and the team.
“She is a natural leader and her previous roles in management will serve her well,” said Glyn.