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The Face of Health

Posted 13 October 2017

Health attracts some very special people.

The VHA believes that storytelling is a powerful way to communicate the great work and people we represent in your health service.

We're calling this initiative The Face of Health.

Working at the front line of the busiest trauma centre in Australia not only requires great expertise and compassion – it also needs people with enormous resilience.

Meet the VHA’s first Face of Health Blair Hobbs, who was The Alfred’s first Emergency Department Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In his 18 years at The Alfred, it’s fair to say he’s seen it all.

Blair, you’ve been physically attacked, spat at, seen the most heart wrenching things and managed to care for and support people at their most vulnerable. There’s surely easier ways to make a living?

Blair: “It’s rewarding work. I always wanted to help people. It’s a job that involves supporting people who are going through a lot of things and it’s a great responsibility and privilege to help people at their darkest hour.”

You helped survivors of the Back Saturday fires, what happened?

Blair: “One man, who had been sheltering in a dam with his daughter, awoke from a coma and asked about his family. I had to tell him that his daughter had passed away and that he had also lost the rest of his family.

“I helped him talk through it but you definitely feel a lot of emotion. But you have to maintain a clinical objectiveness to do the job you have to do.

“It’s a great responsibility.”

The VHA welcomes more Face of Health ambassadors. If you know someone doing extraordinary things – or combining fascinating human interests outside work – contact Rosanne Michie or phone 03 9094 7788. 

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