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Finding solid ground in Melbourne's West-from Christchurch to Tweddle

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 27/07/11

On February 22nd 2011 at 12.50pm Brigid Jenkinson and her collegue were conducting a nurses training session in a floor to ceiling glass room on the 2nd floor of the Pegasus Health building near the centre of Christchurch NZ.  At 12.51 she was diving under a table that helped shield her from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that was about to destroy much of Christchurch's city and cause devasatation to its people.  It was the second major earthquake for Christchurch in 5 months - the first (7.1) struck in the night and thankfully took no lives.

Over the next few hours Brigid would form part of a team of nurses, volunteers, Doctors and Management assisting at the 24 hour surgery across the road from their place of work, attending to the walking wounded and responding to the desperate cries for emergency assistance amidst the outside carnage.

In the ensuing months, a series of serendipitous moments would bring this highly experienced and innovative health professional to a new life in Melbourne's West and an important role at Tweddle as Collaborative Program Manager.  Her role includes superivsing teams that design, pilot and deliver services for child protection families and families requiring intensive home visits and supervised access.

"I have come to Tweddle with a few strings to my bow but also a continued appetite for learning, challenge and new experience.  I can't wait to support the teams that I will manage to be the best that they can be for the complex families we work alongside" said Brigid

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