We spoke to Stephanie working on shift in north west Australia in the Pilbara region. Stephanie’s normal rotation is 2 weeks on 2 weeks off.
What is your professional background?
I am a Registered Nurse, I have 30 years of nursing experience including 15 years in the hospital system, often in remote locations. I spent 2 years in Yeppoon although I am WA born and bred and I live 2 hours south of Perth.
I have now spent 15 years on mine and O&G sites, mostly in iron ore but this is my second in oil and gas deployment.
I am also a qualified ESO with a Cert III in Mines Rescue.
Where are you working now?
My current site is a gas plant, one of the largest in WA. The site has been operating since the early 1980s. On average there are around 500 workers at normal times, during shutdowns, an additional 1,000 workers are here and this happens twice a year. CPAGHM has two RNs both on shift day time only with after hours on call.
What other Corporate Protection sites have you worked?
This is my first CP site, I worked at this site in 2008 for two years although more in a safety role.
What are your primary responsibilities?
I am an HSE Coordinator, the primary responsibility is clinical. I am the clinical team lead. Our main role is Primary care and Injury Management but also we work with the occupational hygienist who we accompany out around the site. The HSE work adds to the interest of the job.
What do you find most challenging or fulfilling in your role?
Injury management is a challenge, treating the IP clinically but also getting them back to work. Workers Comp management is a challenge wherever you work.
I enjoy the chance to do a lot of health promotion and getting out to tool box meetings with health messages. We use the Woodside Health Promotion calendar but we regularly access the CPAGHM Health and Wellness calendar resources.
And what do you do in your spare time?
I am a runner. I recently completed a half-marathon, The Great Outback marathon, near Ayers Rock. I had planned to do the full marathon but due to a tooth abscess I had root canal surgery two days before I travelled to the race.
I have been a runner all my life, initially as a young athlete and more recently in fun runs, mostly around 12km and this was my first official half marathon.
My target is to do the London marathon and I am entered for the April 2023 race. I am very excited about it.
We are fortunate as our camp Is near a running path that goes for around 15km and is well-lit at night. Up here, the temperature can be a challenge but I try to get out no matter what.
What would your manager say?
My manager is Wayne O’Brien, he is quite new to the job. He would probably say I am the crazy one! I am really short and in 2008 when I was here I entered a bike race but the only bike I could use was a BMX!
I have worked with Dr Scott Wilkinson for many years off and on. When I started back with CPAGHM, he remembered me from previous times we have worked together.
Steph is an amazing member of our team in WA. She is a strong contributor to the creation of a successful team onsite and establishing a strong relationship with a key client. Steph also taking a step up in to leadership role, not only is this a reflection of her capabilities but more importantly, it is recognition of the passion and commitment she brings to our team, the organisation and our clients.