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Jen Gilham IWD2021

Kilmore District Health Director Clinical & Aged Care Services

What is your greatest achievement/highlight/story, something that you are proud of?

My children and family and having and maintaining great friendships with many people that I have met in my life so far.

Have you overcome challenges that you have learnt from?

Losing my dad to cancer and caring for him in his final days - Family is the most important thing, make every day count, and sometimes the smallest of things give us most joy and happiness

Who are the women who have inspired you in your life and/or career, and why?

Two nurses that cared for me when I had my babies, inspired me to follow my dream of becoming a nurse. They became my personal and professional mentors, and they are still 2 of my favorite people and great friends.

What advice would you give to future women and girls in your industry?

Find your passion and what makes you happy – you don’t have to write papers, present at conferences, design great products or models (some of you will and that’s great), however, every interaction you have with a patient can make a big difference to their life – so make it a positive one!

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet, and why?

Lady Di, I find her intriguing and I believe she was naturally compassionate and empathetic to others, I would like to ask her what, if anything she would do differently.

Who is someone you look up to at KDH and why?

There are many, and I wouldn’t like to name one…I think there are many women and men who do amazing things at KDH but also in their lives that we may not even be aware of – those quiet achievers that do things because they want to not to be noticed.

What is a quote or saying that you live by?

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept & “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” JFK


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