Each month Krystal Burt finds out what makes our Staff special, this month it's our Practice Manager Claire.
How long have you been working at Central City Medical Centre
15 years!! I started on reception as my part-time “mum” job and somehow found myself as Practice Manager!!
Where did you grow up, and how is it different to Perth (related to health care)?
I grew up in Zimbabwe.It was a very similar lifestyle, in those days, to what we have now in Perth – sunshine and a great outdoors life. Healthcare was not so easy though. There’s no version of Medicare, and private health insurance is a luxury. People fly to South Africa or the UK for important operations so, as you can imagine, that’s only available to the wealthy. I am grateful every day for Australia’s health care.
What days do you work, do you have set roster or does it change?
I work 3 days a week with a regular roster. Those were my “mum” hours and now that my kids are grown up, those “mum” hours continue to work well for both me and the Practice.
Best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the people!! I love our absolutely awesome team of doctors, nurses, receptionists and admin team. And I love working with our patients – spending time working on reception is a treat!
Worst part of your job?
The worst part of my job is dealing with people who are rude and unreasonable for no good reason.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of work?
When I’m not at work, I’ll be finding new and interesting places to walk the dog, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Do you have any pets?
My favourite hobby is our rescue dog – Oscar. After 15 years with our wonderful dog, Cassie, we were devastated when she passed away. We have since adopted Oscar – a Labrador/staffie cross. It has been so rewarding to watch him come out of his shell and realise that we are his family, and that he is safe and loved. He has a few “interesting” habits, but this boy makes us laugh every day. Shenton Park Dogs Refuge do an absolutely fantastic job. “Rescue” is an awesome breed!!
My favourite quote is – “Don’t sweat the small stuff”
I currently love the Greatest Showman soundtrack.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“This is Me”!! -
“And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me”
What would you want your title to be when you retire?
Mum, Granny, crazy cat/dog lady!!
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
No thinking ..... I’ll be singing, so apologies if you see me at the traffic lights!! Sometimes I have to drive a few extra blocks so that I can finish the song!!