Nov 23, 2021


My name is Sivam and I’ve worked at the Northside Group (St Leonards and Cremorne) for the past 7 years.

Describe your job without using a position title?

My current work mainly involves facilitating, teaching and assessing nursing students on placement and graduates undertaking our mental health graduate program, orientating new employees as well as supporting the education needs of overall staff. One day a week I work alongside a clinical psychologist to deliver group therapy which supports consumers in building their emotional resilience.

What motivates you and why?

I’ve always been and continue to be interested in the field of mental health. I have learnt so much from the consumers, their loved ones, and colleagues I have worked with over the years and continue to be excited about new research in this space. This passion for learning has fuelled my interest in sharing the knowledge, skills and attributes I have gained with other health care professionals and students to support them in providing quality care to individuals. Through education I also hope to assist in combatting stigma people with mental health conditions have to endure. I am regularly inspired by how individuals work towards their recovery and overcome challenges in the face of adversity and trauma.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Top of the list currently: Aikido

What does the Year of Health and Care Workers mean to you?

It means acknowledging and celebrating the extraordinary efforts a diverse range of health and care workers put into caring for individuals who are unwell and may be at their most vulnerable.

What would you say to inspire future generations of workers in health care?

While working in health care can be mentally, physically and emotionally challenging at times, I have found it to be highly rewarding not only on a professional level but also a personal one. Working with others who are like-minded in caring for individuals nurtures our compassionate nature, develops skills in collaboration and hones the ability to think critically. Knowing that you have contributed to a person’s recovery/quality of life even in a small way can be immensely satisfying.