Aug 24, 2021


My name is Tania Billing and I’ve worked at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH) for 3 years and 11 months.

Describe your job without using a position title?

My job with SCUPH is split across two areas. Once each week I provide surgical assistance for a Colorectal surgeon in theatre and the rest of my week is spent in Intensive Care providing medical support to the specialists. SCUPH ICU regularly care for elective post cardiothoracic and neurosurgical patients in addition to ICU emergency admissions.

What motivates you and why?

I find my work environment interesting and diverse. I am motivated by learning new skills and seeing new presentations that are clinically interesting. Every week is different both in theatre and in intensive care.

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

At work I would like to learn transthoracic echocardiography. At home I would like to learn how to eradicate aphids and caterpillars from my small garden. I am currently trialling diatomaceous earth.

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

It is a year to recognise and highlight the importance of the ongoing contribution that all health care staff are making during the global pandemic. Health care is a team effort and the year of health and care workers was designated in appreciation and gratitude for all involved.

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

Working in health care is a challenging and rewarding career. There is a strong sense of job security and opportunity for career progression. Working in health care will provide lifelong learning.