Virtual secondment to Yadu Health Aboriginal Corporation
Christine Lancaster, an executive assistant in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, recently undertook a ‘virtual’ six-week secondment with Yadu Health Aboriginal Corporation in Ceduna, South Australia.
Yadu provides clinical health services and community health programs to Ceduna and its surrounding communities including GPs, visiting specialists, residential and community-based aged care, maternal and child health and other services. During her secondment, Christine used her marketing and events background to assist Yadu with its community outreach program and developed a new website and launch event to support the organisation’s new branding.
Jawan, a not-for-profit organisation that partners with Indigenous communities, helped facilitate the secondment. While a virtual secondment didn’t allow for the immersive experience an on-site Jawun placement might have provided, Christine was still able to assist Yadu with a couple of important projects – including getting a website live in just six weeks.
Christine is looking forward to travelling to Yadu in person and meeting her new friends face to face: “I certainly feel connected to Yadu and really want to continue to work with them and contribute as much as I can – even from Melbourne.”