Sharina, Regional Manager, Victoria West homes
Sharina, one of Estia Health’s Victoria Regional Managers, has been with our organisation for just over a year and shared her story with us. Having worked in the aged care sector since graduating nearly 25 years ago, Sharina started out as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) whilst studying to become a Registered Nurse and then once qualified, progressed to a Unit Manager, Care Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Regional Manager before progressing to State General Manager roles.
We asked Sharina to tell us what she enjoys about working in the aged care sector ‘I couldn’t imagine myself working in any other field’ She said ‘There is nothing more extraordinary than meeting a new resident and their family, providing excellent care and supporting them with the most sacred, final moments of their life in a dignified and comfortable way.’
"There is nothing more extraordinary than meeting a new resident and their family, providing excellent care and supporting them with the most sacred, final moments of their life in a dignified and comfortable way."
We asked Sharina to tell us about challenging moments in her career and how she’d overcome these. ‘During the last 12 months, the biggest challenge I have faced, along with many, has been working on the frontline of the Victorian COVID-19 outbreak. Together with an extraordinary team, we managed two devastating outbreaks in our homes. COVID-19 brought out the very best in all of us, whilst at the same time destroying every piece of what we know, and who we are. We learnt very quickly to always look after each other, be kind and lift each other up when people really needed it.
We asked Sharina what she did to help cope in such challenging times and she said ‘I learnt to meditate. Working long hours during the pandemic, it was the only way I could get “time out”. I have never been one to sit still. I have continued to practice self-care which will help ensure longevity in my role, excellence in my performance, and a balanced work life.’
We asked Sharina why she feels it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day ‘I feel it’s so important to globally celebrate the achievements of woman, socially, culturally, economically and politically.’
" I feel it’s so important to globally celebrate the achievements of woman, socially, culturally, economically and politically."
This International Women’s Day Sharina will be thinking of the many women that have inspired and supported her ‘I am always inspired by every woman I meet who conducts themselves in a positive and kind manner and achieves their own goals, whether domestic, physical, or professional. I think with a positive spirit, hard work and determination, woman can achieve, and are proving they can achieve anything they want to.’