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Psychiatrist Dr Edward Wims talks to us about his passion for mental health care and how the opportunities on offer in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) could be the career move you’ve been waiting for.
With a service that embraces change and encourages career development and a location that has something for everyone, this is the ideal time to take the next step in your Psychiatry career. Find out why, after traveling the country and experiencing 16 different mental health services, Dr Wims chose to settle and work in this region.
Thanks for talking to us today Dr Wims. Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
I've been Clinical Director for the Richmond Clarence Network in NNSW LHD for just over two years and I'm delighted to say that I genuinely really love my job! Originally from Ireland, I fell in love with Australia when I was a backpacker many years ago. I’ve been living here for 12 years now and moved extensively during that time before settling down in Northern NSW.
Why did you decide to become a Psychiatrist?
I believe as Doctors we can truly make a difference in people’s lives, and while Psychiatry might not have the glamour of the transplant unit or the adrenaline of the Emergency Department, good psychiatric care can be every bit as lifesaving. Mental health patients, particularly in the public system, are often quite disenfranchised and the ability to advocate for them is very rewarding.
Why did you choose to work for NNSW LHD Mental Health Service?
Since starting my career in Psychiatry, I've worked in 16 different mental health services, but this is the one in which I've chosen to stay. I believe the service encourages excellence, notices and nurtures potential, and enables all clinicians to make a change for the better.
I’m also passionate about our vision for the future. We have a strong focus on the provision of trauma-informed care and our aim is to develop a responsive service, which reduces Emergency Department admissions and enables the patient to have their needs met as close to home as possible.
What do you enjoy most about your role as Clinical Director?
I came to Lismore for the job that was on offer but decided to stay because of the people. We are blessed to have an eclectic workforce made up of locals, people from interstate and overseas. All the staff are warm and friendly and are forever looking for innovative ways to provide the best possible care to our patients.
I also take a strong interest in undergraduate and postgraduate education and all staff are supported in attending courses locally, interstate or overseas. We also actively encourage our Psychiatrists to develop a special interest to keep them motivated and challenged. It’s a huge thrill to see my colleagues achieve great outcomes and see our patients leave the ward in a much better place than they've ever been in before.