Julia, Health Promotion Officer, Gold Coast
My job is very important to me. Some people might think working in a job where the issue of breast cancer comes up a lot is a negative, but I don't see it that way at all. I think I have a great job because I truly believe it helps make a positive difference to a lot of women's lives.
Working for BreastScreen Queensland, as a Health Promotion Officer, enables me to meet people from all walks of life and work closely with so many individuals who are passionate and highly committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.
It is hard to describe what's involved in my role because it is such a mix of things but, if you boiled it down, I guess you could say it is part policy, involves education and a lot of public relations. Advocacy is definitely a big part of the job. I'm working at the community level and with organisations, advocating breastscreening, getting our health messages across and on their agenda.
One day I can be addressing women at an Expo, the next meeting new GPs in our area and briefing them on BreastScreen and then, maybe another time, working with an organisation about healthy workplaces. The people I meet are quite diverse; sometimes I'm talking to people one-on-one and other times addressing large groups. One thing is for sure, you definitely have to be a people-person to do this job. It also helps if you're good at networking.
The best thing is when you get positive feedback and you know you have made a difference. Women will say that as a result of hearing you speak they went ahead and got screened. They might even have had cancer detected and because it was caught early it's turned out okay.
Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020