What’s your name and job?
Mary-Anne McCluskey, sexual health nurse, Bendigo Community Health Services
How long have you been doing that for?
Nearly nine years
What are you doing today?
There is always lots of variety in my role – most days would consist of STI testing, contraception advice, Cervical screening, choices options counselling, assisting the doctor with procedures, giving immunisations – it’s never boring
Why did you decide to become a Sexual Health Nurse?
I really like working with people and it is a great way to empower people to make well informed decision in relation to their sexual health
What do you enjoy about your job?
The variety of the job and the autonomy to work with people in a friendly, non-judgmental way
What’s your passion? What do you really care about?
Workwise - I really care about people and my passion is to make it easy for everyone and anyone to come to our sexual health clinic.
Outside work – “Life’s an adventure, enjoy the ride”. Last year I walked part of the Camino trail from Portugal to Spain and the year before it was the Inca trail in Peru
What’s your Bendigo story?
I grew up in Kerang and then lived in Melbourne for five years. One day I realised I wasn’t quite ready to be a grown up and decided to have a gap year (who even knew about gap years way back then) and spent a year travelling around Australia before deciding that Bendigo was a nice place to be a grown up (a pretend grown up really), have a family and build a mud brick house.
I’m still here a couple of years (decades) later.
What do you do on your Saturday morning?
Yoga or bush walk.
What’s your guilty pleasure TV show of choice?
Shameless … love it! If ever you think your life is crazy or your family is dysfunctional, just watch a couple of episodes of this! Life is good.
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