I moved into the Indigenous Hospitality House (IHH) midway through January, this year. Previously, I have worked at the University of Melbourne, in financial and research administration for over 20 years. Both of us (the Uni and myself) have changed dramatically over this time, so a parting of ways has been necessary. On to new challenges.
The plan for the next stage of my life is to start working more closely with people, to study and find work in the community welfare sector. Moving into the Indigenous Hospitality House and walking with Aboriginal people, as they and their families receive medical treatment in Melbourne, is among the first of hopefully many steps in this direction.
I'm a Melbourne girl. I wear black, I'm overly pretentious about the coffee I drink, I love AFL (Hawthorn), tennis, most sport, film, comedy, music, food (both the cooking and eating of), big trees... but I'm learning that Melbourne can be an intimidating place for those unused to its size and pace. I'm glad that the IHH can offer a place outside the bustle and I hope to learn much from those it hosts.