Carmel – Program Manager
“My favourite thing is to see happy and healthy community members.”
Carmel’s passionate about our community members and their health. She helps steer the Moorditj Koort employees to help reach the organisational goals to help grow Moorditj Koort. Find out more about Carmel.
Tell me a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, what you studied, or worked as before MK
My name is Carmel Kickett I’m a Noongar woman and my family are from Collie, that’s where I did my schooling (Primary and High School). Early 1990 I left Collie and moved to the Perth metro area. I lived with family in Hilton and later that year moved to Kwinana when I met my husband. I have 4 children.
Before working at MK I was working at IGA super market as an Assistant Dairy Manager
When I started at MK I didn’t have any clinical skills, I was employed as the Outreach Officer then was asked if I wanted to be an Aboriginal Health Worker. I studied at Aboriginal Health Council of WA for 2 years and during that time I became the School Programs Officer, conducting health checks in schools, then after I graduated from my studies I become a Care Coordinator, Registered Health Practitioner, Asthma Educator and now Programs Manager.
What do you do at MK?
I’m the Care Coordinator/ Program Manager. I oversee the Care Coordination Program, Outreach Program, Indigenous Health Promotions Officer (IHPO) and Medina School Program. I liaise with all the Specialist and Allied Health services to conduct clinics at MK, and work closely with our local GP’s to get the best care for our clients.
What difference do you think you and MK are making in the community?
I find our clients have a better knowledge about chronic illnesses and clients are not afraid to attend GPs, Specialist and Allied health appointments since MK have been working closely with them.
Why is Indigenous Health important to you?
Indigenous Health is important to me because we need to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous. I’m tired of attending funerals of many Indigenous people dying too young and who are getting very sick that may have been prevented, such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular, Renal, Cancer and Respiratory diseases. That’s why we’re getting the message out there to our community to have your regular health checks with your doctor or Aboriginal Health Workers.
What’s your favourite thing about working and representing MK in the community?
I love working at MK we (staff) are like family and we mostly live or grew up in Kwinana, so my favourite thing to see happy and healthy community members.
Where do you think your role and MK will take you in the future?
I don’t know where it’s going to take me but I hope MK just keeps growing bigger and better.