Kelvin – Outreach Officer
“We are a friendly work place and make sure the team is out visiting patient’s homes to get their wellbeing checks done.”
Kelvin, our Outreach Officer is here to help you get to your appointments and can accompany you to the doctor. Find out a bit more about Kelvin.
Tell me a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, what you studied, or worked as before MK.
Hi my name is Kelvin Lawrence I’m from Rockingham but my family is from Northam, York. I was born in Bunbury down south but also lived down Bridgetown/Donnybrook when I was born. I then moved to Kwinana area where I’ve lived most my life. I’m the youngest boy in the family of 8 brothers/sisters.
When I left school I was doing art painting at Rockingham Tafe, when I turn 18 I was drafted by Melbourne Football club as a rookie in 2011 and lived in Melbourne for 2 years. In 2013 I moved back to Perth and started playing in the WAFL with Peel Thunder Football Club league in 2014 and also doing training to become a scaffolder in Henderson for 6 months. After scaffolding I was doing landscape with LD Total.
What do you do at MK?
I’m current the Outreach Officer at Moorditj Koort and also do a bit of Care Coordination. I have done my Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice while working at Moorditj Koort. I do the transport for patients to and from home, the GP, the hospital and Moorditj Koort. I also take patients to Allied Health appointments and during the visit at their appointment I advocate for them just in case they don’t understand the doctor. I also do home visits most Friday for all my male Care Coordinator patients so it means doing a wellbeing check BP, BSL, Pulse and temp.
What difference do you think you and MK are making in the community?
While working with Moorditj Koort for the past 2 and a half years, we are trying to work with all the patients with the chronic diseases and making sure they going to every appointment to try get on top of the disease. We’re also building a good relationship with the patients and make them feel welcome when coming into Moorditj Koort for their appointment. We are a friendly work place and make sure the team is out visiting patient’s homes to get their wellbeing checks done.
Why is Indigenous Health important to you?
Since I started working with Moorditj Koort, I find that I love helping elderly patients out with all the needs and learning lots about Aboriginal health. Since I’ve been working in the health area, I’ve continued to build my skills in any way to help in the health area.
What’s your favourite thing about working and representing MK in the community?
Working in the health area is making me get out there more into the community and to help young Aboriginal men. I’m more confident talking to patients about anything and if they need help, because I could be a good role model for everyone because I’m a young man myself and willing to help in any way I can for the community.
Where do you think your role and MK will take you in the future?
Would like to see Moorditj Koort grow in other community area and be as big as Derbarl Yerrigan health service.