Working in remote communities: Meet Jenny, Executive Manager, Remote Services

At KAMS, we’re proud of our talented leadership team and wanted to shine a spotlight on their work and accomplishments. Here is part two of our KAMS Leadership Series. Meet Jenny, our Broome-based Executive Manager, Remote Services, who shares her love of working in remote communities.  

Jenny, our Executive Manager, Remote Services, is a Kimberley woman with a long and interesting career history. From roles in remote community engagement and executive leadership, she shares our organisation’s value of striving for excellence. Living and working in Perth, the Eastern seaboard, and central Australia for more than fourteen years, Jenny made a promise to her father to return home.

“My father has since passed away, but I made good on that promise,” said Jenny. “In taking this position with KAMS in May last year, I knew I’d be working in remote communities, and that was the real attraction for me.”

What sparked her passion for working in remote communities? Interestingly, it was her community engagement role in Alice Springs. It’s the people that are the real highlight, both patients in the remote communities and the teams she works with.

“The people in our clinic are wonderful and they’re committed to making positive change. We have truly wonderful staff who do great work. It’s about ensuring the services we deliver are second to none and that people are getting the best healthcare. My colleagues on the executive management team are highly skilled, lead by our CEO and board of directors. We also obtain community input into the way we deliver our services and programs, and that’s exciting stuff!”

In her role, Jenny is responsible for managing and overseeing primary healthcare services in KAMS’ remote clinics and working with her direct reports in those areas.

“We have clinics in five different communities. It’s an exciting job, I feel honoured and privileged to work for such a great organisation. I also love working remotely. I have family in those remote communities who I get to see when I attend the clinics, and also when they come to Broome, where I’m based.”

On that note, Jenny’s family has a long association with KAMS in healthcare.

“I’ve always been familiar with KAMS’ work. The organisation has the ability to impact change, Close the Gap and positively impact the lives of Aboriginal people in towns and remote regions in the Kimberley. It’s an important role and I love working with our leadership team, who are all extremely dedicated individuals, working hard for the same goal.”

KAMS is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation with a dedicated, highly-skilled team of clinicians who provide primary healthcare and emergency after-hours services.

“Our services and clinics are excellent, they’re second to none. Our services and programs are unique because of our unique population in the Kimberley. It’s different for anyone used to working in capital cities.”

Jenny shared how for one remote clinic, located a 12-hour drive from Broome, KAMS has weekly charter planes! The Kimberley region is culturally and geographically unique.

“KAMS has a great induction process, both in Broome and in the clinics when staff arrive to prepare them for working remotely. Our Aboriginal staff working in remote clinics are local people, and they’re a great source of information. They’re employed in a wide variety of specialist and generalist roles, and they offer great information about the local community.”

Jenny and the leadership team have been successfully navigating the organisation’s response through the global pandemic.

“They really demonstrated the best capabilities through unprecedented times coming through COVID-19. We’ve had over 90 days with no active cases in the Kimberley, and that’s given us the opportunity to continue to plan and prepare. So, I’m hoping we’ll see the end of it without any active cases in our remote communities.”

“Everyone at KAMS is really committed to positively changing the health status of Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley. From the skilled staff in our remote clinics, to the leadership to drive strategic processes across the board, I feel privileged to work here.”

Outside of work, Jenny loves catching up with family, fishing and camping. She feels lucky to be in the Kimberley, with so many great camping and fishing spots close to Broome and other towns.

If you’re interested in working for KAMS, check out our current opportunities here.