International Women’s Day – Meet Helen

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we have interviewed our staff on how they have been shaped into the women they are today and any advice they would give to young women starting out in the aged care industry.

In our final blog post, we introduce you to our Facility Manager at McMahon Caring Centre – Helen.


Meet Helen

Helen’s journey at Amaroo began only five weeks ago, when she joined McMahon Caring Centre as our Facility Manager. However, Helen’s career in the aged care sector started in 2009 when she worked as a carer.

“It may come as a surprise to many; however, I am actually a qualified chemical engineer.

Although I enjoyed my job as an assessor in laboratory operations, I knew I wanted to do something I was passionate about and that’s helping people”, Helen explains.

Soon after, Helen made the decision to study a Bachelor of Nursing whilst working full-time, raising two young children, and supporting her husband who worked FIFO.

The rest is history, and Helen soon began working as a Registered Nurse before her talent and unwavering dedication was acknowledged by those around her and she moved into more senior leadership positions.

“For me, moving into the role of Facility Manager is one of my career highlights. It’s an opportunity to grow in knowledge but also create a home and workplace that is desired by all.”


Making the move to Australia

In addition to changing careers, Helen and her husband also made the life changing decision to move from Nigeria to Australia.

“I won’t lie, making the move to Australia was lonely at times – however having the love and support from my brother and his family who also lived here made life easier.

I will never forget the kindness and generosity they showed me when I was trying to complete my studies. What they say is true – it really does take a village.”


Helen’s most important role

Although Helen is an accomplished and driven professional, it’s not the most important role in her life.

“One of my greatest achievements in life is marrying my husband and raising our three beautiful children. Each of my children bring me such joy and happiness – without them, I don’t think I would be the same happy person.”


Advice for the next generation of women in aged care

Reflecting on her career, Helen has one key piece of advice for young women starting their career in the aged care sector.

“I encourage you all to show love and support to other women – the more we show this, the more we can achieve together.

And finally, always remember that it’s never too late to start. I am living proof that you can make your future whatever you want it to be – be bold, be focused and most importantly, enjoy one day at a time.”