Sitting back after a busy day at work, Michelle Corbett, Residence Manager at Arcare Parkview and Nirvana, VIC, reflects on her long and illustrious career with Arcare.
“Arcare differs from other companies I have worked for because there is always support on hand, and there is always someone to turn to,” she explains. “When times were tough, the team pulled together to provide the best outcome for residents, everyone supported each other and went above and beyond to protect the residents. As a Residence Manager, it really makes you proud to be a part of the team.”
Starting as an Enrolled Nurse at Arcare Brighton twelve years ago, Michelle has gained a reputation as a solid and reliable member of the team as she progressed to Registered Nurse, ACFI Coordinator, Nurse Manager and then Residence Manager.
“I enjoy building relationships with residents and their families,” Michelle explains, citing getting to know their background and their stories as highlights of her day. “I love that our team members are encouraged to build real friendships with residents and their families.”
Jumping on board for the commissioning of Arcare Parkview, Michelle spent five years there as a Nurse Unit Manager before taking on the role of Residence Manager at Caulfield, and subsequently returning to her roots as Residence Manager at Arcare Parkview and Nirvana.
Recently invited to be a part of a panel discussing Voluntary Assisted Dying, Michelle had the opportunity to draw on her experience at Arcare to answer questions from members in the healthcare industry, as the Nurse Representative. “Aged Care can be an incredibly challenging but rewarding environment,” Michelle says. “[My advice is to] be dynamic and continue to upskill and learn.”
Work-life balance is important to Michelle, so she ensures she spends time with her family. “I enjoy taking my kids camping, and relaxing with a nice meal and glass of wine after work,” she says. And as for any hidden talents – “I’m a terrible singer … but that doesn’t stop me!”