HOLISTIC APPROACH: Katrina Muller and Preety Mtengezanwa find it rewarding to work in mental health.
HOLISTIC APPROACH: Katrina Muller and Preety Mtengezanwa find it rewarding to work in mental health. Luka Kauzlaric

Mental health nurses privileged to help others

MENTAL health nurses Preety Mtengezanwa and Katrina Muller wouldn't trade their jobs for the world.

"It's a privilege when people open their lives to you," Ms Mtengezanwa said.

"It's a contract of trust and makes you want to do your best to help them."

Ms Mtengezanwa, who was born in Mauritius, lived in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia with her husband.

She arrived right in the middle of the Brisbane floods in 2011.

"We got a real sense of how amazing Australians are," she said.

"We had to move hotels with nine bags but there were no taxis in the city.

"People came from everywhere to help us and say hello."

Her colleague, Katrina Muller, has lived all over Queensland, most recently in Hervey Bay, and is proud to call the Sunshine State home.

"Gladstone is an amazing place to live, we love it here," she said.

"I couldn't imagine working with a better team of people either."

Ms Muller said being able to help people realise their ability was why she worked in mental health.

"Compared to general nursing that looks at people's deficits, mental health focuses on people's capacities and takes a holistic approach to what a person can achieve," she said.

She said Gladstone was different to most other regional communities because the region had lots of people moving here to work.

"Being away from family and friends can cause people to feel isolated that can lead to mental health problems or addiction," Ms Muller said.

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Drop in to see Preety, Katrina and the Gladstone mental health team
  • Gladstone Hospital campus, Flinders St entrance
  • Phone 4976 3244


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