Way back in 1991, Elischka Sageman was looking for a fill in job, while she worked out her future plans. 30 years later Elischka finds herself captivated by the community that she landed in.
With no experience in Community Health, Elischka recalls “they took their chances with me” and quickly learnt about the community health model. “I knew when I was interviewed by 6 people including the CEO, a GP and a community member that this would be different to other jobs I had done. I was on a steep learning curve. The community taught me so much, as did the GP’s and many other staff at the Centre. There was a commitment to teach me.”
Elischka’s role developed to be a crucial part in guiding vulnerable women through pregnancies and building a community that supported families from a variety of cultures. “My time in West Heidelberg has had a profound effect on me. I’ve learnt what’s important for people: continuity of care, kindness, listening, a safe space and belonging. We do that really well at BCH”.
Over her 30 years Elischka has always acknowledged the community as the expert. Her approach of building on people strengths and truly hearing their story makes her a remarkable professional and respected by all at Banyule Community Health.
Congratulations Elischka. Your colleagues and the local community thank you for your dedication, commitment and ongoing support.
Elischka, 30 years service, 2021,
Client and Elischka, 1996.