A love for developing people’s potential has seen Sr Helen Monkivitch dedicate her life to health care, aged care, mission and ethics.
“I just love it and I get a lot of energy from being involved and taking on the challenges,’’ Sr Monkivitch said.
“I enjoy setting structures in place to help staff grow.’’
From her initial training as a registered nurse she has undertaken extensive education to include a Master of Health Planning from the University of New South Wales; a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne Institute of Technology and a Diploma of Nursing Administration at Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.
She is presently Executive Coach and Mentor for Mercy Health.
“As a director I want to make sure our values are lived in, they are not just a piece of paper, they need to permeate everything we do,’’ she said.
“The challenge is developing our mission statement and values so that we can respond to the needs of our clients.
“Our clients are a special group of people who need help.
“In the past few months we have been improving staff expertise and we have recently engaged some very good people.’’
Sr Monkivitch was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through the establishment of major health, aged and palliative care facilities in Victoria and to the Catholic Church.
Extensive experience on boards has seen her hold the position of President for the Victorian Branch of the Australian College of Health Services Executives and the Australian Catholic Health Care Association.
As well as her current position on the Board of Mercy Connect she is also a board member for the Harold Mitchell Foundation and the Mercy Health Foundation.