The LivingRoom team has added a new member with Kim Kerin-Aryes stepping into the position of supportive care coordinator.
Her role focuses on managing the adverse effects of cancer that impact a patient’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing. She will be working holistically with Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patients to provide the best care possible by offering ‘whole person care.’
Kim describes cancer as, “A bit like dropping a stone into a pond because all these ripples go out and affect people, their families, their communities, and their work places.” Her job is centered around trying to help our patients, “Navigate that pond a little better.”
Kim started her career 30 years ago at RPA on the medical oncology ward. She says, “I didn’t choose oncology. It chose me. For my first rotation I was asked which ward I didn’t want to be assigned to and because I had a mum with cancer, my immediate thought was to avoid the cancer ward. However, that was where I ended up being assigned. And it turned out to be the best move ever.”
Since then she has travelled the world, living in Canada for four years and most recently visiting the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Although she loves to travel, Kim is also pursuing her Master of Nurse Practitioner at Flinders University online. She has been very busy during COVID-19 with studying, walking her dog Shadow and starting her new job here at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
We are delighted to have Kim join the team and can’t wait for our patients to meet her!