Meet our team: Kat Murray
Based out of CheckUP’s Brisbane office, Kat Murray has worked at CheckUP since January 2008. Her primary role now involves being the project manager for schools and industry in the Metro North and the Sunshine Coast regions for our Health Gateway to Industry Schools program.
Learn more about Kat and the work she engages in at CheckUP by reading the below Q&A.
For more information on Health Gateway to Industry Schools, visit https://gateway2health.com.au/.
What were you doing prior to coming to CheckUP?
Prior to commencing at CheckUP 14 years ago, I briefly worked at the Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice in Biloela. When I relocated back to Brisbane, I was fortunate enough to secure a position at the then General Practice Queensland.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It’s hard to describe a typical day because my days are all so different. I have recently moved from the Communications team where I would work across the organisation often liaising with many of my colleagues throughout the day into the Gateway team. Now, I work closely with other members of the Gateway team. I am the main point of contact for the eleven schools within my region, Metro North Brisbane, so I am in regular contact with them too. Some days I might attend a school for the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding, or I may attend a Careers Expo to promote the program. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet teachers, students and their parents and share with them information about the program. I also work with the Access for All team assisting with resource development, website updates as well as eNews updates. I am also a member of our RAP Workgroup and the CheckUP Shine Wellness Workgroup. So, I could also be meeting with fellow colleagues or working with them on actions arising from those meetings.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
In my previous position within the Communications team, I really enjoyed travelling out into the community and meeting the people who our services make a difference for. I loved seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when we gave them their care packs and getting to know elders who can now see clearly again.
I’ve recently commenced a new position within the Gateway team, and I am so exciting to get out and about to meeting more of the next generation of health professionals!
What are three words you would use to describe CheckUP?
Flexible, purposeful, and caring
What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?
I love spending time with my family and friends during my down time. I also love making earrings, listening to music, taking my children on bushwalks through the local bushland or to the beach and travelling (although that has been limited for the past two years).
Who did you last listen to when you drove/flew somewhere?
I have a ‘labour’ playlist on my phone from when I had my youngest daughter and that is always playing in the car. There is a huge range on that playlist from Bob Marley to Metallica and Tupac to Fleetwood Mac. Sometimes I’ll listen to a podcast if I’m on a long trip without the kids. If it’s not either of those it’s usually the Wiggles thanks to our youngest or Astronaut in the Ocean thanks to our eldest.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have loved working at CheckUP and am so grateful for all the amazing friendships I have made over the past 14 years. I have travelled to the far reaches of the state and met some truly amazing people.