Meet our team: Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith joined the CheckUP team in January 2022 as our Regional Coordinator for South West Queensland.

Rachael has over 10 years of experience working in the health sector, working as a remedial massage therapist in Melbourne for several years, and also managing allied health clinics.

“I have a background in international development and public health, and before moving to Brisbane I lived and worked in Papua New Guinea managing a rural health outreach program,” she explained.

“Prior to commencing with CheckUP I was working with Children by Choice managing a three-year project improving equitable access to reproductive health care in regional, rural, and remote Queensland, and am very proud to have created and facilitated Australia’s first abortion doula training program.”

To find out more about Rachael’s role as a Regional Coordinator and how she's found working at CheckUP, you can read a Q&A below.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Engaging with communities, stakeholders, and health providers to check in, provide support, problem solve, and connect! I also work to support the outreach team and wider organisation as much as I can. As I’m still quite new, I ask a lot of questions!

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Travelling across South West Queensland and meeting up with communities and health providers face to face, after many emails and phone calls.

What are three words you would use to describe CheckUP?

Committed. Passionate. Caring.

What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, I volunteer with the RSPCA, and occasionally foster cats, dogs, and kittens (never all at once!). I love cooking and getting out of the city to explore new camping spots.

Who did you last listen to when you drove/flew somewhere?

I have some great playlists on Spotify, so I always make sure I have some tunes downloaded before I hit the road.

 

Image description: A photo of CheckUP team members Cassie French and Rachael Smith taken last month in Cherbourg.