Sabrina celebrates 15 years with CheckUP

Sabrina Kerr marked a significant milestone in 2021 – celebrating 15 years working at CheckUP!

Sab, as she’s fondly known to her colleagues, has worked in the health sector for almost 20 years across a range of health areas and within all sectors including government, not-for-profit, charity and the private sector.

Before commencing with CheckUP, Sab worked at Cancer Council Queensland and the Cancer Institute NSW, implementing skin, bowel, and lung cancer prevention programs. Prior to this, she worked in a private corporate health organisation delivering a health promotion and lifestyle improvement program to a range of industries.

To find out more about Sab’s work as a Business Coordinator for our workforce programs, and time at the organisation, we caught up with her for a Q&A.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me involves working closely with the Health Gateway team, secondary schools, registered training organisations and health providers to implement the Health Gateway to Industry Schools program across Queensland, specifically within Brisbane South and Gold Coast areas. Key aspects of my role involve supporting secondary school students and staff to gain an awareness and understanding of the range of careers available within the health industry and establishing linkages with health service providers. I also work closely with the Health Gateway team to develop resources to support schools with increasing awareness of and enrolments into vocational education and training health qualifications.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I love working with schools, both the students and staff and am very passionate about promoting the benefits of working in the health industry. I also have a passion for resource development and enjoy working behind the scenes to develop resources to support my schools. I love working with my team and at CheckUP and wouldn’t want it any other way!

How would describe CheckUP? 

Best organisation ever! The fact that I’ve been at CheckUP for over 15 years is a testament to the type of organisation and the people within it. I have loved every moment of working at CheckUP and have learnt and developed so much both professionally and personally over this time. 

Are there any major changes in the health sector or work that CheckUP undertakes that you have noticed since starting in your role?

Absolutely! Not only have I seen CheckUP’s work evolve in so many different ways, but also the health industry. CheckUP’s work and focus has expanded significantly over the past 15 years from predominantly focussing on general practice to a much broader focus across the health industry, including working with secondary schools. In addition to this, the way in which CheckUP delivers programs and services has evolved significantly in line with the way health services are now being delivered across the state. 

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

I love being active and sporty and getting outdoors as much as possible. If I’m not at home you’ll often find me out being active or at the beach with my family enjoying some sunshine, fresh air, and sea water. I also love socialising with my friends, and many will attest to the fact that I love a good chat.

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

I’m not a huge podcaster however I am a huge fan of music. I love a wide variety of music, however alternative rock, grunge, and indie are by far my favourite genres. If you see me singing while out for a run or driving, its most likely Birds of Tokyo, Muse or Florence and the Machine.