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4th March, 2024

Asraa Al Saadi struggled to find work after moving to Australia from Romania. An employment forum aimed at jobseekers from migrant and refugee backgrounds helped her to land a dream job with us!

Asraa trained as a doc­tor, but she had lit­tle suc­cess find­ing a role for years after arriv­ing in Australia.

In Octo­ber 2023 she attend­ed the Black­town Employ­ment Accel­er­a­tor event, putting her in touch with a dozen employ­ers, includ­ing NSW Health Pathol­o­gy, that were active­ly seek­ing can­di­dates across West­ern Sydney.

“All I can say is that a mir­a­cle hap­pened to me that day,” Asraa said. She met with NSW Health Pathol­o­gy staff at the Black­town event and went on to suc­cess­ful­ly apply for a job with the organisation.

Jes­si­ca Lee, Deputy Direc­tor Strate­gic HR & Projects at NSW Health Pathol­o­gy, says attend­ing the Employ­ment Accel­er­a­tor helped raise aware­ness of NSW Health Pathol­o­gy as a poten­tial employ­er with­in cul­tur­al­ly and lin­guis­ti­cal­ly diverse communities.

“Nor­mal­ly, we adver­tise either inter­nal­ly to NSW Health or exter­nal­ly via iwork­forn­sw and oth­er job boards,” Jes­si­ca said.

“We always pri­ori­tise the right cul­tur­al fit and the nec­es­sary skillset to per­form the role. By attend­ing the Black­town Employ­ment Accel­er­a­tor, we were able to tap into a tal­ent pool that may have pre­vi­ous­ly been overlooked.”

Jes­si­ca and the NSW Health Pathol­o­gy team had the priv­i­lege of help­ing sev­er­al can­di­dates, includ­ing Asraa, through the recruit­ment process.

As for Asraa, it wasn’t just the con­ver­sa­tions at the event or access to net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties that inspired her – it was the sup­port she received from Jes­si­ca and Rho­da Kip­tanui, Head of Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion, through­out the appli­ca­tion process that made a dif­fer­ence in land­ing her dream job.

People sitting at tables talking, near a NSW Health Pathology banner.
NSW Health Pathol­o­gy staff attend the Black­town Employ­ment Accel­er­a­tor event.

“This assis­tance pro­vid­ed me with some much need­ed men­tal and emo­tion­al clar­i­ty and allowed me to per­form in my inter­view,” Asraa said. “I have always dreamed of work­ing at West­mead Hos­pi­tal because of my love for the med­ical field and the prox­im­i­ty to my home – but the fact that it came true is unbelievable.

“I am more con­fi­dent thanks to their help and am work­ing towards my goals of mak­ing my kids proud of me – my dreams have real­ly become a real­i­ty,” she concluded.

Asraa is now work­ing as a tech­ni­cal assistant/pathology col­lec­tor (phle­botomist) at NSWHP West­mead, which is based at one of the busiest hos­pi­tals in the state. She is cur­rent­ly fin­ish­ing her pathol­o­gy col­lec­tor train­ing and is work­ing in the out­pa­tients depart­ment, but she’ll soon join the rotat­ing col­lec­tions ros­ter at NSWHP’s Auburn, Black­town and Mount Druitt Hos­pi­tal col­lec­tion centres.

Col­lec­tors like Asraa are the friend­ly face of pathol­o­gy, pro­vid­ing com­pas­sion­ate and reas­sur­ing sup­port dur­ing the some­times anx­i­ety-induc­ing sam­ple col­lec­tion process.

Find all NSW Health Pathology’s cur­rent job oppor­tu­ni­ties here.


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