Staff profile: Janine Plumridge - Information Technician Mental Health
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Ko Whanganui te Awa
Ko Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi te Iwi
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Ko Janine Plumridge ahau.

Tena koe my name is Janine and I was born and raised here in Whanganui.

I am the youngest of nine children to my parents Mot and Del Plumridge who were well known in the Whanganui sporting community through Netball and Softball. I am a mum of two adult children and one teenager with my partner of nearly 25 years.

Growing up in Whanganui I attended three wonderful schools Kiwi Street School, Wanganui Intermediate and then Wanganui Girls College as did my other siblings. I completed two courses at the Wanganui Regional Community College in 1988 (now UCOL) Clerical Reception Skills then on to an Information Processing Course where I learnt most of my skills I use in my role today as Information Technician for Mental Health & Addiction Services. I gained certificates in Pitman’s - Typing, Word Processing and Information Processing.

I have done many interesting jobs in my life but was given the opportunity to become an Administrator with our local Iwi Provider Hinengaro Hauora under the umbrella of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority. I enjoyed the interaction with the Tangata Waiora (patients) and all the Kaimahi (staff).

After a couple of years, it was time to spread my wings so I applied for a job with the Child, Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) as Receptionist/Administrator. It took a couple of interviews before I got the job but stayed as part of this team for six years learning more skills over the years.

CAMHS then made the move to the Womens and Childrens Building along with the Paediatric Outpatient Service, so an exceptional highly efficient Receptionist was needed, ME! I work under the umbrella of Paediatrics and Mental Health Services and in this role I developed new skills and processes such as outpatient clinics, creating referrals and scheduling appointments something we did not do in Mental Health Services. In this role I also became the administrator for the Health, Education and Disability Services (HEADS) Forum this involves minute taking and maintaining the data base along with working with community agencies. I continued working in this role for the next couple of years.

I have now returned to work within Mental Health fulltime as an Information Technician looking after our Electronic Patient File System – Jade with my colleague Georgina Corby, Jade Administrator. I have also had the opportunity to coordinate projects which has been challenging at times but very rewarding when it all comes together. These have been Oracare Clinics for Mental Health, Webpas for Mental Health and more recently training hospital staff in Clinical Portal. I also attend the Child and Youth KPI Forums as a Technical Lead and PRIMHD Site Coordinators meeting as a representative for the WDHB.

Although I don’t exactly have an impressive or glamorous CV I have worked hard and try to learn as much as I can and take every opportunity that is offered to me since I have been with the WDHB. So for now I enjoy what I am doing and the awesome people I work with!

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