Get to know: Chrissy Nicolaidis
In today’s ‘Get to know’ profile, we catch up with Chrissy Nicolaidis, Acting Operations Manager Health Information Service (HIS), and co-chair of the Rainbow Working Group.
Firstly, what is your coffee order?
Soy latte please!
Tell us about your Northern Health journey – when you started and your roles here.
I came to Northern Health after working at the Department of Health and Human Services. I wanted to be working closer to the coalface of health service delivery, so I joined as a Health Information Manager in 2016, filling in on a six month maternity leave contract. Nearly seven years later, and I am still here. I have worked in a variety of roles including Operations Manager of Ward Clerk Workforce, Manager of the Datasets Reporting Unit, and now Acting Operations Manager of HIS. I’m fortunate to have worked with many colleagues at Northern Health, whom I now consider great friends.
What are you most passionate about?
Equality. Making sure that all patients, staff, and visitors to Northern Health are treated with respect, and that we celebrate our strength in diversity. I am co-chair of the Rainbow Working Group, and a member of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Working Group. I am proud that we are making progress to make our health service a safer space for marginalised groups.
What is your greatest achievement or favourite memory at Northern Health?
Marching at the Northern Health Pride March in 2020 and 2021 – showing our community that Northern Health is progressing towards a more inclusive environment for LGBTIQA+ community.
How would you describe Northern Health in a sentence?
Northern Health is full of good people who genuinely care about providing quality care to our diverse community, often in challenging circumstances.
Which Northern Health value do you best relate to and why?
Together – its so imperative that we all work together towards our common goals, to continue to make our organisation a safe and trusted health service.
Do you have a bucket list item?
I have lots! I love to travel and would love to go back to Nepal and climb Annapurna. I also have an unused skydiving voucher waiting for me to build up the courage to go.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I have travelled to over 30 countries and been to every continent except Antarctica!