WHAT IT’S LIKE TO… Return to practice after maternity leave


Format Type: PDF
Profession: All
Time: 20 mins
Topic: Experiential, Maternity, Parental Leave, What It's Like

Ever wondered what it might be like going back to work after a period of parental leave? This is an experiential piece on the joys, the challenges and some recommendations of interest.

Sarena Jones
Occupational Therapist & Director @ Allied Health Support Services

After graduating in 2002 from Charles Sturt University in NSW, Sarena began her career in Geelong with a brief occupational rehabilitation role for youth with brain injuries then spent several years in acute and rehabilitative rotational positions across Victorian hospitals. Shortly after she travelled to the UK and worked in many positions across London and regional areas, including general acute, geriatric, cardiac rehabilitation, complex neurological rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, rapid response, intermediate care and community health / social services. In between, upon short visits home to Australia, she worked in transition care and community rehabilitation positions for Bluecare and QLD health before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast. There she has worked across in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient rehabilitation and leadership roles for eight and a half years. Recently returning from an extended period of maternity leave, after having two beautiful and very busy children, she has found a steep learning curve with many challenges, in founding Allied Health Support Services in early 2016.