Yarning with IAHA Member Erin Baker during 2022 women’s health week

“I have been an Occupational Therapist for 13 years working across acute, community and disability sectors. I now have my own private OT business, and love to provide Early Intervention services for jarjums with additional needs living on Bundjalung Country.

As I grow older, I have a greater appreciation and acceptance that my health is not limited to my medical and physiologically wellbeing. I can appreciate, that in my life, my body, mind and spirit are as equally important to nurture and protect for my ‘health’. Unfortunately, this has taken some time and I have learnt to recognise stress within my body, and the impact that this can have on me, my family, and relationships.

I am inspired by many women in my life. My mother Linda who has had multiple major surgeries and more recently significant hearing loss. She continues to get out every day to exercise and prioritise her health first. I hope I can continue to do the same at her age.

My mother-in-law Nicky who introduced yoga and meditation to me in my late teens and that your health can be nurtured with calming activities too.

I work with many First Nation mothers of children with additional needs, and I think they are amazing. These mums are often facing more barriers and challenges than most. I have deep respect and empathy for First Nation mothers of children with additional needs.

Women’s health and the role of a mother are so closely connected.”

September 9, 2022


Posted by: Renae Kilmister