Bendigo Community Health Services employs more than 250 staff to run our programs and services. Staff form the heart and soul of the organisation. Let’s meet one of them…



Kerry Holland.




Occupational therapist with Child Health Invest team.


Kangaroo Flat.

What role do you play for the organisation?

OT assessments and intervention for children, youth and families; co-ordinate the assessment and care pathway for clients of the BEARS Clinic (Autism assessments).

How long have you worked for BCHS?

Five days!

What do you enjoy most about working for BCHS?

The staff are really inclusive and supportive; I like working in a multi-disciplinary team; and there is a lot of scope to use my OT skills and to introduce some different interventions.

If you could have someone else’s job at BCHS, what would that be?

It’s a bit early to say.

Enough of the serious stuff…

Significant other(s)?

Yes and Ruby our Corgi.

Favourite colour?


Favourite food?


Favourite holiday destination?

So far it has been Angkor Wat, Cambodia but I am about to go to Cuba and can’t wait.

Interests outside work?

Yoga, cooking, gardening, going to the movies, spending time with family and friends, Latin dancing.

Three things you can’t live without?

My morning walk in the bush with friends and our dogs; holidays; a sense of humour.

What is your biggest superstition?

Never turning the calendar page over early - it must be on the first day of the next month.

What is your kryptonite?

Sugar…..cakes, biscuits, ice-cream and lollies.

Five people you would invite to dinner?

David Attenborough; Barack Obama; Nancy Wake; Dr Catherine Hamlin; and Richard Roxburgh.

Tell us something everyone at BCHS doesn’t know about you:

I’m pretty obsessed about Pembroke Corgis.

Got a ‘clean’ joke?

A man turns up to see a GP at an evening clinic and when asked what he is there for says, “I think I’m a moth”.

The GP responded, “If you think you are a moth, you need to see a psychiatrist, not a GP”.

The man responded in an exasperated tone, “I know that, but your light was on!”

Life ambition?

To keep travelling to faraway places.

Sum yourself up in five words?

Passionate; optimistic; motivated; adventurous and organised.

What would you buy with your last $10?

A bunch of flowers

Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life?

There hasn’t been one person, but different people at different times of my life. Generally they are human rights activists, animal rights activists and environmentalists.

Who would you like to take lead role in a movie on your life?

Naomi Watts.

Favourite saying:

“It’s a small world – until you have to clean it”.