“One of my standout client memories is of a boy who was a school refuser who would spend his days riding his bike around the playground. He was with us for nine months, and ended up being Dux of his class – we got him back into school and excelling and thriving.

For over three years I have worked at Acacia, one of Cumberland Hospital’s non-acute mental health rehabilitation units. I originally worked in the graphic arts industry but when technology dramatically changed the industry, I took up an Enrolled Nurse traineeship.

Mental health was something I gravitated toward when I finished my training and I put my hand up for a job at Redbank House, working with children with behavioural issues aged four to 12. It was a really satisfying role which focused on getting children and excelling in school.

When I started my role at Acacia, I didn’t know what I was walking into – going from little to big children – but I really enjoy it and find it satisfying. I’ve always found a patient’s history interesting – how they got here and what their hopes are.

A lot of the stories I’ve heard are really sad and highlight that every family has at least one member who has issues and anyone could end up here.”

– Peter Pusic, endorsed enrolled nurse at Acacia rehabilitation unit, Cumberland Hospital

‘Humans of the Hospital’ is dedicated to the inspiring humans working at Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt Auburn and Cumberland hospitals in western Sydney.