“A big part of what I do is providing an opportunity for social connection.

As a diversional therapist, I focus on working with people to design and facilitate leisure and recreation activities.

Sometimes it’s as simple as setting people up with a daily newspaper or some word puzzles. Other days is about providing social support – being someone to talk to, being there to listen, or even just being someone to visit with.

I never really knew exactly what I wanted to do for work, but I knew that I wanted it to be with people. I went to a university open day, and out of all of the allied health professions, diversional therapy is what sparked my interest.

Some of the people I work with are just really socially isolated – and this pre-dates COVID-19. In an acute hospital, we are limited to the work we can do at someone’s bedside, but it’s about creating those human connections.” 

– Amanda Nowak, Diversional Therapist at Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital

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