Jenny Policy Advocacy and Government Relations Advisor

Meet Government Policy and Advocacy Advisor Jenny (RFW)

Hi. My name is Jenny, and I work in the Business Directorate at Royal Far West. I lead on government relations, advocacy and policy for the organisation.

Tell us more about your role…

I help communicate what Royal Far West does to governments – local, state and federal, as well as interest groups. It might mean anything from inviting a local MP along to see what the Healthy Kids Bus Stop is doing when visiting their electorate or visiting someone in Canberra to explain why more money is needed for telehealth in bushfire affected communities.  This ties in with advocacy – communicating why there is a need to address inequitable access to health services for kids living in the country compared to the city, and also policy, which might involve writing a submission to a government inquiry about how the drought is impacting services and how Telecare can help.

How long have you been here?

I am a newbie – I started in December.

What led you to work here?

I grew up in the country. I went to a primary school with 11 students, so I have always known about Royal Far West and the great work it does. I am now a Northern Beaches local, so when the chance came to work here, I was keen.

Describe your typical day…

I spend a lot of time on the computer – researching and writing, and also talking and listening to people at RFW about what they do and why. I try to communicate this as effectively as possible to people who typically don’t have the same knowledge and expertise.

What’s the best thing about working with families from rural and remote Australia?

They are so down to earth. It reminds me of home.

What do you think makes RFW unique?

The location, the people, the use of technology to provide health services, and how this all adds up to improving the chances for kids from the bush.

Finally, tell us about a family that you’ve seen amazingly positive outcomes through working with RFW

Recently, we had the local Manly MP, James Griffin visit Drummond House and announce an $83,000 grant from the NSW government to replace the windows with fail-safe ones. He talked to a great family who live on a farm near Bathurst who have been here several times. They raved about Royal Far West and the services here – so positive and appreciative – it was really heart-warming.

Take a look at when James Griffin MP visited Drummond House.

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