Brooke is an Occupational Hygiene Advisor and is currently completing her Masters degree at Edith Cowan University. Brooke is based in the NT, which makes her a HOTTie (Hygienists Of The Territory). Collectively known as the ‘HOTTies’, the group was established as a way to support each other in that remote part of Australia. Anyone can become a HOTTie, it doesn’t matter if you’re not working in the NT, they’ll let you be HOTT by association! Check out their Facebook page ‘HOTT – Hygienists of the Territory’, and their Linkedin page ‘Hygienists of the Territory (H.O.T.T)’.
So here is 5-mins with Brooke:
Best location I have worked: The extent of my OH career has been working for Rio Tinto in Weipa and currently in Jabiru. I love that I get to experience remote areas of Australia where I would probably never have visited. Currently living in Jabiru, I get to explore Kakadu National Park after work and on weekends as it is my backyard. Luckily I love the outdoors and Kakadu has some of the best fishing in Australia. Hopefully I can catch a metre barra this year!
The best thing about my job is: The close-knit OH community. Everyone is so passionate and generous with their knowledge. Also love the diversity of the role. It can never be boring. Who would have thought I’d get to work at a Uranium Mine?
Career Highlight: Over a few local beverages at the 2012 Adelaide AIOH Conference, myself and some fellow NT based Hygienists came up with the idea to start our own ‘gang’ of NT Hygienists – HOTT (Hygienists of the Territory).
If you want to be an Occupational Hygienist, you’d better get used to: Your liver getting a workout during the Annual AIOH Conference [Side note: see bottom photo for the annual 3M night dress-up theme!!]
People normally think my job involves: making sure everyone has washed their hands – “No germs on me!”.
The best thing I’ve been asked to do was: I’m really looking forward to starting my Masters project this year through Edith Cowan University – hopefully on a heat stress related topic.
The worst thing I’ve been asked to do was: Nothing too bad yet, sometimes there are early mornings, extremely hot days (lucky I know how to manage my heat stress).