Analysis: The Palmerston North Women's Health Collective

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The Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective (PNWHC) has been part of the community since 1984 and providing the women of the Manawatu region with information and support on a wide range of health and well-being issues. The PNWHC offers free services such as pregnancy tests and cervical screening, and low cost services including counselling and natural therapies (The Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective [the PNWHC], 2014). The PNWHC was not my first choice of student placement; however, my placement at the PNWHC have become a valuable learning opportunity, and I have learnt a lot from working with the PNWHC staff, the PNWHC members, private practitioners, a nurse smear taker, and their clients. Attending
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However, working at the PNWHC provided me the opportunity to gain basic understanding of how the collective model of governance works and how decisions are generally made within the PNWHC. According to Gill (2005), one of characteristics of the collective model of governance is power-sharing between staff. During my placement, I was able to see that all staff members at the PNWHC are equally responsible for their tasks and providing appropriate services to women who come to the PNWHC for support. No one is the manager of the services as there is not hierarchy within the PNWHC. I enjoyed the collective way of working especially when I was working on the BlueSky Community Trust funding application. Although I was responsible for the funding application, all of us added some ideas to the funding application. I was required to make sure that we were all satisfied with my funding application before submitting it to the funder. Furthermore, I was satisfied with the result that my funding application was accepted, and I contributed my efforts to assist the PNWHC to receive the full amount of fund to purchase an advanced laptop and a smart phone at the …show more content…
Discussing the approach at the internal and external supervision also helped me realise that I have been using the approach outside the PNWHC such as at my paid work. I have now become more confident with how I work with my clients using strengths-based approach including empowerment and encouragement. I also feel that the approach has been internalised gradually in my practice. My learning experience at the PNWHC has assured me that my approach to clients at the PNWHC and at my paid work was appropriate, and it helped me increase confidence as a beginning practitioner. I am now able to see the positive sides of people more than

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