Member Q&A - Natasha Quill


Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.

If you want to be involved in this feature let us know at psay@psa.org.nz.

Natasha QuillDietician, Waikato DHB

 

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

I’m a bit shy but I’m confident enough to give it a go.

 

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?

I’m a Dietitian so I help people improve their nutritional intake. I work in the Community and Rural team so I travel to rural towns and hospitals such as Te Awamutu (Matariki Hospital) Te Kuiti or Taumaranui. I see people in hospital clinics or GP practices (medical centres) or in my office in Te Awamutu or in people’s homes. I also speak to groups of people in community centres.


What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

Labour weekend.

 

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

People think I just help people lose weight but that is a small amount of the work I do. I help people gain weight too. I see people with allergies, food intolerances, liver disease, respiratory disease, heart failure, bowel surgery, tube feeding and so much more.

 

What do you enjoy about being a part of PSA and PSA Youth, and what brought you to join?

The PSA Youth training opportunities are good fun.

 

What is your vision for young members of the PSA?

To dream big and make changes by having a voice and sticking together.

 

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I like to be active doing things like mountain climbing/bush walks, running or walking.

 

What cause would get you out on the streets protesting and why?

Something that will cost the country, the people and the future generations; like the TPPA or the Flag change.

 

Which three figures from past or present would you invite to your place for dinner, and why?

My Parents, my friends, my colleagues because I know they won’t be bored and they’ll enjoy my cooking.

 

What are your three pet peeves?

Dirty dishes on the bench, dirty anything really. Food wastage by people and supermarkets, while other people are starving. And dirty smoky cars (pollution).

 

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

Don’t eat so much sugar. Don’t be so desperate to be cool. Just get out and be active, join the rowing team, start long distance running, and don’t quit ballet.

 

Anything else you would like to add?

We work to help other people but we must look after ourselves first, or we won’t be able to look after anyone else.