People of Mable: Juliette Spurrett

Mable: Hi, Juliette – Thanks for sharing your People of Mable story. Can you please tell us what your role is at Mable? 

State Manager, Community Engagement. I help form strategic relationships with key stakeholders across communities who would be interested in working in partnership with Mable.

Mable: If you could meet any person alive or dead – who would it be? 

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – he is a German theorist who developed the Flow theory. He discovered that people find genuine satisfaction during a state of consciousness called Flow. Flow is the state of concentration and engagement that can be achieved when completing a task that challenges one’s skills. I was fortunate enough to meet him in 1995 when Mihaly visited Australia.

Mable: How is Mable different to other aged care / disability services?  

We are an opportunity for every consumer to receive support in a way that is specially tailored to them. We break down the stigma of what support someone can receive and integrate support into their daily lives and own personal schedules. We help people feel comfortable receiving support and that assists them maintain their independence. 

Mable: Is there something interesting that your colleagues don’t know about you? 

I love the outdoors – I enjoy skiing, long haul hiking (Annapurna, Larapinta Kokoda Track….Kilmanjaro is next!), jumping out of planes and scuba diving. I always try to push myself physically or mentally. I have a Degree in Leisure Management and am fascinated about leisure and the health and wellbeing impact this has on humans.

Mable: What is a memory you treasure the most from Mable? 

I will always remember managing my mum’s homecare package. She went through two traditional providers and didn’t have any choice or control. To this day she will regularly say to me “I am so blessed to have Mable, I am so grateful that I have workers on Mable.”

I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am as a daughter that I could offer this to my mum. The impact of the quality of life that she has is quite profound. 

Mable: What was your first-ever job?

I worked at the Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Centre and gained my Enrolled Nurse qualification. It opened up my eyes to the world of aged care and disability. Many residents there had no other place in society. They lived in huge open hospital type wards often with only a curtain separating them from the next person. So much has changed since then and I am glad for the experience as it opened my eyes to a mysterious industry which has led me seeking a diverse and exciting career path in the sector.