Interest born out of experience
Coming from a non-medical family background, Isabelle says her initial interest in the health field had stemmed from being on the receiving end of care.
“From a very young age, members of my family and I had chronic conditions," she says. "While I believe medicine in Australia has great acute care, I think sometimes we are still finding our feet when it comes to treating patients with chronic conditions and all the factors and barriers that come with that. I realised I was passionate about systems, access to care, and how each stakeholder interacts with the healthcare system. I found myself increasingly aware of what good doctors looked like, and what types of interactions and care felt truly patient-centred. That has motivated me with my study.”
Fast forward half a dozen years and Isabelle is well on her way to achieving her goals. With a passion for rural and remote health, she enrolled in Medicine at James Cook University where she’s already completed the fourth year of the program and her first of a Master of Public Health, majoring in Health Economics.