Josh says his mother inspired his medical career and more: “Mum has been a nurse at Gladstone Hospital since we were born. She purposely took up night shifts just so she could make our lunchboxes in the morning, drop us off and pick us up from school, help us with homework in the afternoons – all with a few hours of sleep while we were at class,” he says.
“My dad would come home to take over night duties as the cycle repeated. We often don’t appreciate the sacrifices of our loved ones until we’re older. But as I look back, this career is one unintentionally inspired by my family, who showed me the value of caring for and helping others, and who provided me the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine.”
Josh won the prestigious Rural Doctors Association of Queensland Academic Award this year for his Honours research on the prevention of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), a disease that predominantly affects young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and has a high burden in North Queensland.
We asked him to tell us some of the highlights of his time at JCU and share some of what he’s learned along the way.