What inspired you to study Medicine?
I’d always been into the problem solving and science side of things when I was growing up, and like a lot of people my age my love of science, public health and curiosity about the human body was shaped by the great Dr Karl. But most importantly, the practice of medicine appealed to me as a hands-on approach to tangibly improve the quality of life of people and populations.
At the end of the day, I want to gain the skills necessary to help others live better lives, regardless of setting or scenario. I’d also love to see and learn about more of the world and the outback, and organisations like the Royal Flying Doctors and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) that are doing incredible work in underserviced areas all over the world really excite me about my professional career.
Why did you choose JCU?
JCU appealed to me as a university that encouraged students to be adventurous and to make the most of the beautiful part of the world that we are based in.
I was born and raised in Brisbane, although after three and a half years North Queensland is really starting to feel like home to me. Mum’s family are from Mareeba and around the tablelands, so I’ve grown up knowing the area and have had plenty of influence from that side of things. A good family friend of ours and former rural GP from the area boosted my motivation to move north, and he had a lot of good things to say about his experience with JCU graduates. All round it just seemed like I’d be having the most fun and learning from the best teachers here in the Tropics, and I think I made the right call.
Now that I'm here, I get to spend most of my days either at the beach or running in the rainforest. All this coupled with some great placement experiences in Cooktown, Cairns and Weipa has been pivotal in where I see myself after graduation. I’ve also done some volunteering in mental health research, which has shaped my passions and is something I want to keep working on down the track.
I’m having such a good time that I don’t think I could look back now!
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