2 weeks in…

African Clinic

Well it’s now been just over 2 weeks since we got back to Adelaide Canberra Melbourne. We have quick­ly felt at home again (despite my slight con­fu­sion about which cap­i­tal city we now live in) and it has been a plea­sure to be back with our house­mate Stephen and Sarah.

I’m also now just over 2 weeks into my new job. It’s very excit­ing to be work­ing in inter­na­tion­al pub­lic health this year, and my work­place, the Nossal Institute for Global Health is a real­ly invig­o­rat­ing envi­ron­ment to be in with lots of fab­u­lous peo­ple around. It did take a lit­tle while to get used to but I’m lov­ing my job at the moment. It’s cer­tain­ly still hard to get up in the morn­ing but every day I have been com­ing back feel­ing so ener­gised and excit­ed about what I get to be work­ing in this year.

So most med­ical peo­ple think pub­lic health is bor­ing, in fact I’m pret­ty sure I might have been part of that group at some point, but I have always been inter­est­ed in inter­na­tion­al health and the real­i­ty is that a key part of inter­na­tion­al health is pre­ven­ta­tive and pop­u­la­tion health which is in a nut­shell pub­lic health. One of my friends lent me a book to intro­duce my year, and I think it was per­fect. Half the Sky: How to change the world is a book about human rights, in par­tic­u­lar the oppres­sion of women in many parts of the world. Far from being a fem­i­nist move­ment call to arms, this is a book that looks at the real­i­ty of the sta­tus of women in many places around the world, and yet the poten­tial for change that empow­er­ing women in par­tic­u­lar can have. It was a great intro to the year, very inspir­ing but also gave me a wider per­spec­tive on what I am involved in this year.

So far my role is involv­ing a lot of read­ing, some admin type work as I help with the organ­i­sa­tion of a pub­lic health lead­er­ship course for a group of Indian Public health lead­ers, edit­ing, research etc. and it has been very strange to be away from the clin­i­cal world of see­ing patients and doing ward rounds. But it’s fun work and I’m real­ly excit­ed about this year.

Just in case you were won­der­ing, Chris starts back at col­lege next week. It will be a great year for him and he’s look­ing for­ward to his class­es start­ing. This week­end he is at the Ridley launch camp, which will be a great chance for the stu­dents to get to know each oth­er a bit for the start of the year.

That’s all for now folks, will try and keep you updat­ed a bit more reg­u­lar­ly now that the year has kicked off.

-G

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