1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?
I am a doctor at The Austin hospital. Currently doing critical care training in anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine with a view to becoming an anaesthetist.
2. What inspired you to become a Water Well volunteer?
The Water Well Project strikes close to home for me as my parents are of a refugee background. Being a Water Well volunteer allows me to engage in the community at a grass roots level and to also appreciate the opportunities that come our way in a developed nation such as Australia.
3. Please share one of your favourite Water Well sessions or moments.
My father is a large part of my inspiration having been born and raised in a refugee camp. He worked against enormous resistance to realise his dream of getting a pHD and is now a Professor of Linguistics. I can't imagine ever having to face the challenges that he did! With each session, I reflect on how different life would have been had I been born one generation prior and what I can do to make the experiences of disadvantaged and refugee groups better.
4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?
Go in there with an open mind about everything - the participants, the session, the objectives, and don't be afraid to challenge yourself by signing up for a wide variety of topics and audiences!