Volunteer of the Month- Dec 2017: Tom

TomV Photo1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?

I’m a paediatrician and one of the Refugee Health fellows at the Royal Children’s Hospital. I went to uni in Tassie and trained in Qld, WA and the UK.


2. What inspired you to become a Water Well volunteer?

I am lucky to work with refugee communities and have seen the need for dedicated health literacy education but I rarely have the time to do it Justice. I think The Water Well Project fills a really important gap for these communities with a structured way of delivering the quality information.


3. Please share one of your favourite Water Well sessions or moments.

I really enjoyed running a session on mental health with a group of Vietnamese and Arabic speaking women. I hope that some of them may have some new ideas in how to engage the men in their life in a discussion about mental health!


4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

My tip to new volunteers is to embrace the direction the group takes you. Gently steering the conversation and sharing your personal perspective will help the sessions flow.