Volunteer of the Month – March 2019: Imeshi

1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?
 I work as a General Surgical Registrar at Austin Health.

2. What inspired you to become a Water Well volunteer

As a medical professional I’m acutely aware of the ever-growing discrepancy between rates of health literacy across the globe that reflects in the eventual health and well-being of my patients, especially those with an under-privileged background. Coming from a third world country myself, it is more of a deep-rooted desire that I possess to create, develop and enhance the health literacy of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and therefore work with like-minded individuals to help create awareness of what they are entitled to and how they can navigate the course of their health and well being.

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

When I delivered a solo session on heart health, healthy eating and diabetes to the spectrum Macedonian elderly group.I addressed an audience of strong healthy elders (all over 70 yrs of age) who acknowledged what I had to say medically on these topics but also shared their life stories with me and most importantly some tricks of the trade to a healthy long life. In the end both parties enjoyed the session very much which ran way over schedule and ended up in a healthy luncheon. This session for me was by far the most rewarding because I learnt from the session as much as they did.

4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

Know the basics and the important points you want the group to take home but be guided by the group that your presenting to. Keep it simple and make it interesting with visual aids and real time experiences.