Volunteer of the Month – September 2019: Cecile

Volunteer of the Month - Sep - Cecile
1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?
I am a junior doctor working in Sydney.

2. What inspired you to become a Water Well volunteer

I did all my medical school training and currently work in an area with a culturally and linguistically diverse population, with many people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. I've seen first-hand how disparity in health literacy amongst these population groups can lead to delayed diagnosis, poor disease management and many preventable hospital admissions. Hence, I wanted to make a tangible difference in the community.

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

I've done a few sessions with one particular community group and have built a great rapport with them. After our final session, a couple of the participants asked which hospital/ward I worked at because they wanted to keep seeing me. It's nice to know that I've left enough of an impression that they would want to see me again!

4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

Get involved! Water Well is a great organisation and it's nice to be a part of the fantastic work they do.