Volunteer of the Month – August 2020: Gina

1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?
I am an Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrar at The Royal Women’s Hospital. I have worked in O&G both overseas and in Australia for the past six years. I have been pursuing my passion of becoming an obstetrician and gynaecologist as well as advocating for women’s rights and gender equality.


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

I have heard about the Water Well Project from a friend. I truly believe that educating communities about their health is the first step to empowering them and improving health outcomes. Being an immigrant my self, I know how challenging the transition can be between different environments and cultures; it can affect physical and mental health drastically. Hence, I felt that volunteering with the water well project is a great way to help refugees and asylum seekers through my experience.

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

My first session was so much fun; it was about Mental Health. All the group was sharing stories and finding ways of meditation that suit them. It was an eye-opener for women to look after themselves not only after their families.

4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

The sessions are a great opportunity to be introduced to new cultures, just start the session with an open heart and have fun!