Volunteer of the Month – August 2021: Sarah

1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?
I’m currently an O&G SRMO in South Western Sydney.


2. What inspired you to become a Water Well volunteer?
I love that the Water Well project has such a simple premise, of improving health outcomes simply through improving health literacy. One of my favourite parts of medicine is counselling and educating patients, which is something that I wish we had more time for in the public health system!

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

I’ve recently done a couple of sessions on Covid-19 and vaccines and it have been really rewarding to be able to answer questions and clear up some participants’ misconceptions. In this pandemic I feel like I can do my part by helping to give groups who do not speak English as a first language an opportunity to access clear health information.


4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?
The templates that the Water Well project provides are a great place to start your session, but I would encourage you to be open to the direction of questions to let the groups explore what is important to them. Even though I’ve done some of the same topics multiple times, the group dynamics and questions are always different, so keeping things flexible makes every session unique and keeps it fun!