Volunteer of the Month – November 2021: Nathasha

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

I'm currently an Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrar in Geelong, and have previously worked in Melbourne and Queensland.

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

I had a few eye-opening moments working in a health service with a high proportion of migrant and refugee patients, which showed me how many barriers can be faced when accessing health information and care. I was recommended Water Well by colleagues and it has been an amazing opportunity to give back to the community.

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

I really enjoyed the COVID & Vaccines Train the Trainer sessions. The community leaders are wonderful; motivated and engaged, keen to ask questions and to have open discussions. Although we had some curly questions, it was great to get an understanding of the concerns that some different community and cultural groups have, really rewarding to be able to share important health information, and to feel like you have made a difference!

4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

  • Do some quick background reading, but don’t put pressure on yourself - it’s okay to not always have the answer, just be honest and open (it’s not a test!).
  • If you can find them, it is useful to have translated resources to share.
  • Most of all, be flexible and guided by the group.