1. What is your background (profession/ workplace/ training)?
I am a junior doctor working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Melbourne.
2. What inspired you to become a volunteer with The Water Well Project?
I have spent the past two years working in a health service in the Northern Territory, catering to a large proportion of Indigenous and migrant patients. I learnt a lot about how different populations interact with our health system and really enjoyed working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. I wanted to keep up this line of work when moving to Melbourne and a friend recommended The Water Well Project.
3. Please share one of your favourite The Water Well Project sessions or moments.
I ran a few sessions with the same group of women, and nothing beats that feeling of logging on to Zoom and seeing familiar smiling faces. The community groups are so warm and welcoming, I always leave a session with a little buzz.
4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?
Jump right in! Use the templates to structure your sessions when you are starting out or guide your pre-reading. Once you have run one, you will feel more comfortable and confident in letting the session be guided by their questions and what they want to focus on. Most importantly, have fun! You will have countless great conversations and hilarious moments.