Volunteer of the Month – June 2023: Dev

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

I am currently employed at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as a surgical resident working in the Orthopedics department. Although I am heavily inclined towards surgery, I am incredibly passionate about raising general health awareness about all topics; which is probably why a part of me finds general practice so appealing. Educating patients and community members about general health gives me great pleasure.


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

I heard of The Water Well Project through a friend of mine. I immediately liked the prospect of venturing into various communities scattered across Melbourne to advocate health autonomy and encourage community members to take charge of their own wellbeing.


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

Every session is a gem and I usually walk out of every session with a smile stuck on my face. But one of the more memorable sessions was taking a long drive with my wife to Hampton Park to deliver a session on 'Winter Health.' My wife enjoyed being a part of the audience and we got to mingle with the community members over dinner after the talk.


4. What tips do you have for new volunteers?

Look at each session as an opportunity to build your own knowledge on the topic.


5. “I volunteer because…”

I volunteer because I love talking about health; and I love assimilating in the rich and diverse cultures across Melbourne. The Water Well Project has allowed me to do both.