My Curtin story began In 2006, when I moved from Mandurah to Perth to study pharmacy. I was fortunate to study with the support of a John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship, the main benefit of which was meeting a group of inspiring friends and mentors like the wonderful Maureen Meredith. I also became involved with Curtin Volunteers!, an organisation that continues to grow. Through Curtin Volunteers!, I travelled widely around WA through the Remote and Indigenous Program and the John Curtin Weekends. I was very proud to serve as President of Curtin Volunteers! in 2008.
After a few years working at Fremantle Hospital, I moved to Mongolia for a year in 2013. Through my work in tuberculosis in Mongolia, I gained an appreciation for the power of public health and the importance of the social determinants of health. I also developed a taste for research, which I followed to a research fellow position at the University of Tasmania, and then further study in public health and health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I returned to Australia in 2015 and have since been fortunate to work with the Health Systems and Health Economics theme at Curtin’s School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy and the Faculty’s Go Global program. I started a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 2017, and continue to practise as a pharmacist. I remain as enthusiastic as ever about the wide world of health and health care, and am very grateful for Curtin’s contribution to the journey so far.