Is there someone, a mentor perhaps who has made an impact to your career or life?
I know it probably sounds trite, but my parents have probably had the biggest impact in my career and my life. They taught me to work hard, to push through adversity and they gave up so much so that my brother and I could get the best possible education. Those base level lessons are just so vital.
As women in today’s modern world, how can we become better informed and aware of our personal wellness and health?
This is a brilliant question! I could probably talk for hours on women’s health and their knowledge and how to get the best out of health care – it’s a huge passion of mine. I think it’s important to know your body and by that I don’t just mean that level of intimacy about yourself and what’s normal and what isn’t but actually knowing how our bodies work, how they’re put together and how to take care of them. In addition to that, I want women to have access to accessible, accurate and understandable information because one thing that I think women are especially targeted for misinformation and there is nothing empowering about misinformation. We all deserve to be given the best quality education about ourselves because that is truly empowering and will lead to us asking better questions and seeking better answers because as women, we haven’t always got that when it comes to our bodies and our health.
As an author of two books, is there an inspiring piece of written work or something you are watching which provides you with optimism or inspiration?
At the moment, I’m reading ‘Natural’ by Alan Levinovitz which is so far, outstanding, but I’m sorry to say I’m making very slow progress. I’ve really been enjoying Nakkiah Lui & Miranda Tapsell’s new podcast, Debutaunte. It’s thought provoking, informative and very timely.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a tonne of research on the go as part of my PhD, which is specifically focused on women having cardiac surgery and I’m excited (and nervous) about that. Outside of that and work, I’m not entirely sure at the moment but I can’t wait to see what opportunities pop up because life can always take us interesting and new places.