What training opportunities have you benefited from with MSF?
The training opportunities have been incredible and I am so grateful for the high-quality training I have had access to from working with MSF. I have benefited from language training in French and Spanish; I am now fluent in French and over the last 10 years have primarily been living and working in the Francophone world. I have also done training in leadership and people management, medical management, humanitarian access and negotiations, and sexual and reproductive health.
In addition to the formal training sessions, I’ve also had the chance to benefit from on-the-job learning, which has been incredibly valuable. Most of my knowledge and experience in security management and operations has come from direct work experience.
Have you pursued work in Australia between your assignments, and if so could you tell us a bit about how your work with MSF fitted with your overall career?
In terms of my medical career, I have focused on MSF and have not had consistent medical work in Australia for many years now. My work in Australia in between MSF assignments is working with the Bob Brown Foundation as an action coordinator, fighting on the frontline against the destruction of Tasmania's wild places. This is a very different career from my MSF path; although there is a lot of crossover in terms of leadership, managing teams, working in remote settings, logistical coordination and the incredible passion and energy of the people I work with to make this world a better place.
You have worked in Haiti on three separate assignments. What is it like to return to a project you've worked on previously? How did that benefit your career?
My work in Haiti is one of the things I am most proud of in my career with MSF. I first went to Haiti in 2015 to assist with opening a new project - a vertical clinic for survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) that we called Pran Men'm. I was responsible for getting the clinic set up, recruiting and training all the Haitian medical staff and supporting them with their first patients.