What did you do before joining MSF?
I have been working as a psychologist since 2013. Prior to MSF, I spent much of my career working in psychological trauma – with people affected by violence. I have worked for the Queensland government with survivors of violence; the Victorian government with adults convicted of violent crimes; and more recently, in a youth justice facility. This work brought me into contact with vulnerable and marginalised young people and families, including refugees.
What does MSF’s work in Cairo involve?
MSF primarily supports refugees and asylum seekers in Cairo, many of whom need access to healthcare after experiencing immense difficulties in their home countries or on their journey to Egypt, including violence and exploitation. The clinic has a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals: medical doctors (including obstetricians and gynaecologists), nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and social workers. The mental health team is the largest, with 13 psychologists and three psychiatrists. Much of the work in the clinic is related to sexual and reproductive health, and includes providing care for patients who have experienced sexual violence.