Background? I have always liked academia and research, you’re asking a question and trying to find the answers and to create some sort of outcome. And also achieving change in practice.
There is also the teaching side.
Research? My research project is about how rural young people access health services in the digital world. Access 3 is the overarching project and I’m looking at metropolitan and rural based youth in terms of the barriers and facilitators to their accessing of health care.
The question is ‘How can we improve young people’s access to health services like mental health services, and if we do will they access services more?’.
Why? I’m seeing a lot of rural young adults that are marginalised – they might have mental health issues, be Aboriginal, gender diverse, homeless and/or refugees – but the resources are so limited.
Having been in a metropolitan area previously – I know there are health inequities. You can’t get help as quickly as you would like, there is a non-availability of specialists.
Recommendation? It’s a good balance with clinical practice. I read articles to get more information and look at it critically so I can balance the research with the clinical practice and one compliments the other.
I’m teaching a small group tutorial – it’s great. It’s all about teaching a patient-centred approach – moving from doctors telling patients what to do, to evidence-based medicine, where the patient is chief in making decisions.
So far, it’s been fantastic! There are benefits for long term career options, I may be able to do clinical practice and research – a bit of both.
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