Alice McGushin (University of Tasmania, 2015)

Alice McGushin

Current job title: Intern

Areas of interest: Climate change and health, Refugee and asylum seeker health

What are you doing now?
Internship at the Royal Perth Hospital. I also have two rural rotations at Kalgoorlie and Bunbury

What did you do after finishing medical school?
I went straight from medical school to an internship with WHO and then to COP21 in Paris before returning to Tasmania for 2 weeks, then moving to Perth for my internship.

What was your ‘big break’?
My involvement in climate change and global health has been increasing with each year and each break opens new doors to other breaks. The start of a series of ‘big breaks’ was when I first got involved with the IFMSA in Taipei in August 2014. I went on to run a workshop for IFMSA in Istanbul as well as Antalya, wrote the IFMSA environment and health programme, co-edited a training manual on climate change and health, scored an internship with WHO and then represented IFMSA on a delegation at the UNFCCC 21st Conference of Parties in Paris at the end of 2015.

Top tip for students interested in a similar global health pathway?
Get involved at your local level first. Work with DEA and your GHG (code green) and connect with other organisations such as 350.org and AYCC. Go to iDEA conference (next one is in Brisbane in April – tickets still on sale!!!). It was at my first iDEA conference in Sydney that I was first really inspired. From there you can decide to work with DEA and AMSA Global Health at the state and national level and IFMSA at the international level.

Where are you headed / What’s your dream job?
That’s still tough to say at this stage in my career. I think a job involving global health research and advocacy, perhaps with The Lancet or WHO.

What did you study that has helped you (during or since medical school)?
Most of what I have learnt has been through my own research for writing policies, presentations, articles, etc. Attending conferences such as iDEA, GHC and Global Ideas Forum definitely helped me with my learning.I co-wrote a module for AMSA Global Academy, which helped me learn as well. I plan to study an MPH, possibly taking a year off as an RMO to do it full time.

When I am not doing global health you’ll find me…
In national parks, running trails.

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