Devaki Wallooppillai (University of Western Australia, 2015)

Current job title: Intern, WA Health

Areas of interest: Climate change and health, Refugee and asylum seeker health, Women’s Health, HIV and Sexual health, NCDs, Infectious diseases, Health Systems and Policy, Mental health, Injury/ageing/disability, Access to Essential Medicines, Disadvantaged populations, LGBTIQ health, Emergency and/or Disaster medicine, Public health and Epidemiology

What are you doing now?
I’m an Intern in Western Australia. I’m also currently completing my Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. I am doing many different rotations this year, which will keep things interesting, as well as a few research projects. I’ve just started balancing things again after a few months of learning how to be an intern!

What did you do after finishing medical school?
I graduated in 2015 – so the above! I would be happy to be someone to bounce ideas off however Internship has been very busy, so I am definitely much less involved than I was. I however am planning to get more involved next year!

What was your ‘big break’?
I wouldn’t say a big break. My fiance introduced me to Global Health Short Course in 2012 and since then I’ve been very interested. The AMSA Global Health Team as well as Interhealth have been essential and wonderful in growing my passion for justice and equity.

Where are you headed/what’s your dream job? Are you in it now?
Unsure as yet, however, I’m guessing a mix of clinical and non-clinical. I’m thinking a Physician Speciality or General Practice with Medical Administration. However, I’m enjoying learning new things all the time as an Intern and meeting and interacting with brilliant minds daily.

What did you study that has helped you (during or since medical school)?
The Master of Public Health was a valuable thing to do and I’d recommend doing it with a friend, it makes the study enjoyable – especially if you are doing it as a distance education course. I also find keeping up to date with the news quickly important, like listening to ABC 585 in the car, having BBC/ABC on in the background at home and discussing it with friends as it gives a context for reasoning and thinking. However, nothing really has beaten interacting and talking with other students and doctors.

Top tips for students interested in a similar global health pathway?
I would get involved early as I feel I didn’t explore all areas in time! Also, it’s important to be open to making new friends, though in Global Health it is wonderfully easy. Keep in touch and share opinions!

When I’m not doing global health, you’ll find me…
Eating and (attempting) to relax with my fiance and dog!

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