Ayesha Everitt (Richardson) (University of Adelaide, 2010)

Current job title: Clinical Skills and Communications Tutor, Kings College London

Areas of interest: Refugee and asylum seeker health, Women’s Health, HIV and Sexual health, Infectious diseases, Health Systems and Policy, Child health, Disadvantaged populations, Public health and Epidemiology, ATSI health

What are you doing now?
Teaching med students at Kings College London, whilst completing my Masters of Public Health & Tropical Medicine (which I’ve been doing part time for 5 years!) and a Certificate in Clinical Education.

What did you do after finishing medical school?
Most of my jobs have been part of completing my GP Fellowship or Diploma or Obstetrics (both of which are immensely helpful skills for Global Health)…. I’ve done a short stints in: PNG, and the with the Darwin DMO service (which flies to rural/ remote areas of the NT), and worked as a GP for a state-based Aboriginal Health Organisation, and in a GP practice who predominantly support newly arrived Refugee populations.

What was your ‘big break’?
My dad is my mentor! He is a Health Economist and taught me the importance of fair and equitable distribution of health resources.

Where are you headed/what’s your dream job? Are you in it now?
My dream job – Medical Advisor for Plan International. And no – give me another 20 years!!!
In the mean time I’ll continue as a GP working with ATSI and Refugee populations, specifically focussing on maternal and child health. I might try to throw some Travel Medicine into the mix too (just for fun!).

What did you study that has helped you (during or since medical school)?
MPH(TM) has been fairly useful, and will hopefully get me to where I want to be. Attending all the Insight, GHN & AMSA Global Health events were actually seriously educational & inspiring – definitely what kept me going through med school!

Top tips for students interested in a similar global health pathway?
Baby steps! You don’t have the change the world right now, but don’t lose sight of what you think is right, and keep fighting for it. Remember your career will (hopefully) span the next 20 – 40 years!

If you are time poor, or have family commitments that keep you from doing the more ‘glamorous’ stints with MSF etc, remember how much help is needed on our own doorstep in Refugee and (particularly) ATSI health – you can make a huge difference.

When I’m not doing global health, you’ll find me…
Singing. Or hiking & travelling.

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