Freya Langham (Monash University, 2013)

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Current job title: Locum

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, Child health, Access to Essential Medicines, Disadvantaged populations, Public health and Epidemiology

What are you doing now?
Taking a year off – locuming all over Aus, doing some part time study, working on research projects, and later this year – heading to East Africa to complete a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

What did you do after finishing medical school/university studies?
In my intern year I got involved with the Global Ideas Forum as the academic officer for the 2014 forum – this was lots of work but ultimately it was very satisfying to see a conference program come to life, and also opened my eyes to the world of global health post-med school!

What was your ‘big break’?
Getting involved in Ignite (Monash University’s Global Health Group) back in 1st year uni was the best decision I made at uni!

Where are you headed/What’s your dream job? Are you in it now?
Hoping to combine clinical medicine with global health by specialising in Infectious Diseases and Public Health…but who knows really?!

What did you study that has helped you (during or since medical school)?
I didn’t do much extra formal study during med school, I was busy enough! But I would encourage you to get along to anything you can that interests you!

Top tip for students interested in a similar global health pathway?
Attend absolutely everything you can and sign up for everything! Lectures, workshops, conferences (especially GHC), committees, whatever – you don’t know what you like and what inspires you until you do it! Take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t be afraid or shy to seek them out.

When I am not doing global health, you’ll find me…
Hanging out in the kitchen or as far away as possible in the bush hiking somewhere!

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