Project:Patna 2012; Llakshadweep 2013- ; Ahmedabad 2019-
I am a registered nurse very excited to be at the beginning of my career in palliative care. I am currently working in community palliative care at Melbourne City Mission in Melbourne.
From my first clinical placements as a student nurse, I knew I wanted to work in palliative care. In my first two years of nursing I worked at Peter MacCallum Hospital. I find great fulfillment caring for people at the end of their life – the very raw and real connection with patients is something I truly value. At Peter MacCallum I was also a member of the Palliative Care Champion Group which further sparked my interest in the area. I then completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice in Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Melbourne.
I have also spent some time working in Intensive Care at The Alfred Hospital.
I have a very keen sense of adventure and am always endeavoring to experience new ways of living and appreciate the World beyond my own. Over the years I have traveled extensively in countries such as Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Nepal and China. In 2008 I lived in the Philippines teaching English to children in the slums of Manila.
I have always had a passion for connecting with others; it brings me so much happiness. Ensuring that human dignity is maintained, even just in small ways, is something that drives me and is very close to my heart. As a child I was brought-up with the mantra “To whom much is given much is expected”, and this has remained at the forefront of everything I do.
I constantly count myself fortunate to have the privilege of sharing and participating in patients’ end-of-life care.
APLI has offered the perfect opportunity to combine my love of travel and nursing with my passion for palliative care and adventure. I hope through building relationships with my colleagues in India over time we can work towards building palliative care for patients in India.