I feel strongly and passionately that all Australians should have equitable access to high quality healthcare and that stigma and discrimination should not be a barrier to receiving that care or be contributors to preventable deaths from untreated or managed viral hepatitis.
I’m a registered nurse of 20 years, and have always worked with vulnerable communities. I worked in South Sudan for Doctors Without Borders, and have a background in blood-borne viruses (BBVs), infectious diseases, refugee health and emergency departments. Currently I am working as a nurse with Victoria Police.
My favourite moments are when sharing information, building understanding and answering concerns about COVID-19 and liver health with the Vietnamese Seniors community.
I am also particularly keen about Viral Hepatitis since my uncle, whom I was very close to, was taken away by the disease.
As it is so important to help inform people about hepatitis early enough, so if they have hepatitis, they will have time to take the right measures to ensure they do not develop potentially life threatening issues.
I am passionate about promoting health and wellbeing in vulnerable communities by increasing awareness and understanding of hepatitis to reduce stigma and fear through education.
Volunteering is a way I can express gratitude towards a community.
I am the founder of Utopia Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health clinic in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.
I provide GP services including treatment for hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Our patients are poor and have limited English skills.
I want to help Vietnamese people and everyone else in Australia to know more about hepatitis B prevention and treatment.
Due to my interest in health promotion, I was keen to gain practical skills by working with expertise of Hepatitis Victoria. I must say, it has been a great experience of learning actual skills which are essential to promote health awareness among communities.
I am a GP in Broadmeadows helping my local community.