Volunteer story by Debbie Berkoh

July 4, 2023

Debbie Berkoh

Volunteer of the Month, May 2023

My name is Debbie Berkoh, and I am in my 3rd year of Uni. I am studying Health Science at Deakin University and love sports such as swimming, cheer and netball. While anatomy is not my favourite unit, I love learning about the human body and understanding how individuals can be assisted in being able to better achieve good health and well-being.

What inspired you to become a LiverWELL volunteer?

I was doing a placement at Uni and saw the option of LiverWELL. I was unsure of the program and what it did; when I arrived for my placement, I learned so much about the liver, how to keep it healthy and viral hepatitis.

I learnt about youth and the importance of early intervention through the StreetShot program and wanted to assist in having the program be more tailored for young people. This inspired me to understand the importance of relevance and help me to continue to educate others about what I learnt.

Do you have a particular interest in liver health?

At LiverWELL, I have learnt a tremendous amount about the liver, liver health and viral hepatitis. When I first came to the organisation, I had no knowledge about viral hepatitis and knew little about the liver. It has made me passionate to continue learning about liver health and educating my family and close peers.

Favourite experiences or moments?

My favourite experience at LiverWELL was attending and participating in StreetShot activities. The environment for learning, educating and collaborating was well executed. It allowed young people from all walks of life to learn and understand their liver health and preventative measure for viral hepatitis.

What tips do you have for new volunteers?

Experience as much as you can. The more you experience and partake in activities such as training, education seminars and programs, the more you will be able to develop relationships with the staff at LiverWELL and understand the importance of what it means and does for communities and individuals.

What’s next for you?

I am on my way to finishing my bachelor degree in health science with dreams of being a health promotion officer and occupational therapist.

A big thank you to Debbie from all of us at LiverWELL and best wishes for the future!

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