Volunteer story by Dr. Sukriti Gera

March 1, 2023

Dr. Sukriti Gera

Volunteer of the Month, February 2023

I am a Master of Public Health graduate from the University of Melbourne. I completed my Bachelor Degree in Dental Surgery in India. Shortly after my graduation, I undertook a certificate course, ‘International Women’s Health and Human Rights’ that sparked my interest in public health. My dream is to utilise my skills and knowledge to help communities and reduce health inequities.

What inspired you to become a LiverWELL volunteer?

During my masters degree, my majors were infectious disease epidemiology and health promotion. I came to know about the high burden of liver diseases in Australia, which compelled me to join LiverWELL. Being a volunteer here will give me an opportunity to help the communities, spread awareness and promote healthy living.

Do you have a particular interest in liver health?

I am greatly interested in the space of infectious diseases, especially the different types of hepatitis and the stigma attached to it.

Please describe one of your favourite LiverWELL experiences or moments.

My best experience with LiverWELL was assisting Alain in conducting the AMEP sessions in Yarraville, Footscray and Sunshine. It was great interacting with people from different ethnic backgrounds and spreading awareness of hepatitis B and C.

What tips do you have for new volunteers?

LiverWELL is a great place to expand your skills and give your share to help the communities. The team is very supportive, friendly and encouraging.

What’s next for you?

I am hoping to work in the field of health promotion in the future. I am also greatly interested to do a research project on vaccine inequities in low and middle-income countries.

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