The average person has 338 Facebook friends, but how many of those do medicine? How do you find a life partner when you study 24 hours a day? How do you build a family and simultaneously pursue the specialty you’re passionate about? And how do you keep friends when all your stories are gruesome blood-and-guts tails from the emergency room? Join our round table discussion to find out how others have tread the path before you, and hear from their loved ones on how you can strike the perfect work-life balance.
Dr Katerina Michailidis
Dr Katerina Michailidis is a GP who is a huge foodie and loves sharing new food experiences with friends and family. Mr Adam Rossimel is a town planner who loves to cook and is a mad Carlton fan. Gianna Rossimel is 3 months old and loves to blow bubbles and smile at new people.
Dr Greg Coates
Dr Greg Coates is a GP anaesthetist working exclusively in the “rural fringe” of Melbourne. Graduating in 1989 from Monash, he has worked in diverse locations including Christmas Island, Port Hedland, Stawell, Darwin, Cairns, Fiji, Samoa and the UK. He has worked for 15yrs as a Visiting Medical Officer providing anaesthetic services at Kyneton and Bacchus Marsh Hospitals. He is a passionate educator, and is involved in the training of new GP Anaesthetists in Victoria. Married to Yael, and father of 17yr old Noa, Dr Coates lives in Woodend on an intensively cultivated acre block overlooking Mt Macedon.
Dr Amu Vinay
Dr Amu Vinay is a respiratory physician and clinical skills coach at Western Health, as well as a husband and a father to two young boys. He and his wife, whom is also a physician, liked to watch Game of Thrones together every week before it ended.
Dr Ju Lee Hng and Jakob
Dr Ju Lee H’Ng is an anatomical pathologist, former senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and mother to Jakob. Jakob loves Lego, reading, learning obscure facts about WW2 aircraft and tanks and karate. He hates practicing his piano and when his mother makes him do additional homework but he is a bona fide nerd.
Professor Julian Wright and Mrs Sian Wright
Professor Julian Wright is a nephrologist and academic who enjoys playing music, trying to beat his children at chess, and follows many sports. Mrs Sian Wright was a senior respiratory nurse for many years. She now works for Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service, having recently project managed the NHMRC funded Crossroads II research project. Sian enjoys following Saint Kilda, and cooking for relaxation.
Dr Christopher Ward and Mrs Jacqui Ward
Dr Christopher Ward is an experienced paediatrician who is a keen sportsman, be it footy, basketball, cycling, skiing or running the odd marathon. He also fancies himself as a bit of a builder. Mrs Jacqui Ward is the Manager of Community Engagement at Eltham Paediatrics and a teacher of Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation. They are parents to three children.
Dr Ian Wilson
Dr Ian Wilson is a rural GP who late in his career switched to Emergency. He is the Emergency Director of Wangaratta Emergency and a senior lecturer for Melbourne University who is passionate about his work. 8 years post medical qualification he completed a Philosophy and history major. He assures us there is more to him than work.
Dr Claire Iseli
Dr Claire Iseli is an ENT surgeon and mother of two boys, who loves playing soccer and having Friday pizza/movie nights with her family.
Ms Karen Barclay
Karen is a surgeon who feels privileged to have been given the opportunity to experience what matters in life (albeit in a delayed timeframe) and to have the chance to fit work around doing these things.
Mr Jin Cho
Mr Jin Cho is a general surgeon with an interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery and colonoscopy procedures, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and functional bowel disorders. He trained in Sydney and now calls Melbourne home. He hoped to be a K-pop star but settled for medicine instead when that failed. He is married and has 3 young daughters which means that all the toilet seats at home are always down.