- What is your background?
I’m a general medical practitioner from Bolivia. I’ve been in Australia for 7 years.
- What kind of course did you complete through Flinders University? If you completed research, what was your topic and who were your supervisors?
I’m currently studying Masters of Public Health – Public Health Stream.
- What drew you to the Discipline of Public Health at Flinders University to do postgraduate study?
I wanted to be more involved in the formulation of policies and programs to improve health in the community.
- What did you enjoy about studying Public Health? And what were the challenges?
The main challenge for me, initially was the language, English is my second language but I think that I’m doing quite well. What I enjoy the most is the quality of the lectures and the quality of material provided by the university.
- How has studying Public Health shaped what you wanted to do after study / are doing now?
Hopefully, after finishing my masters, I will be able to have access to different jobs which would be fantastic for me in regards to learning and gaining experience.
- If you could say something to the Australian Prime Minister about any current Australian policy, what would it be?
I think that the current Prime Minister seems to be a lot more tolerant and flexible than the previous one, I would encourage him to formulate some policies to improve affordable housing for the general population of the country.
- What is your best culinary output? Any particular place that has inspired this?
I like to experiment with different flavors but I was told that my lasagna is quite good.
- If you could share a vision for Public Health with your friends and family, what would it be?
I would like to contribute to improve he access to health services to disadvantaged people and migrants. Being a migrant myself, I know that there are a lot of issues present in this group which are sometimes not addressed properly.
- Looking forward, what do you see as some of the major challenges for Australia regarding public health?
I think that in the future, the cost of health insurance and medications would pose a major challenge for families and disadvantaged people.