I have always been interested in social behaviour and how people manage their social environment. When I came to Australia, I had a chance to commence my undergraduate degree part-time. I became fascinated with the health environment and doctor/patient communication, so I did my PhD in that area. I have been amazed at how reluctant people are to ask questions to their doctors about their healthcare. I thought this was a really important research area.
Enthusiasm for the research topic and attention to detail. There are many stages to research and some are definitely more exciting than others. For me it is also about knowing the research can make a difference in healthcare.
Along with my colleagues, I am looking at barriers and facilitators to good patient care in hospitals. Hospitals are really complex structures and ensuring the right information gets passed from department to department can be a challenge. I am looking at what different health professionals see as their major challenges to quality patient care.
I love dogs and many people would be surprised to learn that I used to be terrified of them. Rescuing a dog in Papua New Guinea changed that and now I would hate not having a four legged friend.