Passion drives Pia’s career in public health

Medicine graduate, Pia is passionate about helping to improve the mental and physical health of Australians through a career in public health. Pia is currently working as a Resident Medical Officer for Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital and affiliate hospitals.

A cause close to Pia’s heart is improving the quality of life for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). With more than 23,000 Australians living the condition, Pia conducted research to investigate the lifestyle risk factors that predict the progression of MS to offer preventive approaches to manage the disease.

“Being able to research something so close to my heart is incredibly rewarding and I feel very lucky to be able to share our findings with those who are directly affected by MS,” Pia said.

Pia’s decision to study Medicine at Notre Dame was influenced by the University’s personalised support for students and real-world learning opportunities.

“What makes Notre Dame unique is the opportunities we are given through our degree and the pastoral care offered. Through the Medicine program, students have the chance to undertake rural practicum placements in the Kimberley and Wheatbelt regions of WA,” Pia says.

I’ve learnt all the necessary skills that I need to go out into the workforce and be a competent and compassionate physician. Notre Dame has prepared me well, not only in learning the necessary information, but also the communication, empathy and ethical aspects of my profession.”

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