Second year Biomedicine student, Sophie, wants to work as a paediatric cardiologist in regional and remote areas that have limited access to healthcare.
“My younger brother was born with a coarctation of the aorta and ventricular septal defect and was unable to receive the treatment he needed where we lived in Townsville.”
Sophie’s family relied on the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service to transport her brother to Brisbane, some 1,300kms away.
This experience highlighted to me the inequalities in access to healthcare, and I would really like to contribute to this cause.
A source of inspiration for Sophie is Dr Nikki Stamp - who was one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in Australia – and it’s a field Sophie plans to explore later in her future career.
For now, Sophie is majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and will explore the underlying methods used for analysis in the lab.
Outside of studying, Sophie is part of the Ormond College community, living on campus, with ease of access to all the University’s services and facilities. She is also involved with the Biomedicine Student Orchestra (MUBSO) and is a member of the Biomedicine Students Society (BSS) – amongst the most active and inclusive of university student groups.
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