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From budding journalist to advocate for fairness in medical care

From news to a new beginning

Wearing many hats at first seemed to turn out well for Skinner, as his “interest in everything” led to a training position at a major newspaper. But it didn’t take Skinner too long to realize that journalism was a hat that didn’t quite fit him.

“The role just didn’t suit me. I just felt like watching and not doing. I found the rhythms and the culture really difficult.

After Thredbo, Skinner propelled herself into further study, this time to a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Sydney. When she graduated, she worked as a junior doctor at Canberra Hospital, then magnetized to the University of Sydney to undertake a Masters in Public Health.

Skinner says the time she spent immersing herself in locum in the emergency department while in school led her to consider emergency care.

“I had some really scary times, but also some really rewarding encounters, and decided that based on my clinical experience, emergency medicine was the best fit for me,” she recalls. “I fumbled around a bit and explored a few other things and found that a good day on the job in emergency medicine is the best day in the world. I look back now and realize that was the obvious career choice for me.

She now works clinically in the Emergency Department at Hornsby Hospital, where she builds lasting relationships with locals and stays in touch with her community and colleagues.

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