Conversation in Isolation - Meet The Team

 


Editors: Seraphina Choong and Vineeta Giri


Hi everyone, we are excited to introduce you to another member of our team today! We have Sophie, our co-director working hard behind the scenes in Conversation in Isolation. 

·       "Hi, what is your name and what are you studying?"

Hi! My name is Sophie, I’m in my fourth year of studying medicine at Monash University and this year, I'll be based in Bendigo.

 

·       "Hi Sophie! How would you describe yourself in 3 words?" 

Friendly, inquisitive and driven. 

 

·       Can you please share with us what motivated you to sign up and help out with Conversation in Isolation?"

Being taken off clinical placement due to the pandemic last year resulted in an overwhelming sense of helplessness among the medical student cohort. So a group of us came together to brainstorm, discuss and collaborate on ways to support members of our community who had been impacted by government-mandated social isolation. This initiative is very dear to my heart, and so I’m thrilled to be able to continue working behind the scenes in growing, learning and evolving alongside Conversation in Isolation. And the amazing stories and feedback from our community members and volunteers alike, never cease to inspire me. 


·       “That is really inspiring. Is there any advice you would like to give to aspiring volunteers?"

First of all, I would thank all aspiring volunteers for their interest. My best piece of advice would be to make the most of everything Conversation in Isolation has to offer. In addition to the relationship that you build with your community member and the knowledge and experience gained from your interactions, you can also join in on our regular training and up-skilling sessions for volunteers. These training sessions, led by Social Health Australia, are focussed on the art of active listening, companion-ing, helping people through difficult times, having meaningful conversations, dealing with grief, the list goes on. All of these sessions are intended to build practical skills that, as budding health professionals, would also greatly benefit your future patients. Throughout the year, there are also many other opportunities that may arise, such as research, outreach, writing and mentoring. In addition, if you have feedback, ideas or suggestions, we are all ears! It is so important that you, as volunteers, get just as much out of this program, as your community members do.


·       “Thank you for your invaluable advice to our volunteers, Sophie! Just a quick fun question: if you could eat one single dish for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?"

Lasagna! Hold on, not the gourmet-home-made-with-love-and-hours-of-blood-sweat-and-tears one. No, I’m talking supermarket-aluminium-foil-questionable-ingredients-list lasagna. Sorry.

 

Thank you for this lovely chat Sophie! Sending regards to everyone in lockdown, hope everything is safe with you and sending you socially distant hugs from the Convo in Iso team!