We're very excited to welcome change-maker Dr Thomas Volkman to Change X Unzipped in 2017, to hold a Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health workshop on Day 2.
Tom is almost finished his General Paediatric training and is a joint trainee in Infectious Diseases. He has worked his way around Australia anti-clockwise, from Tasmania to North Queensland to Western Australia with a stint at the International patients division at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and is glad to be settling in Melbourne.
Tom developed his interest in global health and the care of displaced peoples during medical school electives in Kenya and on the Thai/Burma border. He has worked as a general paediatrician with indigenous populations in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and completed his Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University in 2012. He has gone on to undertake humanitarian missions in neonatology in Pakistan (with MSF - read a report on his experience here: http://bit.ly/2vwNcbC), PNG, and Haiti (amongst other scattered places).
Refugee health was a natural fit bringing together interests in public health, infectious diseases and care of displaced and disadvantaged patients. Tom enjoys public speaking, advocacy and teaching and will be a teaching fellow with the University of Melbourne in 2017.
Tom also loves Bushwalking and mountaineering, single malt whisky and travelling the world (70 countries andcounting). He is recently married, honeymooned and expecting a baby this year.
Keep September 30th and October 1st free to ensure you don't miss Tom's workshop - Change X Unzipped tickets will be available soon.
Unzip it. Change it. #CxU2017