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We have ALL experienced racism

With all this media hoopla lately on discrimination, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own situation. Upon deep self-reflection, I know for a fact that I’ve been treated differently because of who I am and how I look.   So who, may you ask, am I? I would say that I am a smallish white… Continue reading We have ALL experienced racism

Nepal · pelvic floor muscle · pelvic organ prolapse · Phd · PhD life · research · stress

The second year slump: keeping motivated mid PhD

The first 14 months of my PhD were like a crazy rollercoaster that amazingly left me standing solidly at the end of the ride.  There were so many ups and down with moments of pure joy and immense concern.  Within this first year I was able to see two ethics applications approved, conducted four research projects,… Continue reading The second year slump: keeping motivated mid PhD

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Women in the spotlight

My heart is so heavy.  My twitter feed is full of stories showcasing the type of decisions that are and will be made in the USA with the current government.  Even though I’m an Australian citizen, I lived in the USA for 10 years.  I completed my Physical Therapy degree there and worked an additional… Continue reading Women in the spotlight

Nepal · pelvic floor muscle · pelvic organ prolapse · Phd · PhD life · research

The magic of saying ‘oh, OK’

At the beginning of my PhD journey  I had the most amazing ideas for my research project.  A little naive and idealistic, I thought that everything would fall into place and I could fulfil my dreams.  As I started to plan my projects reality sunk in and I had to compromise on some of my ideas.… Continue reading The magic of saying ‘oh, OK’

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Week 2 of PhD data collection in Nepal (half way mark)

Another week down of performing 4D pelvic floor muscle ultrasound for Nepali women and we’ve really hit our stride.  My research partner and I are in a good rhythm now and have become super efficient.  We have a local Nepali intern helping us who is an absolute gem, we really couldn’t do it without his help.… Continue reading Week 2 of PhD data collection in Nepal (half way mark)

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Week 1 of my PhD data collection in Nepal

There was so much anticipation and anxiety leading up to commencing my PhD research projects being conducted in Nepal this November.  Having arrived now and completed 2 days of data collection has significantly eased my stress so now I’m feeling quite calm about the upcoming 4 weeks. Partnering with groups overseas can create an element of stress in… Continue reading Week 1 of my PhD data collection in Nepal