Last week I supported the Royal Children’s Hospital by attending a lunch in honour of this year’s Dame Elisabeth Murdoch nursing scholarship winner, Amy Johansen. The guest speaker was Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria. I felt so inspired listening to both of them!
Amy talked about her project to improve on the outcomes of babies after they are discharged from the cardiac and respiratory life support unit. She was truly impressive.
I was also lucky enough to sit next to a previous scholarship winner, Melissa Heywood, who told me about her research on communication practices in paediatric palliative care practices.
Wow! There are some incredibly talented, ambitious and caring people out there. Only a week earlier, I went to an event aimed at raising awareness about Food Allergies in Victoria. I had no idea that 1 in 10 12-month old infants have a clinically-confirmed food allergy and that Victoria is the food allergy capital of the world.
Professor Katie Allen spoke about some of the research being undertaken which will hopefully lead to new discoveries and treatments to help anyone suffering from a food allergy.
Living in such a fast-changing world, it’s more important than ever to stay informed and up-to-date about so many things. When we’re all so busy at work and in our daily life it can be hard to make time to stop and learn something new. So, I urge you to take time to learn something new and to feel inspired.
Maybe you could attend a meetup (www.meetup.com) on a topic that interests you? Or you could even start your own, it’s easy to do.
Even easier would be to talk to someone you don’t know very well in your workplace (or anywhere else, for that matter) and find out something new about them.
Feel inspired and feel alive.
Have a great week!