Jodi’s story – Ohio to Hobart

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - 3:52pm

I moved to Tasmania from Cleveland, Ohio in 1999 after completing a semester abroad at the University of Tasmania the year prior - I fell in love with the island and wanted to continue my studies here.

While completing my Masters degree I met my husband, Cam, who is an Australian Army Reservist. Through his defence force connections I was introduced to places like the Solomon Islands, East Timor and Papua New Guinea - these were not countries often discussed in the American Midwest! I was intrigued how the Australian population viewed their returned servicemen and women, which was very different from the patriotic way that Americans revered those who went away to war. The Kokoda Trail was one story that was particularly fascinating, as it seemed the bravery of the Australian soldiers was a relatively ‘new’ discovery surfacing in the mid-1990s. In the back of my mind I thought that one day I’d like to trek Kokoda and learn more for myself about what occurred so close to Australian soil.

My career path took a dramatic change in 2004 when I was accepted into medical school. Since then it’s ebbed and flowed to quite a few different areas within medicine and hospitals. In 2014 I formally moved into medical administration. Part of a medical administrator’s portfolio includes research promotion and research governance. It quickly became a passion for me and something that drew me to my current position in the Tasmanian Department of Health. My current role has required me to do an overhaul of the research governance processes within the public hospitals and Ambulance Tasmania.

This has brought me in touch with the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation on several occasions. I have always been impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment that the Foundation staff have for funding research that impacts on the lives and wellbeing of the Tasmanian community. I was also honoured to be part of a team that received an Incubator Grant in 2019 for research on governmental policy impact.

When I discovered that the Foundation was going to trek the Kokoda Trail in2020 around ANZAC Day, it was a no brainer for me to sign up! I not only get to spend time with a very dedicated group of professionals and researchers, but I get to raise funds and give back to the next group of researchers who will benefit Tassie, all while challenging myself to see where Australia fought one of its greatest war battles.

Click HERE to donate to Jodi or the team as they embark on the Kokoda Trek for Medical Research 2020!