Neurosurgery Unaccredited Registrar (Junior Medical Officer), ICU Senior Resident Medical Officer
Jennifer is a junior doctor working in the Intensive Care Unit at Canberra Hospital. She is passionate about helping critically unwell patients and their families through some of the most challenging times of their lives. The Intensive Care Unit manages physiology at the extremes of the human condition, all while providing the highest level of care and compassion. Jennifer is fascinated by the brain and completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the Australian National University in 2019. Her labbased research investigated cellular mechanisms behind epileptic seizure propagation and how the brain processes smell. She won several awards for her presentations and enjoys communicating complex ideas to non-specialist audiences. Jennifer is looking into new collaborations and projects and is excited to see the potential for research and innovation in the areas of neurological diseases, consciousness, trauma, and neurotechnology. As the Chair of the Australasian Junior Medical Officers Committee in 2019, she was involved in improving Junior Doctor training, health and wellbeing. She continues to support and encourage other junior medical officers, which is particularly important in a post-pandemic era of high levels of stress and burnout. Travel has always been a part of Jennifer’s life. She was born in New Zealand, lived in 4 different countries, and has travelled widely around the world. Witnessing different cultures and meeting people from different backgrounds has allowed her to gain a wider perspective on the human experience. She also loves the natural environment and enjoys hiking and swimming.