My name is Penny, and I currently work in Melbourne, Australia, as a Mobile Drug Safety Worker and Mobile Outreach Worker in the field of harm reduction and health promotion for people who inject drugs.
My motivation to work in health stemmed from my high school education, and into my Bachelor of Health Sciences (Human Movement) at the University of Sydney. From there I decided to undertake a Diploma in Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs; Mental Health) whilst working at a primary health center for people at most risk of contracting HIV (namely injecting drug users, sex workers, and at-risk youth); and further my education to a postgraduate level. I then travelled to Sweden to study my Masters of Public Health, where I developed a strong interest in global health, health and drug policy, and health economics.
My interest and reason for joining the Global Health Next Generation Network is to support the voices and visions of young professionals in global health, to ensure that our aims and passions are heard throughout the global community. I am a strong advocate for youth and youth-led organisations, as the next generation of professionals in global health.