Having studied medicine in the UK I moved "down under" to Melbourne 4 years ago to continue my training as an emergency doctor. I have a special interest in paediatric emergency medicine (to go with my mental age of 12) and rotate between emergency departments that treat adults and those specifically for children, including one with a meerkat enclosure - seriously.
I always intended to use my medical training to work abroad in a humanitarian setting with my goal being to do that with MSF. Being a romantic I wanted this to be in Africa in a French-speaking country and somehow managed to make that come true...although it turns out you need more language skills than simply being able to reserve a double room with a shower so it's been a steep learning curve so far.
I am currently based in Paoua, a town in the north of the Central African Republic where I am working as one of a medical team in an MSF-run hospital there. We deal with emergency cases and the majority of our workload involves kids with malaria and its complications. The project is run by MSF-France and being British, I'm the only expat in the project foolish enough to not be French.