Ukraine-born medical intern, Anastasia Osadchuk, has seen more of the world than most but she says it was the wealth of opportunities offered growing up in Australia and the momentum of a sporting career which led to her career start as one of QEII hospital’s new doctors.
As one of 10 interns to commence rotation at QEII Hospital this year, Anastasia immigrated from Ukraine to Croatia following the disintegration of the USSR, then to Australia at the age of 10.
“My family was seeking stability and Croatia was also recovering from the war so, when the opportunity presented itself, my father took the opportunity to immigrate to Australia by accepting a Water Polo contract in Brisbane,” she said.
The opportunities that Australia afforded meant that Anastasia and her family found stability within the existing Russian community and the sporting community that has supported much of their transition.
“I found a love for swimming which led to my scholarship with Somerville House and, subsequently, my love of science.
“The sport taught me about time management and mental resilience which was a turning point for me at the end of my high schooling.”
Studying at the Australian National University in Canberra, and working as a haematology and transfusion scientist at the Canberra Hospital, Anastasia became interested in research.
“My time in the lab highlighted the importance of working with doctors and allied health, solidifying my passion for teamwork within medicine”.
Anastasia got accepted into medical school at the University of Wollongong. During medical school, Anastasia undertook a research project focusing on concussion.
“My research into concussion deepens my understanding of sport and really summed up the importance of a connection with the patient on the other end of research.”
“I wanted to translate what all of that science meant into words to help people at their time of need,” she said.
Fleeing from hardship into the multicultural nation that is Australia highlighted to Anastasia that people from a multitude of backgrounds may experience instilled barriers to accessing healthcare.
“As a junior doctor, being in a diverse community like QEII will enable me to help people with those barriers to stay healthy and get the best out of their life and their situation.
“My goal is to help others and give them their best possible life,” she said.
Anastasia already has a strong connection to the QEII community with her father working at the Queensland Academy of Sport just around the corner.
“I feel like I’m already part of the community. There are a lot of Russians in this area and this community is really special.
“As a part of the Metro South Language Badge Initiative, I am really looking forward to talking to patients in Russian to make them more comfortable during their hospital admission.
“Brisbane was a special part of the opportunities I was afforded in this new country, so I am looking forward to giving back to the community.”