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Risk and reward

Risk and reward

By Kathie Karapalidis

With a background in journalism and medical education, LIV Later Lawyers Network leader Audette Smith is finding her new career in law a healthy change. What was your former job/career? I started as a graduate management trainee in banking before turning to journalism and then falling into medical education. I've spent many years developing and delivering training to help doctors improve their communication skills and prescribing habits based on evidence-based medicine. I really enjoyed it because I learnt a lot about common illnesses and how best to treat them, and I also learnt a lot about the challenges of communicating messages to patients. I have continued to take on projects where I can to contribute to improving the interaction between clinicians and patients, and now I am working as a sessional tutor for Monash University's medical program teaching fourth year medical students about health law. Why did you switch to law? I think this was a natural progression in my career. It became apparent that there was potentially a lot of risk with the way healthcare was being delivered (whether because of poor communication, time challenges, a lack of education or other reasons). I am also motivated by transparency and accountability, and ensuring systems are fair.

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