Dr John Clark (2019)
Before I undertook my medical undergraduate and masters degrees at Monash University I lived in Donald, a small rural farming community in Australia. I am driven by a desire to provide exceptional evidence-based care to children regardless of location. My career as a paediatric doctor began over 4 years ago at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, but last year I journeyed across the world to become a clinical fellow in paediatric intensive care in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have been privileged to work with children and families in the most difficult days of their lives, within a team that provides expertise and compassionate care ensuring the child remains foremost.
One of the overwhelming causes of death in children aged less than 5 years old is infection. We use antibiotics heavily in critically ill children as a lifesaving measure, but unfortunately are in an age in which treatment is failing due to bacteria acquiring resistant genes. With the support of the Gates-Cambridge scholarship I will undertake a PhD in Paediatrics exploring how we can prevent antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infection in our most vulnerable patients. As a paediatrician, intensivist, and scientist I hope to shape a brighter future in which we can prevent these life-threatening infections.