Dr Hilary Thomson is a medical doctor who grew up in Melbourne. She obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in anatomy and physiology, before completing a Doctor of Medicine.
During her training Dr Thomson used professional development as an excuse to travel overseas, volunteering in clinical practice and health education projects in the Philippines and Cambodia, and completing an Endocrinology rotation at the Royal Infirmary Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Upon graduation Dr Thomson migrated north to warmer climates and now works at a regional hospital in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane. She has undertaken a research project in collaboration with the social work team to improve local assistance for victims of domestic violence and is currently completing a Master of Public Health at James Cook University. Next year, Dr Thomson will enter the community to begin her General Practice training, at which point she hopes never to do night shift again.
Her varied experiences in medicine have cemented her commitment to primary health care, particularly in developing nations, and revealed an unexpected love of teaching. Working in a low socioeconomic area has highlighted the importance of providing patients with accurate medical information delivered in a relevant and comprehensible fashion.
Dr Thomson’s main interests include tropical and adventure medicine, health education and improving public health initiatives to better overall population health. When she grows up, Dr Thomson hopes to live on a tropical beach, eat fresh fish and mangoes everyday, and try to make a difference to the lives of people who have limited access to health care.