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Getting to know State and Territory Chairs

27 April 2020

Rosalie Grivell

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Rosalie is no stranger to College work. She is well respected as an advocate for research by her peers and the wider medical community. At a local level, she continues to support trainees in the state, many of whom gave her a shout-out at the ASM in Melbourne via Twitter. What you might not know about Rosalie is that she enjoys baking and has a weak spot for cheese and crackers.

Tell me a bit about yourself and what you do?
I am a consultant Obstetrician and Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist at Flinders Medical Centre and Matthew Flinders Fellow in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Flinders University. I have worked in a clinical academic role balancing clinical work, teaching and research since 2010.
 
I enjoy teaching in women’s health across the educational continuum from medical students through to specialty and subspecialty trainees.
 
Currently, I am the Chair of RANZCOG’s Research Assessment Subcommittee, and a member of the Gender Equity and Diversity Working group.
 
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My job has a lot of diversity, and no day or week looks the same. I enjoy the wide range of my roles across the hospital, University and of course, RANZCOG. Specifically, I really enjoy the many multidisciplinary and interprofessional aspects of my work. There is so much value in working as part of a true interprofessional team.
 
You are currently Chair of the SA State and NT Committee, how did you get there and why do you do it?
Over the last ten years I have held several roles at RANZCOG. I recently completed two terms as a SA/NT Councillor, and in February 2019, completed a six-year term as SA/NT TAC Chair, having previously been the trainee rep and the ITP coordinator. I have also been involved in accreditation and SIMG work. Once my term as Councillor had finished, I was looking for a different way to engage with the College and its membership locally and nationally. I put up my hand for the state committee and then the chair role. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people and have been involved in some significant advocacy work around women’s health in our state.
 
If members wanted to get more involved in their state, what advice would you give?
I would encourage them to attend meetings, functions and education events. It’s a good way to engage with members, trainees and diplomates in whatever capacity they are looking for. There really is space for everyone to contribute and feel part of the wider work of the College.


Fast Five 


Who is someone you admire, and why?
Colleagues who have persisted along a certain path despite substantial adversity because they want to contribute to the greater good.
If you could only eat one food/dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cheese and crackers!
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Baking and spending time with friends.
What are some causes you care about?
The rights and representation of women and other under-represented groups in all realms of life.
If you have/had a motto, what would it be?
At the moment it’s a quote from Maya Angelou - “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”.


 



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