Baneen Alrubayi

Candidate: Baneen Alrubayi

Rural Health Club: RHUWS

Discipline: Medicine

Please provide summary of why you are interested in the position, your ability to fulfill the position and your previous experience related to the position. (Word limit: 300 words)

I am interested in an executive position with NRHSN as I aspire to practice as a Rural Generalist with advanced skills training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Growing up in Cobram and as the eldest of six children, I have experienced my mother’s agony as she has had to travel long distances whilst in labour to have a safe birthing experience. This sparked my interest in advocating to influence decision makers and their stakeholders to support and implement policies that contribute to improving health equity.

I have had multiple leadership and advocacy roles. In 2018 as School Captain I represented Cobram Secondary College (CSC) at community and college events. I was an active member of the School Council which oversees the management of the college operations and a member of the Student Representative Council (SRC), I attended the Student Voice conference, contributed to fundraising activities and the student led uniform review. I participated in the North East Model United Nations Convention recognising the Rights of Indigenous People. Twice, I was invited to be a part of a panel empowering women in rural and remote areas to find their voice and pursue their dreams. I played a central role in Refugee Week raising community awareness through Shepparton News, Win News and the ABC radio. Overall, my work was recognised by receiving Young Australian Citizen of the Year for the Moira Shire in 2018.

This year I held the position of President for Global Health Awareness Western Sydney (GHAWS). Despite the challenges that COVID provided, we were able to organise a Short Course and an Auction Night which raised $2887, with proceeds going to ‘KIT International’. I was also the AMSA Crossing Border Representative, where I organised a Virtual Palm Sunday Rally, a National Online Panel Discussion for Refugee Week and a Calling Party.

Please provide a response to the Key Selection Criteria. (Word limit: 1000 words)

With regards to the selection criterion; I will be situated in Greater Western Sydney next year and hence will have reliable access to the internet, emails and my phone for communication. I have a car and have plenty of experience travelling through rural roads and travelling long distances, I am also comfortable using public transport and hence will be able to attend events and meetings as required.

My story is one of a refugee experience, having travelled to Australia in-utero, crossing the perilous seas via an illegal boat with my parents who had dreams of a safer life and to set roots in a new community. For me that community was Cobram, a beautiful rural town on the banks of the Murray River. Despite the struggle of growing up having to integrate between two different cultures, I was consistently surrounded by a community that supported me, from teachers to Cobram Rotary Club members and Cobram Community House members. It was through this support that I was able to grow into an individual who is determined, resilient and a great leader, highlighted by receiving Australian Young Citizen of the Year for both the Moira Shire Region and Cobram in 2018. For me it is this sense of community and the awareness that I am able to contribute to the community on a tangible scale that attracts me to rural life, hence my desire to return to the Goulburn Valley region to Practice Medicine.

In 2020 I was able to demonstrate a keen interest in rural and remote health being one of nineteen students from across my university to receive a Rural Undergraduate Pathway (RuralUP) Certificate in the inaugural year of the program (this program awards students points for involvement in rural experiences). I will also be applying for WSU’s Rural Program to complete a year of my course in Bathurst (2022-2023).

As demonstrated in my previous statement, I have been extensively involved with the rural town of Cobram and have held multiple leadership roles during high school and my first two years of university. I enjoy public speaking, feel comfortable presenting in front of large crowds and have had experience with media interviews. I am familiar with advocating for collective student body concerns without letting my own personal beliefs interfere. Through my multiple leadership roles, I have put a lot of emphasis on building healthy relationships with my team which includes being open, respectful and responsive to their thoughts. I believe that building rapport makes working in a team more enjoyable and productive. This is especially favourable now as we see a shift to online teamwork and events as there is ample opportunity for collaboration.

I have also developed a better understanding of how to communicate both verbally and in written format. My work this year has required a lot of communication via slack, online meetings and emails. I ensure that I am easily contactable and aim to promptly communicate the right message to the right person. My work has also required a lot of organisation. This has included creating a google drive system for GHAWS, creating clear and concise google documents and spreadsheets and holding/attending regular meetings. I am also currently working on streamlining AMSA Global Health’s communication with Global Health Groups across Australia through the platform of Notion.

I ensure that timelines for tasks are met for myself and others by clearly delegating tasks, documenting action items, holding regular meetings and following up on tasks appropriately. I also aim to build team environments that encourage people to communicate when they are overwhelmed and seek help as necessary.

I have subscribed to NRHSN’s mailing list and Facebook where this year I have especially enjoyed reading through the Friday features! I also appreciate NRHSN’s multidisciplinary approach to rural health and that this is covered in some of NRHSN’s position papers as it is through working alongside allied health that we are able to maximise moving towards health equity within Australia.

Although the leadership roles I have held at my first two years of university have been centred around global health, I have seen how crucial the role of rural clubs and organisations is to educate and inspire change from students. After attending several Rural Health Conferences it became apparent to me that rural advocacy and global health advocacy are interrelated; they both focus on addressing health equity and comprehensive primary healthcare. Hence, I believe engaging global health student networks with rural health student networks could help improve advocacy in both areas. I have been elected to be AMSA Global Health Co-National Coordinator for 2021 and having an executive role within NRHSN would provide me with ample opportunity to work with passionate and determined students to improve health care access.

Please provide your Curriculum Vitae. This can include a summary of specific previous experiences you have had related to rural health and leadership (events, courses, positions held, relevant previous or current employment). (Word limit: 500 words)

PERSONAL STATEMENT: An incoming third year medical student at Western Sydney University aspiring to become a Rural Generalist with advanced skills training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I have excellent interpersonal and communication skills allowing me to earn the respect of my colleagues. My humble, welcoming, yet fiercely determined nature have allowed me to overcome considerable personal challenges and create opportunities for myself and will continue to be my foundation as I pursue my medical journey and develop my character.

EDUCATION: Current – Western Sydney University (WSU), Doctor of Medicine (2019-2023), 2018- Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Cobram Secondary College (CSC) – School Captain, Dux, VCE Baccalaureate

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
– Bronze Certificate in WSU’s Rural Undergraduate Pathway (2020)
– Sisters of Charity and Macquarie Group Scholarship valued at $30,000 (2019-2023)
– Australian Communities Foundation Lift Off Scholarship valued at $10,000 (2019-2020)
– Young Australian Citizen of the Year for the Moira Shire region (2018)
– Young Australian Citizen of the Year for Cobram (2018)
– University of Melbourne’s Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar (2017-2018)
– Melbourne University’s Principal Scholarship valued at $5000 (2018)
– Nucara Family Scholarship valued at $1000 (2018)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Member of The Academy at Western Sydney University, Cultural Orientation for Health Professionals (RACP), First Aid, Working with Children Check

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES :
• 2020 – President for Global Health Awareness Western Sydney (GHAWS) – Organised a Short Course to provide medical students with insights into the impacts of COVID-19 on refugees, survivors of domestic abuse, and mental health, Organized an auction which raised $2887, with proceeds going to ‘KIT International’
• 2020 – AMSA Crossing Border Representative at WSU – Virtual Palm Sunday Rally, online National Panel for Refugee Week, Calling Party for Priya, Nades and their girls
• 2018 – School Captain, member of CSC School Council, member of CSC Student Representative Council, spoke at Cobram’s Anzac Day ceremony, represented CSC at a state level on Anzac Day, Assisted in the operations of McGrath Breast Cancer fundraiser, organised fundraisers for the Year 12 Valedictory, organised a series of lunchtime events at CSC to build positive relationships amongst middle school students through a range of team building events, participated in North East Victorian Model United Nations, International Women’s Day panellist, panellist for Panel for Women in Leadership event with guest speaker, Committee for Geelong Executive Officer, Rebecca Casson, wrote an article for Refugee Week that was published in several newspapers within the Moira Shire Region, I was Interviewed on Win News and on the ABC radio for Refugee Week
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY AND VOLUNTEERING: • Part time job – Junior Shelver at Cobram Goulburn Valley Library (2016 – 2018) • Volunteering- Certificate of Appreciation for voluntary services in aiding Cobram Community House, Certificate of Appreciation for supporting Variety the Children’s Charity, Certificate of Appreciation for supporting the Early Learning is Fun Program

RURAL EXPERIENCE: born and raised in Cobram, a border town in North Victoria located within the Shire of Moira and situated on the banks of the Murray River.