My name is Morica and I was born in Melbourne, Victoria. My parents were refugees from Cambodia who fled to Australia in the 1970s, as a result of the Khmer Rouge Communist war.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandma who often shared stories of my family’s survivorship. She spoke about my family’s desire for a better life, away from the violence, loss and famine. Her shared stories were those I could appreciate but will never really understand.
I have a strong connection to my heritage and a strong appreciation for my background. When I was a kid, and even now, my family often blended Cambodian traditions and cultures with Australian traditions and cultures – Anyone who knows me would know that Christmas is my favourite time of the year!
My family’s history isn’t unique. Having grown up with a mixed culture has really allowed me to be appreciative of opportunities and be truly grateful for what I have.
I am pretty determined and will often keep trying until I reach my goals. In friendships, I value those who are honest and who act in integrity. I also value humour and light heartedness.
If it’s professionally related:
I’m not much of a reader. The most recent novel I read and enjoyed is Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, which is a story about triumph and defying the odds.
I also really enjoy Tik Tok and Instagram, and will spend countless hours watching absolutely nothing - It’s almost a hobby!
My husband and I have recently converted an old van into a campervan. When I’m not busy working/studying, we like to take our housemate (Rogue, 4 year old Staffy) traveling with us. We’ve just started traveling around country Victoria on the weekends, but hope to travel around Australia once we have more time. Rogue has even learnt how to paddleboard!
We are sorry to advise that LEAP has been cancelled for 2021 due to continued uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are extremely grateful for everyone's support and hope to see you at the next LEAP conference, to be held in October 2022.
In the meantime, we are planning to run virtual and state-based (hopefully face-to-face) educational opportunities for our members.
If you have any questions, concerns, feedback or recommendations, please do not hesitate in dropping us a line.
Reminder that the Lighting Presentation abstracts – Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) Conference 2020 - are open for review by the LEAP Scientific Committee until 5pm AEST, 29th January 2021.
Conference Theme – Staying in Step: Evidence to practice change
Good luck! We can't wait to see the wonderful work that is happening around Australia.
2 new & exciting podiatrist positions now on the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Website or via Seek.
The Diabetes-related Foot Complications Program is also being rolled out in different formats in 4 other regions across the country. See attached Program Summary
Attention all #podiatrists and #healthcare professions working to #endamputations, our #fridayfootquiz is live!
Survey foot quiz link
I was born in Perth and lived there until I was eight. I then moved to Melbourne and enjoyed riding my bike and a number of different sports including cricket and tennis growing up.
I am quite loyal and place a large emphasis on building relationships with people both socially and within my workplace. Those people will probably comment that I am quite reflective and aim for continual improvement. But that’s getting a little deep… I also enjoy having lots of fun with my family and work colleagues and believe a healthy work/life balance is important.
As far as podiatry related content I really enjoy Twitter due to the quick snips of information and keeping up with different projects people are involved in. I also really value the recent research sent to me by the Read app (by QXMD). You can register your interest areas and it emails you links to recently published articles that are relevant to you.
For fun I like listening to The Inside Running Podcast and desperately hang out for the monthly addition of Shoe Geeks.
I really enjoy hanging out with my wife Hazel and two girls Lilly and Lottie. Being outside and active with them is great fun. I also enjoy running and shooting for the next elusive personal best time.
#podiatrists #worklifebalance #savealimb
On March 26th the Department of Health conducted a Webinar for AHPs re COVID-19.
The letter below provides a good summary of the presentation.
DOH Letter to Allied Health.pdf
Life before and after podiatry:
I grew up in Singapore and moved to Perth, WA to study podiatry in 2007, and then to Hobart in early 2011.
I had a boring childhood/youth and spent heaps of time studying and doing competitive sport (golf)! Have generally been really sporty and played national-level golf, netball, and coached ultimate Frisbee over the years….
What drives you?
Adventure – being willing to broaden horizons, challenge myself and not have my vision stuck in the smallness of everyday routine. At the same time discipline and consistency are really important to me; there is no substitute for hard work!
Being so busy I try and find efficiencies in whatever I do, there are only so many hours in the day and no point wasting any of it!
On a personal level I really value honesty and being able to reflect and be teachable – something I strive to be and look for in co-workers and friends
What Podcasts/Books/Music are you listening to or reading at the moment?
I don’t really have time for fiction…. The last book I read was “Tiny but Mighty – Kitten Lady’s guide to saving the most vulnerable kittens”… necessary reading whilst preparing to midwife and foster rescue kitties!
I must say I am looking forward to the last instalment of Star Wars (Episode 9) which is due out December 20 and that’s probably the one time a year I head to the movies - #StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
You’ll find me at my local F45 studio pumping out burpees or some funky move, or on a spin bike or doing laps in the pool. Exercise is SO important to helping me function and it’s a great way to de-stress and challenge myself physically. I wish I had more time for golf again but that’s near impossible (being a 6 hour commitment at the best of times).
I am also working on my growing gin collection (just over 40 now!) and my bucket list includes attending gin festivals all around the world!
I have 10 (yes!) foster cats and kittens (the kittens are 4 and 8 weeks old) at the moment on top of my three fur babies and looking after them and watching them (hopefully) find homes in the new year will be the most rewarding thing.…