Our Volunteers

Numerous Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences students volunteered with us in 2020, conducting tens of  workshops for 218 students from 79 schools from across Australia. Our volunteers and mentors help our young participants in not only realising their aptitudes and potential but also encourage them to look inwards; to understand how they are no less capable than other students from more privileged social groups. Monash volunteers inspire our young high school participants and urge them to pause, reflect and take notice of their own agency. They see the brains, the capability, and the brilliance in our participants, and like mirrors, reflect that back on the students they work with. They remind them that they are capable of achieving whatever they aim for. They remind them that they are more.

Volunteer with Us

If you are a FMNHS student and want to volunteer with us, please fill out the form available at this link

Meet Our Volunteers

Here are a few of our dedicated Monash Volunteering Heroes, our points of light, and the cornerstone of Hands on Health who have helped us run some extremely effective hands-on workshops in 2019 and 2020.

Alexandra Churchill
(3rd year Bachelor of Biomedical Science Scholars Stream, Hospital Volunteer at Monash Health and FMNHS Student Ambassador)

‘I am Alexandra Churchill, a 3rd year Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholars) student at Monash University who is passionate about volunteering and getting involved in the community. My experience speaking to high school students from underrepresented communities about the Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science during Hands-on Health events has been extremely humbling and rewarding. I firmly believe that no extraneous social factors should impede on the ambitions and dreams of any high school student. Thus, it is my responsibility, and that of my peers, to share our journey studying at university, and ensure we are empowering and inspiring our younger generation. In this way, we give them the confidence that they need to strive towards an exciting future career in the health and medical sciences.

Charlotte Barber (Nutrition Science Student and First Year Representative of the Monash Nutrition and Dietetics Society)

‘My name is Charlotte, I am originally from New Zealand but moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2019 to study Nutrition Science at Monash University. I was involved as a volunteer at Hands on Health throughout the year 2019, delivering presentations to Year 10 students from underrepresented backgrounds about what a career in nutrition could look like. It was so rewarding to facilitate the opening of student’s eyes to the world of allied health professions and show them the plethora of options they have. I thoroughly enjoyed running these sessions and learning ways to get the students more engaged to maximise their experience’

Daniel Yan (Year 5 Medical Student)

"Hi I'm Dan, a current 5th year student at Monash. I came to be involved with Hands-on-Health in 2019. What I found rewarding was the engagement the students had with the content and the gratitude the students had for all the helpers in the program. I also enjoyed teaching and giving the students the opportunity to practice practical skills such as taking each other's blood pressure, or listening to each other's heart through a stethoscope (cleaned of course!).

For 2019, I was also the Hands-on-Health director with Embrace Education and had the unique opportunity to plan and organise a free UCAT information seminar for students from disadvantaged backgrounds or enrolled in the Hands-on-Health program to learn more about the UCAT and learn more about the medical course as well."

Emily Xia (Paramedicine Student)

‘Hi, I’m Em and I’m a second year paramedicine student at Monash. I currently volunteer at Monash Hands on Health with hopes that my journey will inspire and spark an interest in those curious about becoming a paramedic. I find that the Hands on Health program is vitally important in shaping and inspiring the future generations of allied health professionals. In my presentations I am able to convey my first hand university experience to Year 10 students and give them an insight into what the Bachelor of Paramedicine course is like. The program has been exceptionally rewarding and I find it particularly gratifying when students put their hands up and express an interest in becoming a paramedic in the future. I highly recommend becoming a volunteer and hope that others find it as engaging as I do.’

Jennifer Vo (Health Sciences Student)

‘Hi! I’m Jennifer and I’m currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Monash. I love seizing every opportunity there is to grow and impact others! Hands on Health 2021 has helped me share health knowledge and encourage students to look deeper into underlying health issues. I enjoy listening to and understanding about the diverse thoughts and ideas that students know about healthcare and the many opportunities that it brings. My favourite part of volunteering with Hands on Health is learning from students and improving our communication together. I love motivating students to open their hearts up to the many Health Science possibilities and encourage everyone to learn from each other through interactive activities!’

Jessica Demeo (Nutrition science students, first year representative of the Monash Nutrition and Dietetics Society)

“I’m Jessica Demeo, a 1st year nutrition science student who has been volunteering with Hands on Health since the beginning of 2021. Over the sessions I have conducted it has been amazing to watch students become more engaged, watching them smile through their screen is such a rewarding experience. Hands on Health has allowed me to educate students on the endless opportunities you have when entering university and that change is always possible. Being able to share my passion for nutrition with aspiring young health professionals is extremely fulfilling and knowing that you may have played a small part in a child’s future is amazing. Hands on Health has been an extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity.”

Michelle Xin

‘Hi! I'm Michelle and I am currently a final year medical student at Monash. I am lucky enough to be the Hands-on-Health Director with Embrace Education for 2021 (and I also held the role in 2020), and to be able to encourage students from all walks of life to pursue a possible passion in healthcare! I also oversee the annual free UCAT seminar (which is now in a COVID-safe webinar format) run in conjunction with Hands-on-Health and Embrace Education. Through my role, I hope to spread further interest and awareness about careers in health beyond medicine, as we look after patients best when we all work together in multi-disciplinary teams! Volunteering with Hands-on-Health provides learning opportunities for both the students you teach, and also yourself as teaching about the ins and outs of medicine to high-school students is a feat in itself! I love being reminded of the boundless curiosity that our next generation holds, and the Hands-on-Health program is wonderful in fostering this further.’

Sophie Conroy

‘I am currently in my fourth and final year of Physiotherapy at Monash, and am interested in working in paediatrics in the future. I’ve been involved in lots of different activities at Monash since I started, including the Physiotherapy society, Wildfire rural health committee, Access Monash, and university games. Outside of university I am a passionate surf lifesaving competitor, and work as a lifeguard and disability support worker.’

Simran Vinod Benyani  (Penultimate year of Medicine)

‘Hands on Health' is an incredible initiative in narrowing the gap between various Australian communities in medicine and allied health. This program is an attempt in improving the representation of various Australian communities in medicine. High school students from underrepresented communities are given 1-2 days of activities to encourage pursuing a healthcare profession. Ranging from hospital tours to presentations on common clinical encounters, each session is packed with valuable information and aspiring speakers from different walks of life. I was introduced to Hands on Health in 2019 after I accidently ran into Cynthia Mehboob in a corridor at Peninsula Health. When she learnt I was a Monash medical student, she explained the initiative to me and I have been volunteering for the program ever since. It has been an honour to be a volunteer for Hands on health. I have thoroughly enjoyed every session held by Hands on Health. The team, particularly Cynthia, is very welcoming and supportive. She is very passionate about helping students achieve their maximum potential. My experience has been very rewarding as it allows me to be a part of someone’s journey in pursuing medicine. I have been inspired seeing these students work so hard for their dreams, despite all the hardships. I wish to work with these students in the future and know that the incoming volunteers will also have an invaluable experience.’

Varnika Agarwal

‘Hi, I'm Varnika and I'm a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) graduate from Monash University. I've been volunteering with Hands on Health since 2019 and I've really enjoyed it! I love talking to students about how fascinating biomedical science is and the wide variety of opportunities it can provide for their future. I find it really rewarding when students express their interest and are as excited as I am about the health sciences!’

Zhi Shyuan Choong (Seraphina)(Year 3 Medical Student)

’Hi, I'm Sera and I have volunteered for Hands-on-Health in 2019. It was a fantastic opportunity for me as a medical student to be involved in community health engagement and education. I am very passionate about the cause of empowering students from underrepresented backgrounds and Hands on Health allowed me to do just that.  I enjoyed every bit, from teaching high school students how to use a stethoscope to helping run the highly advanced simulation laboratories. I would definitely recommend my coursemates to sign up for volunteering next year if you haven't already because I truly enjoyed my time there and I'm sure you would too!’