Carolyn’s path to becoming a doctor could perhaps best be described as circuitous, in the sense that she came full circle. Although she wanted to be a doctor from the time she was a young child, instead she married in her teens and started a family shortly thereafter. In 2010 she commenced studying at the Central Institute of Technology and Edith Cowan University concurrently before graduating as an anaesthetic technician in late 2011. She was awarded the Alison Holloway Award in anaesthetics in both 2016 and 2017.
In 2014 she completed her BSc, before entering medical school at the University of Western Australia. During this time she became involved in the marriage equality debate, and authored a letter which was subsequently signed by over 2,700 doctors, and 350 student doctors.
Having graduated at the end of 2018, she commenced her internship at Royal Perth Hospital this year on a part-time basis whilst completing her Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education. She has continued working as an anaesthetic technician as she is considering a career in emergency medicine.