Courtney Ierano

Courtney is mentoring a team from Kurnai College Morwell

Courtney is mentoring a team from Kurnai College Morwell

  • Describe your research.

My research aims to develop a greater understanding of what, where, why and how surgeons and anaesthetists prescribe antibiotics for surgery and how we can then improve this. Improving antibiotic use has benefits for both patients and our wider community. Antibiotic resistance is an issue for all people and we can all play a part in reducing inappropriate use to save our antibiotics for the future.

  • Do you have a mentor or role model?

Professor Karin Thursky is both my PhD supervisor, mentor and role model.

  • How did your mentor? 

I first saw Karin present at a National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) conference/workshop in 2015. I was in the very early days of my career as a rural/regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist and I remember being very fascinated and inspired by all the work NCAS had done to support AMS across all health sectors. I later met Karin (the director of NCAS) in my interview for an NCAS PhD and have been fortunate to have had her support me as my supervisor for the last 18 months.

  • How does your mentor empower you?

Karin has a very inspiring and successful career both clinically and academically. Something I wish for myself upon completion of my PhD. Karin's ability to be actively involved in multiple work positions, research projects, working parties, raise a family and still find the time to help support me and my research is both empowering and inspiring. 

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