Name: Jasmine Murphy
Pursuit: International Health
My name is Jasmine and I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in Mackay, QLD; however I am currently living in Thailand as a volunteer with Upper Room Children’s home and a foundation named Freedom Ministries. I completed my schooling in Mackay, and became a Registered Nurse in 2014. I first visited Thailand in December 2012, confirming my passion for International Health. I have also spent time in Myanmar, Cambodia and Nepal. I am currently studying a Master of International Public Health to expand my skills so I can implement sustainable health programs in rural and remote Thailand.
When did you start?
My passion for International Health began in my early teenage years when I became more aware of inadequate health services at a global level. This became a reality when I first travelled overseas in 2012. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 2014 and am currently studying a Master of International Public Health.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My biggest highlight would be travelling to Nepal on a volunteer nursing exchange in my second year of study, and being accepted into the Master of International Public Health program at the University of Sydney.
What is your dream?
My dream is to pursue postgraduate study in International Public Health in order to gain the knowledge and skills required to implement health education programs, rural and remote health clinics, and disability services in the Far North of Thailand. As I am currently living in Thailand, I have visited numerous remote villages and have seen the devastating effects of having minimal access to healthcare facilities. Unforgettable experiences such as these continue to confirm my childhood dream of providing health and basic human rights to the overlooked and underprivileged in many nations.
Who or what have inspired you?
I am inspired by people who are courageous enough to pursue their dreams, no matter what the cost. Especially missionaries who have travelled all around the world changing the lives of those around them for the better.
Who's your hero?
My heroes are my family and my boyfriend because they model humility and selfless love in everything that they do. They are my greatest role models, inspiration, encouragement, and source of wisdom.
Any other special talents?
I love writing and public speaking. All throughout my childhood I was terrified of public speaking, but as I’ve entered adulthood I’ve learned to love sharing my story and ideas with other people.
I love Hillsong and Boyce Avenue.
My favourite movie would have to be ‘A Walk to Remember’.
Favourite TV Show?
Luckily for me, I’m currently living in Thailand so I’m surrounded by beautiful food. Mango Sticky Rice would have to be my favourite, it’s amazing.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant will go towards my postgraduate study which is a significant, but vital, financial investment. It will be used to purchase textbooks and other academic materials, as well as to contribute towards tuition fees.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”- Mother Teresa