Kathleen is an advanced trainee with the College of Intensive Care Medicine currently based at St. George Hospital, Sydney.
In 2015 she joined Médecins Sans Frontières, and was sent to work as the ICU/ED supervisor of the Kunduz Trauma Centre in northern Afghanistan, a hospital which provided impartial emergency surgical care for victims of violent and accident trauma.
Unfortunately this field placement ended prematurely on October 3 when the US Military bombed the hospital, killing 42 people including 14 of the hospital staff.
Kathleen was inside the hospital at the time.
After returning home from Afghanistan, Kathleen has been devastated by the growing trend of hospital attacks in conflict zones around the world.
She now uses her own story to draw attention to, and advocate against, attacks on medical facilities worldwide.