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Our People: Q&A with Senior Consultant Michelle Thomson

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

We recently welcomed Senior Consultant Michelle Thomson to the Emerson Health team. As is our custom, we sat down with Michelle and asked her to tell us a little more about herself. Read on to get to know Michelle!

1. You've recently joined the Emerson Health team. Welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m excited to be here! I am from Aotearoa New Zealand, I have Māori and Pākeha ancestry, and am on a continuous learning journey with te reo Māori (the Māori language) to better connect with my heritage.

I have recently moved to Melbourne with my partner, and we are loving the city, exploring its quirks, and eating all the amazing food! In my professional life I am a passionate changemaker in healthcare, and have had the privilege of doing this work in-house at a hospital and then as a Deloitte consultant. In my personal life, I love hiking, “social” sports, and evenings that include wine, cheese and playing cards with my favourite humans.

2. What drives your passion for the work we do?

I love knotty problems, and I love working in and making positive change in healthcare. Putting my strategy, operations and design skills to work to ensure that patient experience, equity, and optimisation are at the centre of healthcare transformation - sounds like the most perfect job I can think of for me!

3. Who is someone you admire and why?

Ah, my sister. I truly admire my sister, she is a registered nurse at one of New Zealand’s highest needs Emergency Departments. She delivers frontline care, working inside a health landscape that systemically disadvantages a lot of the community she serves. I admire her tenacity, resilience, and compassion. We work on different sides of the health system and have the best conversations about how to make impactful change, she is a continual source of inspiration for me.

4. What books / publications do you read to keep up-to-date with information?

Controversial, but I am a massive LinkedIn user for absorbing articles, understanding trends, and keeping up with events, training, and happenings in my areas of interest. I really do think a well procured follow list on LinkedIn is a great way to stay up-to-date. I have also recently read Kelly-Ann McKercher’s Beyond Sticky Notes, which is an awesome reading journey, exploring how we can practically bring authentic co-design to health and social systems - check it out!

5. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Awareness of my own privilege. Seriously, knowing how privileged I am gets me out of bed, so I can go out into the world and leverage that to make change and be a part of crafting a more equitable world. A less serious answer would be, my partner Liam, I am not a morning person!

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