Colleague and I organised a board game afternoon as a team building exercise. We had so much fun! I got us some nibbles including panettone, which is a traditional food eaten over the festive season across Latin America. Feel very lucky to be surrounded by such clever and creative people. This was our view over Sydney.
In a library after closing time. It was heavenly! 😇
Fun stop in between fieldwork sites along the North Coast! Today was another long day that included a lot of driving. Focus group interviews were great. Participants came up with excellent ideas to address education and work issues. The photo is of The Big Banana!
Today was long and exhausting but also rewarding. Lots of work to catch up on and preparing for fieldwork. The focus group interviews went from the afternoon into the evening. Highly enjoyable discussion about education and work solutions for trainees who are struggling. Especially interesting how one participant put into context relative income differences between junior and senior staff. Tomorrow, travel up the coast to do focus group interviews at a different site. This photo is the amazing surrounds of my hotel... which I've not had time to enjoy!
Today was the last day of fieldwork in Dubbo and plans did not go as expected. Nevertheless a very busy day, going from one cafe to the next, typing up notes and catching up on project planning and other work. I've taken over a second large project after a senior colleague left (which is why this week I'm doing two back to back fieldwork trips), but as it turns out another two projects also need leadership. With emails between the team, we slowly pieced together where deliverables and milestones are at. Then flew from Dubbo to Sydney, and about to fly from Sydney to the North Coast. Phew, what a day!
Today's fieldwork in Dubbo, New South Wales, was very interesting! It was especially useful to learn about how to better support people with mental illness who are caught up in the justice system and how to deliver culturally relevant programs to Aboriginal communities. Here are some photos of the sights around town and one of the cafes where I worked. Fieldwork means writing emails and typing up notes in cafes... and hotel rooms!