Dr Lloyd Nash is a General Medicine consultant, public health advocate and founder of entrepreneurial organisation Global Ideas. Lloyd’s pioneering work in the global health sphere has taken him from the freezing blizzards of Antarctica to the scalding heat of the Kimberley. We talk to him about his experiences in these areas as well as his ongoing work in indigenous communities and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Lloyd explains to us how he transcribed his longstanding passion for public health into a flourishing and sustainable medical career in a field full of “uncertainty”. He describes how he avoided being pushed along the “conveyor belt” of the medical system and now is able to effect change on the “upstream factors” of health. Listen in to learn about the 5 types of public health advocates we may identify with.

We debate how to find a balance between locking in a career path early and spending time gaining “formative experience” in other specialties and as a locum. This includes which specialties are useful to have background knowledge in when considering overseas work. Lloyd advises us how to stay true to our strengths and passions in the face of uncertainty.

Our conversation also encompasses the split between his clinical, non-clinical and overseas work. We touch on what he has achieved through his Global Ideas forums and the myriad people from all walks of life he has had the opportunity to work with. Finally, Lloyd tells us how best to achieve the oft-sought after work-life balance, as well as a balance between achieving our own goals and contributing to society.

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Pathways into Public Health:

Medical School → Internship → Masters of Public Health (recommended; 1-2 years)

Source: Monash University (degree available at other universities around Australia as well)


According to the Australian Government Taxation Data, in the 2013-14 income year we had approximately:

  • 3,252 female public health specialists earning an average of $118,310
  • 3,551 male public health specialists earning an average of $187,468
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