Ruth Hadfield is a freelance medical writer working in Australia (and you are the first Australian medical writer to post Ruth!)
I started the day with good intentions of being the first Australian medical writer to post, but it’s now after 2pm now and I’m left wondering where the day has gone.
I have enjoyed reading the earlier posts from New Zealand. I am also a freelancer who works from home, so can relate to the posts by both Lyndal and Geri. Most days I absolutely love the lifestyle, but occasionally I do have a day where I wish I had colleagues to chat with. My methods of coping include getting out to group exercise and hiking classes where there is always somebody to chat to, and talking to my cat! Oh, and did I mention copious cups of coffee and tea. I have two teenagers and sometimes think I need the entire day to gather the strength to cope with the onslaught when they both walk through the front door!
Projects I am working on right now include a systematic review on venous thromboembolism, cardiology e-news articles for a specialist audience and I have the first meeting for a new project reviewing the literature on asthma/copd tomorrow. Medical writing is always interesting and stimulating as the topics you work on are so varied. There is always something new to learn.
To get out of the office today I had a quick 8km hike around Middle Harbour – a beautiful spot near where I live. We had a huge storm in Sydney over the weekend so it is lovely to see the sun shining again.