Five Minutes with Michael Jefford

Thursday 13 December, 2012

When and why did you join VCOG?

More than 10 years ago. An opportunity to think ‘bigger' than 1 to 1 clinical occasions and work with others to improve cancer care and professional practice

Titles/area of practice

I'm the Deputy Head of the Department of Medical Oncology at Peter Mac, Senior Clinical Consultant at Cancer Council Victoria and Director of the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, A Richard Pratt legacy.
My area of clinical practice is the management of people with GI cancers.

What do you love about your job?

With a number of different jobs, variety is great; however see the answer to the next question!
There are rewarding elements of all aspects – clinical work, research, teaching, practice development, policy and advocacy work.
I enjoy working with a lot of smart, committed people.

In a nutshell, what are the most challenging aspects?

... juggling lots of different jobs!
Fitting everything into a not too excessive number of hours a week.
With lots of interests it's hard to focus in depth on everything.
About clinical work, genuinely engaging with people in a very difficult situation can be challenging.

How do you spend your Sundays?

Hopefully not working!
Catching up with friends, movies, hopefully getting to the paper.
Thinking about the next holiday (and reminiscing about the last one)!