Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 4.08.2020

Phil Jaksa

Class of 2005
OCCUPATION Medical Doctor - Psychiatry
Lives Melbourne, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 9-12
House Kurrajong
  • Bachelor Degree, The Australian National University, Bachelor of Medical Science, 2006-2008
  • Bachelor Degree, The Australian National University, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, 2009-2012
  • Masters, The University of Melbourne, Master of Psychiatry, 2017-2019
Work history
  • Psychiatry Registrar, Alfred Health, 2017-2019
  • Psychiatry Registrar, ACT Health, 2015-2017
  • Perinatal psychiatry registrar
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What does life look for you now?

I moved to Melbourne after taking a position to continue my specialty training at Alfred Health in 2017. The move was worthwhile because the training I've received here has been great. I'm due to complete my specialist training in psychiatry in 2020/2021 and will continue to do some research in the field. I've become really interested in the intersections between physical and mental health, and how these two are heavily intertwined. Psychedelics in psychotherapy is one special interest, and so is working with people transitioning to parenthood (separately!).

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

I have to admit, learning about the eye with Ms Van Strien (sorry, spelling) in year 9 got me interested in human biology and eventually medicine, and Peter Crossing helped me discover that I enjoyed chemistry.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I knew that I was interested in helping people in some way, but I didn't honestly know how I might do this until several years after uni. Even now I'm still thinking of ways I might go about it (outside of clinical medicine and mental health).

I've reflected on my time at Radford, on the values it instilled in me and many of my friends from back then. Radford's values of truth, compassion and wisdom were and continue to be important core values to me personally. I believe that Radford has an important ongoing mission to espouse these values through formal and informal education, and to produce morally conscious citizens of the world who are interested in helping others for its own sake.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don't be in a rush to work out what you are going to do after school. If you're unsure and still want to go to uni, do a basic degree that will increase your knowledge of the world and the people and things in it. There's time.

Where are you now?