May 18, 2021


My name is Hollie and I’ve worked at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital for 3 ½ years.

Describe your job without using a position title?

I work with industry sponsors, collaborative groups and investigators to manage and coordinate clinical trials at our hospital. This can include anything from completing feasibility surveys, activating new studies, managing ethics and governance submissions, contract and budget negotiations, coordinating patient care, appointments and trial blood collection, maintaining accurate source data and completing data entry, ensuring adherence to study protocols, maintaining essential clinical trial documents, coordinating the day to day running of our clinical trials, and managing our clinical trials team.

What motivates you and why?

Being able to provide patients with access to new and potentially life changing therapies and knowing that the research our hospital participates in contributes to people gaining access to better treatments sooner. It is very rewarding knowing that we are providing hope to patients and their families, for a healthier and more promising future.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I love being creative and would love to learn resin art. I also love plants (and Japan) and would like to learn how to correctly maintain my bonsai plants.

What does the Year of Health and Care Workers mean to you?

I feel proud to have been part of a health care team during a very challenging year. Health workers have worked tirelessly around the world and I think it is great that their dedication is being acknowledged by this campaign. Clinical trials has played an essential role in developing many life-saving COVID-19 vaccines that are now being administered around the world and will hopefully mean we will all have a better year ahead.

What would you say to inspire future generations of workers in health care?

There are so many different opportunities in health care, and no matter what health career you choose, you will be helping to make our world a little healthier, a little safer and a little better.