Western Australia, Jonathan


Sep 14, 2021


My name is Jonathan and I’ve worked at Joondalup Health Campus for 2.5 years.

Describe your job without using a position title?

In simple terms, I am an antibiotic and infection doctor. My day involves working as part of the infectious disease team, consulting patients and giving advice about infections such as septicaemia and complex systemic bone joint and wound infections. As part of our antimicrobial stewardship role we try to encourage judicious use of appropriate antibiotics. Due to our infection control expertise we have been playing a significant role in COVID-19 preparedness and management. This peaked for JHC during our successful management of 43 COVID-19 patients, including passengers from the Artania cruise ship where a COVID outbreak docked them in Perth.

What motivates you and why?

Doing the right thing and getting other people to do the scientific and logical thing!

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

Retrain as a mechanical engineer/naval architect so I could build something mechanical.

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

Hopefully it will assist in getting additional resourcing to the health industry so we can all do our job more easily.

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

You are made up of more viruses and bacteria than human cells – isn’t that cool. Working out how to kill the bad ones is even better.