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CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT

GILLIAN MASON

Official role at CRI: Clinical research assistant.

What does that mean you do? I’m a physiotherapist and also live with chronic illnesses. I use this dual clinical and lived experience perspective when working with the team. I work on design and implementation elements of our rehabilitation and healthcare system research work. I love solving problems to make healthcare more accessible and I take care of our team of telehealth-enabled research assistants.

What is your favourite part of your work? Being a ‘translator’. Researchers generally come at a problem with their scientific knowledge and there’s technical language around that. People who live with health problems, who are experts in the lived experience of that, use a different language when describing how the health problem impacts on them in the real-world. The most satisfying part of my work is helping people from these different worlds understand each other and work together on new solutions.

How do you look after your own health and wellbeing? You’ll find me riding my bike to the beach or anywhere there’s people and good music, or hiding out with my house plants (the pandemic has caused a sharp rise in house plant numbers at my place!).

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