I am a qualified optometrist, current researcher and I have a vested interest in mental health advocacy. I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in 2012, in addition to pre-existing anxiety, depression and OCD. Over the proceeding years, I was required to discontinue high school (I was in Year 10 at the time) and spent a lot of my time in hospital. I am incredibly lucky to have fully recovered. I graduated with my VCE at 21 years of age, and then went straight into studying Optometry at Deakin. Over the course of my journey, I have become avidly aware of the research potential in this field and believe lived experience plays an integral role in this process. Consequently, I am set to begin my PhD in 2024, looking at the relationship between eating disorders and ocular biomarkers.
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