By: millie.rooney | October 09, 2015

Sometimes the only thing that gets me out of bed and into work is the thought of the interesting characters that I may come across during the day. For me, an important aspect of connection is about taking the time to see and to appreciate people in all their individual and quirky glory. I’d like to make a space on this blog for some of these characters. To begin with, I give you David*.

The comments that I find in the margins of surveys, as I sit in my overheated office in a whirl of multi-project-partner administration, are often the highlight of my day. These comments can be read as small acts of defiance by participants, requiring that we respect them as individuals rather than ticked boxes and age statistics. I’ve had people write that t...

By: millie.rooney | August 16, 2015

I greedily reach for more both hands outstretch stuffing my face and gorging. Other people’s tears dribbling down my chin. Their lumps of sadness choking my throat and sitting heavily in my belly and yet still I reach for more. My hunger is not stopped by the bloating and the sleepless nights that will follow as I toss and turn in bed attempting to digest this glut of sadness (reflection journal, 2015).

I’m a sadness eater. A title I’ve only just come to own although it is a profession I’ve been practicing for years. I’ve invented the job title recently but my role and position description have always been quite clear.

In the world of universities and polite small talk prefaced by “and what do you do?” type questions, I’m Dr Millie Roone...