The Australian Doctor’s Spouse Network is a not for profit organisation and a platform for medical and surgical spouses around Australia to connect for support, advice and social networking. Our focus is to help the spouses through the years of their partner’s training. Medical and Surgical training is intense for doctors in Australia and frequently causes them to relocate to different teaching hospitals to increase their knowledge and skill base. Although we focus on the training years, our network offers something for the medical students spouse all the way through to the more senior consultants spouse.
Our network offers the ability to hop on a social network and connect with others that understand your situation. This is priceless for the trailing spouse that often leaves behind friends, family and support systems. We achieve this by creating an online community with chat groups, blogs, local advice from Doctor’s spouses, Facebook feeds of related information, online articles and resources and facilitate spouse and family meet-ups during the year.
Kenna Jefferson is married to a recently qualified ENT surgeon and is a stay at home mum of 3 young children. After years of moving around NSW for her husband’s training she co-founded the Australian Doctor’s Spouse Network as a way to connect the trailing spouses of Australian medical trainees. The doctor’s spouse faces many unique challenges and ADSN provides a platform to share ideas, offer advice and connect to one another. Kenna is originally from Northern California and in her previous life she was in the US Navy. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Amanda Low is a trained Registered Nurse and current stay at home mum of two boys aged 1 and 3. She is married to a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery trainee. After moving 8 times in 5 years around Australia for her husband’s training she co-founded the Australian Doctor’s Spouse Network (ADSN) as a way to connect the trailing spouses of Australian medical trainees. The medical spouse faces many unique challenges, especially during their partners training. ADSN is a platform that connects, offers advice and supports the spouse. Amanda also has volunteering experience with children with disabilities on the Central Coast and with Conservation Volunteers Australia.