Doctor and writer with a penchant for public health and public policy
Dr Benjamin Veness is an intern (first year doctor) in Sydney, NSW. Unusually for a doctor, Dr Veness has a corporate background, having studied accounting and worked in the banking sector before changing careers in search of something more fulfilling. His leadership experience is extensive and includes representing Australia’s 17,000 medical students to politicians, the media and senior colleagues as the president of the Australian Medical Students’ Association. Dr Veness took a year off clinical medicine to perform this role, instead studying a Master of Public Health for which he was later awarded the Edmund Barton Medal. Earlier in medical school, Dr Veness was twice-elected to the Senate of the University of Sydney, and produced his cohort’s revue (‘Cadavatar’), raising $43,000 for charity.
Dr Veness enjoys writing and has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Croakey, The NSW Doctor, Australian Medicine, Australian Doctor, Sydney Alumni Magazine, and more. His interests include improving university students’ mental health, for which he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research this critically-important area, travelling to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China and Singapore. In January of this year, Dr Veness was invited to become an Australia Day Ambassador, and subsequently travelled to Grenfell in country New South Wales – the birthplace of famous Australian poet Henry Lawson.