Ric Price has travelled to war zones around the world learning about and researching tropical medicine. Victoria Nowak spoke to him about his work in Somalia and Thailand
Ric Price developed an interest in tropical medicine as an undergraduate. When he was a student at Cambridge he went on a three month expedition to the Kalahari looking at breastfeeding habits in Kalahari bush women. He also worked in a leprosy centre in North Bihar, India. He spent his elective in China learning about traditional Chinese medicine. He has worked in war zones in Somalia and on the Thai-Burmese border. He came to Australia to complete his infectious diseases training in the tropics and is currently at Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin. Ric has also worked as an adviser for the World Health Organization. He considers himself a clinician, and continues to hold regular clinics. He's currently engaged in malaria research in Papua New Guinea in collaboration with Professor White in Oxford.
There's never a good time to go abroad when you're qualified. Everyone says, “Wait until you've