Jin Russell: On Health, Media, and the Pursuit of Excellence
Welcome to part two of our new series of conversations with women and men who are seeking to follow Christ in the whole of life. Today, host Sam Bloore is joined by Dr. Jin Russell to talk about what a “portfolio career” means, why she’s so passionate about children and families, and what it means to pursue excellence rather than success.
Throughout her life and career, Jin has responded to a call to know, understand, and care for the health and wellbeing of children and families. She is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at Starship Children’s Health and a Community Paediatrician with Planning, Funding, and Outcomes at Waitematā District Health Board. Outside of her clinical work, Jin is working on a Ph.D. with “Growing Up in New Zealand” the country’s largest contemporary longitudinal study of child development. Her research in epidemiology looks at the impact of poverty on children. With the arrival of Covid-19 in Aotearoa two years ago brought another aspect to Jin’s public work: thanks to her expertise in paediatric care and epidemiology—and a calm, thoughtful approach to good communication—Jin has become a significant voice in traditional and social media, communicating the needs of children in the nation’s Covid-19 response.
In this episode, Jin shares openly about her career to date and what energises her busy work and home life: she describes being sustained by God’s grace, walking in-step with the Holy Spirit, and drawing on her commitment to the health and well-being of others. She also shares how her passion for child and family care extends into the joys and challenges of home life, raising two young boys with her husband Matheson and serving on the board of the Parenting Place.
This episode offers a powerful and compelling picture of friendship with God, in the midst of the challenges and joys of working life. We know you’ll enjoy it.
Dr. John Dennison
Director of Resources, Venn Foundation