Simon Doyle, a health management consultant at EY, used the offer of a three-month sabbatical during the height of COVID to return to his former job fulltime as an emergency doctor in Melbourne.

Simon split his time between the St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department and one of Melbourne’s busiest COVID clinics. When his three-month sabbatical was complete, he knew he wasn’t ready to step away. He continues to work in the ED once a week.

For Simon, the experience of working as a doctor during Australia’s most serious health crisis in recent history, showed him how quickly we can adapt and change to make serious improvements within our health system.

Simon has already started working with EY clients, using insights from his experience that will improve process, efficiency and have a positive impact on the healthcare industry, contributing to EY’s purpose of building a better working world.

EY Oceania CEO Tony Johnson said: “Simon has shown immense courage and selflessness by going straight to the COVID front line in Melbourne, where he was able to do more than help patients, he supported positive systemic change, combining his professional expertise with his skills as a doctor and intimate knowledge of the health system.”