ADSN collective is a National network with thousands of spouses dotted across states, moving constantly, fellowships, accommodating study requirements, training programs, day to day life, children, exams and so much more. Being subject to all these challenges makes us privy to the unique experience that is being partnered to a Medical Practitioner and what is required to help us get through those most challenging times. Over the years that ADSN has been around it has become evident how powerful this resource is and how much more we can give back to our community to help the future generations coming through.
If you are a spouse to a Medical Practitioner or a Doctor yourself, this is the community for you and the place to find all the information about all the challenges we face. Together through this online platform we have created life long friendships as well as support that is specific for the needs of a medical spouse and with the launch of ADSN Collective we aim to increase the level of awareness and resources that we have available to support all the requirements of a medical spouse, right through to understanding the expectations of different medical and surgical programs.
Meet the ADSN Council
ADSN collective has been formed by medical spouses with the founding council Kenna and Amanda creating ADSN, with a fresh new look and facilitator Jeanette taking over in 2020.
Jeanette Del ZioRead More
Jeanette Del Zio
I remember vividly getting the news that my beloved husband had gotten onto a program he’d been working towards for the past 10 years. Funny enough I was driving, driving along a very long high speed highway in the late afternoon on a 40 degree day. A highway that has only one direction for me to take to get to my destination, just like the one we’re on now, it’s not linear by any means and there are no exists, once you’re on, its full steam ahead. There were tears of joy, tears of relief and also tears of fear of the unknown, we were headed for a new life in a new state in Australia, however little did I know that was just the initial part of what would be an extremely interesting roller coaster ride. A long story I will share another time.
I am an interior designer by day and a medical surgical spouse by night. I run my own Interior Designer business as well as teach yoga, which has been one of the most valuable tool to have under my belt while dealing with the last five moves we have completed in the last three years, with many more to come. My husband is an otolaryngology ( ENT ) surgical trainee based in NSW. The challenges we have faced through the journey has ignited the passion to help this community of people going through the exact same thing. It is such a unique experience and one that should be celebrated, supported and highlighted!
Kenna JeffersonRead More
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 LowRead More
Amanda Low is a trained Registered Nurse and current stay at home mum also of three children. She has an interest in tea and has started a hobby tea business 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.
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