The Lansell Laboratory Building is a beautiful heritage edifice located in the grounds of the old Bendigo Hospital in my hometown of Bendigo, Australia. I once worked in the Lansell Laboratory Building in my role as Data & Quality Specialist with the Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service. I took this photograph of the building as I left it for the last time late one afternoon, just before moving to an office in the new Bendigo Hospital across the road. I felt as though the shadows falling across the building at this time of day were marking the end of an era for the building and myself.

Author/Artist Bio

Dr Michael J Leach is an adjunct research associate at the Monash University School of Rural Health, a Data & Quality Specialist at the Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Service, Bendigo Health, and a freelance poet, writer, and visual artist. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy, a Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics), a Master of Biostatistics, and a PhD (Pharmacoepidemiology). Michael started out working in community pharmacies before conducting masters research into post-stroke stroke quality of life and doctoral research into psychoactive medicine use and the risk of hip fracture among older people. In his current role as Data & Quality Specialist, Michael uses quantitative and qualitative data to support quality improvement in cancer services across the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria. His strong interest in health science is complemented by a passion for health humanities, particularly health-related poetry and photography. Michael is a STEAM advocate who has studied multiple arts courses online through Open Yale (http://oyc.yale.edu/) and undertaken health humanities projects at Monash University. His poems and visual images have appeared in literary and health publications, including Cordite Poetry Review and Pulse – Voices from the Heart of Medicine. Michael currently lives in his birthplace of Bendigo.

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