Graduate Art Prize

Master of Psychiatry student, psychiatric registrar and MDHS Honorary tutor Dr Natalie Seiler has received first prize at the Graduate Student Association Graduate Art Prize. The Graduate Art Prize ceremony was held in October at the The Arts Centre Melbourne, with this year’s theme being 'resilience'.

Dr Natalie Seiler accepting the Graduate Art Prize. Dr Natalie Seiler accepting the Graduate Art Prize.

Dr Seiler has previously completed the Bachelor of Science and Master of Youth Mental Health alongside the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Seiler spoke about her experience witnessing resilience.

“I have had the privilege of witnessing resilience – among patients, families, and healthcare workers – as a doctor during on call shifts. Throughout shifts I’ve seen families advocate for their loved ones, nurses work through fourteen-hour shifts, and patients survive exceptional circumstances throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

“During spare moments, I sometimes draw on my prescription pad before the night ends. As a psychiatric registrar, learning from the resilience of people who experience mental health issues and supporting them through this has been an extraordinary experience which I am grateful for.”

This award represents a great intersection of different fields.