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Rushaina Variava-Jain is a proud Zoroastrian, daughter, sister, wife, friend and a fur-mom! Born and raised in Abu-Dhabi, she migrated to New Zealand when she was 14 years old. From a young age, she was always determined to contribute to society and improve her community’s health and wellbeing. Her passion motivated her to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in psychology. Currently, she is completing her clinical training in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. Rushaina works at the frontline, advocating to break cultural stigmas associated with mental illnesses, and supports marginalised communities. She regularly promotes the need for culturally responsive services to ensure that the diverse psychosocial needs of patients are met. She typically employs holistic, client-centred approaches with a key focus on strengths and values within her work. Her life is rich with experiences, from travelling across the world for her OE in Toronto to skydiving in the picturesque city of Queenstown, she believes nothing is unachievable (except anything related to maths). In her spare time, you may also find her buried in a historical novel, volunteering, stealing people’s chocolates or out and about trying to befriend pups.
She’s always happy to connect with fellow Zoros and discuss life, anything to do with health and wellbeing, share puppy memes or silly jokes! You can connect with her on linkedin (Rushaina Variava).