Gordi shares her experience working on the COVID frontlines in Victoria

The singer has returned to work as a locum doctor

Singer-songwriter Gordi has returned to work as a locum doctor, sharing her experience working on the COVID frontlines in Victoria.

Gordi – real name Sophie Payten – shared a photo to her Instagram today (September 10), donning the mask and goggles required to be worn by medical staff. In the caption, she described herself as “the medical equivalent of gap filler”.

“Victorian hospitals are having huge numbers of staff being furloughed – meaning because they’ve had exposure to COVID-19, they have to go and isolate for two weeks,” she explained. “This means huge staff shortages so I’ve been filling the gaps where I can.”


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In a Q&A with her artist management su:ku:ya, Payten talked about the general feeling in Victoria surrounding current lockdown.

“Obviously there is a bit of a divide and people are growing extremely tired of lockdown,” she said.

“But I think the majority of people living in Victoria understand it’s the only way and that the alternative is what we’ve very clearly seen around the world; overrun hospitals, pop-up morgues, a first-world health-care system brought to its knees and lots and lots of morbidity and mortality.

“The effectiveness of the lockdown has been much slower than anyone anticipated but it is working, we just have to give it more time than we’d like.”


She also talked about being a musician in such uncertain times and the changes COVID has made to the industry.

“We just had to come up with creative ways to reach our audience and I think lots of artists and bands have really excelled in doing that,” she explained. “The main obvious difference is no touring but I think the world is coming around to paying for a quality live-stream.”

Victoria has been in stage four lockdown since August 2. This meant an 8pm curfew was put in place, people’s outside activity was restricted to an hour a day and citizens were required to stay within a 5km radius of their homes.

On September 6, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced his government’s roadmap to easing the restrictions, which is contingent on the state reaching a daily case average of 30-50 by September 28.

“We can’t run out of lockdown. We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown,” Andrews said at the time.

Payten released her sophomore album ‘Our Two Skins’ in June. She spoke to NME earlier this year about stepping back from medicine to focus on her music.

“I’ve spent the last eight years of my life doing both music and medicine at a million miles an hour – it’s pretty damn nice for once in my life to just focus on music,” she said.

She launched the album at an empty Sydney Opera House, following an appearance on triple j’s Like A Version where she covered Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’.