I enrolled as a matured aged student to undertake my studies in Masters of Public Health. I have always been keen to take on tertiary studies, however, I could not afford the time or financial constraints when I was younger whilst raising my family. As a mature aged student I have found that this learning experience has been very empowering, rewarding and a fruitful opportunity. I have personally benefited from studying, gained many positive experiences and contributing to many classroom discussions during my time on this course. Engaging with fellow Indigenous students has been very insightful, the opportunities to learn from others and being a part of their learning journey has been a very humbling experience.
I was inspired to undertake my studies in Masters in Public Health through my current role as a Community Engagement and Development Officer and previous community sector roles. My past ten years of employment has been working in rural and remote community settings, improving partnerships across various agencies and working directly with clients, patients and end users of service providers.
I believe that obtaining this qualification will value add and compliment my community development practices. Public Health concepts and theoretical perspectives provide a rounded approach for working within a population health focus. My broadened understanding of human rights, health equity, policy and well researched evidence based practices will support my practice and achieve a more comprehensive approach working in communities.
I would like to be seen as a role model, someone who has made changes and someone who can be inspiring and motivational to other people.