Elle Papalia

I’ve always been passionate about helping others and using my time for the greater good

I started my Curtin journey as an undergraduate Speech Pathology student. Since then I’ve expanded my involvement with Curtin, attaining a scholarship for the Go Global international placement in Shanghai, China. Doing this placement has changed my life.

I’ve always been passionate about helping others and using my time for the greater good; contributing my small part to making the world a better place. The program re-affirmed my values on both a personal and professional level. I now use the skills I learnt from the placement; resourcefulness, innovation, cultural sensitivity, empathy, compartmentalization, inter-professional allied health knowledge, and interpersonal skills, in both my job and life.

That once-in-a-lifetime experience sparked my ongoing interest in travel, having returned twice to the great eastern land of China for mountaineering, culture and exploration. It also led me to the Go Global Alumni Committee for which Kristy Tomlinson and BK Tan inspired me to become apart of. I am now the president of this committee and have raised thousands of dollars for the continuation of support to the program.

I have developed a sustainable alumni team who are committed to our mission of ‘fundraising on global scale’. Go Global has also led me to the NEXT Step Mentoring program for which Belinda Harris inspired me to take on board. I have since mentored students for three years; supporting them to take similar priceless opportunities in their studies, enhancing their employability, professionalism, clinical diversity and their lives. Through this I have become a linchpin between the two programs and those involved, creating a network of allied health professionals who can liaise, innovate and share ideologies of how to make the world a better place. This was my vision – thank you Curtin University and my inspirations for making this dream of mine a reality.

Elle Papalia