I have been working in public health, advocacy and research for over 20 years and Curtin has been a major part of that journey.
I recall in 1990 negotiating to do a Business degree in both marketing and public policy, something a little different, but Curtin understood and made it happen. Then I was offered an honours scholarship in social marketing with a government policy bureau which really brought these passions together. After a few years working in health promotion, I returned to undertake a part time post grad diploma in Health Promotion. By then I was working at the WA AIDS Council and was able to really blend my work, passion and studies (and start a PhD) which set up many years of collaborations in the future. Later in 2002 I joined the WA Centre for Health Promotion Research (now Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health) at Curtin. This led to exciting collaborations between Curtin and a range of community and government organisations working in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health that permeated through our research and teaching.
It was a great experience to work with passionate people who understood the importance of advocacy and activism within our research, policy and practice responsibilities. That research and teaching was not only about improving our community but engaging and partnering with our communities.
The opportunities I had through Curtin led to many national research, policy and advocacy roles, and in 2011 a move to Melbourne (Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe Uni). I am really pleased to still be collaborating with my colleagues at Curtin and proud to be an adjunct with my friends at the School of Public Health.