My story is not really ‘the norm’. In late 2008, I was invited by Professor Mike Daube to accept a 3 month contract to do the groundwork in establishing a newly funded Unit called the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA). The aim of this Unit is to provide much needed advocacy skills and strategies to the broader public health workforce on a number of topics and issues. Well, the 3 months contract morphed into a full time position, and today I am fortunate to be the Director of PHAIWA. I love my job. Every day is different and I have met many brilliant, committed and passionate professionals. One of the most rewarding parts of working with PHAIWA is actually being able to witness the growth and confidence people have around trying advocacy and seeing changes in the community.
The most influential person for me at Curtin would have to be Professor Mike Daube. Throughout my time working with Mike, he has been very open in sharing his knowledge and contacts. I could not have asked for a better mentor!
Another benefit for me is the amazingly talented and innovative team I have working alongside me. We are a small team but we achieve some amazing advocacy and research outcomes…and we have some fun along the way as well.