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A Life Devoted to Championing Humanity

Ian Wishart has spent most of his life as a passionate champion of international development and aid. Now, he has set his sights on eradicating avoidable blindness around the world.

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Alumni Stories

Transforming the Healthcare Landscape

Yvonne was able to leverage her executive position to transform the organisation’s employment practices to better represent the country’s demographics. Yvonne was instrumental in driving both organisations’ corporate social investment programs and expenditure to benefit disadvantaged people and communities.

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Can Robots Change the World?

David’s PhD research at UC focuses on developing robots that can efficiently recycle clothing – as this is one of the largest contributors to landfill. Globally we produce about 80 billion new pieces of clothing annually. In Australia, we currently send 85% of the textiles we buy to landfill every year. Alarmingly, clothes with synthetic fibres are essentially made from plastics based on petroleum, meaning they could take up to a thousand years to biodegrade. If that wasn’t bad enough, they also release micro plastic fibres when washed.

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Science with Incredible Impact

Linzi has achieved a profound impact to establish and implement systems and policies in forensic science. And whilst policies may seem mundane to the everyday person, it is through that work that we now have established national processes to collect DNA samples for example, which has had a massive impact on cold case reviews, crime scene analysis and major incidences.

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Alumni Stories; Expert Guides

Behind the Scenes of a Midwife

I go home every day knowing I’ve done something useful, in some small way, for someone. I get to walk alongside and support women and their new families on their pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal journeys.

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Improving Health Outcomes for Aboriginal Women

Karel has led an impressive career in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal women and their babies as both a midwife and as a leader in Indigenous policy development. Throughout Karel’s career, she has played a key role in coordinating Aboriginal dialogue from across Australia which led to the 2017 National Constitutional Convention and the ‘Uluru Statement From the Heart’. The statement calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.

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Becoming Key Drivers of Green and Sustainable Development

Korean Corner’s Green Project commits to promoting eco-friendly, environmentally awareness and sustainable practices through working with other companies including several well-known international corporations. Their key focus is to encourage people from all walks of life to understand the importance of eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable practices to better serve society.

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Becoming an Innovation Architect

During a conversation with one of his favourite Professor’s at CalPoly, he asked for advice about the next step in his career, his wise old Professor told him that it was obvious…you had to start at the end and work your way back from there.

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Alumni Stories; Career Tips

Influencing Film, Art & Media

I want to lift the lid on the conversation around mental health and well-being in arts and entertainment. My ambition is to travel around Australia speaking to students, teachers, and practitioners as part of our national Wellness Roadshow to change the culture that sees far too many people struggling with anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide.

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Leave a Legacy for the Next Generation

As a foster mother of five children, Rebecca now devotes her life both at work and at home to supporting children and carers in the ACT to grow, heal and develop together.

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