The smaller, more personalised setting of ACU meant that I wouldn’t just be a number, but rather, a member of the community of academics, able to network and share in the research experience.
"So far, my two years as a PhD student have been filled with exciting opportunities. Professor Naughton’s collaboration with Professor Obert in France allowed me to inject an international dimension to my research, as I was fortunate enough to spend a year in Professor Obert’s lab in the south of France. Back on home soil, the collaboration between Melbourne ACU and the St Vincent hospital (situated adjacent to the University) has permitted me to continue building my skill and experience in echocardiography. My research aims to identify subtle cardiovascular changes in populations with metabolic disturbances, while the innovation of my PhD lies in the use of cutting edge echocardiographic technology, known as speckle tracking imaging. Thus, having the support of both paramedical sonographers at St Vincent’s Hospital and a leading team of cardiovascular researchers in France has been invaluable. I hope to always have a foot in the door with research in Exercise and Health Science at ACU, all the while one day potentially working full-time as a cardiac sonographer."