Throughout the year, the workLIFE@ACU series brings you the stories of our staff members, their journey at ACU and the challenges and triumphs of working life.
Doseena's research will help communities
In this video interview ACU Lecturer and Early Career Researcher Dr Doseena Fergie talks about her study into postnatal depression in Aboriginal women, and how her work in the community and as an ACU Lecturer is helping to increase awareness of Indigenous health. Dr Fergie is ACU’s second graduate from the Indigenous Staff Research Scholarship Program. She has also been awarded a 2017 Churchill Fellowship, which will allow her to take her work worldwide.
Claire Todeschini says ACU’s supportive environment creates opportunities and encourages women to reach for their potential in their studies and career. Read how Claire’s work is changing lives through the ACU’s Institute for Advancing Community Engagement in Melbourne.
Amy Ryan talks about how ACU has supported both her career development and her work/life balance, as she prepares for the arrival of her second child. As the Manager of Exchange and Study Abroad, Amy has been undertaking the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP), to sharpen her skills with practical techniques for engaging her staff.
Associate Professor Patrick McArdle has worked on several ACU campuses during his career, experiencing the collegiality and ‘local flavour’ of each. Patrick talks about how the diversity of our staff and of our relationships with the Church has shaped ACU’s identity over the last 25 years.
Student Counsellor Shannon Thompson from Ballarat campus talks about the transitional challenges for first-year students. She talks about how an innovative Peer Leadership Program helps students to engage with university life, through a mission-based focus on outreach and inclusion.
Midwifery Lecturer Machellee Kosiak from Brisbane campus talks about her work with the Away From Base program and how empowering Indigenous midwives can help to tackle the large gap in Indigenous maternal health outcomes.
As a new father, Professor Justin Kemp is delighted that an unexpected opportunity to become a stay-at-home dad for baby Noah has given him more time to bond with his son and to be able to respond to his needs. See how ACU supports parental leave.