workLIFE@ACU stories

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.

Fabri's story

Dr Fabri Blacklock talks about her success with multiple Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and how the power of positive psychology is being used to improve the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is also undertaking a large-scale research survey across Australia to explore what factors help Aboriginal and Torres Islander people to gain employment opportunities. She encourages other Indigenous Australians to consider and academic or research career and shares what she has learned in her journey to a research pathway and obtaining ARC grants for her projects.

Claire's story

Claire Todeschini

Pictured above: Claire Todeschini (right) with primary school students in Cambodia.

Bachelor of Education student and staff member Claire Todeschini says ACU’s supportive environment has broadened her opportunities, and encourages women to reach for their potential in their studies and career.  Read how Claire’s work with ACU’s Institute for Advancing Community Engagement is changing lives, and has broadened her perspective on teaching work.

Amy's story

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan explains why she feels ACU’s environment supports both her career development and her work/life balance.  As the Manager of Exchange and Study Abroad, Amy has been undertaking the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP) and says it has sharpened her skills and given her practical techniques for improving engagement with her staff.

Patrick’s story

Associate Professor Patrick McArdle (centre))

Pictured above (centre): ACU Canberra Campus Dean, Associate Professor Patrick McArdle attending a University Graduation ceremony.

Associate Professor Patrick McArdle feels lucky to have worked on several ACU campuses during his career, experiencing the collegiality and ‘local flavour’ of each.  Here he 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.  From tentative early years, to becoming one of the largest Catholic universities in the English-speaking world, our contribution to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition lives on in a continuing conversation, he says.

Shannon’s story

ACU Student Counsellor AShannon Thompson.

Pictured above: psychologist Shannon Thompson.

Student Counsellor Shannon Thompson from Ballarat campus talks about the transitional challenges for students and how an innovative Peer Leadership Program helps them to engage with university life, through a mission-based focus on outreach and inclusion.

Machellee's story Machelle Kosiak in Class

Pictured above: Lecturer Machellee Kosiak with Away From Base Midwifery students.

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.

Justin's story

The Kemp family: Baby Noah, Justin and Jessica.

Pictured above: The Kemp family: Baby Noah, Justin and Jessica

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.