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.

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ClaireT - Staff stories

Claire is making a difference abroad

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. 

Read Claire’s story

AmyRyan - Staff stories

Management training lights Amy's way

Amy Ryan talks about how ACU has supported both her career development and her work/life balance. As the Manager of Exchange and Study Abroad, Amy has undertaken the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP), to sharpen her skills with practical techniques for engaging her staff.

Read Amy’s story

Patrick - Staff stories

Patrick sees the diversity in our university

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.

Read Patrick’s story

Shannon Thompson - Careers at ACU

Shannon is supporting wellbeing on campus

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.

Read Shannon’s story

Machellee Kosiak - Staff stories

Machellee is improving the health of mothers and babies

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.

Read Machellee’s story


Justin is enjoying parenthood

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.

Read Justin's story

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