Published on 21 May 2012
21 May 2012
A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate believes she is now in exactly the right place to help young people after landing work with a physical, mental and social health service provider.
Shalane Anderson, 25, gained employment with headspace Cairns as an Education and Health Promotion Officer, only days before graduating from USC with a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion.
headspace, which has 40 centres across Australia, is the national youth mental health foundation that helps young people aged 12-25.
Shalane, who moved from Dalby to Cairns when she was 18 to study a business degree, said she was excited about returning to tropical Far North Queensland for work.
“I lived in Cairns for five years before moving to the Sunshine Coast to study,” she said. “I love Cairns, so I was really happy to be able to find a job that allowed me to return there.”
Shalane said her role at headspace Cairns was diverse and involved building the profile of the organisation, developing health communication tools and marketing.
“My studies at USC provided the theoretical knowledge I needed to plan and implement health promotion programs, as well as opportunities to practise using these in a practical way,” she said.
“It helped me develop research skills to ensure any projects I work on are evidence-based.
“It also provided me with opportunities to work on group projects, where I developed the skills necessary to work effectively in a team environment and with people from a range of backgrounds.”
Shalane said she particularly liked the dedicated and passionate lecturers at USC and that she was able to study at a high-quality institution without the stress of city living.
— Michelle Widdicombe