Degree arms USC student for community role

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Degree arms USC student for community role


Published on 5 September 2012

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Tara Gamble is now working with communities north of Brisbane to help reduce the harms associated with drug and alcohol misuse.

The USC Master of Health Promotion graduate is employed by DRUG ARM as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Worker for the Brisbane North-Pine Rivers region.

She is also the organisation’s Team Leader of Prevention for South-East Queensland, which sees her dividing her working week between DRUG ARMS’s regional office at Nambour and its head office at Annerley.

Tara, 34, of Wurtulla started work for the not-for-profit organisation in October 2011, the same month she completed her studies with USC.

She said her role involved working with communities in developing projects aimed at reducing drug and alcohol use.

“The projects are designed to have outcomes at the community level and to reach both well and at-risk populations,” she said.

“We design projects that aim to: stop and delay the uptake of alcohol, tobacco and drug use; reduce harm associated with drug use; and protect the healthy development of children and young people.”

Tara said her USC degree had provided her with a strong foundation for her job.

“My studies have given me confidence that I have the knowledge and skills to perform well in my job, workplace and the community,” she said.

“The most important thing for me was that the Master of Health Promotion was developed and taught by incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring mentors.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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