Published on 23 October 2013
A trip to Nepal a few years ago set Maddie Williams of Bundaberg on a trajectory for a career in health and she hasn’t looked back since.
Maddie, 24, graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science on Thursday 3 October and is now working as a donor service nursing assistant with the Australian Red Cross Blood Donor Service in Brisbane.
The former Bundaberg Christian College student said her passion for health, specifically medical and clinical research, was triggered by a voluntary overseas health placement to Nepal after she finished high school.
“During this placement I gained insight into the health and primary education practices of the developing world” she said.
“I turned to USC to satisfy my growing interest in health. As USC has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and graduate satisfaction, I thought it would make an ideal place to study.”
Maddie said the extracurricular opportunities available to USC students contributed to her landing her current position.
“I wanted to tailor my degree to suit my study pathway and USC helped me do this while providing support and guidance along the way,” she said.
“I found a range of extracurricular opportunities to enhance my existing skills including an intensive ECG Analysis and Interpretation Course, which helped me to secure a 10-week cardiac science clinical placement at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
“I also completed an introduction to Clinical Trial Management through USC and the Australian Research Council, which included a tour of Q-Pharm in Brisbane and ultimately assisted in helping me gain my current role.”
Photo supplied by Silver Rose Photography.
— Jessica Halls