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Promoting healthcare can change lives

The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease”. We are committed to this approach and aim to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals around the globe.

Our team works collaboratively to navigate today’s health challenges by managing talent to meet diversity, leadership and engagement objectives, and delivering solutions.

We harness the collective wisdom of more than 100 health-specific consultants and worldwide partnerships, to solve global health problems specific to each individual context.

Effective health promotion increases life expectancy and improves quality of life, leading to sustainable development in the long run. To achieve this, we offer training sessions to develop skills and provide support and clarification in different fields of healthcare.

Guided by our standard to always collaborate with regional experts, we ensure a perfect fit to local requirements.

USC has a promising talent pool of health experts.

The recently implemented One Health approach now connects the dots and brings support and leadership to healthcare transformation and disease prevention all over the world.

One Health integrates research knowledge, academic expertise and field specialisations in human health, veterinary medicine and environmental science.

It involves an interdisciplinary approach to handling cross-species diseases. At USC the One Health approach is supported by a team of highly experienced specialists. For example, USC’s Dr Joanne Macdonald has developed a world-first platform to rapid test for tropical diseases, including the Hendra and Zika Viruses, and Patrick Nunn is a world leader in the field of human-environment interactions.

We also pride ourselves on being involved in the development of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

This $1.8 billion development officially opened in 2017 and will provide jobs for up to 6,000 people when it is completed in 2021. This unique knowledge pool will expand our network of health specialists with hands‑on experience.

The SCUH includes the Sunshine Coast Health Institute, which will drive the development of new knowledge through research and firsthand teaching and learning opportunities.

Our expertise in health industry capacity building falls into five distinct areas:

  • Executive leadership – Identifying and strengthening existing capabilities
  • Strategic planning – Improving overall performance and engagement
  • Business network management – Investigating relationships in people and processes
  • Research impact – Creating relevant research in practice, programs and policy
  • Organisational health – Making the most of people – health industry biggest asset

Behind our success in health education stands our qualified core team of experts – specialised in a range of different key areas

Executive Leadership

Caroline Sorby is a Human Resources specialist drawing on her 20 + years’ experience in the Asia Pacific region. Her aim as a consultant is to enhance a company’s business through people.

She provides advice on all areas of HR including: HR audits, development of strategic plans, training & development, policies and procedures, workplace health and safety, performance management (for non-performers & peak performers), mediation, communication, employee welfare, change management and diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Brenda Jamnik is a leadership focused professional with over 30 years’ experience in integrating knowledge to positively influence outcomes and building business to business relationships.

Her approach involves applying organisational change leadership strategies and individual behaviour techniques to align people with efficient and effective systems, producing a collaborative performance culture which optimises individual and collective strengths.

Business Network Management

Dr. Robert Ogulin is a lecturer and researcher in supply chain management at the USC.

Robert has many years of consulting & management experience in marketing, operations management, IT and organisational change. He has led the planning and delivery of several large-scale strategic changes, business process and IT implementation programs contributing to measurable benefits for blue chip clients.

His current research focus is networked supply chains where he investigates how relationships add value.

Projects have involved a variety of operations management issues, including business process flow re-engineering on a supply chain level, and various quality improvement projects.

He has also delivered numerous in-company short courses on business process flow management, six sigma, and quality management.

Strategic Planning

Dr. Paul Manuell brings practical experience and academic insight to help students in their pursuit of leadership, team dynamics, HR management and organisational behaviour. Paul is experienced at harnessing the diversity of people within workplaces in cross-cultural and multi-generational environments.

Paul has assisted numerous organisations to improve their overall performance through developing methods of learning while on the job.

This has enabled people to develop personal mastery in their vocational fields benefitting their organisations primarily through action learning and action research. Paul has the ability to align units within organisations to implement strategic goals and to improve systems and structures.

Organisational Health

Dr. Florin Oprescu is a health promotion and communication specialist. He works on initiatives including health promotion education, health communication, injury prevention, and translation of scientific findings into practical and accessible public health content, especially for vulnerable populations and limited resource settings.

Florin’s experience encompasses a range of projects across topics and disciplines including medicine, nursing, paramedic science, occupational therapy, information technology, communication and education.

He is currently contributing to programs and research designed to enhance teaching and learning in higher education, particularly in health disciplines.

Tropical Health

Dr. Joanne Macdonald’s research applies molecular engineering principles to provide novel solutions for industry and consumers.

She previously co-developed a computer from DNA molecules that can play tic-tac-toe interactively against a human opponent and is now developing biosensors that can display text without requiring electricity, because the molecules themselves power the device.

With a background in virology, she is applying her biosensor technology for the diagnosis of deadly pathogens, including Hendra and Ebola virus, as well as mosquito-transmitted pathogens such as Malaria, Dengue virus, and Chikungunya viruses, and water.

Dr. Helen Fairweather