Graduate’s passion for pathology rewarded

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Graduate’s passion for pathology rewarded


Lainey Flint working in the lab

8 December 2014

A USC Medical Laboratory Science student has secured a much sought-after position with Pathology Queensland just one month after graduating from the Associate Degree.

Lainey Flint, 32, of Buderim is the second USC student in two years to win a state-wide competitive Pathology Queensland graduate position. The first was Penny Blundell who has since successfully completed the role.

Lainey is about to complete a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, a course she undertook concurrently with her associate degree. Not bad for someone who left school early and thought that university study was simply out of reach.

“I always really wanted to go to uni but thought I’d have to go back to school to get in, which I didn’t want to do. So in the end, I worked as an insurance consultant,” said Lainey.

“Then five years ago I had twins and, when they were about six months old, I started night classes doing the TPP (Tertiary Preparation Pathway) at USC.

“I really enjoyed that – not just because it gave me a break from the babies and people talking about babies, but it really made me realise that I could achieve.

“Studying while the boys were very young had its moments. I remember someone tapping me on the shoulder in a lecture to tell me I had spew down my back,” she said. “But the lecturers and all the staff were really supportive and it was so worth it.”

Lainey, whose identical twin boys are now at school, is looking forward to the intensive training and lab experience she will receive during her six-month position with Pathology Queensland at Prince Charles and Nambour Hospitals.

“We do haematology, microbiology, histology, biochemistry and blood banking,” she said. “It’s all that vital behind-the-scenes stuff which is so important for understanding, preventing and treating diseases that I find so interesting.

“I really love diagnostics so I guess my ultimate job once I graduate with the Bachelor of Biomedical Science would be as a scientist for Queensland Health,” she said.

USC Lecturer in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Dr Rebecca Donkin said she was proud of the quality of graduates from the two-year associate degree.

“Our students are prepared for employment that meets pathology industry requirements, including 10 weeks of work integrated learning at a public or private pathology service which is funded by Health Workforce Australia, an Australian Government Initiative,” said Dr Donkin.

— Jane Cameron

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