With a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Osteopathy already to her name, Michelle was ready to branch out from her career as an osteopath. So, she enrolled in the Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle.
“I’ve been a private practice osteopath in rural areas such as Dubbo, Orange, and Port Stephens for more than 14 years and was ready for a new challenge.
“It was my clinical experience that fuelled an interest in health promotion at population level.
“I was awarded a Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) scholarship for postgraduate study and from there, I chose the Master of Public Health as it would help expand my knowledge and skills in research,” said Michelle.
The flexibility of studying online made all the difference for Michelle as she was able to complete her degree while also juggling her responsibilities as a working mother.
“I currently work in Port Stephens and even though Newcastle is only a 50-minute drive away, the flexibility of online learning has allowed me to continue practice as an osteopath while also balancing my family duties as a mother.
“In all honesty, juggling work, study, and caring for your family is a big commitment but definitely achievable.
“Having a strong interest in what you are studying is a motivation in itself but being organised and having family support is also very important,” added Michelle.
Even though she completed her studies online, Michelle was still able to undertake hands-on, practical experience and conduct research at Hunter Medical Research Institute.
“My experience at HMRI and undertaking research at such an amazing facility with supportive supervisors was definitely a highlight.
“I was able to research an area that was of particular interest to me and the report I developed from this research is now awaiting publication which is very exciting,” concluded Michelle.
Michelle decided to branch out from her career as an Osteopath and enrolled in a Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle.
I’ve been a private practice osteopath in rural areas such as Dubbo, Orange, and Port Stephens for more than 14 years and was ready for a new challenge.