Shilpy is passionate about improving people’s health. She decided to undertake postgraduate studies as a way to stand out from the crowd and shine as a leader in the healthcare industry.

She began her postgraduate journey by exploring various Universities in Australia through university comparison websites. She was impressed by the reviews provided by international students who ranked the University of Newcastle as the number 1 university in Australia for learning and living experience.

“I saw the opportunity to study in a world-renowned university like Newcastle as a chance to utilise my creativity and imagination to its fullest potential,” Shilpy said.

Shilpy enrolled in a Master of Clinical Epidemiology, a one-year full time course that runs from the Callaghan campus in conjunction with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). She also received an International Excellence Scholarship which helped her with the cost of studying in Australia.

During her course, she worked on a project analysing real world patient data, which provided her with the opportunity to put what she had learnt into practice. Working with patient data was “challenging, but worth it,” she stated. She submitted her project for peer review and is now in the process of publishing it in the Australian Dental Journal.

Outside of her studies, Shilpy likes to go to the beach, for walks in the forest or along the Newcastle memorial walk, and to Blackbutt reserve (a nature reserve with native wildlife exhibits). She also sometimes visits her brother in Sydney, which is just a two hour drive away.

Shilpy recommends to other international students to consider Newcastle.

“It’s a cosmopolitan community of university goers from across the globe and a great place to start your studies.

“No matter who you are or what you enjoy, Newcastle will feel like home from day one,” she said.

The Master of Clinical Epidemiology has opened up countless career options for Shilpy to practice evidence-based healthcare. There are prospective career opportunities across university departments, government, pharmaceutical companies, research consultancies, and non-governmental organisations.

Shilpy plans to bring her new skills back home to India to improve the health industry there.

“I could gain employment as a health economist, health care manager, public health promotion officer, health policy maker, policy analyst, amongst many others,” she said.

“As the healthcare industry is booming in India, new hospitals, medical colleges, clinics, pharmaceutical industries, laboratories, and institutes are being established all the time.

“The options are virtually endless,” Shilpy said.

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Shilpy is passionate about improving people’s health. She decided to undertake postgraduate studies as a way to stand out from the crowd and shine as a leader in the healthcare industry.

I saw the opportunity to study in a world-renowned university like Newcastle as a chance to utilise my creativity and imagination to its fullest potential.

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