With a background in healthcare and a passion for learning science, Nicholas is thrilled to kick-start his career in the health sector.

Originally undertaking a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) and completing a year of research with Dr Karl Hassan in 2020, Nicholas’ honours thesis focused on antibiotic resistance.

Nicholas decided to pursue postgraduate studies because he was “looking forward to the opportunity to understand and discuss complex topics such as the management of our healthcare industry,” Nicholas said.

Nicholas believes the current health care system is facing a worrying increase of challenges, which is why the quality of healthcare is becoming more important. He believes his studies will help equip him with the tools necessary to tackle these issues.

“These challenges are concerning, as some of these conditions are entirely preventable through proper education and lifestyle changes. Cultural change is hard in a society, so providing the necessary resources and education to the general population to help prevent some of these diseases will relieve much of the burden on the health care system.

“As people live longer, the economics and quality of the healthcare provided is becoming increasingly important. I think tackling the issues of healthcare inequality through economic and policy reform should always be a top priority for every government in today’s changing world,” Nicholas said.

Whether it be the life-long friends he made in his undergraduate studies, or the opportunity to study cutting edge science in a research laboratory for a year during his postgraduate studies, Nicholas has had an overall positive experience at the university.

“One of the most enjoyable, inspiring, and exciting moments I have had at the university was attending a global scientific conference on microbiology called ‘Bugs on the Beach’, where I listened to speakers from across the world present with passion and knowledge,” Nicholas said.

With a busy life of juggling study and work, Nicholas’ tip to future students would be to “really think about what you enjoy and surround yourself with supporting and motivating people.”

Nicholas is pursuing his passion for health through applying for a conjoint Master of Health, Economics, Policy and Management/Master of Business Administration later this year.

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Nicholas Hayes

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Nicholas believes the healthcare system is becoming increasingly important.

As people live longer, the economics and quality of the healthcare provided is becoming increasingly important.

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