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After being diagnosed as profoundly deaf 30 years ago, high-achiever, Dr Brooke Pearce became even more determined to strive for success. Following a strong career in research, Brooke is now the Senior Teaching Laboratory Support Officer for the faculty and aims to improve teaching for both students and staff at the University. On weekends, you may find her playing netball, coaching netball, or umpiring netball.
After an offhand comment from a dentist, 18-year-old Coral Yeung uprooted her life in Mildura to study at the renowned Adelaide Dental School. Now in her final year of a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide, Coral hopes her final placement in picturesque Tasmania sets her up for a fruitful career in clinical dentistry.
Growing up in the Northern Territory with both parents working in the rural sector sowed the seeds for physiotherapy student, Millie Bird, to follow a similar path. After a six-month solo trip around Southeast Asia fostered a fierce love of meeting new people, and a conquest of the Alice Springs Larapinta Trail revealed the importance of nurturing the human body, Millie took the first steps towards a career in health. Her experiences have not only inspired her to pursue physiotherapy but have instilled a strong sense of responsibility for helping remote Indigenous communities.
For part-time doctor, part-time educator, part-time musician, and part-time DJ, Dr David Lam, medicine and music have always come hand-in-hand. Among his many accolades, David holds the titles of Adelaide Medical School Best Rural Teacher, RACGP National GP of the Year, and InDaily 40 Under 40 of SA’s Top Entrepreneurs and Innovators. On weekends, you can find David mentoring young people in Port Augusta, cooking up a feast with Streaky Bay abalone, or jamming at the footy with his siblings at Adelaide Oval.
Ever wonder who keeps the rent paid, the power on, the water flowing, and the pantry stocked in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences? Services, Infrastructure and Equipment Support Officer, Sean Lambert, is one of the few familiar faces you may recognise around the faculty. Originally studying a forensics science degree, fascinated by TV shows like CSI, Sean never thought his studies would bring him to sunny Adelaide.
After a whirlwind adventure working on a Disney Cruise ship, Elise Przytula sailed back to her hometown of Adelaide four years ago. Now, instead of helping Captain Hook find his hook, doing the Macarena with Goofy, and washing Mickey Mouse’s underwear, Elise is busy visiting high schools, organising OSCE practical exams, and chasing after her 18-month-old daughter, Aubrey. Meanwhile, she's also working towards completing her '40 countries before turning 40' list, collecting headstand photos in front of the world's famous landmarks along the way.
A prosperous career in forensic pathology has made Professor Roger Byard a well-known name around the world. Recently named the world’s top researcher in forensic science by the Australian, Roger is passionate about blending the disciplines of forensics and medicine. Having made his mark in Bali, Thailand, Canada and the US, Roger is also a frequent visitor of local Adelaide restaurants with his golden retriever, Lucy (who loves papadums).
A medicine degree at the University of Adelaide usually takes six years to complete. However, this year, Huy Pham took the unconventional path of pushing pause on his medical studies to pursue a passion for research in an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences. Not wanting to stray too far from his roots, he is also the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society’s Education Programs Coordinator and Deputy Convenor for the Australian Medical Students’ Association’s 2021 National Convention. A strong advocate for mental health wellbeing, Huy’s hope is to have a positive impact on the world in some small way.
Growing up through adversity and hardship inspired Professor Tracy Merlin to help create better access to affordable health care for the disadvantaged. This aspiration led Tracy down the path of public health practice and research and now, being Interim Head of the School of Public Health and Director of the Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) during the first pandemic in 100 years, all she can do is take life one step at a time.
Adelaide Nursing School’s Melissa Arnold-Chamney leads a busy life. On top of being the Year 3 Lead for the Bachelor of Nursing, Melissa is also a part-time PhD student and full-time mother to her 10-year-old son and naughty cat, Horacio. She hopes that her research into improving health care for our Aboriginal communities helps to catalyse positive change in cultural disparities across Australia.