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When her own chronic illness inspired Chloe Caire to pursue nursing, she knew she wanted to help other women through health issues that are often overlooked. Now in her third and final year, Chloe hopes her passion for health care and education will set her up for a rewarding career. In Chloe’s spare time, you’ll find her curled up with a good book, with her pet cats not far away.
Tassia Oswald’s strong sense of environmental and social justice stemmed from a young age. After discovering that framing environmental issues in terms of health is a powerful way to influence decision-makers to take action, Tassia undertook cross-disciplinary studies in psychology and public health. Recently taking home both the People’s Choice Award and Student’s Choice Award at the 2021 University of Adelaide 3MT Finals, Tassia hopes her research into psychological impacts of ‘screen time’ and ‘green time’ for children and adolescents can help her secure a place as an international postdoctoral researcher or policy-maker in the future.
Sometimes, you have to try something else before finding your true passion. Former bank employee turned oral health student, Edward Miller, is proof of this. Hoping to now contribute to oral health care and education, Edward is excited to jump into his career and start helping people. When he’s not in the clinic, you’ll find him enjoying the great outdoors or sipping on a good old oat milk matcha.
Second-year occupational therapy student, Breanna Papagni, has always wanted to help others one-on-one so a career in health was a clear path for her. After an initial interest in public health, Breanna has now discovered the world of occupational therapy and hasn’t looked back since. In her downtime, you might find her at the UniBar or running her own luxury styled picnic business.
After starting her career in customer service, Francess Cricelli just couldn’t step away from helping others. Now a Program Advisor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, you might recognise her familiar face manning the desks in the Student Centre in Helen Mayo building. When she’s not helping students with timetabling, enrolments, and program advice, Francess is busy getting lost in the world of virtual tours of New York City.
After a last-minute change of heart in the midst of Year 12 exams, Xueying Sun decided to pursue a career in medicine. Now in her fourth year of her studies, Xueying is grateful for the opportunity she was given to transfer into her dream career after first year. While she navigates the trials and tribulations of medical school, Xueying has grasped every opportunity she’s been given at uni to experience the full student life—all while hitting up the best vegan eatery joints Adelaide has to offer.
Professor Andrew Zannettino’s journey with the University of Adelaide started almost a decade ago and, since then, he’s worked his way through a number of senior leadership appointments before landing where he is now as the Pro Vice Chancellor (Health Partnerships) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and Executive Director of Research Strategy at CALHN. A passionate researcher at heart, Andrew was inspired at a young age to pursue a career in medical research. He believes firmly in the strength of strong interpersonal working relationships and connections, and strives to create positive workplace environments. When he’s not juggling multiple roles at work, Andrew’s likely tuned in to the latest true crime podcast or drumming it up for the SAHMRI Band.
Hi, I’m Geena Ho, and I’m the face behind Connected Conversations and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences’social media channels! It’s a bit strange to turn the lens onto myself but I’m also excited to have the opportunity to share a bit about myself with you all. I’m a writer, a storyteller, and a food-lover. I’ve had an absolute ball delivering the Connected Conversations series and have met some really amazing people, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it so far.
Andrea Davila’s passion for health care stemmed from childhood visits to clinical environments. After almost a decade’s career as a registered nurse, Andrea has now taken up the role of Simulation Coordinator and nursing academic in the Adelaide Health Simulation. Between teaching, running assessments, and industry outreach, Andrea balances her life with her love of cooking, pranks, and a good cup of coffee.
PhD student, Bailey Deverell, always knew a path in health was for him. But he never thought he’d fall in love with teaching. The perfect combination of doing the research he loves, and organising and planning (with a beloved stationery collection), Bailey strives to share his passion with his students. Between time in the lab and time in the classroom, Bailey also loves to get out and about hanging out with friends, playing sport, gaming, and taking his Border Collie puppy to the beach.