Representation Area:Latrobe Valley
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My name is Roseana and I am thrilled to be a newly appointed member of the Latrobe Health Assembly.
I grew up in a suburban house in Cranbourne but spent most weekends and holidays running around farms and country towns across Gippsland. I went to a very unique school on 140 acres (I have been known to call the attendees of said school “free-range children”) which inspired in me a reluctance to accept the status quo and a strong sense of individuality and enthusiasm which has served me greatly throughout my life.
I started my professional life as a Registered Nurse on the frontlines of health service delivery and went on to complete a Master of Public Health at University of Melbourne in the Global Health stream. This gave me the program design and evaluation skills to plan, implement and evaluate place-based health programs that are co-designed with targeted communities or populations. I worked for eight years from Melbourne, Canberra and Gippsland to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians including in roles that had an invaluable viewpoint across the whole Commonwealth Health portfolio in areas such as evaluation, governance, strategy and intergovernmental relations.
Despite the broad range of employment I have been lucky enough to experience, my proudest work was in volunteer positions. Working with the Southern Migrant Resource Centre as a tutor and project manager for in-school settlement programs was an opportunity for my eyes to be opened to the struggles of newly arrived people in our nation. I was also involved, through the Uniting Care Opening Doors Community Leadership program, with a grassroots program for young South Sudanese men in Dandenong which would not have existed without a strong community-led approach. As the daughter of a refugee, I felt especially connected to these groups. I am grateful to the communities I worked with and humbled by their acceptance of me as a guide and a helper on their journeys.
I see the Latrobe Health Assembly as uniquely positioned as an evidence-based model for minimising the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage, social isolation and other factors that contribute to poor health, with participation from governments at all levels, industry and the citizens of the Latrobe Valley. I believe that I can contribute to my Latrobe Valley community by providing additional expertise to create programs and processes that are designed for evaluation and demonstrate the positive impact of the Latrobe Health Assembly in improving health outcomes.
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