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Amazing response - Thank You

A very big thank you to all alumni who recently responded to our EDM asking what you are currently up to. We had a fantastic response of over 350 replies. Such was the response, we will now be including them as a regular feature in the Echoes newsletter. Here is the first collection of some of the amazing tales that have come in from across the globe.

I am currently completing my PhD part-time and have a research position at Sydney Children's Hospital & UNSW, under the School of Women and Children’s Health. I am one of the lead investigators in the Gastroenterology research team. My main interest lies in the role the gut microbial community plays in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We are currently investigating bacterial sub communities and their roles in suppressing and initiating inflammation, using genomic profiling, functional genomic analysis and 3D organoid models.

Christopher Poulton
BSc Biological Science 2011
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science 2012

I'm currently Director of Policy and Innovation at Waterwise, an independent NGO based in London. My work is mainly developing policy and strategy with governments and water companies in the UK. I led development of the Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK (2017) and co-authored the Water Resources Strategy for Wales (2009) and have used these in driving new research and projects joining up water and energy efficiency and on water sensitive urban design.

I believe in the benefits of sharing knowledge and experience internationally. I'm doing this through membership of the programme committee for the International Water Association World Water Congress, being held in Tokyo in September 2018, and I'm Secretary of the IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group. My work has taken me to Azerbaijan, China, Turkey, Jordan, USA, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Wales and Peru. I took an opportunity to apply my field work environmental skills through volunteering in the Amazon rainforest in Peru. I've worked on sustainable water management in government, regulators, water companies, academia, consultancy and the NGO sector. Starting my career on sustainability consulting whilst at Murdoch, then working for the Water Corporation really gave me a strong background to build upon my degrees and apply sustainability internationally.

Aaron Burton
B Environmental Science 2006
BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development 2007

I have really enjoyed the enhancement of life-long learning and its application that undertaking and completing a Masters in Education has provided. It is so good to be able to access credible research papers and to be aware of the value of this opportunity in a society that is overwhelmed by mass media and information overload. It also boosted my confidence because the choices I now make as an educator can be justified and backed through peer reviewed and ethical research.

It also put me at the coal face in terms of neurology in education both as a teacher and an agent of change. At Mount Tarcoola Primary School we decided we wanted a ‘whole of community’ approach and in 2016 invited Dr Judy Willis to come to the Midwest. She presented workshops to early childhood educators and support teachers, primary and high school educators and support staff, University and TAFE students and trainees, medical practitioners, mental health workers and adolescents. What a game changer!

Seeking some balance in my teaching and a brain break to keep me fresh, I took on another challenge. Collaboratively with Marie Gallin, who lives 640km away, we entered the Mandurah Wearable Art Competition 2017. We were surprised and delighted to win Designers of the Year with our entry ‘Boab’. This year we entered a creation entitled ‘Patches Off’ highlighting the transformative work of the Fred Hollows Foundation. Our design was also inspired by Benoit’s Mandelbrot Sets, transformations occurring in nature. The vivid colours and intricate, repeating patterns in nature become so alive after cataract surgery.

Bringing it back to education, Wearable Art is a great vehicle for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths).
With regards and gratitude for the windows of opportunity that Murdoch opened up for me.

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Jude Tupman
M Education 2015
PGCert Education 2015

Since completing my Graduate Diploma of Media Production in 2016, I immediately entered WA's film industry and have since been working on professional short films, music videos and television commercial film sets as a Camera Assistant. I also work as a Cinematographer on the occasional low-budget passion project. In June I worked on the feature film 'The Dust Walker', filmed up north in Cue by the WA DOP David Le May ACS, and I hope to jump onboard the upcoming feature films happening in WA later this year.

It's taken a long time but things are beginning to pay off. I'm absolutely passionate about filmmaking and chasing your dreams, There's nothing else I'd rather do.

Dan Stone
B Media 2015
Grad Dip Media Production 2015

I completed my last semester of a Bachelor of Laws in Macerata, Italy in 2014. I then commenced a law graduate position with McLeods, where I primarily practised town planning law for over three years. I was then employed in the Civil Litigation team at Jackson McDonald, before taking up an Associateship with the Honourable Justice McGrath at the Supreme Court, who primarily hears serious crime matters.

In my spare time, I volunteer as a Murdoch Student Alumni Mentor, Law Society of WA Mentor, on the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Committee, on three Law Society Committees, as a 'Judge' for the Law Society's mock trial competition and for the Red Cross Soup Patrol.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at Murdoch, especially whilst volunteering at the SCALES Clinic, and will likely return to Murdoch to obtain a Masters degree in the future.

Alexandria Bishop
B Laws/B Arts 2015

I graduated from Murdoch University in 2002 with a Bachelor of International Business, a well-rounded business program that included political, cultural and language units (Bahasa Indonesia) from the Asian Studies program making it a practical and relevant qualification in today’s business climate.

Since 2008, I have been employed by WA State Government Department of Finance in Government Procurement. My previous roles have included assisting the Department of the Attorney General and Department of Corrective Services (now both under Department of Justice) in procurement and contract administration. Currently, my role is a Contract Manager for a number of Common Use Arrangement Contracts for the whole of State Government.

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I have also followed my passion and started a boxing and fitness business - ‘Boxrite Boxing Club’, where I train clients for fitness, as well as preparing amateur and professional boxers of all levels for bouts. I have had success with several amateur boxers winning national titles and representing Australia internationally, along with training professional boxers to win national and world titles (Daniel Dawson WBF World Light Middleweight Title (2013) and Filipino Rey Loreto IBO World Flyweight Title (2015). I regularly volunteer my time and services, going to The Philippines and assisting training under-privileged boxers and organising donations of boxing attire and equipment. I also volunteer in assisting fellow ADF veterans, especially those suffering mental health issues, by using boxing training as part of their therapy.

In 2009, I authored ‘The Art of Boxing: Your Guide to the Sweet Science’ to pass on my knowledge and experiences to coaches and competitors to improve their own training technique and coaching skills and tactics. I have since authored another four boxing training books.

Bobby (Robert) Mayne
B International Business 2002

I earned my Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing back in 2014 and have been through some bumpy roads before I finally reached my goal, which is to work in the finance industry.

I landed my first job at one of the most reputable law firms in Jakarta as a Paralegal, worked there for a year then moved to CWP Asia, an Australian renewable company as an Executive Assistant to the Directors. After just over a year, CWP merged with EREN Renewables, a French independent renewable power producer, and I was  promoted to a role as a Market Analyst for a year, before being transferred to the Finance Division.

I am very grateful to be able to reach my goals and apply the knowledge that I got from Murdoch in my working life.

Alyza Kurnia
B Commerce 2014

Since graduating from my Law/Politics degree at the end of 2016, I have worked part-time as a research assistant for Senator Scott Ludlam's office and obtained a University of Cambridge CELTA qualification to teach ESL to adults.

I'm now working full-time as an analyst for Perth blockchain start-up, Power Ledger. I'm inspired by my job. I get to work at the forefront of technological advancements, while promoting the use of renewable energy resources. Power Ledger uses blockchain technology to facilitate peer-to-peer renewable energy trading (along with a range of other applications involving microgrids and EV). We have a number of projects and partners in Australia, as well as Japan, India, Thailand, the US and Germany.

Sarah Graham
B Arts/B Laws 2017

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