Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

USC Graduate Tackles Mental Health in New Job

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

USC Graduate Tackles Mental Health in New Job

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SOPHIA Parker started a job in her chosen career a month before she officially graduated with Honours from the University of the Sunshine Coast on April 17.

Sophia, 29, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast and attended Maroochydore State High, has moved to Toowoomba to become a Mental Health Promotion Officer.

"I'm involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs focused around national and state health priorities," she said. "At the moment I'm focusing on mental health promotion and skin cancer prevention."

She applied for a job with Southern Population Health Services, Queensland Health, when she completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at USC, knowing that her qualifications met the requirements. She achieved a grade point average of six.

It followed up her 2007 Bachelor of Science (Public Health) degree.

Sophia said she gained extra people skills when she first studied at USC by working for its International Relations Department, conducting English conversation classes and hosting tours for students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

"USC is a modern university in a great location. The lecturers and tutors are down-to-earth and approachable," she said.

"My knowledge, confidence and self-efficacy of research and research methods increased dramatically during my honours year as my supervisors Lily O'Hara and Jane Gregg applied an innovative approach to learning. …

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