Biomedical Science graduate starts health tech job

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Academic Excellence Award recipients Vanessa Hooper, Storm Woolley and Hayley Lincoln

USC Biomedical Science graduate Storm Woolley is applying his studies and technical expertise to a new role in the digital health division of a systems integration and technology company.

Storm, 28, of Buderim, is a project coordinator at Entag, a thriving Maroochydore-based company that partners with Telstra, Apple and other private technology partners to provide digital solutions for government and business.

The Mountain Creek State High School graduate worked as a technician at a Telstra retail outlet while studying his latest degree and previous USC Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

He was one of three Biomedical Science graduates who received academic excellence medals along with their degrees at the recent USC ceremony.

Hayley Lincoln, 21, of Buderim, and Vanessa Hooper, 21, of Woombye, also received the medal, which was for a grade point average between 6.6 and 6.8 out of a perfect 7.

Dr Rebecca Donkin, program coordinator for Medical Laboratory Science, said it was a fantastic result for the cohort of dedicated students.

Storm said he was coordinating the customisation, delivery and support of projects in chronic disease, such as diabetes and kidney dialysis, as well as acute care and aged care.

“We work with State Government health bodies and private organisations including disability and homelessness support non-profits,” he said.

“The aim is to transform their digital practices to improve the quality of care outcomes and interventions, patient experience, and operational efficiency.”

He said he had enjoyed the individualised learning environment and convenient location of USC Sunshine Coast.

“My study taught me so many different things that are invaluable in work and in life, from time management and critical thinking to problem solving and workflow planning,” he said.

“I also learned the value of people – having support networks and others to study with.”

Hayley Lincoln, who also has an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science, now works on campus as a laboratory assistant while pursuing a career in clinical trials.

“I’m applying my skills and biomedical knowledge in a lab environment to expand my experience in the field of research,” said the Chancellor State College graduate.

She said a highlight of her degree was designing a special research project supervised by Dr Mark Holmes to study the lipids in human milk, then using the USC research laboratories for supervised experiments.

“I enjoyed the interactive learning in USC’s visual learning spaces and wet labs, as well as the small class sizes which allowed more one-on-one support from tutors.”

Vanessa Hooper said she looked forward to applying her skills in health and science to serve the community when she returned from a break next year.

The 2015 dux and captain of Burnside State High School graduate received a prestigious Thompson Excellence Scholarship when she enrolled at USC in 2016.

 
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