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Meet the Team: Dr Julie Robertson

Academic and Program Coordinator (Health Studies)

By Dr Julie Robertson

As the Academic and Program Coordinator for Health Studies, Dr Julie Robertson looks after a diploma course which is delivered in a diverse range of health-related streams - psychology, biomedicine and nursing – with three more streams scheduled to be introduced in 2020. She also supports teaching staff to deliver courses in these respective fields.

Julie originally trained as an anthropologist, conducted research relating to medical anthropology, and went on to coordinate health-related units at Curtin University before joining the Edith Cowan College team. Her favourite part of her role is the people – both students and staff – and the diversity of languages, academic backgrounds and cultures on campus. She also loves working with an academic team with very different backgrounds, coming together to deliver a fantastic course.

She feels that part of ECU’s charm is that “our teaching staff are so passionate about teaching in of itself – rather than balancing the research focus that comes with teaching at university, we’re able to focus on imparting knowledge, and our passionate, skilled teaching staff can really benefit our students. ECU has a great reputation for student satisfaction and teaching, and ECC complements that well.”

Julie has been an international student four times herself, and she really enjoys supporting the very international student body at ECC.

“With my background in anthropology, it’s wonderful to be working in such a multicultural environment. I’ve also always been passionate about the experience both of transitioning to university and to a new country, so helping students feel at home and helping them to succeed and have a wonderful time here is very rewarding.”

Why study Health?

Julie explains that “health is such a growth industry, and I think it’s very future-proof. It’s so varied and broad: whether you’re interested in microscopes, policy or people, service provision or research, there’s such a vast array of choices. And both aged care and the medical aspects of aging are growing with our population, so I think it’s a very smart and in-demand choice. Diversity is so important in Health Studies as well; WA’s population is so ethnically diverse, and our demographic on campus is so mixed that the wide range of countries, languages and experiences of our study body can pose a real asset to the health sector.

Health Studies at ECC

Julie is proud of the great student experience that Health Studies students enjoy at ECC, and excited at what the future will bring. “We have a close relationship with ECU, which is really valuable. In particular, ECU is renowned for its nursing and biomedical prograsm, and the facilities there are fantastic; they’re developing a secure top-level lab, and they have great relationships with industry which benefits our nursing students. From next year, our Nursing stream will be even more involved with ECU, with supervision by a registered nurse on ECU campus, simulation labs and community-based prac; students will spend time across the road at ECU, but most of the course will still take place in the smaller, relaxing setting of ECC.”

Julie’s also a fan of ECC’s location: “as a Canadian, I love Perth’s weather! And Joondalup is quite self-contained, with everything you need nearby and great public transport accessibility. And ECC’s colocation with ECU is fantastic too; you’ve got all the benefits of a leading university at your doorstep but with a more intimate campus and smaller classes so that you can ease into your tertiary education experience. ECU look after our students, with benefits like Guild membership, and we’re close enough that our students can benefit from our relationship while also feeling nurtured. You’ll never feel like a tiny fish in a big pond!”

Julie is proud to be part of transitioning ECC students into their academic journey, and positioning them towards achieving their goals of rewarding careers contributing to the health of the community, on a warm, welcoming campus with great things ahead.