Christine's business career offered challenges she loved but something was missing. Her regular volunteer work led her to pursue her passion for social work and to help others.
Lead Practitioner/Social Worker at Mind Australia (Partners in Recovery)
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“I remember I was in two minds between studying at RMIT or another university. After speaking to the faculty members, I found the staff extremely inspiring and felt a connection with the values they held around education and helping others.
“One of the highlights of my studies was when I won the 2015 RMIT Business Plan Competition for my project Generation414. It allowed me to test the concept of providing the survivors of sex trafficking with sustainable income, through the sale of handmade products – at the same time raising awareness of this social injustice.
“Generation414 developed when I was travelling Asia. I was confronted by the way local women were treated by male tourists. At night, I witnessed young girls and children selling their bodies. It was infuriating.
“After this experience I came home and devoted a year to working on the ground with anti-trafficking organisations. My goal is to help girls in Asia to be financially independent.
“RMIT gave me the skills to be able to think critically about the challenges in my field.
“One of the greatest skills I have learnt is that effective social work is about encouraging and supporting independence and empowering clients.
“Right now I am currently working at Mind Australia – a leading provider of community mental health services, in Victoria and South Australia. I support clients to live independent, productive and purposeful lives, through a range of community and residential services.
“I am in my dream job. I get to support people to make positive changes in their lives. I couldn’t ask for more!"