Our alumni are leaders in the allied health professions, committed to improving the lives of individuals and communities. They are involved in local communities both nationally and internationally, with networks extending across Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Canada, USA and the UK.
Chantale Ishac, CEO Addiction Intervention
Chantale has worked in rehabilitation at centres across Canada, Asia and Australia for the past six years. During this time, she witnessed a need for culturally specific recovery services , due to low admission and retention rates in residential services. In 2011, Chantale co-founded the charity, White Stone Addiction Recovery, which raised two million dollars to pay for land to build a residential addiction recovery centre for culturally specific communities in Bilpin, NSW. The organisation opened its doors in May 2015.
Chantale is also the CEO of Addiction Intervention. Established in 2013, Addiction Intervention grew to provide counselling services specific to professional sporting athletes. Addiction Intervention has served communities across Australia, Canada, America, the Middle-East and Asia through discreet addiction counselling and educational preventative workshops. These educational workshops were rolled out at NSW public high schools and in 2016, Addiction Intervention became the first provider to Australian rehabilitation centres offering family interventions and pathways to treatment.
Chantale was an invited speaker at the Sports Medicine Australia NSW 2015 State Conference, and the 2016 Elite Sporting Expo in London.
Jackie Lauff, Co-founder and CEO of Sport Matters
After an introduction to wheelchair basketball as an occupational therapy student at the University, Jackie set off on a career path that would ultimately see her become co-founder and CEO of Sport Matters. Sport Matters works in partnership with community, aid and development organisations and is dedicated to improving and empowering individuals and communities through sport.
Jackie is a content specialist in sport and development. She has completed post-graduate studies in Adapted Physical Activity in Belgium and Norway and worked for sport organisations in Australia, Fiji, Germany and China. Jackie has delivered sport for development programs in many developing countries including South Africa, Laos, Solomon Islands and Nepal. She has coordinated international seminars on sport in post-disaster intervention and sport leadership, and introduced Australia’s first international conferences on Sport for Development and Peace. She is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the Australia Disability and Development Consortium, and a member of the steering committee of the University’s WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Workforce Development in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care.
Karn Ghosh, Founding CEO, Hit 100
Karn is the Founder and CEO of Hit 100, an Australian health-tech startup committed to tackling the diabetes epidemic. Karn developed his passion for public health and chronic disease prevention whilst working in the healthcare system in rural NSW, where he saw an opportunity to use technology as a tool to improve health. It drove him to launch Hit 100, a home-delivered meal solution and simple food 100-point system designed for people living with, or at risk of, diabetes. Hit 100 is passionate about creating a better world, pledging 10% of all business profits and 1% of company equity to charity. Karn has led the business from idea through to launch - building the brand, product, operations and the team. He brings his ‘patient-centric worldview’ to every decision he makes in his role as chief ‘everything’ officer.
Karn was the recipient of the Deans Scholar Medal from the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009, given to the highest performing student in each degree course annually. In 2008 he was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society in recognition of being ranked in the top 15 percent of university academic achievers.
Kate Faber, Clinical Director of Exercise Physiology, Precision Physio and Precision Athletica
Kate became Clinical Director of Exercise Physiology for Precision Physio & Precision Athletica in 2014. In her role, she manages, trains and develops a team of accredited exercise physiologists and exercise physiology interns. Kate is an accredited exercise physiologist, and is a certified functional movement expert - this is where her passion lies, in bridging the gap between physiotherapy and high performance, whether that be for an elite athlete, or a weekend warrior. Kate uses movement screening for the assessment and correction of biomechanical faults, movement pattern re-training and the development of stability of the trunk, shoulder and hip.
Kate is a mentor in the faculty’s alumni/student mentoring program, providing guidance to final year students around seeking employment, understanding career opportunities and encouragement to think creatively about career paths as well as sharing her career experiences.
Within the development sector, Kirsty has been a driving force to promote disability inclusive development. Her passion for this has been relentless and has resulted in many key achievements.
Stephanie Ruston, Speech Pathologist, KARI Aboriginal Resources Inc. and South Western Sydney Local Health District
Stephanie is a paediatric speech pathologist who has been working with Sydney’s South West community for the past seven years. She currently works at KARI Aboriginal Resources Inc. a not-for-profit community organisation in Liverpool. Stephanie’s role in this multidisciplinary team uses a developmental trauma based model to work therapeutically with Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care (foster care).
Working with children who have experienced adverse events or trauma in their early life requires a personalised, holistic and dynamic approach to ensure their health, development and wellbeing needs are supported along their path of healing. Stephanie is constantly rewarded using her skills as a speech pathologist to plan and execute interventions that will not only lead to improved communication skills, but also contributes to placing each child on an improved trajectory for health, success and happiness.