Meet the team – David Hull

March 9, 2022

Formerly a journalist, David has since worked in a range of health-related roles. As the VHA’s Communications Officer, he has a strong focus on drawing on his communication skills and passion for social justice to keep VHA members informed and contribute to improving health outcomes across the community.

 

Where has your career taken you and what brought you to the VHA?

I began my career as a writer and editor in Sydney. After graduating from BA Communications degree, my first full-time journalism role was for a monthly business-to-business magazine and I subsequently edited another monthly trade magazine before carving out a bit of a niche in the screen industry media, most notably as an editor for a film and television production title around the time when print and digital media were converging. Having worked at publishing companies for almost a decade, I started to explore how I might transfer my love of writing and working with language to making a social difference. After freelancing for a while, and working in media access for hearing-impaired audiences, I commenced postgraduate study in Peace and Conflict Studies, which felt like the best academic fit with my personal interest in social justice, international affairs, and peace journalism.

Returning to study was immensely rewarding. While there was heavy focus on international conflicts and peace building, I realised that much of the theory and practice explored within the master’s degree was applicable to the modern Australian context, and this experience reassured me that there could be opportunities to use my research and writing skills to contribute socially. I actively sought out roles within the local not-for-profit sector. Since moving to Melbourne in 2015, I’ve worked extensively in content production and communications; a journey that’s encompassed writing and editing for the national physiotherapy peak body, content production and editing for Beyond Blue’s Be You mental health in education initiative, and a varied comms role for the national peak for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

 

What are some things you’re working on at the moment and what most excites you about these projects?

I’ve recently enjoyed contributing to the planning and promotion of VHA professional development programs and special member events (relating to topics such as prevention and health promotion, navigating the impacts of COVID-19, rural and regional services, gender equality, and climate change). It’s a pleasure to collaborate with the small but dedicated VHA team of professionals who each contribute unique experience and perspectives. Similarly, my daily work involves communicating with and learning from a broad range of members and external stakeholders.

Creating relevant and consistent communications for different platforms and audience groups is a responsibility I relish. Taking the lead on content creation for the VHA’s social media channels and fortnightly e-newsletter provides me with a sense of ownership and helps to deepen my understanding of the public health sector, the work of our members, and how the VHA can best support them.

 

What do you love about working in the public health space?

Health is a fundamental human right, and as the cornerstone of our system, public health affects everybody. It’s a fascinating professional space that comprises (and influences) so many functions and activities which contribute to health and wellbeing outcomes throughout our communities. Victoria’s public health system is incredibly complex and the VHA membership very diverse – this presents challenges but also leads to interesting and rewarding opportunities for learning, communication, and participation.