Meet the team – David
March 9, 2022
As the VHA’s Communications Officer, David 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?
After graduating from a BA Communications degree, my first full-time journalist/editor roles were for monthly B2B magazines and I subsequently spent a significant time in the screen sector media, most notably as an editor for a film and television production title around the time when print and digital media were converging. I was keen to translate my love of writing and language to making a social difference. After freelancing and working in media access for hearing-impaired audiences, I undertook postgraduate study in Peace and Conflict Studies, which felt like the best academic fit with my personal interests.
Returning to study was immensely rewarding. While there was heavy focus on global conflicts and peace building, much of the theory and practice explored within the master’s degree was applicable to modern Australia, and this experience reassured me there could be opportunities to use my research and writing skills to contribute socially. I sought out roles within the not-for-profit sector and have since worked extensively in content production and communications; a journey that’s included writing and editing for the national physiotherapy peak, content production and editing for a national 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.