Alanna recently joined the AGITG and GI Cancer Institute as Communications Coordinator.
HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK IN COMMUNICATIONS?
I’ve always loved the power that media has and the art of writing. So I wanted to find a career that would allow me to exercise my creative side and give me the practical skills to understand the media. Straight out of high school, I started a Bachelors Degree in Communications (majoring in Journalism). Throughout my degree I was constantly undertaking internships in the field, which really grew my love for the industry and gave me a chance to work across different organisations.
BEFORE JOINING THE AGITG AND GI CANCER INSTITUTE, WHAT WERE YOUR PREVIOUS ROLES?
Towards the end of my degree, I had secured two part time roles. One was as a journalist for an online beer publication and another as a Communications Coordinator for a children’s coding not-for-profit. After nearly a year, I found a permanent role as a Communications Specialist for the Australian Chiropractors Association where I worked for two and a half years before starting my new adventure with the AGITG and GI Cancer Institute.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE ROLE AT THE AGITG AND GI CANCER INSTITUTE?
I’ve always been drawn to organisations that are aligned with helping people and using my skills to do just that. Having lost family members as well to multiple GI cancers, I understand how important this area of research is, knowing very well that another family member could easily need the best care possible when facing a GI cancer. With such a broad portfolio of responsibilities aligned to the role, this was the perfect next step in developing my career and progressing further towards my goals.
HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR SO FAR?
This is definitely a step up from anything I have ever done. The task of learning the world of GI cancers and medical terminology has been a great challenge, but I have been amazed at how much knowledge we can take in and absorb to be able to relate to the world around us. The team have also made the transition into this role a fantastic experience and have been supportive every step of the way.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN THE ROLE?
I hope to learn more about the medical, oncology and fundraising space altogether. I certainly want to grow our social media platforms so they can reach more members of both the healthcare and GI cancer community. I see so much potential and hope to take this area to the next level. I know that this role will be the building blocks for me to be able to take with my into any role I may find myself in the future.