Hanifa recently joined the AGITG and GI Cancer Institute as Content and Digital Specialist.
HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK IN COMMUNICATIONS?
I really enjoy stories and was fascinated from early on about the components that go into telling a good story. Through university and my time in the not-for-profit sector, I gained a sincere appreciation for how much human communication still drives the world around us. In addition to that, I have a lot of curiosity in how things work, so I ended up wearing a lot of hats over the years – but one thing that remained constant was communications.
BEFORE JOINING THE AGITG AND GI CANCER INSTITUTE, WHAT WERE YOUR PREVIOUS ROLES?
I’ve been in the not-for-profit sector for quite a few years. My most recent role was at the State Library of New South Wales, but throughout the past handful of years, I’ve been an editor, a website manager and even a campaigner. These experiences really shaped my understanding of how people relate to each other and gave me a lot of good insight about how to communicate with these principles in mind.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE ROLE AT THE AGITG AND GI CANCER INSTITUTE?
The fact that my work would be contributing to something meaningful, both for me and for the people my work affects.
HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR SO FAR?
It’s been a whirlwind of good people and fascinating answers to questions in fields of knowledge I didn’t know existed!
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN THE ROLE?
I’d like to learn more about the GI cancer space, and about the people in it. I’d like to be able to contribute to the good work that they do. I’ll know I’ve done good work if I can make things a little easier for patients, including by helping give them a platform for their lived experiences.