I’ve always had an interest in health and have an undergraduate degree in Medical Science. I wanted to be learn the skills to analyse health data and generate the evidence required to inform best health practice. I knew that the University of Sydney had a good reputation for teaching so I felt confident that I would receive a quality educational experience.
The flexibility of online learning was one of the main benefits of the Master of Biostatistics. I was able to organise study around work and other commitments, even continuing study without interruption when travelling overseas. Online learning does require a certain level of self-discipline but this is also a positive aspect of the program as it helps prepare you for the work environment.
Starting this degree helped me secure a place in the Biostatistics Training Program run by the NSW Ministry of Health. Through this program I was able to study while gaining on the job experience.
I am a lecturer of Biostatistics at the University of Sydney and Biostatistician at the Centre for Kidney Research, Westmead. My tasks are quite varied so there isn’t really a typical day but a typical week involves data analysis, meetings with stakeholders, helping other researchers with their analyses, preparing teaching resources and responding to student queries.