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Meet Deadly Choices Officer Jess

Proud Guru-Gulu Gungandji (Green Island) and Torres Strait Islander woman Jess is one of our fantastic Deadly Choices Officers. She’s passionate about keeping mob healthy and happy.

What inspired you to start work in your sector?

I’ve always had a passion and interest in health, which led me to start a Degree in Biomedical Science at Queensland University of Technology- majoring in infectious diseases. I’ve always held the belief that everyone deserves the right to be healthy and have a healthy start to life. This is where my passion for teaching youth about living a healthy life style and also working with mums and bubs comes from.

I spent a small amount of time in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where I was exposed to many of the health issues that our mob face and the long term and also life changing consequences of those issues. This deepened my love for my people. I felt that the best way to improve health in our community is through education and early prevention.

Which deadly women in your life inspire you most?

My three aunties (Megan, Steph and Caitlin), have been mother figures to me and have also helped me become the woman I am today.

They are strong women who love and care for our family unconditionally. They never fail to be there when I make mistakes or even give me advice. In the future, I aspire to be an amazing Mum and person as each of them are.  

What’s the most rewarding aspect about your job?

As a Deadly Choices Officer, we really underestimate the impact we have on our youth. I always encourage my kids. I tell them that no matter where you have come from, or what you have been through, you can always do the most amazing things in your life. You can go to university or play professional sport. You can do anything you want if you work hard and believe in yourself.

I get humbled by being the person to our kids that I wish I had growing up.

Hobbies outside of work?

I love eating nutritious foods and playing touch footy. I also love volunteering as a wildlife rescuer and spending time with my friends and family. I’m also slowly finishing off my university studies.

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