Tiana Sixsmith


Majoring in Psychology and Politics, Tiana is a Science/Arts student from Monash University. She is a musician from a small country town and believes she is a pasta connoisseur. She hopes to work in the Human Rights sector after University.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

She's been playing music since she was 11 years old but cannot read a single note!

Ruth Nyaruot Ruach


Ruth Nyaruot Ruach, is a South-Sudanese photographer and writer who uses art to heal and to understand her identity. Her art explores the experiences of being an African of the diaspora although she is strongly influenced by, decolonising language, tone and the cultivation of shared perspectives in place of assimilation.

What's your proudest achievement to date?

Being able to create so freely, also using my art (photography) as a pool of healing, creating platforms and representation.

Yasmeen Hassan

Masters Student – University of Melbourne

Yasmeen is currently studying a Masters of Public Health, focusing on health program evaluation. Yasmeen also works as a UoM Teaching and Learning Assistant, and also is a Student Health Promotion Consultant for the university's Health Promotion Program.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

Lots of different ethnicities make up my cultural background. My mum was born in South Africa and my dad was born in Ethiopia.

Jacqueline Prestedge

Honours Student – University of Melbourne

Jacqui is currently studying Honours in Pathology after completing a Bachelor of Science degree last year.

What's your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest achievement has got to be seeing the happiness of the children at a shelter I volunteered at in Samoa.

Nikki Wragg

Associate Professor, Course Director – Communication Design Honours, Swinburne University

Associate Professor Nicki Wragg teaches at the nexus of research and practice, focusing on conceptual design, technology and industry engagement.

What's the favourite part of what you do?

Working with students and industry to think and develop really cool design solutions that help people and the wider society.

Ned Culic

2nd Year Coordinator / Senior Lecturer Monash University

An award winning image maker and design educator, Ned Culic is 2nd Year Coordinator and Coordinator of the Illustration stream of electives in the Communication Design degree.

What's the favourite part of what you do?

Generating inspiration, leadership and contributing positively to the skill, design thinking and self-confidence levels of future designers throughout the duration of their course.

Anthony Elliott

Coordinator / Academic Supervisor Industry Placement — Communication Design Honours, Swinburne University

Anthony is a lecturer in Communication Design at Swinburne University. An alumnus of Swinburne University School of Design, Anthony has been a designer and educator, locally and internationally, for almost 30 years, and has a formal background in both applied science and graphic design.

What's your proudest achievement to date?

Apart from teaching at Swinburne? Possibly the opportunity to advise and contribute to the Australian Tobacco Plain Packaging Legislation that helped establish the limitations and guidelines for the promotion of tobacco products in Australia.

Emma Saleeba

Manager, Alcohol and Tobacco – VicHealth

Emma’s 15+ years experience spans health promotion policy and strategy, project implementation and advocacy. Emma is responsible for VicHealth’s programs and investments in relation to preventing tobacco use and harm from alcohol.

What’s the favourite part of what you do?

Being surrounded by people in the world’s first health promotion foundation who are so passionate and committed to a happier and healthier Victoria.

Louisa Shepherd

Senior Project Officer (Alcohol, Tobacco) – VicHealth

Louisa has over 10 years’ experience working in health promotion across a range of health issues. Louisa is currently responsible for coordinating the delivery and implementation of programs to reduce alcohol and tobacco related harm in Victoria.

What's the favourite part of what you do?

I work in an organisation that is leading the way in health promotion, and get to work with so many amazing, passionate and positive people.

Vincent Lazzara

Chairman – AGDA Victoria

Vincent has spent over 20 years developing brand, marketing and creative strategies within most industry sectors. Vincent is also Chairman of AGDA in Victoria, and a regular sessional lecturer at RMIT, Swinburne and Monash Universities.

How do you make time for creativity?

Creativity fuelled by research and inspiration, and backed by analytical thinking is inherent in everything I do, whether it be solving a business problem or developing a brand strategy.