Tess completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree at the University of Melbourne in 2005, completing majors in Political Science, History, Medical Microbiology and Immunology. During this time she spent a semester completing a Victorian parliamentary internship, where she gained experience in functional aspects of government including policy development and analysis, communication strategies and an understanding of the Freedom of Information system.
Tess was subsequently employed as a Research Assistant within the Microbiology and Immunology department at the University of Melbourne, where she was involved in projects relating to transplant immunology and HIV medicine. This background in biomedical research is complemented by her experience as a Grants Officer within the University of Melbourne biomedical and public health team, providing her with valuable insight into the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Cancer Councils funding schemes.
Since joining AHA, Tess has been involved with stakeholder consultation and data analysis on a range of evaluation projects. Tess is also undertaking research and analysis and providing administrative support in relation to the administration of the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Funding Pool
project, being undertaken on behalf of DoHA.