Her Masters research within the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group of Melbourne University investigated household transmission of respiratory illness in Melbourne.
Chelsea completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) at Swinburne University in 2007, with majors in Psychology and Italian. Her honours thesis explored the impact of personality and coping styles on individual well-being in veterinary shift-workers. During her undergraduate studies Chelsea was employed as an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapist and integration aid for children with autism. This work was complimented by a volunteer position she held as a telephone counsellor with Lifeline Melbourne. Chelsea has gained valuable knowledge and skills pertaining to childhood developmental disorders, mental illness, suicide prevention, bereavement counselling, conflict management and effective communication.
Previously Chelsea worked within the veterinary industry for over 17 years, predominantly in emergency and critical care, where she developed excellent interpersonal skills including: effective communication, conflict management and resolution skills, managing and mentoring staff, counselling and time management skills. In 2009 Chelsea combined her interest in public health and her experience in the veterinary field by participating in health promotion work in India coordinating and delivering classroom and community education, health promotion and providing anti-rabies and animal birth control clinical services.
Since joining AHA, Chelsea has utilised her research, analysis, writing, communication and administrative skills to provide support for a range of evaluation projects. Chelsea is currently working on several AHA evaluation projects, including:
Chelsea has strong research, epidemiology and data analysis skills, and has a Master of Public Health within the Epidemiology and Biostatistics stream at the University of Melbourne