urysia’s interest in public health and international development began during her formative childhood years visiting villages throughout Papua New Guinea and helping her dad catch, feed and pin mosquitoes in the laboratory. After completing a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Public Health in 2006, Aurysia began a nine year career with the Australian Government Department of Health. During this time she worked on many interesting, varied and important projects. She was part of the Australian Government response to the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic, working in the National Incident Room to compile the weekly Australian Influenza Report.
Wanting to expand her public health experience and contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations, Aurysia moved to work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health program and policy development. In these roles she was involved in several large and complex monitoring and evaluation projects of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package, the Australian Government’s contribution to Closing the Gap in Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes. She has also been involved in developing national key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care and worked with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to publish several reports on national Aboriginal and Torres Strait primary health care data collections.
Wanting to gain some hands-on field experience, in 2016, Aurysia spent nine months working for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Kiribati to support the Health Information Unit to improve data quality, reporting, analysis and dissemination of health indicator data. It was during this time that she decided to apply for the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) through the Australian National University to hone her technical field epi skills. Her MAE placement during 2017-2019 at the National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre for Research Excellence, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response enabled her to apply the theory learnt during course block to real world projects including outbreak investigation, evaluating event-based surveillance systems, assessing vaccine effectiveness of the influenza vaccine and contributing to implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) at the World Health Organisation Regional Office for the Western Pacific.
Aurysia joined Ausvet in August 2019. In her spare time, Aurysia enjoys exploring the Canberra bush with her partner and dog, Fe, and expanding her indoor plant collection.