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Sophie van Dam

Relationship: Graduate, Young Alumni Advisory Board member

Sophie holds a Bachelor degree in Health Promotion, with additional competencies in marketing and social media, and over ten years’ experience in customer service. Her professional skills include systematic thinking, project management, and empowering others to build their skills and make a difference.

Having lived in different settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Australia and worked with various population groups, Sophie is aware of social determinants that influence health outcomes. Her motivation to facilitate change in areas of interest is demonstrated by her extensive involvement in the public health and education sectors, both within paid positions and voluntary roles.

Within the past year, she has undertaken a health promotion project role investigating the implementation of the government’s Healthy Food and Drink policy in WA schools to develop compliance recommendations. She was also involved In the Leavers WA Strategy as a Social Media Coordinator where she collaborated with a broad range of stakeholders to produce harm minimisation messages for secondary school graduates. Both roles allowed her to demonstrate well developed and practical leadership skills.

Sophie has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the LEAP Leadership Program at the University of California Los Angeles, Health Promotion Scholarship funded by Healthway WA, and Marketing Team of the Year Award by the Australian Marketing Institute.

In addition to paid job roles, Sophie has worked on several boards and committees, including the Public Health Association of Australia (Western Australian Branch) committee, Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) and Curtin University Young Alumni Advisory Board. She is currently undertaking an Emerging Leaders in Governance Program which aims to develop young professionals for Board leadership in the aged care and community sector.

Young Alumni Advisory Board position

Operations Coordinator

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), 2018