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Staff spotlight - Georgia Beven

Having spent almost a year working with students from all over the country, Midwifery Clinical Coordinator, Georgia Beven, says her role has been nothing if not interesting, especially with the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Georgia Beven
Georgia Beven - Midwifery Clinical Coordinator

Here, we dig a little deeper into her position with Charles Darwin University, her future goals, and her love of roller skating. 

What is your current position at CDU?

Midwifery clinical coordinator.  I work with students from all over the country which certainly makes things interesting.

How long have you held that position?

11 months

How would you describe your role?

Very, very busy! I work in a team of six, and together we arrange clinical placements for over 4500 students in our College. We have many students in some far-flung places around the country.

The role has been incredibly challenging during COVID, particularly when it comes to keeping up to date with all the different travel restrictions within each state.

Not to mention lockdowns and facility requirements.  We’ve worked hard as a team to keep up with all the changes and still get students on their placements.

Why appeals to you about the industry?

I have always wanted to work within the higher education sector.  I made the move up from Alice Springs where I was working on projects and events within Local Government and saw this role as a great challenge.

What do you love about your role?

I think tertiary education has changed so much over the years.  It’s great to see so many students studying with us who are on a career change, or attending for the first time.

I really enjoy receiving emails from students regarding their placement experience.

It’s makes it all worthwhile when they’ve connected their theory learning to practice.

What have been the highlights career at CDU?

Building new relationships with industry partners all around Australia to provide new placement opportunities for our students. 

Darwin is such a diverse city and I think the Casuarina campus also reflects that.  Our team is geographically dispersed but we still manage to support each other from afar.

What are your personal interests?

I’ve only been in Darwin for a year, so I am still exploring the surrounds and discovering some great walking tracks, camping areas and of course chasing down the best laksa in Darwin. 

Outside of COVID, I travel a lot and really look forward to doing that again. Indonesia is always near the top of my list.

And my fun hobby is roller skating!

What are your future goals? 

I’m currently studying Indonesian history as well as Bahasa Indonesia at CDU, and have recently finished my Grad Cert in TESOL.

One day I’d love to combine my language skills with higher education over in South East Asia. 

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