How healthcare prevailed in Sophie Munn’s career

23 March 2023

Health Translation Queensland’s newest team member, Sophie Munn, has followed her passion for health, research and business around Australia and the world.

During a double degree in marketing and communication and journalism in Adelaide, Sophie discovered the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, which sparked her interest in research and business. She secured a scholarship to the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she gained skills and insights into high-level business administration.

When Sophie returned to Australia, she commenced a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Now she is determined to achieve a PhD in this field, alongside her work as Senior Administration Officer at Health Translation Queensland (HTQ).

Sophie explains why she is so passionate about public health.

“I am inspired by the incredible research and ground-breaking work done in the medical field. The advances being made in health research have motivated me to become more involved in the field and to work alongside the incredible medical brains who are leading the charge,” Sophie said.

“Through my work, I am eager to collaborate with other professionals in the field, to learn from their expertise, and to work together towards common goals.

“I am excited by the possibilities ahead and committed to seeing what is possible in public health. I know that the work that I am doing is not just about advancing scientific knowledge or achieving personal success but about making a tangible difference in people's lives. And that truly inspires me to keep moving forward and striving for excellence.

“I want to apply the knowledge gained from my studies and experience to contribute to the ongoing growth and development of HTQ, providing further value to the organisation and its partners.”

Before joining HTQ, Sophie worked in communications and research administration at The University of Queensland, where she supported the development of improvements in research advancements, using bio-secure solutions and new technologies.

Earlier in her career, Sophie provided communication and business support to radiology clinics and obstetrics and fertility specialists at private hospitals and clinics. She also has experience in media and public relations in the infrastructure, finance and legal sectors.

As Senior Administration Officer, Sophie coordinates HTQ’s business administration, providing high-level executive support. Her responsibilities include monitoring processes, preparing reports and documentation, providing data input and analysis, digital communication and marketing support and management of the HTQ correspondence system.

Originally from the Limestone Coast in South Australia, Sophie has a passion for art and baking. Despite moving to boarding school in Adelaide, her love for the countryside and its natural beauty has never wavered. It is a significant influence on her artistic endeavours.

Alongside art, Sophie has experimented with creating birthday and wedding cakes for loved ones and did a stint at a pastry shop in Chicago, United States. She takes great pride in making cakes that look like works of art. Sophie even considered pursuing pastry school, hoping to appear on the Great British Bake Off and meet the legendary Paul Hollywood.

Thankfully, she realised that her true passion lies in health care, and art and baking became beloved hobbies.

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