Franca Bywater has always dreamed of working in community health but put off pursuing her dream for many years.

“There’s always been a part of me that hasn’t been completely fulfilled,” she says.

After deciding to study, Franca researched a number of different course options and was attracted to Chisholm Online’s weekly webinars.

“Chisholm Online was perfect to once a week have that connection to a tutor,” she says.

“To me that’s made it so much more worthwhile because when you’re online you often don’t have that peer-to-peer type contact.”

While studying the Dual Diploma of Mental Health/ Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Franca completed her placement with Carers of Africa in Melbourne’s south-east.

“I think I was meant to find this placement.

“It is a privilege to be working with vulnerable people and to see even the smallest of changes.”