Janine Chalmers has joined QCIF as Project and Team Support Officer.
Janine has worked extensively in administration, practice management and project coordination and has spent the last 2.5 years working in the international development sector, supporting and coordinating projects throughout the Pacific Islands.
Janine enjoys the “people connection” of support and coordination work and is looking forward to engaging with the QCIF team and their partners in support of successful project delivery.
“The opportunity to join QCIF pushes me outside my comfort zone as I embrace a new working environment and have the opportunity to be involved in innovative and fascinating projects,” she said.
She will work closely with Dr Dominique (Dom) Gorse, Director of QCIF Data Science and Bioinformatics, as well as assisting QCIF CEO John Bancroft and Business Manager Joy Byrne.
“The demand for access to specialised skills has increased significantly over the past two years and Janine will play an important role in supporting our growing team and project delivery,” said Dom. “We welcome her to the team.”
QCIF CEO John Bancroft said: “I’m delighted to have Janine join us and bring her experience and skills to help us deliver excellent support to our Members’ researchers.”
Janine is also a part-time student at Griffith University, continuing her dual Bachelor degree in International Studies and Global Security.
She has lived and worked in Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. During her time in the latter two countries, she undertook charitable voluntary work for orphanages and in the areas of health, education and employment.
In 2017, Janine, along with her two children, spent a year in Tonga as an Australian Volunteer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to work on health system strengthening initiatives.
Her most recent project saw a return to Tonga with temporary placement as Project Manager to initiate a design and construction contract under the World Bank to rebuild 32 schools after Cyclone Gita.