I have recently returned from three months in urban Bangladesh where I completed a qualitative research project titled 'The Double burden: socioeconomic inclusion for women with disability in Bangladesh'. This project focuses on the social, economic, cultural and human rights based inequities women with disability routinely experience. The project will contribute to my assessment for the completion of a Masters of International Public Health degree which I have been studying part-time since 2013. I chose to complete this project as I am passionate and committed to improving opportunity and inclusion for women, specifically in Asia. I am a current scholarship contender for the Asian Spinal Cord Injury Network (ASCoN) conference in Nepal, 2015, where I hope to present my findings and further advocate for the rights of women with disability. During my time in Bangladesh I also engaged in volunteer work whereby I began the first women's basketball team in the region. This was organised through the Bangladeshi Health Professionals Institute (BHPI) and a match took place where over 100 local people attended. This served as a useful platform to educate the local people regarding women's health and the importance of equality in the work force. I have a sound understanding of the common mechanisms which both promote and impede violence against women (VAW), particularly in Asia. In 2013, I was the South Asia representative at the Model Global Parliament, UN initiative in Sydney where I delivered a speech on VAW in South Asia. Further, I have extensive experience in carrying out literature searches and diverse experience in the review and development of assessment tools through university and professional studies. I am eager to unite with the International Women's Development agency as I too embody the central values of feminism, accountability, collaboration and transformation throughout my professional and personal life. My aim for the near future is to transition from clinical based work in Melbourne into the development sector, with a strong focus on women's empowerment programs, particularly for women with disability. I have attached my resume for your perusal; please contact me at any time via the provided details. Warm regards, Marlee Quinn To utilize my demonstrated knowledge and experience to contribute to the development of evidence based programs which combat violence against women with disability in Cambodia. Further, I am seeking an organization that will challenge my personal and professional capacity in order to inspire internal growth and improvements towards ongoing skill development regarding gender studies and development.
International Women's Development Agency Inc － Bourke, VIC
As per our conversation on the 26th of February, I am delighted to apply for the position of Program Intern - disability and gender, as per the advertisement posted on the 13th of February, 2015.
Graduate student researcherNov 2014 to Jan 2015 Sydney University CRP － Savar, Bangladesh
Achieved Human Research Ethics Committee approval for research project and independently designed a qualitative study analysing socioeconomic exclusion mechanisms for women with disability.
Independently created all necessary study materials and independently completed semi-structured in-depth interviews with 15 women.
Independently coordinated all interpreters, assistive research staff of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed and participant interviews.
Completed a literature review, thematic analysis of data and have produced a journal article with the aim of gaining publication in early 2015.
Women's empowerment program officerNov 2014 to Jan 2015 CRP － Savar, Bangladesh
Developed the first Bangladeshi female basketball team in the region Developed an education module for local staff and families of disabled women which dispelled many common myths about disability Facilitated a women's basketball match whereby over 100 local people attended Consulted and advised local staff regarding the vocational training program for women with newly acquired disability Provided English lessons to local women as part of vocational training program Conducted literature reviews and provided practical assistance regarding implementing the disability inclusion principles to the newly founded Spinal Cord Injury Development Association.
Occupational TherapistJan 2013 to Nov 2014 Bangladesh SCIDAB The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Clinical Therapist working across a range of areas including amputation, neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery and general medicine Completed a diverse range of research projects including 'Alcohol related brain injury- assessment tools in the emergency setting' and 'Evidence based mindfulness strategies for persistent pain patients' Co-authored a published research paper on the development of self care assessments in the clinical setting, presented at the Occupational Australia Conference, 2014 EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Project observation, BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), Dhaka Bangladesh, 2014 Observed the planning and delivery of multiple health programs including: Prevention of violence against women in the slum environment, Maternal and child rural nutrition program, family planning for slum dwelling teenage women and child vaccination programs in rural areas South Asia Representative, Model Global Parliament, Sydney Parliament House; 2013 Leader of the South Asia team for raising awareness regarding violence against women in the developing context Planning and delivery of a speech in Sydney Parliament House regarding violence against women in Asia Engagement in debate regarding various international health and rights based issues with other regional representatives Fundraiser for the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Bangladesh in Melbourne; 2013 Independently raised funds for CRP to assist with rehabilitation programs aimed at injured victims of the factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh Coordination of a fundraiser trivia night Approached numerous Australian retail CEO's and successfully obtained additional funding Volunteer English teacher - Pal Ewam Monastic School, Bakende, Nepal; 2011 Provision of English lessons to children aged 4-16 of varying levels of English proficiency The role also included lesson planning, provision of basic first aid care for children and advocacy and fund raising for the school amongst communities in Melbourne Occupational Therapy student - the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Bangladesh; 2010 Completed clinical placement in the upper limb rehabilitation program and the acute burns management unit Volunteered on the Paralympian mobilisation project, whereby I assisted three table tennis players with a spinal cord injury to attend the Commonwealth Games later in 2010 ACHIEVMENTS Constructed and presented a speech for the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Allied health department on current indigenous health issues in rural and urban Australia, 2014 Co-author of an Occupational Therapy research paper presented at the Australian Occupational Therapy conference regarding self care assessments in the rehabilitation setting, Alfred Health, 2012 Monash University International study grant, 2010 referees: Mohammad Morshedul Qadir Louise Mogg Head of research and development Occupational Therapy Manger Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville Chapain Road, Savar, Bangladesh Ph: 9342 7000 Ph: +8802.
June 2015Sydney UniversityCurrent part-time (online) Masters student of International Public Health (two subjects remaining)
Specialized in women's health in South Asia
Bachelors degree2011Monash University
Completed Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)2005Mentone Girls Grammar School
Registered Occupational Therapist with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Member of Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Association (OOFRAS)
MARLEE ELIZABETH QUINN.
1/ 3-5 robert street parkdale,.
3195, melbourne, vic.
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