Profile: Rosemary Aldrich
This journalist turned public health physician thinks that both jobs are similar
- By: Rosemary Aldrich
I was once introduced at a seminar as someone who was unable to make up her mind. I have studied and worked as a journalist, media producer, researcher, clinician, health service manager, public health physician, and lecturer. And yet all my qualifications and experience come together in my current occupation as a full time health policy student.
At 17 I studied journalism at university, where my privileged eyes were opened to Marxist analyses of the instruments of ideology, including the media. I trained in social history, writing, and media production and my final project--a postcolonisation social history of Australia's Torres Strait--was broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on the evening of my 21st birthday.
At the time there was some media focus on the impacts that multinational food producers were having on breastfeeding by mothers in developing countries. I was outraged and determined to put my mass communication training to