DHE is currently running its second internship program. The internships are designed to expose students to the research life of academia and allow junior staff to boost their supervision and mentoring expertise. This year we have 10 interns who may work on one part of a research project or on multiple activities for a maximum of 200 hours. They will present their findings and experience to DHE at the end of their internship. Anita Lal is the intern co-ordinator who meets with them fortnightly.

Get to know DHE intern and current Master of Health Economics student, Carina Dalton.

Tell us about what you are working on during your internship.

I am currently involved in a systematic scoping review. The primary goal of this review is to synthesise economic evidence concerning the scale of interventions aimed at preventing obesity or improving obesity-related risk factors. Additionally, I am examining the methodologies utilised in these evaluations to effectively incorporate the concept of scale. Through this work, I also intend to propose future directions that can contribute to the development of robust economic evidence for obesity prevention interventions within population settings.

What are you hoping to get out of the internship?

My main goal is to gain hands-on experience in real-world research within Deakin Health Economics and the Global Centre for Preventive Health and Nutrition (GLOBE) by collaborating with a diverse team of researchers dedicated to enhancing population health both in Australia and globally.

What is your dream career?

My dream career is to create a significant impact in people’s lives. The driving force behind my commitment is the goal of ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, has access to the quality healthcare they rightfully deserve. I aspire to contribute to the construction of a healthier and more informed society while enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of healthcare for all Australians.

 What is your favourite movie and why?

One of my favourite movies is ‘The Pianist,’ directed by Polanski. It’s based on the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a renowned pianist in Poland during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw in 1939. The movie is inspiring, educational, and deeply touching, portraying a person’s determination to survive even during the most challenging times.