Bachelor of Arts } Bachelor of Health Sciences | Master of Public Health | Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition
Cara has qualifications and experience in public health, nutrition and international development. She is passionate about health promotion, migration, asylum seeker and refugee rights, and sustainable development practices. Through her studies and work in international development, Cara has worked with many diverse stakeholders. She has experience in both monitoring and evaluation within organisations and as an external evaluator. This lens from both within projects and from the outside has helped Cara empathise with clients and better understand the perspectives they bring to evaluations. This has further motivated Cara to make evaluations practical and useful for all stakeholders.
In her spare time, Cara is either chasing her young son around or supporting the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s impact team to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools and frameworks to support their various projects.
Prior to joining First Person Consulting, Cara worked in monitoring and evaluation roles in the international development sector for six years, most recently working with Swiss Red Cross in Lao PDR. During her work in Lao PDR, Cara led the Lao component of Swiss Red Cross’ Implementation Research, a multi-country study exploring influences on decision making regarding women and their choice of place of birth, either home or health facility. This research was conducted using a backstopping approach, building the capacity of Lao government partners in conducting qualitative research and participatory analysis.
Previously, Cara has worked in Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator of various nutrition and agriculture projects with international non-government organisations.
Examples of Cara's project experience include:
Cara has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion) and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University. She completed her Master of Public Health in 2014 at the University of Melbourne, with specialisations in Global Health and Health Program Evaluation. During this Master of Public Health, she completed a research project exploring the effectiveness and acceptability of various cervical cancer screening methods. Cara recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition at Deakin University.