Education has been a priority for the Associate Professor for the duration of her time at JCU, and her role as course coordinator hasn't diminished her desire to teach.
“My teaching role also includes acting as the First Year Coordinator for JCU’s medicine students,” Domett said. “It’s a reasonably big role, overseeing eight first year subjects, as well as making sure the students get a good start to their university life.
“I love what I do – that’s the basic thing it all comes down to. I’m motivated by ensuring my students are engaged and achieving. When we tell the students that we value their feedback, we really do! We get some really good ideas from them, and hearing them tell you that your lessons are great is very satisfying.
“With my teaching, I’m always looking at ways to improve. Trying to keep up and implement the innovations in anatomy education is a goal of mine.”
Associate Professor Domett is one of JCU medicine’s most enduring educators, having started there shortly after the school was founded.
“I did have to look up Townsville on a map when I got an interview but I haven’t been disappointed,” she said. “My husband is a marine biologist; we love living in Townsville and raising our family here without the hassles of a big city.”
The New Zealand-born academic is also fortunate enough to supervise aspiring PhD students, some of whom may even follow in her footsteps of becoming one of Australia’s few biological anthropologists.
“Certainly, part of my aim is to inspire a new generation of palaeopathologists, but it’s a small field in Australia,” she said. “One of the most rewarding things about my job is starting with supervising a postgraduate student who knows only a little bit about the discipline, and then seeing them develop and progress through their research. My PhD students start out working with me in the field, and in the following years I can give them more responsibility, and eventually they run their own projects.”