“I was always interested in the Arts; I did a lot of drama, singing and dancing at school,” Brittany says.
“I always knew I wanted to get into the healthcare industry. I wanted a job that was rewarding and one where I worked with patients to reach their goals.
“There are so many areas of speech pathology that you can get into and the one area that I was really interested in was voice, where you can work with musical theatre singers, public speakers and performers. I think it’s a really good combination of both healthcare and the arts.”
Even a 19th century French peasant could figure out that Brittany has found the ideal combination of her personal and professional interests, and her honours project was a culmination of this meeting.
Brittany used the Evaluation of the Ability to Sing Easily (EASE) self-assessment tool (created for use with professional musical theatre singers) with the Townsville Choral Society’s amateur performers. Brittany’s research found that the tool is also useful for amateur singers, as with professionals.
For her efforts Brittany earned a 1A for her Honours, and was awarded the University Medal at her graduation ceremony.
“It was not expected and I was very happy to receive the University Medal,” she says.