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Elizabeth Meade
Bachelor of Arts 1996

I’m currently…

A retired nurse, although I am still assisting my husband Brian (pictured with Elizabeth) who is a Deakin graduate too, undertake medical research with the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. We are particularly looking at the impact of lifestyle and especially nutrients on the biochemistry and endocrinology of prostate cancer.

Before coming to Deakin …

I was a Registered Nurse and worked in Melbourne, Wellington NZ, and Geelong for a couple of years before marrying. I also managed to fit in raising eleven children!

Some special moments in my life to date are…

Having a large family and many grandchildren. Graduating from Deakin, being involved in research projects with my husband in various countries and also being a member of the Emergency First Aid Team at Lavers Hill in Victoria.

I studied…

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Social Anthropology, as a mature aged off-campus student.

I chose Deakin because…

Once the children had all left home, I wanted a real academic challenge again – my Deakin Arts degree certainly provided this.

I would recommend Deakin because…

It is an ideal university for mature aged-students, and especially for those studying off-campus because of the great support networks it offers. My degree has also really helped me in our current research.

The single-most important issue in the world is...

That we have drifted away from a simple lifestyle. We should pass on to our children and grandchildren, the values which we cherish and which are missing in the present confused culture.

In the future I’d like to…

Continue my research with my husband into prostate cancer and where I can, continue to be actively involved in the lives of our 29 grandchildren! I hope to also continue living a healthy lifestyle, close to nature, which I love to paint in my spare time.

 

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