"Wanting to help people and understand medical advancements have always been huge motivators in my life, this has influenced my studies and chosen career pathway."
It was the medical and dental team at the Royal Children’s Hospital, which helped treat Manuela’s dental trauma, that inspired her to pursue a career in public health.
“I still appreciate my Bachelor of Biomedicine as one of my greatest accomplishments (completed in 2015),” she says. “It taught me how to stay focused and always strive. The subjects are challenging, but you learn high volumes of information quickly, and learn how to apply that information, rather than simply rope-learning it.”
Manuela then completed a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney and worked in various reputable hospitals in both New South Wales and Victoria from 2018 to 2020.
As her passion for the evolution of medicine grew stronger, Manuela opted for a career change in early 2021 and recommends current undergraduate students think widely when considering where their Bachelor of Biomedicine might take them.
Now, as a Mako Product Specialist, Manuela works with surgeons and assists them to prepare the Mako robotic-arm assisted technology. She also helps theatre nurses how to prepare the instruments relevant to their cases.
Wanting to help people and understand medical advancements have always been huge motivators in my life, this has influenced my studies and chosen career pathway.
Having a background biomedical sciences and physiotherapy helped Manuela transition into her new role because of her foundation in biomechanics, anatomy and physiology of knees and hips, she says.
“In five years’ time I hope to be working towards becoming a senior product educator at Stryker. I think I will always enjoy studying new products and understanding how new technologies and robotic processes are revolutionizing medicine”.