With big plans for the future, Christine Comans, is taking her career to the next level. We chatted with her about her course at TACHW, studying by distance and where she wants to go with her education.
Name: Christine Comans
Course name: Bachelor of Applied Health Science Clinical Aesthetics
Why did you decide to study at the Australasian College of Health and Wellness?
A few years ago I met Ray after a conference and was interested to hear about this course. When I considered further education TACHW had an information stand at an APAN conference and what they were offering was a perfect fit with my career and lifestyle with working, having a family and being able to study at my own pace.
How did you begin your career in the Clinical Aesthetics industry?
My after school job was in retail pharmacy. This involved ongoing learning about beauty products, makeup, OTC medicines and prescription medicines. Moving from pharmacy to beauty was an easy transition and I proceeded along an interwoven pathway to end up here. I guess it wasn’t a conscious decision, it was part of a life long journey in ongoing education.
Are you interested in specialising in one area specifically?
Currently I am a Medical Tattooist and Trainer, specialising in nipple areola tattooing for women after mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. I work on referral from all the major hospitals including private plastic surgeons. Essentially my work is completing the journey in the breast reconstructive process.
What have you found most valuable in your education?
Personally I’m grateful that I have a better understanding of the science and how what I’ve learnt can be applied in the workplace, especially structure and function and how this amazing information can be utilised in all aspects of my career.
What has been you experience in distance education?
The distance education has been quite enjoyable; participating in live lectures allows you to remain connected and supported.
What are your short term and long term career goals?
(Short Term Goal) Recently I have written a course in Medical Tattooing and I am in the process of having it government accredited.
(Long Term Goal) In writing this [my Medical Tattooing course) my aim is to have practitioners that hold this qualification be recognised as allied health professionals and for breast cancer survivors to be able to get a rebate on this important service.
Christine is studying her Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics) at the Australasian College of Health and Wellness.