In her role as Professional Education Manager at CQUni’s Rockhampton North campus, Social Work Lecturer Kate Moore works closely with stakeholders in the sector, both non-government and government, to build working relationships, and ensure that third and fourth year students and their supervisors, managers and team members have a rewarding field education experience. Students undertake one thousand hours in the field and it’s Kate’s role to find the placements and coordinate the units to complement the students’ course work.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
What first comes to mind is the wine tour around Waiheke Island in NZ, but what I should say is attending my first international conference in Auckland and presenting a paper at the ANZSWWER Symposium.
What is your favourite book or film of all time?
The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson – this was a journey for Gideon and myself! Ever gone for a jog in the scrub and ended up in the company of the devil? A great book about self; use of self, self-awareness, the experience of religion and identity, relationships and ‘callings’, all set in beautiful Scotland.
Are you a CQUni Alumni? If so, what did you graduate in?
Proudly I am! A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with Distinction in 2004. My graduation day brings back wonderful memories: a “I knew your father well” from the retiring Chancellor Hon Justice Stan Jones as I accepted my bachelor certificate; the smile of pride beamed my way by the wonderful and very much missed Associate Professor Frances Killion and; the always popular ‘family gown photo’ with my brother, Dr Greg Moore!
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
Suzies. Seriously if you haven’t had their rengdang curry, drop everything, and go there stat. What’s that??… You’re Cairns/Perth/Adelaide/Melbourne based… have you not heard of internal mail? A close second to Suzies is the team I work in. They are passionate, driven, humble, committed and highly amusing/entertaining, social work and welfare educators who give so generously of their time, knowledge, and teaching expertise to students in the BSW (Hons) program.
What do you like most about the work arrangements at CQUni?
Apart from Suzies, the three coffee shop options on North Rocky campus, and the option of vino at the Birdcage Bar, residentials in Noosa, and being treated like a responsible adult. I’m also able to work from a number of locations as Program Education Manager (aka Field Education Coordinator). For the students, they are the wonderful group of humans who allow me to walk with them through their learning journey, gently challenging them to build their existing knowledge and skill base to provide much needed services to the most vulnerable members of our communities, and to create a more just society.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Associate Professor Frances Killion once told me, “You will always be someone who stands outside of the circle, this is admirable, and please do not ever lose that.” This helped to build my personal and professional self-belief and confidence. We can all teach, but to inspire students and to build them is something pretty special. The Social Work team often speak about Frances’ unique and inspiring leadership, and passion for high quality education.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
My friends and I showed off our dance moves at a seven day music festival in Budapest, called, Szigit. We bumped into Basement Jaxx. 90’s techno lovers reading this would appreciate the coolness of this meeting. Basement Jaxx were happy to chat, and gave us a few beers, although this might have been a polite way of telling us to move on!