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The University of Notre Dame Australia (est. 1989) is a distinctive national Catholic university with more than 11,000 students on its campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney. 

Name: Brianna Throssell

Course: Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Pre-Medicine Certificate (Fremantle Campus)

‘My aspiration is to do some kind of good in the world. I want to fight for the vulnerable when they aren’t able to fight for themselves and to make a difference,’ says aspiring international human rights and refugee lawyer, Justine Ralph.

Justine is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Social Justice, at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus.

Since being part of the Notre Dame community, Justine has been tireless in her outreach endeavours and pursuit of social justice in local and international communities. In 2013, she was part of the university delegation to World Youth Day where she completed mission work in Peru and Brazil.

Justine has also worked with staff on the Fremantle Campus to find a placement for the unit ‘Social Justice, Service-learning and Community Engagement’, where she currently teaches English to refugee students.

‘Notre Dame has developed the way I think about the world. If you really take what you learn on, you can genuinely become a better version of yourself.’

Name: Emmanuel Ndayisaba

Course: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Sydney Campus)

Addressing health inequity and advocating for refugee health and wellbeing is the ambition of Emmanuel Ndayisaba in his future career as a doctor.

Born in Rwanda and having lived as a refugee for most of his life, Emmanuel has experienced the reality of health inequity. The aspiring humanitarian doctor is studying a medicine degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney campus.

"Doctors have a role to play in helping people that is not just about the medicine. It is important to use that privilege in ways other than just medicine; such as advocacy," said Emmanuel.

Emmanuel advocates for refugee health and wellbeing through education of the Australian community. His passion also extends to rural medicine and indigenous health and inequalities in public health.

"My dream was to become a doctor, and my first choice was Notre Dame. I wasn't wrong, I love it here," said Emmanuel.

"The course is centred on social justice and they train you to serve where you are needed, and that comes across in our cases, where it is about helping the patient," Emmanuel said. "I like the University's community focus and because we are a very small cohort, we all know each other and that includes the Dean."

Name: Isabella Fransz

Course: Bachelor of Marketing & Public Relations (Fremantle Campus)

Marketing and public relations graduate Isabella Fransz is passionate about helping others. Not only has Isabella completed internships core to her degree at not-for-profit organisations, she has also done voluntary work with orphanages and disadvantaged schools for communities in developing countries. 

“I want to use my skills in marketing and public relations to work with not-for-profit groups in raising awareness about needs in the community,” said Isabella. 

“Notre Dame has helped me to become the person I am today. The ongoing support I have received from the University community has inspired me to help others.” 

Isabella is a recipient of the University’s T.A.S. Scholarship which has enabled her to complete her studies and inspired her to realise her future dream.

“I strongly encourage all students who are thinking of applying for a scholarship to have a go. Not only has it resulted in me becoming a better student but I’ve been inspired to get involved in the Notre Dame global community and grow my leadership capacity,” Isabella said.

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