Juliette Wittich (Class of 2008)

Former student Juliette Wittich (Class of 2008) has been invited to work for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. She is a consultant with the Organisation Mondiale de la Sante, having commenced there at the beginning of March 2017.

Juliette attended Padua College for her VCE years in 2007 and 2008, where she particularly appreciated the efforts of her English teachers who helped develop her excellent writing skills. She subsequently completed a degree in Professional Communication at RMIT with High Distinction (2009 and 2011) and worked in journalism and corporate communications until 2013. Apart from her consultancy position, Juliette put her speech-writing skills into practice immediately upon starting her job at WHO, by writing a speech for International Womens’ Day that was read out at the United Nations in Geneva on 8 March.

Juliette completed a Master of Public Health Degree also with High Distinction from Melbourne University in 2014 - 2015. She then commenced work with NCDFREE and did Festival21; then worked in Health Promotion, Advocacy and Policy, until being taken up by WHO for the Communications and Advocacy consultancy in the Global Coordinating Mechanism on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung disease. Their aim is to facilitate multisectoral engagement at all levels of society to meet the nine global targets to combat NCDs by 2020. That's quite a task!

Reflecting on her time at Padua College, Juliette said “My best subject in VCE was Drama so there’s no direct clear pathway, I just followed my gut, but I do think Padua got me interested in advocacy and charity work – especially Mrs Sever and her very global focus when teaching us Literature and, of course, learning a lot about Timor in Ethics and through the charity work of MacKillop House. Mostly I think I’ve been lucky and when I get a lucky break I work hard and always try to be a nice person in gratitude for the luck I’ve had in life. So if I can do something small that puts some more goodness out, I feel very happy about that and very lucky to have the opportunity.”

Both Juliette and her Parents, Ed and Inese Wittich, wish to thank the Padua College, particularly the English teachers. They acknowledge Padua College as providing her with the excellent grounding which has enabled her to succeed to the extent that she has.

We congratulate Juliette on her significant academic achievements after leaving Padua College and for her hard work and dedication in her career, she is truly an inspirational young woman!