Lisa’s story: using information technology to make a difference in the mental health sector

Lisa is an avid cyclist and competitive mountain biker, as well as an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She is passionate about using technology to improve mental health and prevent suicide.

As a current Master’s of Information Technology student at the Wellington ICT Graduate School, we sat down with Lisa to hear more about her story.

Q. What drew you to your programme of study?

I have had bad experiences with the local New Zealand Mental Health Services. Due to the bad experiences I made a decision in March 2016 to do research into bipolar disorder, including the use of wearable technology. I knew I wanted to publish my research; I decided that doing a Master’s thesis would be the best approach.

I decided that Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) would be the most suitable education provider for me. I learn best by ‘doing’ and polytechnic is more suited to my learning style. I had been down the university route for my Bachelor of Science, and found it was a struggle as universities tend to be less hands-on and more theory-based learning.

Over the past 2 years of dealing with bad experiences in mental healthcare, it has motivated me to pursue a career to make a difference to New Zealand’s Healthcare System.

Q. What have you enjoyed most about your programme of study?

I have enjoyed the different course offerings, and there is a good range of different types of courses. The hands-on practical elements of some of the courses and the facilitation of class discussions have been highlights so far.

Q. What experience did you have before starting your Master’s in Information Technology?

I studied a BSc majoring in Information Technology at Massey University. I then worked as an IT technician, with several technical roles at IBM New Zealand including desktop support, mainframe systems programmer, and network specialist.

I am currently working part time at Melon Health as an information security analyst and researcher.

Q. What are some opportunities during your Master’s at Wellington ICT Graduate School?

The networking opportunities with other students and industry people, as well as the soft skills and other skills required to get a job. Attending presentation events from a variety of different jobs/people in the Information Technology industry.


About the Master in Information Technology (MIT)

The Master in Information Technology includes work related credit, internships, projects and applied research in industry. This qualification has been designed for people with a bachelor’s degree in a field relating to information technology.

The MIT is a 180-credit Master’s programme, completed in three full-time semesters over 18 months at Whitireia and WelTec. The programme is delivered at Whitireia’s Wellington campus, 15 Dixon Street.

Next intake: July 2017 — December 2018.

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