Where are they now?

Louise Marbina Master of Teaching Early Childhood graduate

With a background working with children with additional learning needs, Louise Marbina studied the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) following a move to Melbourne from Scotland.

She now works at the Royal Children’s Hospital as Manager, Educational Play Therapy and Music Therapy. She said the Master of Teaching gave her a solid theoretical and practical grounding in the Victorian context.

“I have worked with children and families with complex health care needs for my entire career,” she said. “But what I really learned in the Master of Teaching was the link between a child’s social and emotional development and their ability to learn to their full potential.”

According to Louise, her studies taught her to appreciate individuality.

“The Master of Teaching really showed me how to create environments that cater to the needs of the individual, rather than trying to make the individual fit the system,” she said.

Louise secured her current role just before she completed the Master of Teaching, and feels privileged to have such as unique job.

“We use developmental play to support children’s understanding of the hospital environment on their level,” she explained. “Play therapy enhances children’s emotional wellbeing, significantly diminishes complication risks from medication and reduces the necessity of overnight stays.”