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For the Love of Art and Science, Cultivating a Diverse Career

Dr Arnagretta Hunter (Class of 1991) is a Senior Lecturer at ANU's School of Medicine and Psychology, but she began her journey with an Arts Degree.

After spending almost all my education at Ivanhoe Girls’ (from 1981 to 1991), I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at The University of Melbourne before studying Medicine at The University of Sydney. I trained as a Physician and Cardiologist working at St Vincent’s Darlinghurst, St Vincent’s Fitzroy and Wagga Wagga before moving to Canberra in 2014. I am now based at the Australian National University and in private practice working across healthcare and public policy.

I have a particular interest in health and climate change and am a member of the ACT Climate Change Council. At ANU, I have a range of cross-disciplinary interests including a role as Human Futures Fellow for the College of Health and Medicine and as co-host of the public policy podcast Policy Forum Pod with ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

In 2023 I took a Churchill Fellowship to explore narrative medicine – and work with colleagues across the healthcare sector using communication and the arts to improve quality and safety in medicine.

Reflecting recently as I celebrated my 50th birthday, I’ve been lucky to have a career that has been both rewarding and diverse – bringing in so many interests and passions across science, communications, music and the arts!

Ivanhoe Girls’ gave me a passion for knowledge and ideas. I particularly remember my time in Junior School where creative education was normal, ideas were exciting, and learning was celebrated. This foundation fostered at school and home, underpinned what I’ve been able to do throughout my career. At this stage of my life and career, I see these privileges and opportunities now inform opportunities to give back – with deep gratitude for all I have received.