Psychologist Carolina Aguirre decided to study VU’s unique Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health to help inform her practice with individuals and the community. Carolina shares what she’s gained by studying in a diverse and inspiring classroom.
“I’m a psychologist specialising in community psychology, working with individuals, groups and communities to promote their wellbeing. I consider connecting to the natural environment as an important part of that and I’m always advocating for the health of the planet.
The course also appealed to me from a practical standpoint – being fully online, just one semester in duration, and with reduced fees.
One of the best aspects of the course is interacting with open-minded people from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. Everyone seemed to benefit from the robust discussions and group activities.
In this environment, you learn from classmates as well as the highly experienced lecturers and guest speakers, who were all so inspiring and motivating.
In addition to my psychology practice and teaching, I also volunteer as part of Zero Waste Victoria and sustainable committees for my local council.
I plan to use my planetary health knowledge to encourage community groups in their connections to nature, and in campaigns with the organisations I volunteer for.”
Leaders in planetary health
Planetary health addresses the relationship between the health of people, place and planet, and how each profoundly impacts the other. – through research, teaching and community engagement – was formally recognised through membership with the Planetary Health Alliance, and a ranking of #1 in Victoria for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020).