Students University Representatives

University Representatives



Brittany Cash is a second graduate year medical student at the University of Notre Dame Sydney. Her passion for the environment was initially instilled by hippy, home-schooling parents and watching the documentary ‘The Cove’ at a young age. Determined to fight the good fight, she attained her undergrad degree and spent a few years working for NGOs around Asia and Africa, focusing on conservation and wildlife. After attending iDEA, being Code Green Rep and her university’s Global Health prez – she is determined to see our generation stand up and fight for climate change through whatever means possible – from protests to policies.


Alex Borecki is a final year medical student from our nation’s great capital – Canberra! He is new to environmental advocacy and was inspired by the work of DEA to become the ACT student representative in 2016. As a future health professional, Alex recognises the ethical importance of issues like climate change, fossil fuel use and growth economics on a finite planet, and their impact on human health and the success or failure of future generations. He is excited to be involved with DEA this year!


Beau Frigault is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland and this is his second year as a member of DEA. Prior to this, he was a member of several environmental awareness groups in Canada (where he is from) and completed a Sustainability Leadership Certificate from Ithaca College in New York. Having been an environmental advocate for quite some time, he particularly enjoys educating and engaging young people in sustainability issues.


Maud Taylor is a fourth year medical student at the University of Adelaide. Her involvement in grassroots activism and environmental advocacy began at a young age but her work with DEA has continued to rejuvenate her desire for change. She is passionate about a renewable energy future, preventing the most vulnerable populations from the effects of climate change and a positive transition away from fossil fuels.


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Natasha Abeysekera is a first year medical student at the University of Tasmania currently based at their clinical school in Hobart. She became passionate about the environment in high school through her involvement with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She has since been the 2014 Tasmania State representative for DEA, the 2014 Environmental Officer for the global health society at UTas and the internal coordinator of the Climate Change & Health Campaign. She is very excited to continue in the role of Tasmania Student Rep this year.


Jess Shipley is a third-year graduate medical student at Melbourne University primarily based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Prior to the MD, she completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Diploma of Modern Languages in French. She’s committed to advocating for environmental sustainability and promoting the significant co-benefits to health.


Danielle Malatzky is a 5th year medical student at the University of Western Australia, in Perth. Danielle is a keen advocate on many issues. Along side the environment, she is particularly passionate about the health of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She grew up in a country town 300kms south of Perth and it was there her appreciation for the beautiful country we live in began to grow. She believes that as health professionals, we have a duty to ensure the health of our patients and subsequently, the health of the
environment that we live in.