QCOSS Member Profile - Dr Aastha Malhotra

Our member profile this week is Dr Aastha Malhotra. Aastha is a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland.

“I work for USQ as a lecturer within the Human Services team. I am responsible for undergraduate courses in the area of management and community development. I am also the placement examiner and we currently place our students in a range of human services organisations.”

USQ is a recognised leader in online and blended education, renowned for offering a supportive environment and student-focused commitment to learning and teaching.

Human Services study at USQ includes specialisation in Child and Family Studies, Community Development and Indigenous Studies, Counselling, Human Resource Management and Health and Social Wellbeing. They offer students real life experience from professional placements with relevant human services agencies in the sector.

For Aastha, “The Human Services team is dynamic with a growing program. And she loves “Interacting with students who come with very diverse work and life experiences!”

“Our students require quality courses within a flexible and supportive environment and we work to that goal.”

“My work allows human services practitioners to explore new opportunities, build their capacity and learn skills that can help them look after clients/communities/employees and most importantly themselves better – that motivates me!”

What would Aastha like to see more of to improve the lives of clients?

“Increased access to information and tools that can help them with the day-to-day running of their organisation, programs and services and thrive in the face of complexities characteristic of human services work.”

Aastha has witnessed a number of new Queensland initiatives in the last few years that prioritise entrepreneurial and innovative thinking.

“I would like to see that thinking being embedded within the human services space and given the necessary support and infrastructure.’

She believes, “This could facilitate sustainable impact for the vulnerable within our community.”

If you would like to learn more about Human Services at USQ you can have a look here.