The following biographical information is available for Kris Bobetic, the facilitator of the Year 9 workshop:
Kris Bobetic has been a paramedic for 17 years and during that time she has dealt with many young people whose lives have been adversely affected by alcohol and other drugs. In addition to teaching paramedic students, Kris visits schools around the country helping students to develop practical strategies to stay safe and live their best life.
Kris Bobetic is an experienced health professional and registered paramedic. Her 17 years as an operational paramedic, combined with her further study means she has a unique combination of front-line experience and theoretical training. Kris strongly believes that young people have a role to play in their own wellbeing and that collaboration brings about the best outcomes. She is a passionate advocate for health and drug education, and driven to provide intervention through education that young people can relate to.
Kris Bobetic is an experienced health professional, with a background in emergency services, having worked as a paramedic for 17 years. She is a passionate advocate for health and drug education, and driven to provide intervention through education that young people can relate to.
Her career history as a paramedic, combined with her extensive background as a Clinical Instructor means she has unique combination of front-line experience and theoretical training. Kris has taught in many areas of health education and wellbeing for Victoria Police, The Royal Australian Navy, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, elite sporting clubs and Ambulance Victoria, via the ADAPT (Ambulance Drug and Alcohol Program for Teenagers), in addition to teaching within Paramedicine at Victoria University. Kris is a strong advocate for the power of education to change outcomes and is committed to delivering best-practice drug education that is accurate, age-appropriate and non-judgmental.
Kris has seen enough lives destroyed by alcohol and other drug misuse through her work as an operational paramedic to know that we need to do something better. She strongly believes that young people have a role to play in their own wellbeing and collaboration brings about the best outcomes. Kris understands the importance of empowering young people with practical life skills and age appropriate information to help them make safe decisions.
Kris is a naturally warm and engaging presenter who is a born storyteller. After over a decade in her role she has the unique ability to use real life experiences to make strong connections with the audience. She is highly motivated to change the way we approach drug and alcohol education to ensure our youth are empowered to lead the best life possible.
Kris’s passion to reduce drug and alcohol related harm in our society lead her to complete a Master of Public Health (Health Promotion) and she is currently completing a second Master’s Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health, exploring the effects of drug and alcohol use in the workplace. She plans to use this study to advocate for better processes within existing drug and alcohol education and services.
Favourite quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela.