Ashleigh Maljevac graduated from Kincumber High School in 2013 and is now a radiographer at PRP Diagnostic Imaging Central Coast at the impressive age of 21. Ashleigh was a top ten academic achiever in Year 7 through to Year 12 and received the Peter Wilson Memorial Sporting Award in 2010. She says her memories of high school are of a rollercoaster of emotions; “friendships that I will keep for life, teachers that want you to achieve as much as you want yourself to achieve, laughing until I cried, huge love, support and development.” She says she remembers negatives as well, particularly “not wanting to disappoint anyone, including yourself and anyone else that had put time and effort into your studies and development.”
Ashleigh was very involved in sporting teams and played representative netball for Gosford Netball and Central Coast Academy of Sport. Ashleigh also played representative oztag and representative touch, which she still plays today. She supported herself through high school and university by working at McDonalds for six years, a flexible job which worked around her school and sporting commitments. Her advice to high school students is “Do your best and never give up, because that in its self is an achievement to be proud of. Continue to learn, develop, grow and soak up anything you are passionate about. Be happy, have fun but most of all enjoy the journey.”
After high school, Ashleigh undertook a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography) in 2014. She graduated in October 2016 and was employed by November.
“A successful person is happy, hard working and determined to have an impact on other people’s lives. A person travelling the world could be inspiring people with their lifestyle and journey, a nurse helps people become healthier everyday, a professional sports person is providing a role model for younger children. The list goes on. The possibilities are endless.”
During her degree, Ashleigh completed pracs in rural areas like Darwin, as well major cities such as Canberra. In addition to her studies, she has travelled to America and Canberra and will be backpacking through South East Asia next year.
In her role as a radiographer, Ashleigh rotates between private practices around the Central Coast, mainly Erina and North Gosford Private Hospital. She is trained to do general x-rays, fluoroscopy, mammography and Commuted Tomography (or CT Scanning). These scans assist to help doctors diagnose patients with their medical conditions. Ashleigh says how she got there was pretty simple; “No money. Hard work. Lots of Study. Some major meltdowns.”
Outside of her work as a radiographer, Ashleigh is a sporting representative coach for Gosford Representative Netball Association, the female Doyalson Touch Football Rep Co-ordinator and a Central Coast Oztag and Country Bulls Oztag Coach. These roles allow Ashleigh to give back to the sports which taught her so much.
Ashleigh says she knew she wanted to be successful at a young age. She says, “I’m competitive and love pushing myself to be the best I can. It was helpful to have some mentors in some friends, family, past teachers and uni lecturers that assisted along the way.”
Ashleigh says a successful person is someone who has used their passion, learnt knowledge and skills to help others in whatever their chosen field. Ashleigh says, “A successful person is happy, hard working and determined to have an impact on other people’s lives. A person travelling the world could be inspiring people with their lifestyle and journey, a nurse helps people become healthier everyday, a professional sports person is providing a role model for younger children. The list goes on. The possibilities are endless.”