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Chona Hannah

Chona Hannah

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Secondary Education (major in Social Science) Cebu Normal University (1999)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL) University of Tasmania (2006)
  • Master of Education (TESOL) University of Tasmania (2007)

Biography

Chona was originally from the Philippines. She came from a big happy family. Her childhood was filled with smiling faces, happy laughter and music in the air. As a child Chona dreamed to become a nurse but due to economic status of her family this dream wasn't possible. Instead of looking after patients, she spent her days as a school teacher with innocent children to teach them how to cultivate their minds and hearts. In a way, being a teacher rekindled her fond memories of her old school and dear classmates.

Moving to Australia for Chona was like a change of seasons with different colourful seasons: anxious, enthusiastic, homesick, excited, worried, and motivated. Yes, it has been a fascinating journey full of stories to tell. From a noisy big city in the Philippines to the hilly valley of Launceston, it was like entering a wonderful land between heaven and earth. Launceston not only gave her the best romantic landscape but also a happy family with a caring husband and two sweet little children.

Current Study

PHD Candidate

Title of research: Health and Wellbeing of the Intermarried Filipino Women in Rural Tasmania

Intermarriage and the subsequent migration of Filipino women from the Philippines into Tasmania require great efforts of acculturation into the Australian society in general and into the rural areas of Tasmania in particular. There are successful cases but there are also cultural shocks and various problems facing Filipino wives in adapting and coping with personal, social and cultural problems. Thus, the main purpose of this research is to investigate the health and well-being of Filipino wives who came to Australia as a result of intermarriage and now live in rural parts of Tasmania and their access to and the use of health care services.

Publications

  • Hannah, C, (2007). Health and wellbeing of intermarried Filipino women, Graduate Research Papers in Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Quynh Le (ed), Launceston, pp. 65-82. ISBN 978-1-86295-386-4
  • Hannah, C, (2008). Intermarriage and acculturation: Filipino women's perspective, International Conference 'Research: Response to the Challenges of Globalisation', 27-29 February 2008, Iloilo City, Philippines, pp. 78.
  • Hannah, C, (2009) Behavioural Strategies of Intermarried Filipino Women in Dealing with Health Issues in Rural Tasmania, Health in Transition: Research for the Future. Paper accepted for presentation at the 4th International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research conference in Adelaide, 16 - 20 August 2009.
  • Hannah, C, (2009).Intermarriage and health issues in a rural context, Health in Transition: Research for the Future. Paper accepted for presentation at the 4th International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research conference in Adelaide, 16 - 20 August 2009.