Tope started her professional career as a Laboratory Scientist in both Australia and the United Kingdom, from London’s prestigious Harley Street to the largest laboratory in the southern hemisphere in Sydney. However, Tope’s passion for health equity led her to undertake a Masters of International Public Health and embark on a career in international health and development, specialising in tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Her public health and humanitarian aid work took her all over the world, to countries including Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Tanzania, India, South Africa, Ethiopia, Timor Leste and Myanmar. Career highlights include a project that introduced a new tuberculosis diagnostic test to thousands of semi-pastoralists in Ethiopia, working with the Ministry of Health in Jamaica to improve linkages between dengue fever surveillance data and field activities, and providing technical support to field staff in Papua New Guinea responding to one of the most serious drug resistant tuberculosis outbreaks in the world.
Tope is currently finalising a Doctorate of Public Health as part of the Future Health Leaders of Australia course at the University of New South Wales. As part of her Doctorate, she won a research grant from the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation to review diagnostic tools appropriate for low and middle-income countries.