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Staff profile – Marlene Hare

Marlene Hare, Senior Laboratory Attendant/Trained Sterilisation Technician, loves the diversity of her work at Curtin. She is a classically trained pianist, enjoys art and has won awards for her tap dancing!


Marlene Hare.
Marlene Hare.

Name: Marlene Hare.

Title: Senior Laboratory Attendant/Trained Sterilisation Technician.

School: Biomedical Sciences.

Campus: Bentley.

How long have you worked at Curtin?

11½ years.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?  

I owned and ran a small cleaning business part time and worked at a deli/takeaway/bakery on spare days.

What do you like best about your role?

The satisfaction of the job, love the work with a great team. The diversity of the work, and the academics and students I deal with on a day to day basis.

Why did you choose your current career path?

At the beginning, to try something different. The job description intrigued me and I needed something that was more challenging. Now I love the work and the people, every day I learn something different, meet new people.

First Job?   

Peters Ice cream as Ledger Machinist fully trained at Burroughs. What is that? Most people ask.

Worst job?

Car Detailer/Girl Friday at BMW’s dealership.

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?

Rehoming the glassware that is no longer used in our area. This entails many emails to different areas, and setting up the glassware for each department’s perusal. Nine out of ten pieces are taken.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Western Australia. I was born and grew up in WA. I would like to see more of this state and the rest of Australia. Why? West Aussies are very forgiving, happy and very welcoming of all cultures.

Your favourite cuisine and why?

Aussie BBQs and Sunday roasts. Outdoor cooking is the best – WA meats, seafood and vegetables.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

However hard life becomes, always remember there is always someone else a lot worse off. You are the only one that can improve things for yourself.

Tell us something about yourself that colleagues wouldn’t know?

I am a classically-trained pianist. I love drawing and painting water colours. I was awarded top honours in tap dancing – Gold Cross in the final exam for (Commonwealth Dancing Society). I have performed at His Majesty’s Theatre, and on Channel 7 in their ‘Stars of the Future’ competition – the judge was Corelli Condon. I also owned and trained horses, riding and competing.