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PVC Message, April 2016

It has been an exciting month in Health Sciences, and this issue of the newsletter reflects the diverse talents and achievements of our staff and students.

As we continue our preparations for the first intake of students into medicine in 2017, we were delighted to welcome the Federal Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, to Curtin. Minister Birmingham participated in a traditional smoking ceremony to prepare the medical school building for occupancy, and announced the appointment of the Chair of the External Advisory Board.

Curtin has again achieved excellent results in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject. The university was ranked in 18 subjects and as a top 100 university in seven subjects, including Nursing, which is a wonderful achievement.

We have a number of impressive research advances to celebrate this month, including in the areas of type-1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Our staff continue to have research papers published in prestigious journals and receive awards, commendations and promotions. Congratulations to all staff on their successes.

The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance was recently launched. This progressive enterprise aims to connect talented young adults on the spectrum with roles in the growing ICT industry, and is the first initiative of its kind in Australia.

It is exciting to note that the Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Science course has been accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Accreditation is always the result of the vision, hard work and commitment of staff. Congratulations to the team in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science on this wonderful accomplishment.

I am always extremely pleased to hear of our students doing exemplary work when they are on clinical placements. Ms Samantha Conway, midwifery student, displayed great professionalism when she was assigned to a family at Bentley Health Service, and was a credit to the university.

Meanwhile, a number of our staff members have been acknowledged for the quality of their teaching, and dedication to their students, in the Guild’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. My compliments to all awardees.

Pro Vice-Chancellor.