Curtin Medical School building open for business
The new Curtin Medical School has been years in the planning and construction, and staff were finally able to move into their striking new offices and work spaces in Building 410 on Monday July 25 2016. The purpose-built building is characterised by airy, open spaces, flexible learning areas and a contemporary fit-out.
In preparation for the inaugural intake of students in 2017, a number of new staff members have joined the Medical School team.
Jodie Ween took on the role of Curriculum Support Coordinator from 25 July. Jodie is a Science graduate with extensive experience in education. For the past eight years Jodie was part of a state government/UWA funded STEM initiative that aimed to engage and inspire secondary school students; ultimately encouraging greater enrolments in the tertiary STEM disciplines. Jodie has a wide range of skills, including communications, educational resource design and video production. Jodie is enthusiastic about contributing to the Medical School’s curriculum, and being part of preparing a new cohort of medical practitioners.
Jenna Dawson joined the Medical School team on the 25 July as Student Services Officer. Jenna is ideal for this role having outstanding communication skills, administrative flair and an authenticity students will definitely find supportive. Jenna is a Communications and Cultural Studies graduate, with postgraduate training in Human Resource Management. Jenna worked with Curtin previously in a number of student-focussed and administrative roles before joining the West Australian public sector. Jenna is happy to be back at Curtin, which feels like an old friend, and keen to meet our first batch of students in 2017.
Jo Washington-King is the Medical School’s new Admissions Co-ordinator. Jo is a Social Science and Sport Science graduate, who is part way through a law degree. Jo has extensive experience in tertiary education having spent the past six years at Murdoch University, where she was involved in admissions, academic support, and program coordination. She is looking forward to helping Curtin’s new medical students work towards achieving their goals. Jo is also a dog enthusiast, having trained dogs for emergency search work, and previously competing at the world’s largest dog show, Crufts.
Associate Professor Fraser Brims
Associate Professor Fraser Brims has joined the Medical School as Director of Early Years Clinical Training. Associate Professor Brims is also a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. His current research interests include clinical, epidemiological and genetic aspects of asbestos-related disease, and early detection of lung cancer in asbestos exposed individuals. He is the clinical lead for the WA Asbestos Review Program, and chairs the WA Mesothelioma Registry. He is CIA for an international multicentre randomised controlled trial examining the effects of early palliative care in newly diagnosed mesothelioma.