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PVC Message, July 2016

More than 23,000 people braved the cold and blustery weather on Sunday to attend Curtin’s Open Day. Open Day is always the culmination of many months of hard work from staff members in our faculty, schools and across the broader university. Thank you to all staff who worked so hard on this event. Volunteers are also critical to the success of Open Day, and I extend my thanks to all the volunteers from our faculty and schools who gave up their time to work on Sunday, meet potential students, run activities and promote our courses. As always, there was significant interest in the Faculty of Health Sciences and all that we have to offer.

We have some intriguing research into TV consumption and bone health this issue, and some sobering research about the pressing issue of homelessness on the streets of Fremantle. One of our PhD researchers has been acknowledged with a prestigious international award, and some of our undergraduates have spent two fascinating weeks in China learning about the Chinese health system.

I had the opportunity to attend Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) research dinner in June, where it was enlightening to listen to the invited speaker Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of WA, Office of Science, Department of the Premier and Cabinet. There was also the opportunity to reflect on CHIRI’s evolution and consider its exciting future.

The Olympic Games are drawing near and I am delighted that three of our Health Sciences students will be representing Australia in Rio. I congratulate them on their hard work and commitment, and wish them every success at the Games.

Two of our staff members from the School of Public Health, Dr Terry Boyle and Professor Christopher Reid, will be presenting a Lunchbox Seminar at Curtin St Georges Terrace as part of Research Innovation Week. All are welcome at the seminar – details can be found in the newsletter.

Michael

Pro Vice-Chancellor.