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PVC Message, June 2016

It is with great pleasure that I welcome Cheryl Davis, Director Indigenous Engagement, to the Faculty of Health Sciences. Cheryl is charged with providing leadership and strategic direction to the faculty in relation to Indigenous engagement with our courses. She has spent the past five years with the Northern Territory Medical program at Flinders University, and we are delighted she agreed to take up this important role with us. You can read more about Cheryl in this edition’s staff profile.

We have some remarkable research news in this issue. Dr Janet Beilby, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, is on track to identify the genetic markers for stuttering, and Associate Professor Andrew Briggs, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, has been pivotal to the development of a global framework to develop, implement and evaluate models of care for musculoskeletal health. Associate Professor Georgia Halkett, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, is doing some very interesting work in brain cancer research, with a particular focus on the role of carers. These are very exciting achievements for these researchers and our faculty, and I extend my congratulations to all involved with these projects.

Associate Professor Sam Winter, School of Public Health, has raised the profile of the important issue of transgender health and wellbeing with the publication of a series of papers in prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. Meanwhile, Professor Mike Daube has been honoured with a World Health Organisation (WHO) award for his extensive work against cigarettes and smoking. Also receiving awards recently, are three of of our National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) academics, Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton and Associate Professor John Boffa, all of whom have been recognised by the Australian Medical Association for their remarkable contributions to healthcare.

The Curtin Medical School has named its External Advisory Board, and our Medical School staff are set to move into their new offices in the newly-completed building. We continue to finalise details of our Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery in preparation for welcoming the inaugural group of Medical School students to Curtin in 2017.

We have a number of energetic students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, who manage to successfully combine demanding coursework loads with equally demanding extra-curricular activities. One such student is Kathleen Sullivan, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, who won two silver medals at the recent Australian Age Diving Championships in Sydney. Congratulations Kathleen.

The Autism Open Day, in conjunction with the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Telethon Kids Institute, will be held on Sunday 17 July 2016 at Technology Park. There will be presentations from ASD experts and researchers and lots on offer for families to enjoy. I must also congratulate the team at the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA). led by Professor Torbjorn Falkmer, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, and Associate Professor Tele Tan, School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, for winning the Most Impactful Social Benefit Award at the prestigious WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) Incite Awards. My congratulations also go to Mustafa Atee, School of Pharmacy, who was a National iAwards Finalist at the Incite Awards in the Best Student Project of the Year Award category for the innovative ePAT app. The ePAT project is led by Professor Jeff Hughes.

Finally, I encourage you to enjoy our story on Curtin’s recent ‘Pawesome’ event, a unique way to market our university and courses to the high-achieving students we are focusing on recruiting.

Michael
Pro Vice-Chancellor.