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PVC Message, September 2016

Congratulations to our professional staff members who have been nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Service Awards. Mrs Amanda Robinson, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Mrs Penny Kelly, School of Public Health, and the Teaching Support Team, in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, all received nominations. The awards recognise staff who provide consistently exceptional service to internal or external customers.

A team of researchers, including Dr Janet Beilby, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, and Ms Anne Furness, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, have been selected to participate in the CSIRO’s prestigious ON Prime program with their project, Virtual Training for Health and Aged Care. This project also recently won a Curtin Commercial Innovation Award.

Our academic staff continue to work on innovative and diverse projects, including delivering sexuality education to tribes in northern Thailand, developing online therapy for young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, assessing the efficacy of a drug treatment program and examining the link between reading difficulties and mental health.

Many students in the Faculty of Health Sciences are keen volunteers, and we have two fantastic stories in this issue about the benefits of volunteering. Occupational therapy student, Andrew Hare, recently raised more than $20,000 for the children’s charity Variety WA with a road trip through the Kimberley, and Speech Pathology student, Nimi Goh, is an integral part of Curtin Volunteers!, and contributes to many important projects annually.

The faculty Excellence and Innovation in Teaching awards are now open. These awards provide recognition and reward to outstanding teaching staff, and are available for individuals and teams. They are a wonderful initiative for staff, and I encourage you to apply. Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator, Scholarship of L&T, can assist with applications. Applications close on Friday 21 October.

We have wonderful staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a number of awards for long serving staff this month. Associate Professor Deborah Kerr, Associate Professor Vicky Solah and Ms Toni Hannelly, all from the School of Public Health, all have 20 years tenure. Ms Nerissa Ho, Laboratory Manager, also from the School of Public Health, has 40 years tenure. Congratulations to these staff members on their dedicated service to the University.

Michael

Pro Vice-Chancellor.