Staff profile – Anthea Lang
Name: Anthea Lang.
Title: Well maybe I would like to be called Lady Lang.
School: School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work.
How long have you worked at Curtin?
On and off since 1978 (last century!!).
Where did you work prior to starting at the university?
It depends which time!! Maybe we could go with Royal Perth Hospital when Freda Jacob was in charge. I held a position that was partly funded by the hospital and partly by Curtin. I was a senior in Neurology and oversaw the student fieldwork in the hospital. When the students weren’t on placement, I did some lecturing and tutoring. I then had time out to have my family and started working at the university again as a regional fieldwork coordinator.
What do you like best about your role?
I really like the autonomy of not having a boss as such, so that I can get on and develop and run the Learning Resource Centre as I see fit. (Of course I can only do this because I have such great support from Angus.)
Why did you choose your current career path?
Well it was a long time ago and I can hardly remember, but I do know that I have never regretted my choice. I love working with people, I love enabling people and I love seeing them grow and develop. This is true for both clients and now the students.
Selling handbags at David Jones in the Christmas holidays.
De-heading reject raw prawns at a prawning factory in Carnarvon.
What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
At the moment I am going through all the books and deleting the old ones from the system. (Happily it does not involve reading them all.)
Your favourite place in the world and why?
Home because that is where all the people I love are.
Your favourite cuisine and why?
Many, but I really like good home cooked meals, with the proviso that they are not repetitive and boring. I like trying new recipes and will often try two or three a week. My favourite cook is Belinda Jeffreys.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
A mistake is never really a mistake until you decide not to correct it.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
Well nothing saucy, as I am such a goodie two shoes…but in my first job as an OT one of the psychiatrists came swanning into the department, dropped his suit coat on the table and announced it needed a button sewn on. I was incensed! I was going to sew it on with purple thread, but I resisted. Instead I turned back the cuffs and sewed the sleeve lining together with my smallest stitches (pretty small, I got a sewing prize at school). He didn’t ever bother us again with random requests.