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OTSW – Message from the Head of School, August 2016

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter.

There have been a lot of exciting developments and initiatives in our school over the past few months.

Dr Joanne McVeigh is the lead researcher on a compelling study into TV consumption and bone health, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Dr Robyn Martin recently braved the chilly dawn streets of Fremantle to gather valuable data on homelessness and sleeping rough, and Claire Morrisby and Annalise O’Callaghan, along with Dr Helen Flavell, won Best Poster at the recent HERDSA conference for their presentation on the flipped classroom.

The AASQA has been recognised with the prestigious industry INCITE award, and will be representing Western Australia in the national iAwards in September. The team working in autism research also held a very successful Open Day recently, with about 400 people from the autism community attending Curtin for a variety of presentations and activities. It was a fantastic event, and plans are already underway for Autism Open Day 2017.

Our students continue to go from strength to strength, with our top performers awarded prizes at our annual prize giving ceremony. One of our social work alumna, Julie Verley, was recently recognised with the ‘Rising Star’ award at the WA Social Worker of the Year Awards, and other students are busy with their parallel lives as elite athletes competing at the Olympic Games in Rio! I congratulate our hardworking students on their many and varied achievements.

Associate Professor Angus Buchanan

Head of School.