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OTSW – Message from the Head of School, December 2016

We were delighted to welcome fifteen fellows from Lao People’s Democratic Republic to participate in a month-long program on disability leadership last month. I congratulate all staff members involved in co-ordinating this program, which was an outstanding success. You can read all about it in this edition.

I am very proud that three of our alumni were recently honoured with prestigious awards. Social work alumna, and domestic violence survivor and advocate, Dr Ann O’Neill, was awarded the John Curtin Medal, and occupational therapy alumni, Freda Jacobs and Nick Maisey, were recognised at the recent Alumni Achievement Awards.

One of our third year social work students, Michael Higham, was a finalist in the 2016 WA Youth Worker of the Year Awards. The awards recognise a youth worker who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community. Well done, Michael.

I extend my congratulations to Professor Torbjorn Falkmer, who has accepted the role of Dean, Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Torbjorn will continue to oversee the Cooperative Research Centre for Autism, within the school, for one day per week.

At this time of year, we say goodbye to some of our students and we recently farewelled our 2016 Allied Health Honours cohort. The students have worked diligently on their projects, and in their fieldwork placements, and we are extremely proud of them. We wish them all the very best as they go out into the community to work as occupational therapists and social workers.

We also recently farewelled one of our longstanding staff members, Anthea Lang, who has retired. Anthea was an integral part of the team at the Learning Resource Centre, and her extensive professional knowledge, and warm and happy disposition, made her a pleasure to work with. Anthea will be dearly missed, by both staff and students, and we wish her a wonderful and relaxing retirement.

All the staff in the school work incredibly hard. I thank you all for your dedication, professionalism and commitment over the past year, and I wish you a safe, happy and relaxing festive season. 

Angus Buchanan

Head of School.