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Staff and students’ successes


Associate Professor Sebely Pal has been awarded $178,000 from the Factors Group of Nutritional Companies Inc for her project entitled ‘Using PGX supplementation for weight loss and to reduce metabolic risk factors in overweight and obese children’. The project aims to examine the effect of PolyGlycopleX supplementation on satiety and markers of glucose homeostasis and weight loss in overweight and obese children and will be collaboration with Canadian based institutions. Associate Professor Pal was also recently awarded $553,000 from the A2 Milk Company for a clinical study entitled ‘Impact of Milk Proteins on Human Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors: Effect of A1 vs A2 bet casein milk proteins in overweight and obese Australians’.

Stuart Johnson and Ranil Coorey, Novel grain-legume extruded porridge benchmarking and optimisation, Saqqara Foods Pty Ltd Contract Research, $191,464. 2017.

Funding for the Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE) Project, CI – Sharyn Burns, was recently renewed for 2017-19.

A section from an infographic about the SRE project.

Ben Mullins and Alison Reid, from the Occupation and Environment theme, have had recent funding success (>$700K). Ben and Alison are co-investigators on a successful application to the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and the Department of Mines entitled: ‘A Study of Nano Diesel Particulate Matter Behaviour and Physico-Chemical Changes in Underground Hard Rock Mines of Western Australia’. These are two nested projects examining exposure to hazardous agents and health outcomes associated with exposure in mine workers.

Deborah Kerr; Joanne McVeigh; Rhiannon Halse; Leon Straker; Jonine Jancey; Satvinder Dhaliwal. ‘Evaluating wearable technology to improve physical activity monitoring and feedback in overweight adults’. (Funded by the Curtin Institute for Computation; $20,000).


Professor Andy Lee and Janine Wright have been recognized for their 20 Years Service to the University.

Andy Lee with the Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony to celebrate his service to the University.

Congratulations to Ryu Takechi on being awarded a highly competitive NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellowship (2018-2021).

Ryu Takechi has been awarded a highly competitive NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellowship.

Congratulations to two of our academics on their success in the Curtin Student Guild’s Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2016:

  • Honourable Mention – Mrs Gemma Devenish (Health Sciences)
  • Honourable Mention – Dr Lucinda Black (PG Coursework)

Our staff received Honourable Mentions in the Guild’s Teaching Awards.

Annette Regan has been awarded the 2017 Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  Aileen Plant was a Faculty member at Curtin who died tragically in 2007 aged 58 yrs.

Sharon Campbell, Teaching lead for the Health Systems and Health Economics Theme, has been elected as the new Chair of the Privacy Working Group of HIMAA (National role).

Suzanne Robinson was elected to the Australasian college of Health Service Managers State Branch Council. Suzanne has also been acknowledged by Sharlene Delane, head of the Mental Health Program (Suicide Prevention), for the work she did for the suicide prevention program, ALIVE. In an email, Sharlene wrote:

I took the evaluation project to the mental health commission in my previous role looking to extend this program. You will be pleased to know that your research was key to providing evidence and information to inform and assist the commission to fund ALIVE in the South PHN as well as the north. ALIVE will be available for people in Armadale, Rockingham and Fiona Stanley and Joondalup service has been extended. WAPHA have also read this report and matched existing funding. This means ALIVE will continue in the North with St John of God Hospital Midland, RPH, Sir Charles Gardiner and Joondalup. Heartfelt thanks. This work has translated to the ground and been instrumental in providing support for people who are suicidal across the metropolitan area. I am certain that this work will save many lives.

Jackie Davis and Delia Hendrie contributed significantly to the project’s research and industry engagement.

A number of staff from the School of Public Health attended the Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) Annual General Meeting earlier this year. For more than 20 years Healthway has been funding the AHPA (WA Branch) to implement the Health Promotion Scholarship Program-for both health promotion university graduates as well as Aboriginal people with an interest in a career in health promotion. The new Healthway AHPA Graduate Scholarship recipients for 2017 were announced and both went to SoPH grads. Ashleigh Parnell will be completing her Scholarship with PHAIWA on Corporate Social Responsibility tactics in sport and to our own Corie Gray from CERIPH who will be examining factors influencing HIV testing in CaLD groups in Perth which extends her successful Honours research and is linked to the GILEAD grant we received late last year.

The night started with three presentations from Trevor Shilton (National Heart Foundation) (Adjunct Professor and alum), Melissa Ledger (Cancer Council WA) (alum and former Healthway AHPA Graduate Scholarship recipient) and Alicia King (alum and current Healthway AHPA Aboriginal Scholarship recipient) as part of the 7th Annual Ray James Memorial Lecture (Ray was also a Curtin alum and former staff member-notably with Mentally Healthy WA). Also of note, current MPH student Lisa Rooke (East Metropolitan Health Service) won the Leadership in Health Promotion Award while the President’s Award went to Karen White (WALGA).

Students’ successes

Master of Dietetics students presented their research at the Dietitians Association of Australia 34th National Conference in Hobart from 18 – 20 May 2017.


Master of Dietetics students at the conference.

Becky White was presented with the Best Oral Presentation for an Early Career Researcher award at the recent World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne. The Congress is held every two to four years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations and was attended by more than 2,500 public health leaders from around the world. Becky, who is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health and supervised by Professor Jane Scott, Associate Professor Sharyn Burns, Professor Satvinder Dhaliwal and Dr Roslyn Giglia, presented on the ‘Process evaluation of the Milk Man mobile app: A breastfeeding app for fathers’.

Eleanor Dunlop has won a new presenter conference award at the Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA) conference.

Eleanor Dunlop won an award at the DAA conference.

Susan Paudel, a Masters student, has won an Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) award for achieving the highest score in an Introductory Epidemiology or Biostatistics unit.

Carli Harford was awarded the Kagawa Nutrition Award for 2016. This is a joint award sponsored by both Kagawa Nutrition University and School of Public Health for the top graduating nutrition student in 2016 (based on highest course weighted average).