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Nominations open for Alumni Achievement Awards

Nominations opened on Monday 10 April for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards. The awards recognise graduates for their personal accomplishments, and the significant and valuable contributions they make to their communities.


2016 award winners, Nick Maisey and Freda Jacob, with Lorna Rosenwax, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ms Ruth Jodrell and Ms Louise Cole.
2016 award winners, Nick Maisey and Freda Jacob, with Lorna Rosenwax, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ms Ruth Jodrell and Ms Louise Cole.

There are ten awards in total, including the Professional Achievement Award (Health Sciences) and the new Innovation Award.

In 2016, we had two award winners from the Faculty of Health Sciences. OT alumna, Ms Freda Jacob, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award,  and  OT alumnus, Mr Nick Maisey, won the Young Alumnus Award. A story about Ms Jacob is below, and you can read about some of Mr Maisey’s achievements here.

Staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences are encouraged to nominate alumni who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and excellence in their respective careers and/or who have made significant contributions to society.

Please visit the Alumni Achievement Awards webpage for further details.


OT stalwart earns 2016  Curtin Lifetime Achievement Award

Curtin University’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Freda Jacob, a pioneer of occupational therapy (OT) in Western Australia, during the University’s 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony.

Ms Jacob helped to set the standards for the OT profession in WA, with her contributions including membership on the first OT School Board in 1960, in addition to being the State’s first member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

She also founded the Independent Living Centre in 1977, which assists people of all ages and abilities to live more independently.

Nick Maisey and Freda Jacob at the 2016 awards ceremony.
Nick Maisey and Freda Jacob at the 2016 awards ceremony.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated the award recipients, adding the awards recognised the outstanding contributions its alumni made to society.

“At Curtin, we are committed to developing graduates who have the capacity to impact in their chosen fields through their leadership, innovation and excellence,” Professor Terry said.

“We are extremely proud of this year’s award recipients who have gone on to achieve great success and influence.

“Graduates are our greatest asset and these awards demonstrate the capacity of our alumni to be beacons for positive change.”

The awards recognise the outstanding contributions alumni make to society.
The awards recognise the outstanding contributions alumni make to society.

Other award recipients include a mental health advocate who has worked to combat suicide prevalence in Australia; an economist who advises Bankwest on the implications of economic and financial market trends; the chief executive officer of AirAsia X Berhad who has played a crucial role in the airline’s growth; and a teacher who has combined her passion for education and poverty alleviation through her sponsorship role at AdoptASchool for Balinese children.

For more information, visit: http://alumni.curtin.edu.au/

This story was first published in the Media Centre here.