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Nominations for John Curtin Medal are open

Do you know an ‘unsung hero’? Nominations are open for the John Curtin Medal, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


Dr Ann O'Neill winner of the 2016 John Curtin Medal.
Dr Ann O'Neill winner of the 2016 John Curtin Medal.

The John Curtin Medal is the University’s highest non-academic award and is presented to outstanding members of the community who demonstrate John Curtin’s attributes of vision, leadership and community service. If you know someone who meets the criteria, then consider nominating them for an award.

The nomination form and further details can be found at here. Nominations must be received prior to 5pm on Friday 9 June 2017.

If you plan to submit a nomination please note that nominations are kept strictly confidential, and therefore candidates should not be contacted for information regarding their nomination.

2016 John Curtin Medallist – Dr Ann O’Neil

Last year’s medal winner, Dr Ann O’Neil had a vision for a safe and socially-just society, free of fear and violence. Her vision came from her own tragic experience of domestic violence, which resulted in the death of her two young children and the loss of her leg.

Despite her unimaginable tragedy, Ann channelled her grief into helping others. Seven months after the attack, Ann commenced full-time study. She completed a degree in Social Work with First Class Honours and later a PhD in International Health from Curtin.

She then dedicated her life to assisting others and founded Angel Hands Inc., a non-profit community support group dedicated to helping victims of serious crime. She is now involved in a number of organisations that support victims of family violence and continues to educate and raise awareness on issues of family violence.

Ann was awarded for her courage, vision, leadership and outstanding community service.

“We, as a community, have an obligation to make our community better. We can blame other people, but ultimately it’s up to each and every one of us to do our bit to try to make society as just as possible.” – Dr Ann O’Neil

Read more or watch the video of Ann’s story.