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PVC message, February 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter for 2017. As always, we have lots of exciting news from the staff and students in our faculty.

It was gratifying to be part of the official opening of the Curtin Medical School recently. As we welcome our first cohort of students, it seems timely to acknowledge the vision, passion, hard work and commitment of the many staff members who have been involved in establishing the school. I extend my thanks to you all.

Our researchers continue to conduct exciting work in diverse areas of health. Associate Professor, Rebecca McKetin is leading some important research into a potential medication for crystal meth dependence, and Dr Michael Wright is leading projects aimed at providing culturally appropriate mental health and drug and alcohol services for Aboriginal people. Other research news can be found in the newsletter.

Congratulations to Physiotherapy student, Rebekah Weller, who trained every day for a year for the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, and was the first female soloist over the line at the race this weekend. This is an exceptional achievement. My congratulations also to Ben Burke, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, who was recently nominated for Pearson’s Student of the Year.

With the recent closure of the Shenton Park campus, I extend a warm welcome to staff members who have moved to the Bentley campus and Technology Park. The Behavioural Research Group, which includes the Act-Belong-Commit program, and the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU) are at Bentley, and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth have moved to Technology Park. The Melanesian Film Archive will also be moving to the campus within a month.

Please also join me in welcoming Ben Horgan, the faculty’s new Consumer Advocate, who is available at Curtin on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can read all about Ben in the newsletter.

As you know, Curtin is celebrating 50 Years of Innovation throughout 2017. We have a number of schools/areas in the faculty who are 50 years old this year, and we will be profiling them in later editions of the newsletter. In the meantime, I encourage you to enjoy the historical images from the School of Pharmacy in this issue, to explore the University’s 50 Years website and to update your signature to include our official 50 Years logo.

Michael Berndt

Pro Vice-Chancellor