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PVC message, August 2017

The Review Committee has released its final recommendations for the new faculty structures, which have been endorsed by the Senior Executive Team. The committee has recommended that the University retain its existing four faculties, the Faculty of Business and Law (previously titled the Curtin Business School), the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The committee has also recommended there be seven schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences:

  • Curtin Medical School
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
  • School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology
  • School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Public Health

You can read more about the decision on page 10 of the Review Committee’s report, Review of Faculty Structures Final Recommendations and on the Strategic Plan website. I encourage all staff to contribute to the upcoming faculty change proposals, and to participate in the formal consultation process.

The Australian Human Rights Commission released its national report this week, Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities, which was commissioned as part of the Universities Australia Respect. Now. Always. initiative. Curtin has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and/or assault. You can read more about the initiative in the newsletter.

We have some fantastic research news in this issue, including a story about how Professor Ricardo Mancera, School of Biomedical Sciences, is researching how the high-tech business of cryobanking may save some of our threatened plant species from global warming. In other news, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia and a major global health issue. Dr Hani Al-Salami, School of Pharmacy, is conducting some fascinating research into nanocapsules as a potential new treatment for the disease.

Our students continue to take their careers in new and interesting directions. PhD student, Danica Hendry, is carving out a niche for herself as a talented physiotherapist in the world of elite dance, eight of our midwifery students recently visited Tanzania to work in the hospitals there, and the Curtin Medical School recently welcomed a group of international students from China’s oldest school of western medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University.

This Sunday 6 August is our annual Open Day, and we have many volunteers from our schools and the faculty contributing their time to ensure we showcase all that we can offer to future students. Thank you to all staff who have offered to work at the event, which is always lots of fun and very well attended by the public.

Michael Berndt

Pro Vice-Chancellor