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PVC Message, November 2016

Next year, Curtin will celebrate 50 years since the University’s predecessor, WAIT, welcomed its first students in 1967. We have several schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences with long and illustrious histories at WAIT and Curtin, and I am sure we will be hearing some wonderful stories from them in 2017. Curtin’s anniversary website can be viewed here.

I’m delighted that Professor Torbjorn Falkmer has accepted the role of Dean, Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Torbjorn has extensive experience in the field of disability research, specifically autism, in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work. Alongside his new role in the faculty, Torbjorn will continue to oversee the Cooperative Research Centre for Autism, within the school, for one day per week.

We have some interesting research stories in this issue including a sobering study on children and body image, a story about how the neem plant may be used to treat prostate cancer, and fascinating research into how some people on the autism spectrum process their environment.

I extend my congratulations to Mrs Michelle Quail, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, who has been awarded an Australian Award for University Teaching the Early Career Award. The National Physiotherapy Simulation Project team, led by Professor Tony Wright and Dr Penny Moss, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, has also been honoured with an Australian Award for University Teaching – the Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. The awards were presented by the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, at the National Awards Presentation Ceremony hosted by the Department of Education and Training.


Pro Vice-Chancellor.