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PVC Message, October 2016

I am delighted that a number of individuals and teams from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff. My congratulations to Amanda Robinson, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Penny Kelly, School of Public Health, the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science Teaching Support Team, Richard Wright and Kerry Higgins, and our Human Resources Business Consultant, Donna Kirkham. The presentation ceremony will be held in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre on Thursday 10 November, and I encourage you to attend and support your colleagues. Details can be found here.

I am very proud of one of our social work alumna, Dr Ann O’Neill, who was recently awarded the 2016 John Curtin Medal. Dr O’Neill is a domestic violence survivor and advocate, and has experienced trauma that is unimaginable for most of us. She has overcome great personal tragedy to contribute in very valuable and meaningful ways to the community, and is a very worthy recipient of the University’s most prestigious non-academic award.

The 2017 edition of The Good Universities Guide, has been released and pharmacy was awarded a red star, which indicates that Curtin has ‘the highest rate of graduate satisfaction for overall quality of educational experience in this field of study’. Social work was awarded a yellow star, which indicates the highest graduate employment rate, and a green star, which indicates the highest median graduate salary, and achieved scores of above 90 per cent in four categories. Rehabilitation achieved scores of above 90 per cent in two categories, and nursing achieved scores above 90 per cent in one category. I commend all the hardworking staff involved in achieving these excellent results.

We have some exciting research stories in this issue, including an anti-doping intervention that targets coaches, the use of Fitbits by seniors and a review of the working conditions and wellbeing of nurses and midwives, the results of which are quite sobering.

Finally, the Curtin Medical School has received accreditation from the independent national standards body for medical education and training, the Australian Medical Council. This is an exciting milestone for the faculty ahead of the intake of the first cohort of students into the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program in 2017.


Pro Vice-Chancellor.