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Staff and students’ successes

We have many achievements to celebrate this month. Congratulations to all our staff and students on their recent successes, nominations, awards and acknowledgements.


We have many achievements to celebrate this month.
We have many achievements to celebrate this month.

Achievement, awards and recognition

Health Sciences Senior Research Fellow Dr Melissa Stoneham has been awarded the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Mentor of the Year award. The award is given to a senior member of PHAA who has made a significant contribution to mentoring early career professionals, practitioners and/or students, to formally acknowledge the importance of mentoring in career development, and in recognition of the time commitments and other sacrifices that are involved for mentors.

Professor John Olynyk, Health Sciences, has been awarded the Distinguished Research Prize for 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.

Mustafa Atee, School of Pharmacy, has been selected finalist for the ICT Researcher of the Year in the Digital Disruptor awards, which will be held in Sydney in December. He has also been awarded a Ci2016 Innovation Leader Scholarship.

Dr Vinicius Cavalheri De Oliveira, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, has been awarded a prestigious Cancer Council WA Fellowship, commencing next year.

Associate Professor Andrew Briggs has been awarded as a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) for his major research contributions in musculoskeletal health.

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 Health Sciences’ Human Resources Business Consultant, Donna Kirkham, have all been nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff.

Dr Susan Morris, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Professor Garry Allison, Office of Research and Development, Annie Chappell, PhD student, Noula Gibson, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Alison Cargeeg, Ability Centre, and Gavin Williams, Epworth Hospital, won the Excellence in Innovative Practice category at the recent Rotary Allied Health Awards 2016. The project that won the award, the Xcelerate program, is being evaluated as part of Annie Chappell’s PhD research.

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.

 

Student successes

Joshua Jones, School of Pharmacy, has been awarded the Don Watts High Achiever Scholarship.

Our inaugural cohort of students into the Bachelor of Health Science Paramedicine Major have graduated as Ambulance Officers.

Hayley Miller, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, has been selected by the Fremantle Dockers in their first draft pick at the inaugural AFL Women’s National Draft.

 

Alumni success

Social work alumna, Dr Ann O’Neill, has been awarded the John Curtin Medal 2016.