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PVC message, October 2017

Dr Dawson Cooke, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, is conducting some illuminating research into fatherhood, and you can read all about it in our feature article, The business of being dad. We also have a video about  some very innovative research into extracting an anti-diabetic from the humble lupin plant, a project that deservedly took out an award at this year’s Curtinnovation awards. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project.

Curtin has partnered with four other universities to establish the Kimberley University Department of Rural Health (KUDRH) at Notre Dame’s Broome campus. You can read more about this exciting venture in this issue.

Some of our staff, and selected speech pathology and occupational therapy students, recently gathered in the boardroom to celebrate the Jiji program, a successful initiative between the Martu people and Curtin University. Jiji, which offers our students placements in communities in the remote Western Desert of Western Australia, has been running for two years.

The Curtin Autism Research Group (CARG) recently held its annual open day at Technology Park. It was a very successful event, attended by more than 400 people. CARG also held its first research open day in Kalgoorlie, a very well received initiative. I extend my thanks to all those who worked so hard to make these events such a success.

A number of staff recently participated in an on-country visit to the Roelands Mission near Collie. The visit was part of the University’s important Indigenous Cultural Capabilities Framework’s development program, and was led by Elder in Residence, Associate Professor Simon Forrest.

Thank you to all staff who provided feedback and input throughout the Review of Faculty Structures process. All staff were recently sent the final Decision and Implementation Plan, which incorporates a summary of the feedback received and, where possible, outlines decisions and the implementation processes.

Michael

Pro Vice-Chancellor