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Curtin University
Note to staff

February 8, 2008


New direction for HEWRRs

Recently the Federal Minister for Education and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, announced that the Federal Government is seeking to free restrictions placed on Australian universities by removing the current Higher Education Workplace Reform Requirements. Under this requirement, universities’ funding was directly linked to their compliance with specific government workplace relations policies and practices.

This was an onerous and resource intensive compliance process and its removal will alleviate some of the regulatory restrictions placed on universities, and for Curtin, it will enable us to invest more resources into our core activities of teaching, scholarship and research.

The decision should also enable the University to be more flexible in its approach to staffing matters by untying the link between compliance and funding.

The University welcomes this initiative and we will continue to update staff on developments within the sector as they become available.


At the end of 2007, Curtin completed its fifth semester of eVALUate, the student feedback assessment tool. I am delighted that the results indicate an overall student satisfaction of 81.4% in second semester 2007. This increased from the 79.9% overall student satisfaction achieved in second semester 2006. There was also an increase in the response rate in second semester 2007 above that in second semester 2006. This is a tremendous outcome and the results of the survey have provided valuable feedback to staff who are then able to identify areas of excellence as well as those areas where improvement could be achieved.

Congratulations to all staff who participated in the survey.

NHMRC Grants

Congratulations to the following researchers who were successful in obtaining NHMRC project grants for funding to commence this year. This is a tremendous achievement recognising excellence in research.

Title: The WA Safety and Quality of Surgical Care Project: Improving the Safety, Quality and Provision of Surgical Care.
Prof James Semmens
Prof Michael Lawrence-Brown
Prof David Fletcher
Prof Cameron Platell
Ms Delia Hendrie
A/Prof Max Bulsara

Title: Understanding the barriers to improved access, engagement and retention of methamphetamine users in health services.
A/Prof David Moore
A/Prof Paul Dietze
Prof Gabriele Bammer
A/Prof Pascal Perez

Title: ADHD Grown-up: Genetic and environmental determinants of the adult outcomes of childhood ADHD and comorbid conditions.
Prof David Hay
Prof Florence Levy
Dr Neilson Martin

Title: Management of coronary heart disease in the Indigenous population in Western Australia: from information to action.
A/Pr Sandra Thompson
Prof Michael Hobbs
Dr Frank Sanfilippo
Prof Peter Thompson
Ms Francine Eades
Dr Tom Briffa



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