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Note to staff

27 June 2014


ARC Linkage Projects success

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has approved the outcomes of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects for funding commencing in 2014.

I am pleased to announce that the following Curtin Linkage Projects have been successful:

Project Title:  Quality and outcomes of individual supported living arrangements for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Curtin Investigators:  Professor Errol Cocks and Dr Stian Thoresen
Partner Investigator/s: Inclusion Melbourne, Achieve Australia Ltd, Perth Home Care Services Inc, Integrated Living Australia Ltd, National Disability Services, My Place Foundation Inc
Awarded Funds: $456,000

Project Title: Driving health care efficiencies and patient care outcomes by improving communication in acute to primary transitions of care
Curtin Investigators: Professor Philip Della and Professor Satvinder Dhaliwal
Partner Investigators: WA Department of Health, ACT Health, WA Health-Nursing and Midwifery, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children WA, Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd, ACT Medicare Local, Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local
Awarded Funds: $480,000

Project Title: Geodetic and hydrogeological investigations of groundwater abstraction from confined aquifers: elastic response, heights, and sea level change
Curtin Investigators: Professor William Featherstone
Partner Organisation/s: University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Landgate, WA Department of Water
Awarded Funds: $390,000

Project Title: Parallel operating stand-alone renewable energy microgrids for remote area power systems
Curtin Investigators: Professor Arindam Ghosh, Dr Sumedha Rajakaruna and Dr Farhad Shahnia
Partner Organisation/s: Regen Power Pty Ltd, Express Solar Pty Ltd, AICA Engineering Pty. Ltd
Awarded Funds: $326,000

Project Title: Creating and sustaining a strong future for volunteering in Australia
Curtin Investigators: Dr Kirsten Holmes
Partner Organisation/s: Volunteering SA and NT Incorporated, Volunteering Victoria Inc, Volunteering Western Australia, Department of Local Government and Communities
Awarded Funds: $203,144

Project Title: Advanced cryobanking for propagation-recalcitrant and critically endangered plant species
Curtin Investigators: Professor Ricardo Mancera
Partner Organisation/s: WA Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Awarded Funds: $450,000

Project Title: Development of Canonical Mist Filter Models
Curtin Investigators: A/Professor Benjamin Mullins and Dr Andrew King
Partner Organisation/s: Rhodius Safety and Environmental Solutions, Germany, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ODS Engineering
Awarded Funds: $300,000

Project Title: The independent and combined effects of front-of-pack food labelling systems and health claims on consumers’ food-related beliefs and behaviours
Curtin Investigators: Professor Simone Pettigrew
Partner Organisation/s: South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Ltd, Cancer Council NSW, Cancer Council of Victoria, National Heart Foundation of Australia
Awarded Funds: $203,513

Project Title: Boosting up Productivity: Optimizing Scaffolding Life Cycle Management with Virtual Design and Construction
Curtin Investigators: Professor Xiangyu Wang, Professor Keith Hampson, Professor Kok Lay Teo, A/Professor Ping Yung, A/Professor Monty Sutrisna and A/Professor Tele Tan
Partner Organisation/s: Woodside Energy Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd, Main Roads Western Australia, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
Awarded Funds: $428,000

These nine ARC Linkage Projects represent a success rate of 35 per cent for Curtin, a significant increase upon previous years.

The ARC Linkage program is particularly important as it signifies the breadth and strength of our research relationships with external partners across industry, community and government.

Congratulations also go to all Curtin Investigators named on ARC Linkage Projects not administered by Curtin.

For further information, please visit the Linkage Projects Funding Outcomes page.

Professor Andrew Rohl

I am delighted to advise that Professor Andrew Rohl, from the School of Science was recently acknowledged as the 2014 Achiever of the Year at the WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance Awards (WAITTA).

Professor Rohl’s award recognises his substantial contribution to the IT industry in Western Australia and, more broadly, in Australia and internationally.

Professor Rohl was previously Executive Director of iVEC, an unincorporated joint venture of the four Western Australian public universities and CSIRO, tasked with establishing high performance computing infrastructure and services for WA researchers. In this role, he was instrumental in attracting $80 million of Australian Government funding to establish the Pawsey Centre in WA.

Curtin also had four students as finalists in this year’s Awards.  My congratulations go to Professor Rohl and our four students.

Online Architecture team recognised in National Learning Excellence Award

In another award, Curtin’s Online Architecture team has collected the national 2014 NOVA Awards for Online Learning Excellence for its Architecture Studio, a design-based workshop created using collaboration and gaming technologies.

The NOVA Award takes into account the unit design principles of authentic, adaptive, personalised, collaborative and supported learning. Congratulations to the team for the recognition of excellence across these dimensions. 

Professor Steve Allsop inducted into honour roll

I am also pleased to advise that Professor Steve Allsop, Director of Curtin’s National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) was inducted into the inaugural honour roll at the Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards.

Professor Allsop was one of four individuals inducted for their leadership, integrity, vision and commitment to the field of preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug problems in Western Australia.

He was recognised for being a well-respected WA-based researcher and advocate, promoting the rights of people with alcohol and drug problems and for educating the community in this arena.

Congratulations Professor Allsop on this well-deserved recognition. 

New simulated training facility

It was my pleasure to officially launch the Juniper Simulation Centre yesterday, involving a partnership between aged care provider Juniper and Curtin.  

The Centre is located at Juniper Ron Wilson House, opposite our Bentley Campus. It will provide over 500 health sciences students annually, with safe, practical experience using cutting-edge technology and enhance Juniper’s ability to up-skill its staff to meet future healthcare needs.

The Centre replicates a typical home in a community or a residential aged care facility and has been designed to promote interprofessional simulation-based training for all health sciences disciplines using the latest technology and equipment.

One of the most efficient and effective ways to deliver increased levels of clinical training is through simulation education and the new Centre will complement our existing clinical training techniques.

The establishment of this new training facility has involved a great deal of input from many members at Curtin.  My thanks to all involved.



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