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Note to staff

5 September 2014


EQUIP process

With the EQUIP process expected to conclude this year, we are doing our best to ensure positions in the new area structures are identified for affected staff.  Our strong preference is to maximise employment opportunities for continuing staff rather than making people redundant.

There are some variations to timing within the streams of work; however, it is anticipated that by the end of September the majority of transfer or redeployment opportunities will be known.

I would also like to assure fixed-term and casual staff that all contracts will be honoured, and that there may be opportunities for them to apply for ongoing positions in the internal advertisement phase of EQUIP.

I realise this has been a difficult process for many staff, and I thank you for the professional and collegiate approach you have taken.

Building 410 sod turning

I recently had the privilege of turning the first sod for the new state-of-the-art learning and teaching building, and the new road at the northern end of the Bentley Campus.

Staff from the external contractor, Georgiou, and Curtin Properties joined me at the breaking ground ceremony on Wednesday.

The new five-storey building – Building 410 – is a cornerstone development in Curtin’s Master Plan to bring an urban feel to the Campus by creating exciting and unique public spaces for our students, staff and visitors.

The new road will be a ‘shared street’, an innovative design that priorities pedestrians and cyclists, whilst allowing for slow moving vehicles.

I look forward to watching the construction of the new building over the coming year.

Further information on the Curtin Master Plan can be viewed here.

Professor Terry with Georgiou General Manager Building, Mr Frank Dilizia at the sod turning

Professor Terry with Georgiou General Manager Building, Mr Frank Dilizia at the sod turning

Integrity and compliance on the web

A new Curtin web page has been designed to help staff find compliance and integrity information that relates to your work at the University. Some staff have reported that it was difficult to find this type of information online, so this page will be useful as it brings together information and documents that were previously hosted in a variety of different locations on the Curtin website.

It is important that you are aware of the legislation, policy and procedures that enable you to work at your best and support Curtin’s agreed values of integrity, respect, courage, excellence and impact.

Vale Emeritus Professor Joan Cole

It is with great sadness that I advise staff that Emeritus Professor Joan Cole passed away yesterday.

Joan was Head of School of Physiotherapy from 1989 to 2001 and retired that year. She was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in 2004.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Joan was a pivotal figure in the physiotherapy profession in Australia and internationally. She was elected as National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and 1990 and was made an Honoured Member in 1998.

Joan was a highly regarded teacher and supervisor of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students at Curtin.

I send my deepest condolences to Joan’s family, friends and colleagues.

  1. Adolph De Sousa September 5, 2014 2:16pm

    Dear Vice Chancellor’s Office

    It is with deep sadness I noted the passing away of Emeritus Professor Joan Cole. Amongst the things you mentioned in your vale, she was also the Chair of the University Academic Board (I am not sure of the years), a role she carried out with distinction. I had the pleasure of serving her as the Secretary to the Board and I valued her counsel and advice.

    I have no way of conveying my condolences to the family. I hope your office is able to pass on my fond memories of her when she worked tirelessly and selflessly for the interests of the University and Higher Education as a whole.

    Adolph de Sousa
    (former Secretary to University Academic Board and Academic Registrar)

  2. Rosemary Coates September 5, 2014 11:05pm

    The post regarding the sad passing of Emeritus Professor Joan Cole was lacking in substance. Joan was a seminal leader in Physiotherapy education and research. She made a significant and unparalleled contribution to the development of the School of Physiotherapy, Her research led to an improvement in neo-natal care for early term, low-birth weight babies. She forged and strengthened the interaction between academe and clinicians – an essential component of medical education.

    Joan Cole also contributed to the leadership of the University, Chairing Academic Board for a number of years and acting as the DVC of Health Sciences during an interregnum.

  3. Natalie Gasson September 9, 2014 10:01am

    I worked with Joan (before and after her retirement) for a number of years through volunteer work we did together at Parkinson’s Western Australia. She was a member of the Research Advisory Committee and played a key role in the development of a Best Practice manual for physiotherapists working with people with Parkinson’s disease. She was extremely generous with both her time and knowledge and she will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to her family.

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