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Note to staff

7 June 2016


Thank you to all staff who attended last week’s VC Forum.  I appreciated the questions from the audience and the emails I received after the forum.  A copy has now been uploaded by iLecture.  If you have any comments or questions about the material presented, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 NDRI staff receive national recognition

Congratulations to two of our adjunct staff from the National Drug Research Institute who have been recognised in the Australian Medical Association’s annual awards.

Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton received the 2016 AMA Woman in Medicine Award in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the development of emergency medicine and her passion for public health. Professor Egerton-Warburton has authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications and is a renowned advocate for patients, the community and emergency medicine.

Associate Professor John Boffa, together with Ms Donna Ah Chee, received the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Award. Both John and Donna are from Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. They have made an enormous contribution to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol and improve early childhood outcomes for Aboriginal children.

Congratulations to both Diana and John for these outstanding achievements.


Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton and AMA President Professor Brian Owler.


Associate Professor John Buffa, Ms Donna Ah Chee and AMA President Professor Brian Owler.

Professor Mike Daube awarded second WHO World No Tobacco Day Award

Congratulations to Curtin’s Professor of Health Policy, Mike Daube (AO), on receiving the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General’s Special Recognition certificate at the World No Tobacco Day awards.  Professor Daube received his first World No Tobacco Day award in 1988. This year, he was recognised for his leading role in the introduction of plain packaging in Australia and globally.

CCI partnership

We recently celebrated the establishment of a formal relationship between the Curtin Business School and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) to provide work integrated learning placements for CBS undergraduate students.  The CCIWA collaboration allows CBS to leverage the existing relationships the Chamber has with more than 9,000 employer organisations.  You can read more about this exciting initiative here.


With the Chief Executive Officer of the CCIWA, Ms Deidre Wilmott.

Creative Innovation 2016 scholarships available

Creative Innovation 2016 (Ci2016) is offering emerging leaders, innovators, social and for-profit entrepreneurs the opportunity to be part of Ci2016 Asia Pacific conference.  The Australian Technology Network, of which Curtin is a member, is a partner for the event.

Ci2016 are looking for the most outstanding emerging leaders from across Australia who are actively working to implement ideas that are creating our future. There are 10 scholarships to be won and I encourage staff to submit their innovations. The winners will receive prizes to the value of $10,000 along with:

  • Free registration for the Ci2016 event
  • The opportunity to present their vision for the future in the conference program and on the website
  • A 60 second speaking spot during the main conference program
  • A free three month Exponential Hot Desk membership at Dimension5 co-working space
  • Invitation to mentoring program and events at Dimension5 to build upon learnings, insights and networks gained at Ci2016.

Next Your Voice survey

As I mentioned at last week’s VC Forum, the next Your Voice staff survey will be administered early in 2017, rather than later this year. The change was recommended by the Strengthening our Culture Steering Group in order to better align the survey with business and budget planning cycles and to allow staff from all of our campuses to participate.

The Steering Group also discussed the options of undertaking targeted change challenges (a free, more extensive survey than the Pulse Check for specific work areas or units) or re-running the Pulse Check 2015 for selected areas this year.  Any areas interested in these options for 2016 should contact Jane Bushby in the Organisational Development Unit.

Curtin alumnus qualifies to row for Australia

In an earlier Note to Staff, I congratulated Curtin graduate Rhys Grant for winning the men’s single scull at the Interstate Rowing Regatta. Rhys has just completed a terrific week finishing second at the Final Olympics Qualifications Regatta and has qualified to compete at the Rio Olympics. This is a great achievement for Rhys. You can read more about him here.


Rhys Grant in the Final Olympic Qualifications Regatta.

Congratulations Miss NAIDOC Perth 2016 winners

I’d also like to congratulate two of our graduates, Shelley Cable and Emma Garlett (also a Curtin staff member), for winning places in Miss NAIDOC Perth 2016. The Miss NAIDOC Perth event gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women the opportunity to participate in six weeks of leadership training and embrace their cultural identity through pageantry and public speaking.


Sunday marked the beginning of Ramadan. The most auspicious month on the Islamic calendar, Ramadan marks the month in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. I wish all of our Muslim students and staff a peaceful and joyous Ramadan.

  1. Sahra Abdi June 7, 2016 12:14pm

    Congratulations to Shelley and Emma.
    Ramadan Mubarak to all those taking part :)

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