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Curtin University
Note to staff

9 September, 2008


Visit by Nicola Roxon, Minister for Health and Ageing

I recently met with Nicola Roxon, Minister for Health and Ageing, at Curtin during her two day visit to Perth. The meeting provided the opportunity to brief the Minister about Curtin’s Health Innovation and Research Institute (CHIRI) and to receive feedback on the University’s submission for funding through the Higher Education Endowment Fund. It also provided the opportunity to hear the Minister’s vision for the future of Australian health care, particularly in relation to the Government’s focus on increasing primary care services and how Curtin can support this objective.

Higher Education Review

Submissions for the Higher Education Review have now closed (Curtin put forward a submission). The Review Panel will provide its report on priority action by the end of October 2008 and the final report by the end of the year.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council Grants

I am pleased to advise that Dr Paul Thomas, Project Director, and his team of Media Arts lecturers have been successful in securing a $100,000 ALTC grant for a media/electronic arts scoping study. The study is an overview of the current and pioneering educators, artists and scientists who have brought about the dissolution of boundaries that have traditionally existed between the artistic and technological disciplines. The study will establish a symposium to survey the work of media art educators who have developed facilities, new interactive and interdisciplinary curriculum, and information technologies and related influential theoretical, scientific and philosophical pedagogies that have influenced the development of media/electronic arts.

The team of Media Art lecturers, lead by Project Director, Paul Thomas proposed developing the scoping study of media/electronic art teaching practices which will build a historically based network and database of the evolution of media/electronic arts in universities. The database will support curriculum development and enhancement of course development in media/electronic arts education at universities.

Congratulations to Paul Thomas and his team on developing this exciting initiative.

Australian Business Arts Foundation

I am pleased to advise that Curtin was among the winners of the Australia Business Arts Foundation annual awards 2008 announced at a recent ceremony held in the Perth Town Hall. Curtin partnered with WA Anglogold Ashanti Australia, Carey Mining, Downer EDI and the Art Gallery of  WA to win the March Partnering Award for the Indigenous Curatorial Internship Scheme. The first trainee, Chad Creighton has now completed his Graduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies.

Curtin’s Equal Opportunity Management Plan “Best Practice”

The Equal Opportunity Management Plan for Curtin has been approved by the Western Australian Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) in accordance with the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA). The Plan was assessed as providing excellent coverage of requirements under the Act and as having a good balance of strategies. The OEEO will be promoting our Plan as an example of best practice. Curtin is committed to ensuring that all employees are treated in a fair and equitable manner, and that the workplace is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation. All managers and staff are encouraged to inform themselves about the range of strategies contained in the Plan for achieving our objectives. The Plan can be found at Thank you to all those involved in preparing the Plan, in particular Sheila Flanagan and Sally Webster.

Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia

I am pleased to announce that the Institute of Actuaries Australia (IAAust) has confirmed that Curtin Actuarial Science graduate Bhavesh Haria has completed the necessary examinations and other requirements to qualify as a Fellow of the Institute.

Bhavesh is the University’s first graduate to have completed the rigorous examinations through Curtin and the Institute to qualify as a Fellow. He joins only 17 qualified actuaries working in Western Australia.

This is a tremendous achievement for Bhavesh and great recognition for Curtin.

Curtin Hong Kong Alumni Sundowner

Curtin’s Office of Alumni, in partnership with the Hong Kong Chapter will be holding a sundowner for alumni on Friday 3 October to coincide with University graduations. If any staff members are in Hong Kong during that time, you are invited to attend the sundowner to network and share your professional experience with other alumni.

For details about the event, contact or extension 3113.