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Held in Motion

Curtin Commons

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A series of thought-provoking articles full of insight and inspiration on the issues most important to you, featuring some of Curtin University’s brightest minds, leaders and creatives.

Image: This month’s Creative Spotlight features Curtin graduate and Perth-based artist, Ash Morgan’s (BA Fine Art 2021) ‘Held In Motion’, a reimagining of the 2022 Fringe World performance SYMBIOSIS created by movement collective TriplOcate DMC that fused dancing, sound and live painting to depict an idealistic dancefloor.

“Welcome to Curtin Commons, an online storytelling space for Curtin alumni, staff, students and friends. Featuring a series of thought-provoking articles intended to inspire and enlighten, Commons celebrates the many amazing contributions of our Curtin community and how they are striving to create a brighter future for us all.”

– Carmelle Wilkinson, Editor-in-Chief

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A Curtin University led trial calls on those with MS to taste test new nutritional program

A Curtin University led trial calls on those with MS to taste test new nutritional program

5 April. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

Four years ago, Michelle Evans was at a Christmas wind-up when her legs stopped working, causing her to fall. A few days later, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Michelle will soon take part in a Curtin led trial, which will test a nutrition program to understand the role diet can play in managing some of its debilitating symptoms.

Fashion creatives adapt to new consumer priorities as Curtin’s Fashion Course celebrates 20 years

Fashion creatives adapt to new consumer priorities as Curtin’s Fashion Course celebrates 20 years

24 June. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

Emerging from the pandemic haze, stronger than ever, fashion companies are adapting to new consumer priorities and shifting their focus towards more sustainable and ethical wear. As Curtin celebrates 20 years of fashion studies this year, Head of Fashion Anne Farren reflects on the evolution of the industry and celebrates the significant contributions of our diverse collection of fashion alumni and recent graduates.

Hospitality trailblazer on quest to revitalise Perth’s social scene

Hospitality trailblazer on quest to revitalise Perth’s social scene

17 June. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

Seven years ago, former commercial property valuer Ross Drennan quit his day job in pursuit of greater flexibility and creative freedom. Today, the 35-year-old entrepreneur and his childhood friend and business partner Drew Flanagan are managing large scale festivals and events around the country.

Mentoring program helps guide future Nightingales

Mentoring program helps guide future Nightingales

19 May. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read

While nursing as a profession has evolved over the years, the career itself remains true to those who are motivated to serve and save others. Hear how Curtin’s new Nursing and Midwifery Mentoring Program is helping our final year students make a smooth transition from study to frontline.

Thick skin and resilience key to illustrious media career

Thick skin and resilience key to illustrious media career

13 May. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

Nine News presenter Tracy Vo has become a familiar and friendly face on our television screens. Forging a successful career as one of Australia’s leading journalists, the Curtin graduate discusses how her Vietnamese heritage and parent’s bravery and resilience as refugees helped pave the way for her bright and promising future.

Sunrise swims give rise to body positivity

Sunrise swims give rise to body positivity

5 April. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

When Curtin graduate Tara Jeisman shared a video of herself on TikTok enjoying a sunrise swim at Mullaloo Beach in February this year, she had no idea it would evolve into a body positive movement that would later sweep the nation.

Empowering Aboriginal women on their educational journey of discovery

Empowering Aboriginal women on their educational journey of discovery

28 April. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 15 min read.

A survivor of the Stolen Generations, Curtin’s Moorditj Yorga Scholarship Coordinator Trish Hall-Wall shares her journey from heartache to healing. Trish shares her story of how she triumphed over cultural adversity to become a pillar of strength for mature-aged Aboriginal women undertaking their tertiary studies.

Curtin research to develop evidence-based strategies for expanding access to youth mental health care in WA

Curtin research to develop evidence-based strategies for expanding access to youth mental health care in WA

5 April. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

Help While Our Children Wait, is an evidence-based intervention project led by Curtin Professor Bronwyn Myers, which provides vital mental health support for young people falling into a growing gap – where their problems are too severe for early interventions but not severe enough for specialist services.

Is the end of the pandemic in sight?

Is the end of the pandemic in sight?

8 April. By Carmelle Wilkinson. 10 min read.

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe claiming more than six million lives to date, by comparison WA has managed to weather the pandemic storm – due to our health team’s precautionary and highly effective measures and WA’s enviable geographical location. WA’s Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson shares his thoughts on whether the end is in sight.

Creative spotlight

Curtin graduate and Perth-based artist Ash Morgan (BA Fine Art 2021) attempts to illuminate the potent, abstract emotions experienced while dancing with strangers and friends alike through ‘Held In Motion’. The collection of large UV reactive paintings created by Ash during SYMBIOSIS will be displayed at PS Art Studios this Saturday 23 July until Thursday, July 26.

Photo credit: Adam Thompson.

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Valerie Ah Chee

Valerie Ah Chee (BSci Midwifery, 2011) cares about fostering a sense of belonging for Aboriginal women

“My biggest inspiration and role model is my mum, Dr Rosemary van den Berg, who was the first Nyungar woman to graduate with a PhD from Curtin. I worked on a painting to represent that intergenerational support, and hopefully empower other Aboriginal women to thrive at Curtin through their Moorditj Yorga Scholarship Program.”

David Gribble

David Gribble (BApp Sci 2001, MBA 2006) cares about delivering impactful community safety programs for families in WA

“I have felt empowered to create change as part of some wonderful organisations that benefit many inspiring people – currently this is for the Constable Care Foundation in my role as CEO. Ethical decision-making, integrity and creating change for the better are my guiding personal values.”

Molly Ryan

Molly Ryan (BA Fashion, 2020) cares about creating sustainable fashion

“The mindless consumption of apparel is a major contributor to the fashion industry’s shameful environmental impacts. I want to promote responsible consumption of fashion products through education, awareness and innovation. We have the power to catalyse change by consuming less.”

Letter to the Editor from Ken Gibbons (BApp Sci Biology, 1977)

“I read with interest the latest issue of Curtin Commons and especially the history of Grok and Curtin FM. I was the Student Guild President from 1977-1979 in a rather turbulent period in the Guild’s history. Grok played an instrumental role in the survival of Curtin FM and also in the WA School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie; the University Administration was going to defund CurtinFM (formerly known as 6NR) and close the station. There were also recommendations that WASM should be closed and the courses transferred to the Bentley campus in Perth. Grok was involved in sharing the strong opinions of students who were against these proposals and was a vanguard for social issues on campus. I hope that the rich history of Grok has been preserved, as it is perhaps the best record and testament of the living history of students, their Guild and their stories of the past half century.”

Dikshita Awotarowa (BCom Banking and Finance, 2020) cares about inspiring women to see themselves in finance

“I founded the Women in Finance and Investment Network to address the underrepresentation of women in these fields and evolve the public’s perception of what a female expert in finance looks like. Hopefully by increasing our visibility, we can motivate the next generation of young girls to study finance.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Curtin University acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which Curtin Perth is located, the Whadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation; and on our Kalgoorlie campus, the Wongutha people of the North-Eastern Goldfields.