Finding the path to fulfilment

Growing up in Singapore, a young Khai Kamarudin dreamt of becoming a nurse one day – just like his mum.

However, he found himself on a completely different path before fulfilling his true passion – one which included a short stint as light fabrication engineer and a police officer on the front line in Singapore.

Greatest fear becomes greatest attribute

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu decided to stop speaking altogether. For 10 years of his life, Peter became an elective mute.

Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice.

WA innovators get the limelight

Whether it was working on old cars on his family’s farm in Albany growing up or taking apart computers with his older brothers – WA entrepreneur Brad Hill, always had a passion for innovation.

Now, the Curtin MBA graduate is shining the spotlight on fellow WA entrepreneurs in a new TV program on Channel 9.

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Acting Clinical Nurse Khai Kamarudin

Finding the path to fulfilment

Growing up in Singapore, a young Khai Kamarudin dreamt of becoming a nurse one day – just like his mum. However, he found himself on a completely different path before fulfilling his true passion – one which included a short stint as light fabrication engineer and a police officer on the front line in Singapore.

Curtin graduate and motivational public speaker Peter Dhu seated

Greatest fear becomes greatest attribute

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu decided to stop speaking altogether. For 10 years of his life, Peter became an elective mute. Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice.

Curtin graduate and Founder of Innovation Nation Brad Hill

WA innovators get the limelight

Whether it was working on old cars on his family’s farm in Albany growing up or taking apart computers with his older brothers – WA entrepreneur Brad Hill, always had a passion for innovation. Now, the Curtin MBA graduate is shining the spotlight on fellow WA entrepreneurs in a new TV program on Channel 9.

Curtin graduate Dr Marnie Gibson

Curiosity Marnie’s cup of tea

From a young age, Dr Marnie Gibson and Global Director for People at T2 was curious about the world around her. This International Women’s Day, the highly professional HR and engagement leader is encouraging young girls to continue asking questions, embrace leadership roles and know their worth.

Expert puts the fun in finance

Expert puts the fun in finance

From 17, Ligwina Hananto took an interest in finance, helping her grandmother manage the household bills. Fast forward to 2024, and the Curtin finance and marketing graduate is a global financial trainer, business leader and stand-up comedian.

Writer to advocate for most vulnerable

Writer to advocate for most vulnerable

Just days from graduating with a Master of Arts in publishing writing, Amer Saleh reflects on the sacrifices her parents made to give her a better life. Born to immigrant parents, the 24-year-old hopes to use her writing to give the world’s most vulnerable a voice and to work for an organisation that advocates for something bigger than herself.

Allan Jones at Perth Children's Hospital Pharmacy

WA pharmacist hailed health hero

At 81-years of age, Perth Children’s Hospital pharmacist Allan Jones is showing no signs of slowing down. A warm and friendly face to all those who visit the hospital, Allan was recently recognised as a health hero at the WA Health Excellence Awards for his 55 years of service.

Isaiah Attkins at Curtin graduation

Family and hard work prove the best medicine

Despite being told by his high school teachers that he would never make it as a doctor, Isaiah Attkins never gave up hope. This year the Curtin Medical graduate finishes his internship at Fiona Stanley Hospital and has his eyes set on becoming a surgeon one day.

Curtin graduate and Australian filmmaker Zak Hilditch

Girrawheen film buff now esteemed director

Despite feeling like Hollywood was a million miles away, Curtin Film and TV graduate Zak Hilditch chose to back himself and work hard. Now, the Australian director and writer is doing what he loves and has valuable advice to those wanting to follow in his footsteps.

Georgia Tree and Grant Tree standing together

Unlikely tale leads to prestigious writing award

In 2020, the Creative Writing graduate put pen to paper and wrote about her dad’s tumultuous life as a heroin addict and drug trafficker in her book, Old Boy.

Family time the perfect formula for prem babies

Family time the perfect formula for prem babies

When Joanne and Scott Beedie lost one of their twin boys at 21 weeks gestation their world came crashing down.

Six weeks later, their surviving twin was born 13 weeks premature, weighing just 940g. Despite the difficult road ahead, the couple turned their grief to gratitude launching the charity, Helping Little Hands.

Josh Redmond

Mining boss shares top tips for success

WA School of Mines’ graduate and Harvard Business alumnus Josh Redmond opens up on the triumphs over his 15-year career in the resources industry.

Creative Spotlight

For Creative Spotlight, Curtin Arts graduate Tania Spencer shares the incredible sculptures she has showcased in Sculptures by the Sea Cottesloe for the past decade.  

Based in Lake Grace in WA’s Southern Eastern wheatbelt, Tania’s love of art and sculpture-making has been a passion and necessity – inspired by her parents and grandparents’ handmaking activities while growing up on a wheat and sheep farm, Tania spent most of her youth creating, which included making heartfelt Christmas decorations to constructing objects her family couldn’t afford to buy.

Tania’s art is inspired by the natural world and the spaces we inhabit, her most recent sculpture, and a personal favorite, ‘Gumnut Cap Quintet’ featured in this year’s Sculpture by the Sea.

“‘Gumnut Cap Quintet’ complimented the Norfolk Island pine trees and caressed the majestic space it was given. The horizon is such a strong focal point in that vista, that to draw the eyes up to enjoy the pines is an achievement,” she says.

Tania hopes her intricate hand-made sculptures remind people to look a little closer at the world around them.

“In our busy lives, I think immersing ourselves in nature is so essential, being in, observing, and appreciating nature is psychologically important. These works are a reminder to look a little closer. They embed themselves into nature disappearing and reappearing as you traverse them. I see the environment having an impact on the work, not the other way around,” Tania said.

Carousel photos L-R: Gumnut Cap Quintet (2024), Indiana (2022), ‘Mantle’ (2021), ‘Inspired by Rosie’ (2018), ‘Survey’ (2014), ‘Thought Process’ (2012), ‘Spin’ (2011), ‘Universal’ (2010), ‘Pythonosaurus’ (2008)  & ‘You Want to Do What?!! (Tow an Iceberg from Antartica)’ (2008).

Discover more of Tania’s work here.

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