Curtin’s head teacher strives to make a difference

29/11/2022. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne.

If it weren’t for the generosity of a stranger, Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne would never have discovered the transformational power of a higher education.

Nor would she have embarked on such a remarkable academic journey which has led her across the Pacific Ocean and over the Nullarbor to Curtin University.

The developmental psychologist said she believed a tertiary education had always been her destiny.

“Even though no one in my family had gone to university, there was never a time in my life when I thought university wasn’t in my future,’’ she said.

“While my parents were very supportive of me, they couldn’t afford to send me to uni.”

Extraordinarily, on the night of her graduation Harlene received a phone call that would change the trajectory of her life.

Chosen for an academic scholarship by an anonymous donor, she was overwhelmed with gratitude.

“I felt incredibly privileged. The fact that I’m sitting here today is all due to the kindness of that stranger,’’ she said.

Originally poised to study Spanish, this quickly changed when Harlene accidentally walked into a psychology class in her first year at university.

“Psychology combined the two things I loved most – science and human behaviour. But more than that, it really captured my imagination,’’ she said.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Colorado, Harlene has a BA from Colorado College and a MS and PhD from Rutgers University.

In 1992, after four years as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University, Harlene and her husband made the long journey to New Zealand with their seven-month-old daughter Marea to accept teaching positions at the University of Otago.

Otago University, New Zealand. Photo: University of Otago.

Over her 30 years at the university, Harlene went from lecturer to head of the psychology department, becoming Otago’s first female Vice-Chancellor in 2011.

After 10 years in the role, Harlene said she was considering retirement, when Curtin called.

“I often say a mix of good timing and serendipity has followed me throughout my career, and Curtin was no exception,’’ she said.

“When the recruiter called about the VC position at Curtin I was in lockdown in New Zealand, running a university from my home office,’’ she said.

“I had spoken to this recruiter a few times and I’d always tell them my previous role was a labour of love and I’d never love another university, but I’d be happy to recommend others.

“However, this time around we got talking and she asked how I was doing, and I told her that I was going incredibly well and that Covid had rejuvenated my interest in leadership and that I was thriving in the midst of immense chaos.

“She then very skilfully said ‘so tell me more, or better yet, would you mind telling that to the Chancellor at Curtin because I’m sure he’d love to hear that’.”

Harlene said it was while sharing her story with Curtin’s Chancellor Andrew Crane, that she realised she may have one more big job in her.

In April 2021, Harlene set foot on Curtin’s Bentley Campus for the first time after accepting the position.

Harlene arrived at Curtin in April 2021.

“It was obviously a huge leap of faith for me to move and take on this role, but it was also a huge leap of faith for the university, who hired me on the basis of a large number of zoom calls,’’ she said.

Twenty months in as Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor, Harlene has a confession to make.

“I honestly never thought I could love another university as much as I loved Otago, and now I know that is a lie,’’ she laughed.

“I can wholeheartedly say that I love Curtin. From the moment I arrived on campus and saw the beautiful sprawling grounds I thought to myself have I died and gone to heaven?

“I love our incredibly deep values-based approach to everything. I love that we are nimble. I love that Curtin is global and outward facing. I love that it is industry engaged and connected, and I love that it’s young and not bogged down by some imagined past.”

With a strong focus on research that makes a difference and student experience, well-being and safety, Harlene is committed to ensuring students are at the centre of everything Curtin does.

Talking about a third-year psychology class she taught earlier this year, Harlene’s eyes light up and you can hear the enthusiasm in her voice.

“I’m a born teacher. It’s inherently in my DNA,’’ she said.

“I remember I had my youngest daughter Sara on a Friday and on the Monday, I was back lecturing with her in a baby sling.”

Harlene is also still an active researcher and recently the 31st PhD student she supervised submitted their Doctorate.

Speaking to her academic expertise in memory, Harlene shared, that when we reflect on our own autobiographies, events that took place between the ages of 15-25 are those that we remember best.

“Referred to as the reminiscence bump, this is a period in our lives when a huge repository of really rich autobiographical memories are made.

“Given university typically hits right in the middle of that reminiscence bump, we know we are going to feature heavily in the autobiographies of our students, the question is how do we want to feature? And how do we want to be remembered?”

Harlene at a graduation ceremony in Malaysia.

Passionate about Curtin’s future and the mark we leave on the world, Harlene said she was particularly proud of the university’s new strategic plan, which at its core, is about making a difference.

“I think it’s a strategic plan that even John Curtin would approve of, and that makes me really happy,’’ she said.

“As a young university, we’ve been given this great gift of our name. It’s wonderful to warmly embrace our name and stand on the shoulders of a giant.

“To this day, John Curtin is Australia’s most popular, well respected and honoured prime minister. He believed in equality and giving everyone a fair go, and so do we.”

Harlene is passionate about Curtin’s future and the mark we leave on the world.

A social justice warrior herself, Harlene recently received word that a case she had been working on for 15 years in the New Zealand Supreme Court as an expert witness had been overturned.

In a legal first, the NZ Supreme Court quashed the convictions of creche worker Peter Ellis who served seven years imprisonment for child sexual abuse.

“Sadly, Peter passed away during the appeal process, but it was a beautiful feeling to see the practical benefits of 30 years of research lead to overturning a wrongful conviction,’’ she said.

“It was also wonderful to work alongside former students I had trained and see them grow into these amazing and powerful women who are now changing history, it was the highlight of my career.”

Ranked in the top one per cent of universities globally in 2022, with international campuses in Mauritius, Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore, Harlene said Curtin’s 59,000 students and 3700 staff were in a privileged position to make a difference.

Students at Curtin’s Bentley Campus.

“My greatest hope is that we as employees and students at this great institution, come to Curtin thinking how we can use our time, talent and energy in the service of others,’’ Harlene said.

In the words of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Harlene said education really was the greatest weapon that we have to change the world.

“I am a living and breathing example of what a higher education can do,’’ she said.

“Like John Curtin, I want every person who has the desire and drive to come here to have the opportunity to do so.”

Curtin is proud and privileged to nurture our next generation of leaders and industry professionals.

As one of Australia’s most global universities, Harlene said we had the great opportunity and huge responsibility to educate our next generation of doctors, accountants, engineers and teachers — but most importantly, we have the responsibility to nurture the next generation of leaders.

Curtin attracts students from all walks of life and backgrounds.

“We not only teach students from around the world we are also located around the world,’’ she said.

“I was recently at our campus in Dubai and it’s like a little United Nations with students from 60-70 different countries. I look at their student community and think how come the rest of the world can’t get along like this? It really is remarkable.

“When you think about our great Curtin values, wouldn’t it be fantastic if all world leaders had the same values?

“Now wouldn’t that be great?”

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A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

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A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack
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If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go! 

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go!

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership

Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership
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We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions: 

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇 
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community

We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions:

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community
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When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker
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What does a week in the life of an Intensive Care Unit Nurse look like? 👀🧑‍⚕️

Curtin Master of Nursing graduate Danelia Craill looks after some of our state’s sickest patients as an ICU Clinical Nurse at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Danelia is also passionate about educating our next generation of nursing graduates as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin School of Nursing.

Whether she’s caring for patients, undertaking Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training or teaching our future nurses on best practice - no two days are the same! 🩺📚

Ahead of #InternationalNursesDay this Sunday, Danelia shares a couple of days from her busy week above. 👆 

This year the Curtin School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of excellence. Update your details to reconnect and get involved in the exciting events and activities here 👉 https://shorturl.at/fnKP3

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #InternationalDayoftheNurse #IND2024 #OurNursesOurFuture #HealthSciences #ICU #Nursing #Graduates #Alumni #NursingAnniversary #Anniversary #Celebration #Milestone #Events #WAHealth

What does a week in the life of an Intensive Care Unit Nurse look like? 👀🧑‍⚕️

Curtin Master of Nursing graduate Danelia Craill looks after some of our state’s sickest patients as an ICU Clinical Nurse at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Danelia is also passionate about educating our next generation of nursing graduates as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin School of Nursing.

Whether she’s caring for patients, undertaking Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training or teaching our future nurses on best practice - no two days are the same! 🩺📚

Ahead of #InternationalNursesDay this Sunday, Danelia shares a couple of days from her busy week above. 👆

This year the Curtin School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of excellence. Update your details to reconnect and get involved in the exciting events and activities here 👉 https://shorturl.at/fnKP3

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #InternationalDayoftheNurse #IND2024 #OurNursesOurFuture #HealthSciences #ICU #Nursing #Graduates #Alumni #NursingAnniversary #Anniversary #Celebration #Milestone #Events #WAHealth
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Generations of Curtin graduates tied together by a single thread, their shared love of giving back to the community. 💛

Lisa, Lydia, and Alison hold a legacy that extends beyond Curtin. They have built a successful physiotherapy business that enriches WA families’ lives through connection, movement, and play.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Alison and Lydia have worked alongside their mother for 12 years, sharing her passion for early intervention and helping babies and young children reach their full potential.

Recently, the duo took over their mother’s clinic, Step by Step Physiotherapy for Children - creating a legacy that spans multiple generations.
 
𝐐: 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚, 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬?
A: I am very proud of Alison and Lydia for taking on these roles. Alison has worked with me for many years now and I have seen her develop into a very competent, compassionate, and understanding Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Lydia has always shared her knowledge and understanding of the adults and children she has worked with. I’ve seen how passionate she is in her field and feel very comfortable with her stepping into the business.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬?
A: Our advice is to use this special knowledge you gain as a family to build a workplace that supports each individual and gives them a chance to flourish in the areas they love. Why is this important? Because you spend an awful lot of your life at work, so it has to be something you love!

This Mother’s Day, the trio will celebrate the special day together with their extended family, reflecting on the women in their lives who have provided motherly care. 💝💐

Discover more incredible graduate stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Generations #MothersDay #Memories #Nostalgia #HigherEducation #Family #Community #Physiotherapy #Psychology #Business #Perth

Generations of Curtin graduates tied together by a single thread, their shared love of giving back to the community. 💛

Lisa, Lydia, and Alison hold a legacy that extends beyond Curtin. They have built a successful physiotherapy business that enriches WA families’ lives through connection, movement, and play.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Alison and Lydia have worked alongside their mother for 12 years, sharing her passion for early intervention and helping babies and young children reach their full potential.

Recently, the duo took over their mother’s clinic, Step by Step Physiotherapy for Children - creating a legacy that spans multiple generations.
 
𝐐: 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚, 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬?
A: I am very proud of Alison and Lydia for taking on these roles. Alison has worked with me for many years now and I have seen her develop into a very competent, compassionate, and understanding Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Lydia has always shared her knowledge and understanding of the adults and children she has worked with. I’ve seen how passionate she is in her field and feel very comfortable with her stepping into the business.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬?
A: Our advice is to use this special knowledge you gain as a family to build a workplace that supports each individual and gives them a chance to flourish in the areas they love. Why is this important? Because you spend an awful lot of your life at work, so it has to be something you love!

This Mother’s Day, the trio will celebrate the special day together with their extended family, reflecting on the women in their lives who have provided motherly care. 💝💐

Discover more incredible graduate stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Generations #MothersDay #Memories #Nostalgia #HigherEducation #Family #Community #Physiotherapy #Psychology #Business #Perth
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