Curtin research is music to the ears for Meniere’s sufferers’

13/09/2022. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

George Jones with his wife Penny on holiday in New Zealand.

When George Jones came to, he was under water at the Fremantle Marina.

Fully clothed, and with no memory of how he got there, the icy cold water had jolted him awake.

Earlier that evening the Curtin honorary doctorate recipient and former mining magnate had been sleeping on his yacht at the Fremantle Sailing Club when he woke at about 2am to use the bathroom.

“The last thing I remember was walking out on the deck, and then everything went black,’’ George said.

“I must have passed out and fallen into the water. Heaven knows how I didn’t hit my head as I fell.”

A general practitioner later told him that if it weren’t for the temperature of the water that night which suppressed his breathing for a few seconds, he could have died.

Unfortunately, these blackouts were becoming the norm for George.

A fit and healthy 36-year-old at the time, he experienced more frightening episodes before being diagnosed with the debilitating and mysterious inner ear disorder known as Meniere’s Disease (pronounced “many airs”) 20 years later.

There is still great mystery surrounding the cause and treatment of Meniere’s Disease.

“The first time I knew something was wrong was probably back in 1980. I was at our home in Melbourne walking up the stairs when I just collapsed, giving my young daughters quite a scare,’’ he said.

“After that, the blackouts started to occur about once a year and each time I was left with little memory of what had occurred. It was quite frightening and incredibly stressful, and the episodes left me feeling quite unwell afterwards.”

George recalls another incident when he blacked out on a plane, hitting his head on impact and requiring urgent medical assistance – thankfully a medical doctor was on board.

By then, he had been misdiagnosed as having Labyrinthitis, a disorder that causes inflammation of the inner ear, and was placed on medication to help control his symptoms.

Several years on, and more frightening blackouts later, George discovered that a leading ear and hearing specialist, Professor Marcus Atlas, was located right here in Perth.

“After 20 years and several misdiagnoses, it took Marcus just 10 minutes to tell me I had Meniere’s, and that it was quite advanced,’’ he said.

“He told me there was little they could do in terms of treatment, but I could undergo surgery to sever the balance nerve to my right ear.

“Despite the complexities and risks associated with the surgery I knew I couldn’t go on living like this.

“When I awoke from surgery, I had no balance whatsoever. It took about 12-13 weeks of rehabilitation before I started to feel steady on my feet again.”

Following surgery, the blackouts stopped.

Reflecting on his surgery some 12 years ago, George said it saved his life in more ways than one.

Now retired, George Jones is raising awareness about Meniere’s Disease.

As the former chairman of Australian mining company Sundance Resources Limited, George was meant to be on the fateful flight that crashed in West Africa, tragically killing all on board.

Speaking about the terrible disaster, George said it if he hadn’t been recovering from ear surgery, he would have died alongside his colleagues.

Now retired, the WA philanthropist is collaborating with Curtin University in its mission to raise awareness about Meniere’s.

Affecting more than 40,000 Australians, Meniere’s continues to be overlooked and misunderstood in the community.

The delicate and complex anatomy of the inner ear.

With no cure or effective treatment, it causes a myriad of unbearable symptoms such as extreme attacks of vertigo and nausea, along with progressive hearing loss, tinnitus, and brain-fog.

The symptoms can go into remission for months or years, but then strike again with little or no warning, causing immense fear and anxiety for sufferers.

Former sufferer Juliet Kirkpatrick (92 years old) said the disorder wreaked havoc on her life for years.

Juliet and Bruce Kirkpatrick strongly support research into Meniere’s.

Attacking without warning, Juliet describes extreme cases of vertigo and stomach-churning nausea, leaving her incapacitated for hours.

While the attacks varied in duration, their sheer severity left her feeling mentally, and physically exhausted.

“People sometimes think Meniere’s is just a dizzy sensation, but it is so much worse. It’s like a terrifying nightmare that you can’t wake up from. It’s a dreadful disease,’’ she said.

“When it strikes you can’t think about anything else. Your world is sent into a spin.”

Extreme vertigo is a frightening symptom of Meniere’s that can last several hours.

Often mistaken for other inner ear disorders, sufferers endure years of violent and distressing episodes before an accurate diagnosis is given.

“One time it came on so suddenly I just fell to the floor, while the room spun out of control around me. I felt very sick and was vomiting and having bowel movements at the same time, which as you can imagine wasn’t very attractive,’’ she said.

“But what was frightening was the unpredictability of it. You could be happy, enjoying your life one minute, and the next you’re curled up on the floor.

“Another time, it struck when I was home alone, and I crawled to the front door to let the doctor in. I don’t know why I called him, because I knew he couldn’t help me, but I just wanted someone to be there.”

Juliet and Bruce with their three sons in Melbourne, before the onset of Meniere’s.

Doctors assumed it was caused by the stress dismissed it as nothing worth investigating.

Years went by and the attacks got more frequent and severe, eventually leading to hearing loss in her left ear.

It was later at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney where she was being fitted for a hearing aid, that Juliet first heard about the Meniere’s Support Group.

Thanks to advice and encouragement from members, Juliet was prompted to see renowned Sydney otologist and ENT surgeon, Professor William Gibson, who finally diagnosed her with Meniere’s Disease.

“The disease disrupted my life for years. Sadly, inner ear surgery was unable to fix it, and I continued to have attacks afterwards. But thankfully the attacks stopped on their own about 10 years ago now,’’ she said.

Having seen his wife struggle with the fear and anguish of Meniere’s for over a decade, Bruce established the Meniere’s Research Fund in 2001, to support research into this debilitating disease.

Meniere’s researcher Daniel Brown, now at Curtin, was formally engaged by the Meniere’s Research Fund in 2007 to study the disease at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri (USA) following completion of his PhD in Auditory Neuroscience.

Meniere’s researcher Dr Daniel Brown from Curtin.

Studying the pathological mechanisms that underlie the symptoms of Meniere’s Daniel has developed new treatments that he is currently testing in pre-clinical trials.

A country boy from Geraldton, Daniel returned to WA with his family in 2019 to continue his research at Curtin, working extensively on new therapeutical approaches to Meniere’s.

With a strong interest in neuroscience and a fascination with the complexities of the inner ear, Daniel is dedicated to finding effective treatment for Meniere’s symptoms.

“The inner ear is both structurally and physiologically complex,’’ he said.

“If we think about the cochlea, the small snail-shaped structure in our ear, there are thousands of extremely motion-sensitive ‘hair’ cells that enable us to sense sound and motion. These hair cells are so sensitive to movement that even the smallest abnormal disturbance in fluid pressure can cause debilitating hearing and balance dysfunction.

“In people with Meniere’s there is an abnormal regulation of fluid pressure in the inner ear, which displaces hair cells and causes a range of distressing symptoms, some of which develop suddenly.”

While the characteristics of Meniere’s usually show up in one’s late 40s – early 50s, there are children as young as 10 who have been diagnosed.

Because symptoms vary greatly from person to person, and symptoms naturally wax and wane over time.

It is also challenging to distinguish Meniere’s from other hearing and balance disorders, which can present similar in the early stages.

“What we find is the moment someone starts to feel better we don’t know if it’s because of the treatment they are receiving, or if the disease is just entering a remission phase,’’ he said.

Daniel said attaining the right medical treatment is further complicated because what works for one person, doesn’t always work for another.

“There is a general consensus that Meniere’s can be caused by a number of underlying pathologies or be multifactorial in nature,’’ he said.

“While some sufferers might have inherited it as a genetic disorder, others may acquire it over the course their lives, either through a viral infection, autoimmune disease or through physical trauma to the head.

“To find an effective treatment for all sufferers, we first need to identify commonalities in the pathway causing the symptoms of Meniere’s.”

Daniel is currently assessing new therapies to bring relief to sufferers and restore their quality of life.

“No one should have to suffer as both Juliet and George,’’ he said.

Daniel said Meniere’s sufferers had an abnormal regulation of fluid pressure in their inner ear.

Looking ahead, Daniel’s next phase of research will investigate how to best deliver drugs to the inner ear of Meniere’s patients, whilst also trialling the efficacy of new drugs.

To support Daniel Brown’s research in Meniere’s Disease, please contact Head of Advancement Health Sciences Fabienne Vonarburg give@curtin.edu.au

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Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋 

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community. 

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again! 

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me. 

4. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀? 
Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource! 

5. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? I was a tour manager for many big Aussie bands in the early 2000’s, and I once organised a hip hop festival! 😊🎶

Find out more about the Curtin Entrepreneurs via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Entrepreneurship #Events #Perth #GivingBack #Startup #PerthBusiness #PerthSmallBusiness #PerthStartup #PerthIsOk #Entrepreneur

Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community.

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again!

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me.

4. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource!

5. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? I was a tour manager for many big Aussie bands in the early 2000’s, and I once organised a hip hop festival! 😊🎶

Find out more about the Curtin Entrepreneurs via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Entrepreneurship #Events #Perth #GivingBack #Startup #PerthBusiness #PerthSmallBusiness #PerthStartup #PerthIsOk #Entrepreneur
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Growing up, Curtin Nursing graduate Khai Kamarudin did not doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a nurse – just like his mum. 🩺👨‍⚕️

As time passed, Khai found himself on a completely different career path, which included stints as a light fabrication engineer and a frontline police officer in Singapore.

It wasn’t until years later after some self-reflection that he decided to pursue his true childhood passion at Curtin.

Now, Khai works as a Clinical Nurse helping patients overcome the mental and physical trauma of spinal injury.

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Growing up, Curtin Nursing graduate Khai Kamarudin did not doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a nurse – just like his mum. 🩺👨‍⚕️

As time passed, Khai found himself on a completely different career path, which included stints as a light fabrication engineer and a frontline police officer in Singapore.

It wasn’t until years later after some self-reflection that he decided to pursue his true childhood passion at Curtin.

Now, Khai works as a Clinical Nurse helping patients overcome the mental and physical trauma of spinal injury.

Read more of Khai’s incredible career story in Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆🏼

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Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people. 

As Marketing & Operations Manager at Winyama, Kass’ work is helping close the digital divide for First Nations Australians by empowering organizations with the technology skills to care for Country and Mob. 🖤❤️💛

In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally. 

Read the full interview via the link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Leadership #YouthPrideNetwork #PrideMonth #Pride #LGBTIQA #Indigenous #Representation #Youth #Leader #Ally #Advocate #Community #Acceptance #Perth #PerthIsOk

Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people.

As Marketing & Operations Manager at Winyama, Kass’ work is helping close the digital divide for First Nations Australians by empowering organizations with the technology skills to care for Country and Mob. 🖤❤️💛

In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally.

Read the full interview via the link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Leadership #YouthPrideNetwork #PrideMonth #Pride #LGBTIQA #Indigenous #Representation #Youth #Leader #Ally #Advocate #Community #Acceptance #Perth #PerthIsOk
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We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

Congratulations to the following graduates on your exceptional contributions across the business, mining, and disability sectors:

• Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Vanessa Elliott awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Scott Drummond awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
• Marion Hailes-MacDonald awarded Public Service Medal.

The unwavering commitment of this bunch of extraordinary graduates is incredibly inspiring - these honours are a true testament to their dedication and exceptional contributions to our society! 🌟

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #KingsBirthday #Honours #Australia #Business #Mining #Disability #Leadership #Perth #Global #Recognition #Community

We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

Congratulations to the following graduates on your exceptional contributions across the business, mining, and disability sectors:

• Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Vanessa Elliott awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Scott Drummond awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
• Marion Hailes-MacDonald awarded Public Service Medal.

The unwavering commitment of this bunch of extraordinary graduates is incredibly inspiring - these honours are a true testament to their dedication and exceptional contributions to our society! 🌟

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #KingsBirthday #Honours #Australia #Business #Mining #Disability #Leadership #Perth #Global #Recognition #Community
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Harnessing a remarkable 30-year career, Curtin Master of Business graduate Fiona Beermier has built a truly inspiring legacy in the community and health sectors. 💚

As the former CEO of Ngala, Fiona has significantly contributed to improving the lives of children through early intervention and family support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been a vocal advocate for marginalised populations, introducing vital programs into the community, including The School Breakfast Program and the Empowered to Win mentoring program.

Fiona was recognised in 2023 with a Curtin Alumni Professional Achievement Award for her truly inspiring commitment and dedication toward improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a Curtin graduate making a significant impact in the community! 🌟

Nominations close tonight Friday, 7 June at 5PM (AWST), find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Business #Health #Children #Family #Ngala #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

Harnessing a remarkable 30-year career, Curtin Master of Business graduate Fiona Beermier has built a truly inspiring legacy in the community and health sectors. 💚

As the former CEO of Ngala, Fiona has significantly contributed to improving the lives of children through early intervention and family support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been a vocal advocate for marginalised populations, introducing vital programs into the community, including The School Breakfast Program and the Empowered to Win mentoring program.

Fiona was recognised in 2023 with a Curtin Alumni Professional Achievement Award for her truly inspiring commitment and dedication toward improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a Curtin graduate making a significant impact in the community! 🌟

Nominations close tonight Friday, 7 June at 5PM (AWST), find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Business #Health #Children #Family #Ngala #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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What does a day in the life of a world-renwoned orangutan advocate look like? 🦧🌴

For more than three decades, Curtin Applied Sciences graduate Leif Cocks has worked tirelessly for orangutans to improve their welfare in captivity and ongoing survival in the world.

As Founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif has been instrumental in developing vital conservation plans for orangutans and through his charity has raised over $22 million for orangutan conservation since 1998. 

His current work with partners in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

This World Environment Day, Leif shares what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

Learn more about Leif’s incredible work in #CurtinCommons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #TheOrangutanProject #WorldEnvironmentDay #Environment #Protection #Orangutans #Conservation #Sumatra #Rainforest #Animals

What does a day in the life of a world-renwoned orangutan advocate look like? 🦧🌴

For more than three decades, Curtin Applied Sciences graduate Leif Cocks has worked tirelessly for orangutans to improve their welfare in captivity and ongoing survival in the world.

As Founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif has been instrumental in developing vital conservation plans for orangutans and through his charity has raised over $22 million for orangutan conservation since 1998.

His current work with partners in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

This World Environment Day, Leif shares what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

Learn more about Leif’s incredible work in #CurtinCommons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #TheOrangutanProject #WorldEnvironmentDay #Environment #Protection #Orangutans #Conservation #Sumatra #Rainforest #Animals
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Internationally acclaimed artist-jeweller, historian, and author, Dr Dorothy Erickson has dedicated her multi-faceted art career to elevating WA’s art and design history! 🎨🎓

Exhibiting since 1972, Dorothy has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions in Australia and Europe. 

Growing up on a farm northeast of Perth, Dorothy’s jewellery interweaves elements of WA’s unique natural world which have been greatly inspired by her mother, Dr Rica Erickson AM CitWA, who was an eminent wildflower painter and author.

Following graduation, she worked in Vienna and made regular visits to London. The contacts she made there enabled her to bring leading experts to the 3D Design Jewellery and silversmithing course when she was lecturing at WAIT. 

Passionate about sharing Western Australian makers and their work with the world, Dorothy was awarded the 2020 Curtin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a significant impact? Nominate them for a Lifetime Achievement Award today! 🌟

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #LifetimeAchievement #Art #Jewellery #Environment #Design #Changemakers #Leaders

Internationally acclaimed artist-jeweller, historian, and author, Dr Dorothy Erickson has dedicated her multi-faceted art career to elevating WA’s art and design history! 🎨🎓

Exhibiting since 1972, Dorothy has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions in Australia and Europe.

Growing up on a farm northeast of Perth, Dorothy’s jewellery interweaves elements of WA’s unique natural world which have been greatly inspired by her mother, Dr Rica Erickson AM CitWA, who was an eminent wildflower painter and author.

Following graduation, she worked in Vienna and made regular visits to London. The contacts she made there enabled her to bring leading experts to the 3D Design Jewellery and silversmithing course when she was lecturing at WAIT.

Passionate about sharing Western Australian makers and their work with the world, Dorothy was awarded the 2020 Curtin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a significant impact? Nominate them for a Lifetime Achievement Award today! 🌟

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #LifetimeAchievement #Art #Jewellery #Environment #Design #Changemakers #Leaders
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Applications for the 2024 Curtin Ignition program are now open! 📣 

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain: 

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers. 

🏆 Access to a significant network of contacts within the WA investor and business community. 

🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business. 

The Curtin Ignition program will run from Sunday 1 September to Friday 6 September 2024. 

Participation costs $3,750 (ex GST) per person but there are a range of fully funded scholarships on offer each year from a variety of sponsors. 

Find out more about the Ignition program here 👇https://shorturl.at/xUqzr

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Applications for the 2024 Curtin Ignition program are now open! 📣

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain:

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers.

🏆 Access to a significant network of contacts within the WA investor and business community.

🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business.

The Curtin Ignition program will run from Sunday 1 September to Friday 6 September 2024.

Participation costs $3,750 (ex GST) per person but there are a range of fully funded scholarships on offer each year from a variety of sponsors.

Find out more about the Ignition program here 👇https://shorturl.at/xUqzr

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinIgnition #Program #Business #PerthBusiness #Perth #Incubator #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurship #Innovation
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With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years. 

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet. 

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

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

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years.

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet.

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

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

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
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.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
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

Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
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.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
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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