WA mining industry on cusp of a new era

31/08/2022. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Marnie Finlayson.

From a young age Curtin graduate (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 1997) and head of Rio Tinto’s Battery Materials, Marnie Finlayson wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

Whether she was working on her family’s sheep station in Jeedamya, about 200km north of Kalgoorlie, or shovelling rocks under the crusher at her uncle’s gold mine near Leonora, Marnie was happiest working in a team.

Being in the outback, with the fresh air and wide-open spaces was fuel to her soul and nothing gave her greater joy than camping under the stars.

Growing up in the Goldfields, its rich association with gold mining and exploration piqued her interest, but it was Marnie’s deep appreciation for Country and strong work-ethic that saw her drawn to a career in the resource and mining sector.

Graduating from the WA School of Mines in 1997 as a minerals processing engineer, she has enjoyed an impressive mining career spanning over 25 years.

Working in a number of leadership and operational roles across a range of commodities including salt, iron ore, diamonds and coal, Marnie recently returned from a three-year stint working in Serbia with her husband and two children as Rio’s Managing Director of Battery Materials.

A strong advocate for unlocking the potential within her team, Marnie leads with care and likes to achieve results through others.

Passionate about mining and making a difference, she believes in a future where the value of natural resources is respected, and the environmental impact of all mining activities is prioritised to minimise energy use and carbon emissions.

As the world turns its attention toward lithium in a bid to replace fossil fuels with clean energy, Marnie is proud to be at the forefront of change and lead her team towards a safer and greener future.

As demand for lithium increases exponentially, it is starting to look a lot like iron ore of 20 years ago. How does it feel to be on the cusp of history?

It’s exciting. My current role is to build a battery materials business for Rio Tinto, and we want it to be an industry leading business.

When I look at Rio today, we are very much iron ore heavy, which is great, and it’s been fantastic. A lot of people benefited from that, and we’re now poised to do the same with lithium which is incredibly exciting.

If you think about it, iron ore was around industrialisation and feeding growth and infrastructure, and it brought many people out of poverty in the 1960’s, it’s a fantastic story.

With our attention turning to decarbonisation, I’m excited to be at the forefront of change for my children’s future.

That’s why I’ve recruited a team that are passionate about changing the world and making sure that we mine these materials sustainably.

We’ve got such an entrepreneurial spirit at Rio, and we’ve accomplished so much in our 150 years, I’m looking forward to ensuring this new pillar for the future will assist the world to take the next step to decarbonisation.

What attracted you to pursue a future in mining?

For me I fell in love with the outback when I was young.

Growing up in the Goldfields I saw a lot of mines going up around the place and my uncles Peter and Chris Lalor owned Sons of Gwalia gold mine near Leonora, where I worked during my gap year.

I was quite young, only 18, and the only woman, so I had to prove myself, but I loved it. It was here while shovelling rocks under the crusher and admiring my work at the end of the day that I knew this industry was for me.

I also loved the practicality of studying at the WA School of Mines. We could be learning something in the classroom one day and then the next we are on a mine site seeing first hand what we had just learnt.

With a love for chemistry, physics and maths at school, I considered studying mechanical engineering so I could make artificial joints for people who had lost limbs, but my interest in mining was too strong.

What I love about my job is the sense of team and working with some great people.

Would you like to see more females explore this exciting and rewarding career path?

I would absolutely love to see more girls join mining and this all starts with creating a workplace culture that is good for women.

While I have always felt respected and supported, I know there are other women who have sadly not had the same experience and that needs to change. We need to change the way people view the industry and this is something I am quite passionate about.

Even though the industry has changed drastically over the years, from a sort of let’s just mine, to how do we engage with local communities and Traditional Owners? And how do we make sure we do this sustainably and manage our waste? More can always be done.

When people are considering future careers, I always tell them mining is a great industry to work in because we are doing something that’s actually really important to the planet.

And I think people miss that connection.

If you think about it, in my world, lithium and nickel are two big things that you need in order to get an electric vehicle and you can only get those by mining.

Our job is to make sure we do this as sustainably as possible and with good social connections and good governance.

Recent news headlines exposed shocking stories about women feeling unsafe in the industry and it’s just terrible.

I was incredibly saddened to hear about these women’s experiences. We should all work in a company or organisation where you feel supported, listened to and cared for.

And this starts with creating a work environment where everyone feels respected.

For our girls to feel safe we need to change the culture and stigma of the industry.

How do we achieve this?

Last year March, Rio commissioned a report to have a look at our workplace culture and it exposed some confronting truths about bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The results were really upsetting and disturbing. It took me about four times to read the report. There were some horrific stories and some of them went straight to my heart, I couldn’t believe this was happening and that people felt this way.

It really made me realise that even though it would take some time, that culture needed to change.

And it all starts with being a leader in this space not a bystander.

If you see or hear something, call that person out. Don’t accept sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace.

When the report went public I had so many people ask ‘why is Rio airing their dirty laundry?” but you know what? I’m proud of Rio for doing that, because it aligns with our values of courage, care and curiosity.

Following feedback from more than 10,000 of our employees who took part in the report, Rio has set a plan of action to prevent and respond to harmful behaviours, which over time, will contribute to a more safe, respectful and inclusive work environment.

I think it’s really courageous to share this information and hold ourselves accountable. And I don’t think we are isolated here, but even if we are, we are doing something about it.

Well, that’s promising. I think just that alone will change the conversation and encourage more youngsters, particularly girls to consider joining the industry. Do you have any words of wisdom or advice for someone considering a career in mining?

Absolutely.

The thing that I’ve always felt, and, and I have been lucky in that sense, is that I’ve always felt I can bring something unique.

And that’s not because I’m female, it’s because I’m Marnie.

I always tell people considering joining the industry to bring their whole self to work and bring your unique self because that’s what makes you special.

It’s the value you bring to conversations that makes a workplace great, and we want to create a space where people feel comfortable to do that.

The other thing I tell people is to be open to the many possibilities mining can bring. My husband and I have moved house 16 times since we’ve been together, and I’ve worked in some beautiful parts of WA and the world.

Our kids grew up in the Pilbara enjoying the great outdoors and camping and we got to explore Europe during Covid, while we were living in Serbia, much to the envy of our family and friends back home in Australia.

Mining can bring so many wonderful experiences, you just need to go for it.

While you’re at university, take every opportunity you can, and if there’s an opportunity to gets hands on experience through vacation work or work experience go for it.

Really own your career.

Build your networks, get guidance and attend industry events.

And when you land your first job, just try everything, and say no to nothing.

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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. 

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

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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
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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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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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Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion. 

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society. 

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today! 

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff. 

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 #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders

Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion.

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society.

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today!

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff.

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 #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders
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Curtin Creative Writing & Publishing graduate Emma Pei Yin has always had a passion for writing, but it took years for her to pursue her dream career. 📚✍️

Ignoring her parents and buying a one-way ticket to Australia to achieve her dream has paid dividends, with the Canberra-based author and editor set to release her debut novel, ‘When Sleeping Women Wake’ next year.

Emma is deeply motivated to amplify Asian voices within the Australian literary landscape and is the Founder of Yinfluence and Senior Content Manager for Future Women. 💛

Choosing her own path hasn’t been easy, Emma shares the three biggest lessons she has learned through the process of facing rejection via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WhenSleepingWomenWake #Author #Novel #Writer #Editor #Rejection #Leadership #Career #WritingCareer #CareerAdvice

Curtin Creative Writing & Publishing graduate Emma Pei Yin has always had a passion for writing, but it took years for her to pursue her dream career. 📚✍️

Ignoring her parents and buying a one-way ticket to Australia to achieve her dream has paid dividends, with the Canberra-based author and editor set to release her debut novel, ‘When Sleeping Women Wake’ next year.

Emma is deeply motivated to amplify Asian voices within the Australian literary landscape and is the Founder of Yinfluence and Senior Content Manager for Future Women. 💛

Choosing her own path hasn’t been easy, Emma shares the three biggest lessons she has learned through the process of facing rejection via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WhenSleepingWomenWake #Author #Novel #Writer #Editor #Rejection #Leadership #Career #WritingCareer #CareerAdvice
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