Good afternoon. Yesterday we welcomed the Hon Ken Wyatt Federal Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care to campus to announce NHMRC funding of $14 million for dementia research. Congratulations to UWA Research Fellow Dr Kate Smith for receiving $2.5m of this funding for her research; I am proud of the University’s consistent record in attracting competitive funding to improve our nation’s health outcomes.
We are also at the forefront of renewable energy technology and research and I joined the Premier and the Minister for Regional Development in Albany this afternoon to announce the location for the UWA-led Wave Energy Research Centre. Through the Centre we will work with government and business partners to expand WA’s knowledge and use of renewable wave energy, positioning the State as an industry leader.