Australia’s Population Health Research Network (PHRN) was established in 2009 and Chief Executive Dr Merran Smith will be the first to attest that it’s very fitting UWA is the lead agency.
With a long history in linking data, WA is at the forefront of this field, and this was reinforced when Dr Smith was recently named as incoming Director of the International Population Data Linkage Network.
As part of the Teaching Excellence Initiatives, the Office of the DVCE is supporting academic and professional staff to develop their own Communities of Practice (CoP) for innovation and best practice in higher education. Up to $20,000 will be awarded to each CoP as a form of support.
Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board. Elections will be carried out by postal ballot in these two categories. Research staff should apply in the relevant category according to whether they hold an academic or general staff appointment.
As many of you know, the controversy surrounding the booking of the Octagon Theatre by the Australian Family Association for a speaking event featuring Dr Quentin van Meter led to my calling of an extraordinary meeting of the Academic Board to open up deep debate about the broader issue of the role of universities in providing a place for uncensored and robust discussion and debate on the many issues in society today.
It’s the University’s current practice that staff work three state public holidays (Labour Day, WA Day and Queen’s Birthday) during the year, which are then taken in-lieu over the Christmas close-down period.
However, following staff feedback that working on these days impacts work-life balance and the opportunity to take regular breaks throughout the year, along with the challenges of public transport options and childcare accessibility, the University would like to propose the following changes:
You are invited to join the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) at the Government House Ballroom for a program of celebrated works by Schubert and Shostakovich, complemented by the world premiere of a work by Western Australian composer and UWA Conservatorium of Music lecturer James Ledger.