Achievements and Announcements


Lecturer and PhD candidate awarded two accolades

Fellowship for researcher looking at fetal heart development

Award winning paper reveals need for increased outpatient heart care

UniSA celebrates NAIDOC and two scholars’ successes

Architecture award for book telling Canberra’s story through 100 homes

UniSA success at the South Australian Architecture Awards

UniSA consumer behaviour specialist a ‘standard’ above

Mark Kimber a finalist in national award for excellence in photographic portraiture


Vale Bill Cossey AM

UniSA debuts at 36 in THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings

WOMADelaide Planet Talks podcasts out now

Scholarships for SA students to study at UniSA space school

UniSA collaborates with Dublin City University on water


Chancellor to chair new Defence Cooperative Research Centre

HPE business leader heads up UniSA executive education


Lecturer and PhD candidate awarded two accolades

Recipient of the ADNA USA Nurses Scholarship, Deryn Thompson.

Nursing lecturer and PhD candidate Deryn Thompson has been recognised for her work helping families manage eczema and received a scholarship to travel to the United States to further her work in allergy nursing and dermatology.

Thompson has been awarded an Australian Dermatology Nurses’ Association USA Nurses Scholarship, which ensures Australian dermatology nurses can build their international contacts to pursue professional development and networking opportunities.

Thompson has more than 20 years’ experience in allergy nursing and 10 in dermatology. With the two fields now overlapping in many areas, the scholarship will allow her to attend the American Dermatology Nurses Congress in the United States next February.

“I will be able to network with USA dermatology nurses establishing links for them in Australia while learning from experts in the field,” she says.

“I will also highlight the post graduate Professional Certificate in Allergy Nursing course run by UniSA to attendees.”

Thompson has also received a Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) award for outstanding consumer care contribution.

Through her work with families to maximise their skill development in managing a complex and chronic condition (eczema), Thompson says the award is really a tribute to the parents’ hard work.

“This award highlights how significant effective parent and patient centred care is to parents and children learning to manage their eczema.

“Often people are unaware of the significant psychological and financial impact this condition has on children and their families.

“This is why we strive to help them develop the skills to master the necessary care.”

The Australian Dermatology Nurses’ Association (ADNA) aims to promote the development and recognition of the nurses’ role in dermatology for the benefit of the patient and to promote the education and professional development of nurses working in dermatology.

Fellowship for researcher looking at fetal heart development

Professor Janna MorrisonWork to understand how the fetal heart can develop normally with much less oxygen than an adult heart uses has received a boost, with a UniSA researcher receiving a fellowship to support her research.

UniSA researcher Professor Janna Morrison’s work may lead to the development of non-invasive approaches to detect and treat abnormal fetal heart growth in animals and humans.

Prof Morrison is the Head of the Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and Sansom Institute for Health Research.

She has been awarded one of 91 new Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships for a project aimed at understanding how the fetal heart develops normally in an environment with much less oxygen than what an adult heart operates in.

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.

The aim of the Future Fellowships scheme is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

Prof Morrison has been awarded $987, 972 to support her salary and some related project costs over the next four years.

Award winning paper reveals need for increased outpatient heart care

Dr Deborah van GaansWork on a way to measure access to outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services has revealed that such services are underutilised – and earned a UniSA research recognition for the best professional paper.

UniSA researcher Dr Deborah van Gaans from the Centre for Population Health Research has been awarded the Best Professional Paper Award for 2017 by the editorial board of the Journal of Spatial Science.

The award is for a paper Dr van Gaan, wrote along with Professor Andrew Tonkin from Monash University and the late Professor Graeme Hugo from the University of Adelaide.

The paper, published in the journal in March last year, describes the development of a spatial model to measure the accessibility to existing Phase 2 (out-patient) cardiac rehabilitation services.

“Currently Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation services are underutilised and improving access will be necessary because of ageing of the population and falling case-fatality rates,” Dr van Gaans says.

“The model was developed by integrating the socioeconomic information gathered by a health service survey and incorporating a distance decay model.

“We used a geographic information system to combine both geographic and socio-economic aspects of accessibility.

“It’s very pleasing to have our work recognised with this award.”

The paper can be viewed online.

The award for Best Professional Paper is made every two years based upon Professional Papers published in a 24-month period.

UniSA celebrates NAIDOC and two scholars’ successes

Professor James Ward from the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute, who was named SA Aboriginal Scholar of the Year, with UniSA Dean: Aboriginal Engagement & Strategic Projects Professor Peter Buckskin.Professor James Ward from the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute, who was named SA Aboriginal Scholar of the Year, with UniSA Dean: Aboriginal Engagement & Strategic Projects Professor Peter Buckskin.

A researcher whose work has helped address health problems in Aboriginal communities has been named South Australian Aboriginal Scholar of the Year – an award sponsored by UniSA.

The scholarship, which rewards academic contribution, is presented as part of NAIDOC Week.

UniSA Pro-Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, Professor Irene Watson, says the national celebration of Aboriginal cultural and intellectual contributions to the nation is important for UniSA.

“One of the ways we mark the week is as a key sponsor of the (NAIDOC) South Australian Aboriginal Scholar of the Year award,” Prof Watson says.

This year’s winner was Professor James Ward from the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute (SAMHRI). In 2014 he was appointed as the Head of Infectious Diseases Research Program - Aboriginal Health at SAMHRI, under the leadership of Prof Steve Wesselingh. In the past five years he has progressed research in the areas of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), blood borne viruses (BBVs), vaccine preventable diseases and offender health – with a goal to improve health outcomes across the Aboriginal community.

Prof Watson says Prof Ward’s drive and success are an inspiration for all Aboriginal students and the right kind of example for others to follow.

“At UniSA our goal is to become the University of Choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and through true partnerships with Indigenous communities and organisations, we want to strengthen the pipeline from high school through to postgraduate studies by encouraging and supporting the best and brightest young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” she says.

Meantime, UniSA graduate Dr James Charles was named the national Scholar of the Year at the NAIDOC awards in Cairns. Dr Charles was recognised for his contributions to culturally-appropriate healthcare. He is a Kaurna man from Adelaide and currently works at Charles Sturt University as a lecturer and podiatrist.

UniSA is expanding its commitment to providing respect and opportunities for Aboriginal people and cultures through the development of a “stretch” Reconciliation Action Plan, where the University will commit to the objectives of the new Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy.

Architecture award for book telling Canberra’s story through 100 homes

Book cover: 100 Canberra HousesUniSA architecture PhD candidate and author Tim Reeves has been awarded the 2017 Clem Cummings Medal for his book 100 Canberra Houses, co-authored by Dr Alan Roberts.

The medal is awarded annually by the ACT Institute of Architects in recognition of a significant contribution to the advancement of architecture in the Australian Capital Territory.

Six years in the making, the book allowed Tim to combine his two loves: history and architecture. 100 Canberra Houses tells the story of Canberra’s development from 1913 to 2013 through the stories of 100 houses.

Tim says it was an honour to receive the award.

“With Canberra’s centenary six years away I conceived the idea for a book that would also tell the stories of 100 houses – chosen for their historical or architectural significance – while revealing Canberra’s century of development through its domestic architecture,” he says.

“What inspired me was interviewing the people behind each house – the people who commissioned it, the architect and builder. They’re the real heroes of the book.”

Tim continues to work on his PhD focusing on the history of Australian house design competitions, which will be the subject of his second book.

See the full list of winners on

UniSA success at the South Australian Architecture Awards

Agile x UniSA Pavilion by UniSA student project team. Image courtesy Sam Noonan.Agile x UniSA Pavilion by UniSA student project team. Image courtesy Sam Noonan.

UniSA students, staff and alumni did well at the 2017 South Australian Architecture Awards.

The 29 jurors assessed a competitive field of more than 79 entries across a range of categories.

A team of UniSA architecture students, led by Dr Tim McGinley, received a commendation for their design Agile x UniSA Pavilion in the Small Project Architecture category.

The judges’ citations described the project as “spatially eloquent, melding highly customised and ‘off the shelf’ components seamlessly together to produce a structurally robust and highly sophisticated spatial insertion”.

They also commended the team on demonstrating “a highly innovative and creative response to the design process and prototyping technology explorations and is a positive contribution to student engagement and collaboration”.

UniSA Visual Arts program director Dr Andrew Welch was commissioned to design and make the 2017 President’s Medal that was awarded to leading SA architect John Held.
Read more about the Agile x pavilion on Architizer.

See the full list of winners on the Australian Institute of Architects website.

UniSA consumer behaviour specialist a ‘standard’ above

Associate Professor Svetlana Bogomolova receives her award from Standards Australia deputy chief executive officer Adrian O'Connell in the organisation’s Sydney office.Associate Professor Svetlana Bogomolova receives her award from Standards Australia deputy chief executive officer Adrian O'Connell in the organisation’s Sydney office.

Associate Professor Svetlana Bogomolova from UniSA’s Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science has been named an emerging leader by the body which sets Australian standards.

Standards Australia presented Assoc Prof Bogomolova with its Emerging Leader Award. The award acknowledges a young professional who has demonstrated great involvement in standardisation, by effectively representing the views of their industry in national or international committees and has willingly undertaken active roles, projects or initiatives in their committees.

In announcing the winners, Standards Australia cited Assoc Prof Bogomolova’s representation of the academic and research community on the international committee which deals with guidance on unit pricing.

“Her contributions were instrumental to ensuring the standard had a solid evidence base and the committee had access to the latest knowledge on unit price, retail shopping trends and how consumers use unit pricing information,” Standards Australia stated.

Assoc Prof Bogomolova specialises in consumer behaviour in supermarkets.

Mark Kimber a finalist in national award for excellence in photographic portraiture

Dash on the Summer Solstice taken at dusk with a combination of long exposure (digital) and flashlight. Dash on the Summer Solstice taken at dusk with a combination of long exposure (digital) and flashlight.

UniSA’s Mark Kimber, Studio Head of Photography in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, has been selected as a finalist in the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture exhibition for his work Dash on the Summer Solstice.

Kimber says his photograph was inspired by “the idea of "periphery and exploring the marginalised and the fringe dweller by use of theatrical tropes that deal with tribalism within the suburban realm”.

“My photograph is of my son Dash on the summer solstice,” he says. “He had made a mask based on those worn by people from ancient cultures that celebrated the change of seasons.”

The Olive Cotton Award celebrates excellence in photographic portraiture, with the winning piece acquired for the Tweed Regional Gallery. The nationally recognised award often features works from some of Australia’s most recognised photographers, as well as emerging photographers.

Kimber was selected from a field of more than 500 entries across Australia.

“Being selected as a finalist is something that is both a thrill for me and an honour,” Kimber says. “The Olive Cotton award has become one of the premier photographic art awards in the country.”


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Bill Cossey AMWith the news of Bill Cossey’s death this month, the University of South Australia recognises the life and contribution of a man dedicated to public service, to mentoring tomorrow’s leaders and a great influencer in the quest for good government and good governance.

Cossey was a Fellow of the University, an honour he received in recognition of his enormous service to UniSA over many years.

He served on the University Council for 10 years from 2002 and was engaged with the University in many ways – as Chair of the Senior Academic Promotions Committee, the Honorary Awards Committee and on selection committees for senior appointments.

His reputation for generosity in sharing his time, experience and wisdom was legendary and he supported many niSA activities including speaking engagements, training sessions and simply providing wise counsel.

A graduate in maths and mathematical statistics, as a young man Cossey travelled to Washington DC in the late 1970s, where he worked in private enterprise before returning to Australia.

When he retired from his position as chief executive of the State’s Courts Administration Authority in 2004, he concluded a 35-year career in the South Australian Public Services across key departments, including Industry and Trade, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Government Management, Regional Development and State Services. That service and his many volunteer roles in the community across sporting, educational, aged care, financial and arts bodies, were acknowledged when he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says Bill Cossey has been an asset to the State for many years and one of its most ardent contributors.

“When I first came to South Australia he was extremely kind to me, making me feel welcome and supporting me in my transition to the role of Vice Chancellor,” Prof Lloyd says.

“Bill was known everywhere for his positivity, his belief that good leaders valued people as their key resource and their key concern through organisational change and development.

“He loved South Australia and he will be missed by the many people whose lives he influenced.

“We send our heartfelt sympathy to his family.”

UniSA debuts at 36 in THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings

The Times Higher Education’s first ranking of universities in the Asia-Pacific has placed UniSA at 36 in a field of 243 higher education institutions in the region.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the result is excellent and places UniSA in Australia’s top 12 in the rankings, alongside some of the nation’s oldest institutions.

““UniSA, at only 26 years old, is holding its own against long established universities across the region,” Prof Lloyd says.

“We’re demonstrating exceptional performance in research, teaching and innovation at the highest standards./p>

“Our commitment as Australia’s university of enterprise is to continue to look for opportunities to improve and innovate and to engage internationally through education and industry partnerships.”

He says the rakings provide a valuable insight into the quality of universities for the many students across the region who choose to study at institutions in countries other than their own.

“We are delighted to be ranked among the very best in the Asia-Pacific region and look forward to rising further in the coming years.”

WOMADelaide Planet Talks podcasts out now

Professor Mohamad Abdalla with host Father Bob Maguire.Professor Mohamad Abdalla with host Father Bob Maguire.

UniSA sponsored WOMADelaide's 2017 Planet Talks Program, which this year included six panel discussions across three days.

If you missed the Planet Talks, you can now catch up on the in-depth conversations about cultivating a sustainable relationship with the planet and extending the life of everything society uses, via WOMADelaide’s podcasts.

UniSA’s director of the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, Professor Mohamad Abdalla, joined a multi-faith panel to discuss how environmental stewardship and climate change is a central pillar for all major religions.

Prof Abdalla described his beliefs in their context with the planet.

“As human beings we have an intrinsic relationship with this planet,” Prof Abdalla says. “This relationship is interconnected. It is impossible for us to live on this planet, in a holistic and a sustainable way without an appreciation of every other creation that is on this planet.

“And as a Muslim, we believe that this earth … has been created and that we also have been created and placed on this planet, not necessarily as a privilege but rather in a position of responsibility.

“It is issues like this, looking after our common home that can beautifully unite us and bring us together despite perhaps the theological and perhaps the ideological differences.”

Hear a panel discussion about redefining resources and the right to repair with our Nicholas Chileshe or find out more about human life on Mars and what you can do to make a difference to environmental sustainability.

The podcasts are available on the WOMADelaide website.

Scholarships for SA students to study at UniSA space school

The State Government has announced a new space studies scholarship program in partnership with UniSA.

The new scholarships will see five South Australian students receive $10,000 each to attend the highly regarded Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program, which is jointly organised by UniSA and the International Space University (ISU).

Funds for the live-in summer school will cover tuition, accommodation and meal costs for each of the five participants who will learn a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professionals.

For more information about the scholarships including how to apply, contact

UniSA collaborates with Dublin City University on water

Professor Chris Saint with Prof Fiona Regan and some of the staff and students of the Water Institute, Dublin City University.Professor Chris Saint with Prof Fiona Regan and some of the staff and students of the Water Institute, Dublin City University.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd has signed a letter of agreement with Dublin City University (DCU) to pave the way for future collaborations in water research.

UniSA’s Dean Research and Innovation for the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, Professor Chris Saint, says the collaboration followed a visit from DCU staff, during which both institutions realised they had similar interests in water and water quality issues.

With both universities particularly interested in energy (optimising water and wastewater treatment plants), water and health and sustainable agriculture, a partnership was established.

Prof Saint says the development of sensors and analytical techniques for chemical and biological assessment of water is a common strength.

“I was put in touch with DCU Water Institute’s Director, Professor Fiona Regan, and after some discussion, we decided we would try and explore a bit further how we could collaborate,” Prof Saint says.

Prof Saint visited DCU and soon after became a member of DCU Water Institute’s Advisory Board.

With the team committed to taking the collaboration further, Prof Saint says both sides should benefit.


Chancellor to chair new Defence Cooperative Research Centre

UniSA Chancellor Jim McDowell UniSA Chancellor Jim McDowell will chair a new Defence Cooperative Research Centre responsible for delivering game-changing unmanned platforms that ensure reliable and effective cooperation between people and machines during dynamic military operations.

The Federal Government has announced the creation of a $50 million Defence Cooperative Research Centre focused on Trusted Autonomous Systems.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says existing autonomous and robotic systems that operate in the manufacturing and mining sector are effective in controlled environments but not suitable for Defence operations.

“To be effective, Defence needs autonomous systems to be highly trusted, robust and resilient and this initiative will bring together the best researchers from industry and universities to develop the intelligent military platforms of the future,” he says.

Cooperative research centres bring together academics, publicly funded research agencies, industry (particularly small to medium enterprises) to create research and innovation capability focused on a specific outcome.

The CRC will be chaired by McDowell, who has had an extensive career in the defence industry before joining UniSA.

“As Chair, Mr McDowell will be responsible for leading the development of the research program and business plan and work with industry on transitioning the research results into capability outcomes,” Pyne says.

McDowell, a former Australian chief of global defence giant BAE Systems, says he’s looking forward to putting his skills and experience in the field towards addressing an important, national challenge.

“Defence is a growing sector and has great potential – provided we seize it – to become a major employer for Australians, supported by an array of related industries, particularly through the development and manufacture of advanced technologies,” he says.

“This consortium will be an incubator for technology that can help make Australia a world leader not just in automation for defence, but with potential application well beyond the industry.”

Read the full announcement by Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.

HPE business leader heads up UniSA executive education

Peter StevensFormer director of service delivery for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services in the South Pacific and state manager for South Australia, Peter Stevens, has been appointed as executive director for the University of South Australia’s MBA and Executive Education.

The new role will lead growth and strategy for executive education focussing on UniSA Business Schools’ MBA and International MBA programs along with related executive education programs.

UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor Business and Law, Professor Marie Wilson, says she is excited to begin working with Stevens, to spearhead an expansion of the already successful suite of executive education UniSA provides.

“Part of our goal is to reach more people with the message that UniSA Business School is recognised as one of the best globally,” Prof Wilson says.

“This is not something we simply claim, we have earned that acknowledgement from independent assessments such as EQUIS and the Graduate Management Association of Australia where our MBA has maintained a five-star ranking for more than 10 years.

“Experienced across a 20-year career in a wide range of business operations - from HR management and IT to strategy and operations development, sales and service delivery - Peter brings a huge depth of knowledge of modern business environments to this role.”

Stevens has served as a Member of the Australian Information Industry Association State Council, has served on the UniSA Business School Advisory Board, has a Master of Business Administration from UniSA, and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors.

He starts his new role this month (July).