Construction of UniSA’s Health Innovation Building on North Terrace has reached its highest point, with a “topping out” ceremony held to mark the milestone.
The 14-storey, $247m health and research facility will support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research. The Health Innovation Building will be home to top flight cancer research, opportunities for innovation and collaboration with industry, pharmacy research and will house the Museum of Discovery.
The “topping out” ceremony held late last month celebrated construction reaching its highest point of 98m. Topping out is a builders' tradition held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction.
UniSA celebrated the occasion with a tree on top – meant to bring vigour and good luck to the building and all who work in it.
UniSA senior lecturer Dr Kylie Johnston has been awarded a 2016 Churchill Fellowship to learn new methods to manage chronic breathlessness using non-drug interventions.
The Fellowship will provide Dr Johnston with the opportunity to travel to centres of excellence in the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada that provide specialised breathlessness intervention services.
Dr Johnston will also visit projects that use innovative approaches to understand and change the experience of people with chronic breathlessness in the UK and United States of America.
The models of care and approaches used by the centres Dr Johnston will visit have been shown to relieve breathlessness-related suffering and improve quality of life, but these approaches are not currently part of health services in South Australia. There is minimal involvement of physiotherapists in this field in Australia.
Applications for 2017 Churchill Fellowships are currently open and close on 28 April. More details about the Fellowship are available on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.
Former UniSA Vice Chancellor and UniSA Emeritus Professor, Denise Bradley, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sydney for her distinguished service to higher education.
Starting her career as a secondary school teacher, Prof Bradley went on to lead UniSA from 1997 to 2007, playing an integral role in the shaping and success of the University.
In 2008 Prof Bradley chaired the influential National Review of Higher Education, known as the Bradley Report, which led to reform across the Australian tertiary sector, and influenced practice in secondary education.
Professor Diane Mayer, Head of School and Dean of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney said: “Professor Bradley has made a huge contribution to higher education policy and practice across Australia and internationally and has been particularly influential in advancing equity for women and girls.”
For more information, see the media release.
Four UniSA graduates have been recognised at the 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition awards.
The Helpmann Academy was established to maximise opportunities for professional development to help arts students make the transition form study to professional practice. UniSA is a partner institution.
A number of South Australian emerging visual artists shared $45,000 in awards at the 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Opening Night, held last month. For the first time in 2017, the exhibition was expanded to include Masters and PhD candidates.
Award recipients include three UniSA graduates and a PhD candidate.
Tom Moore, glass artist and UniSA PhD candidate, received The Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award ($10,000 cash). The award is new in 2017 and recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.
Karlien Van Rooyen, UniSA graduate, received The Minter Ellison Award ($5,000 cash). This award is new in 2017 and recognises an emerging female artist with outstanding creative potential.
Marissa Ziesing, UniSA graduate, received The Rob Lyons Award ($3000 cash). New in 2017, the award recognises artistic excellence and talent.
Ursula Halpin, UniSA graduate, received The Peter Walker / Helpmann Encouragement Award ($1,000 cash). The award goes to an artist who deserves particular encouragement to continue their practice.
Kate Power, an emerging sculpture and installation artist and UniSA School of Art, Architecture and Design graduate was selected for the 2017 Helpmann Academy British School at Rome Residency.
The British School at Rome (BSR) Residency is an opportunity for an emerging South Australian visual artist to undertake a three-month residency at the BSR, Britain’s leading humanities institute and one of the most prestigious foreign academies in the Italian capital.
Kate will be allocated studio space at the BSR, including residential accommodation. Taking place over April-June 2017, Kate will have access to the school’s world-renowned research facilities, a thriving artistic community, and all the culture and history Rome has to offer.
Read more on the Helpmann Academy website.
The Leaders Institute of South Australia has
appointed a new chair and two new board members.
The Institute, which is based UniSA’s City West campus as part of a recent affiliation with the University’s Business School, has appointed Alexandrea Cannon as the new chair of its board.
Cannon is the Managing Director of Bizbuild, specialising in leadership development, coaching and mentoring, and has built an extensive corporate career in organisational development in the sales, manufacturing, financial services and arts sectors.
“I’m honoured to take up this important role as Chair of the Leaders Institute, particularly at such an exciting time with a new CEO, Marianne Stacy and relocation to the UniSA Business School at City West,” she says.
“Leadership development in South Australia is vital to navigate the future and changing economy of our State. I look forward to working with the board members and management as we continue to evolve our high level and innovative Governor’s Leadership Foundation, Integral Leader and Northern Leaders Edge, Edge and other programs and, work together to develop future leadership skills for both current and future leaders of South Australia.”
Her appointment follows the retirement of the previous chair Colin Dunsford AM after seven years.
The Leaders Institute has also appointed two new board members; Gino DeGennaro and Myron Mann.
DeGennaro is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Principals Australia Institute Ltd, joining the company in 2014. Mann is the Managing Director of Rossiter’s Pty Ltd (Rossi Boots).
Professor Julie Ratcliffe from UniSA’s Institute for Choice has been appointed to a key role on the United Kingdom’s national body for providing guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
Prof Ratcliffe, a professor in Health Economics, has accepted the invitation to join an expert advisory group for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
She is an Invited International Health Economist Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Development of Social Care Economic Evaluation Methods for NICE Social Care Guidelines.
The guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of social care interventions and services. Read more about them on the NICE website.