UniSA Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom has been awarded one of pharmacy’s highest international honours – the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP) André Bédat Award.
Prof Sansom, one of Australia’s most distinguished pharmacists, received the award at the opening of the 78th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Glasgow, UK.
The André Bédat Award is the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s highest pharmaceutical practice award and is given every two years. It’s awarded to a pharmacist who is an outstanding practitioner and who has made significant contributions to pharmacy at the international level.
Prof Sansom says he was honoured to be recognised by the International Pharmaceutical Federation and to join previous recipients of the award.
“But like all recipients, it is also recognition of all pharmacists who continue to develop pharmaceutical practice for the betterment of the health of consumers,” he says.
“It is a privilege to be a part of this profession.”
Prof Sansom has played a major role in the development of Australia’s National Medicines Policy and was the chair of the Australian Pharmacy Advisory Council from 1990-2000. He has sat on numerous government and industry advisory groups, including as chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2012.
Prof Sansom was head of UniSA’s School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences before retiring in 2000. In 2002 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for contributions to pharmaceutical education and research and to the development of Australia’s National Medicines Policy.
Among his other roles, Prof Sansom is chair of the Medication Reference Group of the Australian Safety and Quality Commission. He is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and an honorary member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
The director of UniSA’s Australian Centre for Business Growth, Professor Jana Matthews, has been named as one Australia’s 100 women of influence by a leading business and finance publication.
Prof Matthews, who is also ANZ Chair in Business Growth, has been named in the 2018 The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.
The list features women working across a spectrum of industries demonstrating a strong sense of commitment to a cause. This year’s list was chosen from a record 850 entries.
Prof Matthews says she was honoured to be selected as one of the 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence.
“My personal mission is to help CEOs understand how to lead companies that will enable employees to perform at their best, deliver products and services that customers value, grow and create jobs, generate wealth, and contribute to healthy communities,” she says.
“In four years, we’ve worked with more than 600 Australian CEOs of small and medium companies (5 - 200 employees) and helped a very high percentage of them achieve sustainable growth. Since there are more than 250,000 companies in our target market, there is still a lot of work to do!”
UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) Professor Marie Wilson says Prof Matthew’s selection is a great achievement.
“Our ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Professor Jana Matthews, is enabling business growth throughout the country and leading new conversations regarding the policy and support that growing organisations require,” Prof Wilson says.
UniSA Research Assistant Jayden Nguyen will take part in the 42nd World Hospital Congress in October after winning a national scholarship for early career health professionals.
Jayden is currently working on a study, led by Professor Alex Brown, to understand why diabetes is so prevalent in South Australia’s Aboriginal community and what markers can be identified to predict complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.
He is based in the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, which is a joint project between the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and UniSA. Nguyen, who is of Narrungga (Point Pearce) and East Arrente (East of Alice Springs) descent on his mother’s side, and Vietnamese descent on his father’s side, is the Metropolitan Coordinator for the Aboriginal Diabetes Study.
“My work as a Research Assistant over the past two years has given me the opportunity to learn and better understand approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research,” Nguyen says.
“It has also given me exposure to the many social and health disparities that Aboriginal people are challenged with in their day-to-day lives, and how research can make a difference through addressing these social inequities for Aboriginal people and their communities.”
Nguyen has been awarded a 42nd World Hospital Congress Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Career Health Professionals.
The scholarship helps develop the careers of up and coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals through the opportunity to participate in the 42nd World Hospital Congress from 10 to 12 October 2018 in Brisbane.
“I am very excited to attend my first international conference,” Nguyen says. “I believe that I will gain invaluable experience from attending the conference and I’m really eager to take this opportunity to listen to international presenters speak about the areas of my interest in; Indigenous health, health economics and health technology.”
The scholarship was made possible by the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association (AHHA), HESTA Australia and the Lowitja Institute.
The World Hospital Congress brings hospital and health service leaders from around the globe together to share views and experiences, network and develop excellence in healthcare and hospitals leadership.
UniSA students competing at World University Championship events across the world have won three medals.
Occupational Therapy student Lauren Kildare and Exercise Physiology Honours student Alice Gregory won silver in the Rugby Sevens’ Championships in Namibia, Africa.
Human Movement / teaching student Caitlin Adams won a bronze medal in the mixed team relay at the World University Cross Country Championship in St Gallen, Switzerland.
With those students claiming two of the 10 medals earned by Australian student-athletes across 22 championship events in 2018, it signifies a very successful year for UniSA.
Lauren and Alice competed in the World Uni Sevens’ Championships in July this year, winning game one against Belgium 17-10 followed by a 36-0 win over Brazil. Although they stumbled against the favourites, France, it was still enough to secure them a place in the semi-final, in which they beat South Africa 21-10 to gain a place in the grand final.
Despite Alice scoring a try in the final, it wasn’t enough to beat France. They went down 7-24 and received the silver medal.
In April this year, Caitlin competed in the women’s cross country event, where she ran 10km along a course full of hills, log barriers and potholes.
Caitlin finished 14th out of 60 competitors and was the second placed Australian.
“I was very proud of this result as I know that I raced tough and left everything out on the course,” she said.
“Being my first open age international event, I have learnt a lot from the experience as an athlete and am very hungry for the next opportunity.”
Australia won the team bronze medal with the first two male and female finishers from each country being awarded points in that category.
All three students received an Amateur Athlete Grant from UniSA Sport to help fund their travels to compete.
Australia’s first Aboriginal school principal and lifetime campaigner for better models for Aboriginal education, Dr Alice Rigney, has been posthumously awarded an Order of Australia at Government House this month in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education.
Dr Rigney was in the first cohort of Aboriginal teachers to graduate from the Delissa Institute and established the first Urban Aboriginal School in Australia where children were taught in their own language as well as English and where Aboriginal culture was also on the curriculum.
An Elder of the Kaurna and Nurungga Aboriginal nations, she was the first Aboriginal person to join the professional ranks of the South Australian Department of Education.
Post teaching, she took on significant roles in the South Australia’s Guardianship Board and Aboriginal Education, Training and Advisory Committee, and nationally, as Ambassador for the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science & Training’s National Indigenous English Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UniSA in 1998.
UniSA is part of two new research consortia to transform the mining and food industries with funding from the State Government’s Research Consortia Program.
The $14.6m Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing research consortium, aims to create a more efficient mineral processing chain.
UniSA has been granted $1.6m over four years and is providing $400,000 cash support in addition to in-kind support, with the funds being used to recruit and train five PhD students and one post-doctoral researcher.
A major challenge in mineral processing is the variable characteristics of ore. Research at UniSA will focus on the use of sensors to better characterise ore in real-time and to monitor key stages of processing. This will lead to more efficient processing.
The research consortium will involve a variety of end-users including BHP and OZ Minerals and the University of Adelaide as a key research partner.
The $10.9m Agricultural Product Development research consortium aims to transform agricultural waste into high value products
UniSA has been granted more than $1m over four years and is providing more than $200,000 cash support in addition to in-kind support, with the funds being used to recruit and train two post-doctoral researchers.
Waste generated in the agricultural sector is often disposed of at cost to the producer. The research will focus on converting biological compounds in agricultural waste into commercial products. The value of these products is diverse; some compounds could be used for their medicinal potential, while others are useful for their structural properties.
The research consortium involves 18 partners based in South Australia, interstate and around the world. UniSA will work with the University of Adelaide and CSIRO as key research partners.
Five startup companies in the space sector have been chosen to participate in the State’s first space incubator program (Venture Catalyst Space), delivered by UniSA’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre.
The following five companies will work closely with the ICC’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Kirk Drage, and a network of expert advisers, over six months to test their ideas and develop their businesses.
Ping Services (SA)
Wright Technologies (SA)
Safety from Space (SA)
The companies will receive a series of workshops, one-on-one mentoring, workspace, a stipend and the opportunity to pitch for a fully-funded overseas tour to network with relevant space industry primes, investors and other startups.
More information is available on the ICC website.