New Curtin University scholarship to support Indigenous women and funding boost for planetary sciences and health research

The Governor congratulates Curtin University (external link) on two recent announcements which will benefit the community:

  • a new scholarship with Glass Jar Australia which will support Indigenous women to ‘shoot for the stars’.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for Earth and planetary sciences and health technology research.

As outlined in his Statement of Priorities, the Governor is committed to furthering understanding and promoting the well-being of our Indigenous populations, supporting the health system of WA in its research and provision of services to all sectors of the community and championing Western Australian achievements in technology and development and the state’s capacity to contribute to international research efforts.

New scholarship

As part of a new agreement supported by Shooting Stars (an initiative of Glass Jar Australia and Netball WA) an Indigenous Australian female student will be awarded a scholarship to complete postgraduate studies at Curtin University.

The Governor is proud to be Patron of Netball WA (external link) and met with Shooting Stars participant and school based trainee Saripha Sesar (pictured) during a visit to Carnarvon Community College in September last year. The Governor was in the area for his Gascoyne Regional Visit.

The Shooting Stars education and engagement program aims to close the gap by working in eight remote and regional schools across Western Australia, using netball and other incentives to promote education, health and wellbeing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

Lotterywest is a major supporter of the Scholarship which will fund the Master or PhD studies of an Indigenous Australian woman and full education costs associated with the postgraduate qualification, as well as any necessary travel and accommodation expenses.

The Governor is also proud to be Patron of the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship (external link) which provides a scholarship for an Aboriginal person/s to study Psychology at Curtin University in undergraduate, Masters or PhD courses.

ARC funding

Curtin University’s Earth and planetary sciences and health technology research has been boosted with new state-of-the-art equipment courtesy of more than $1.4 million in Federal Government funding awarded on 16th January 2020.

Federal Education Minister, the Hon Dan Tehan, announced three Curtin-led research projects had been successful in the latest round of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2020 scheme.

Led by Professor John Mamo, the Director of the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, a team of WA-based researchers has received $620,000 to establish the State’s only super-rapid-speed confocal microscopy facility, providing health, environmental biology and agriculture researchers access to contemporary, state-of-the-art equipment. It will give these researchers the clearest 3D-pictures to monitor fast biological processes inside living cells and to scan large areas of tissues with an unprecedented degree of detail.

The Governor is the official Visitor of Curtin University

By Statute, the Governor is the Visitor to each of the State’s universities, except the University of Notre Dame Australia.

The Governor has been appointed via the individual acts governing Curtin University, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University within Western Australia, to assume two roles. One is ceremonial and the other quasi-judicial. Appeals to the Governor are rare, due to other means of recourse available.

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