It takes a community of talented, innovative and committed people to be a University of Enterprise. So in 2016 we want to take the opportunity to celebrate our people, their hard work and their achievements.
Below are a few stories we would like to share, however we know there are many more. We need your help to find these stories, so please share your story and take the time to acknowledge and celebrate your colleagues, fellow students and alumni.
More than 120 years after her birth, the name of Lillian de Lissa, endures as a symbol of excellence in early childhood education. Born in Sydney in 1885, de Lissa started the first free kindergarten in South Australia at 214 Franklin Street. In 1979 the de Lissa Institute (as part of the Adelaide Kindergarten Training College) moved to what is now the Magill campus of UniSA. Today UniSA maintains its proud connection with Lillian through the de Lissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies Research Group.
Bachelor, Sport & Recreation Management, graduated 2013
Since Graduating in 2013 I have worked with Port Adelaide Football Club in both Member Services and their Community Development Team. After working throughout the transition to Adelaide Oval, I left the club and worked in Mission Australia's Youth Drug and Alcohol Services providing support for five different programs. Since then I have taken up the opportunity to further my studies and I am currently completing a Master of Aboriginal Studies and now work in UniSA’s Indigenous Student Services team.
Professor Lloyd Sansom has reached the highest levels in research, teaching and public policy. Throughout his career Prof Sansom has received more than 20 major grants and contributed to more than 100 scientific publications. He served as Professor in Pharmacy at UniSA from 1990, was Head of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from 1995 to 2000 and was named Emeritus Professor in 2001. He also played a major role in the development of Australia’s National Medicines Policy which focuses on people’s access to, and safe use of, medicines. In 2001, UniSA named the Sansom Trust in his honour, in 2002 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievements and services to Australia, and in 2004 named the Sansom Institute of Health Research after Prof Sansom in honour of his work.
Dr Evans is a research leader within the Thin Film Coatings Group focussed on the development of fundamental materials science and its translation into commercial reality.
In 2006 he received his PhD in interfacial science from the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2010 he joined UniSA’s Mawson Institute as a senior researcher under the Cooperative Research Centre project AutoCRC. In partnership with leading international automotive OEM supplier, SMR-Technologies, Drew and the AutoCRC project produced a world-first light-weight shatter-proof plastic car mirror that is safer and more environmentally friendly to produce. This mirror is currently manufactured in Adelaide and exported to the United States, with 1.5 million mirrors already manufactured and fitted to vehicles.
In 2012 Science Excellence Awards Dr Evans won the People’s Choice Award for his advanced materials research and expertise in thin film coatings for commercial applications and in 2013 he was named South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year at the Science Excellence Awards SA. As a science advocate Drew was invited to join the newly formed South Australian Science Council to advise state government about STEM related issues.
SACAE, Bachelor, Journalism, graduated 1981
SACAE, Diploma, Primary Early Childhood, graduated 1981
A fabulous career in television and radio journalism in Sydney, Melbourne, London and Adelaide..as...Executive Producer of the ABC's Lateline program, Executive Producer of Radio National Breakfast, Producer of Enough Rope, and more...thanks Uni SA!”
I was also for several years a delegate to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Dr Basil Hetzel served as Chancellor of UniSA from 1992 until 1998, some of the most formative years of the institution, before his retirement in 1998.
His early work in the 1950s looking at the relationship between stress and thyroid diseases was at the forefront, proving that emotional disturbance had an equivalent physiological impact on a patient as more studied injuries and infections.
His breakthrough research into iodine deficiency and the advocacy work he did internationally occupied much of his mid-career. His research in this area made a major contribution to combating iodine deficiency worldwide, leading to our understanding of the effects of iodine deficiency on brain development.
In the 1960s Dr Hetzel led research that identified the link between iodine deficiency and brain damage in unborn children. His research team in Papua New Guinea during 1964-1972 established that brain damage could be prevented by correction of iodine deficiency before pregnancy. This ground breaking research led him to begin a worldwide campaign to incorporate iodized salt into the diets of more than two billion people in some 130 countries where iodine is lacking. Dr Hetzel's efforts have prevented brain damage in millions of children.
Dr Hetzel sadly passed away in February 2017, leaving a long lasting legacy for his contributions to public health and the intellectual life of the State. More information…
Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC, the former Vice‐Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia has been extensively involved in national education policy groups for more than two decades. Appointments early in her career were as a
• Member of the Commonwealth School’s Commission National Working Party on the Education of Girls
• Member of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission (CTEC)
• Member of CTEC’s Technical and Further Education Council
• Member of the National Board of Employment, Education and Training (NBEET)
• Deputy Chair of NBEET’s Higher Education Council
• Member of the National TAFE Staff Development Committee
• Member of the Commonwealth Review of TAFE Funding.
• Convenor of the Women’s Employment, Education and Training Advisory Group(WEETAG)
In 2002 she was a member of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Review Reference group.
In 2008 she chaired the Expert Panel which reviewed Higher Education in Australia and recommended a new framework for Higher Education. Its key recommendations were adopted.
Her other significant roles have included the following:
• Member, Australian Education Council Advisory Committee on Credentialing Arrangements in Secondary and Tertiary Education
• Member, National Committee for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
• Foundation Director, Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA)
• President and Chair, IDP Education Australia Limited
• Treasurer, International Association of University Presidents
• Member, Board of the Australian Vice‐Chancellors’ Committee
• Member, Board of the Australian ‐ American Fulbright Commission
• Director, Open Universities Australia
• Commissioner, South Australian Health Commission
• Chair, State Inservice Education Committee of SA Education Department
• President, Australian College of Educators
• Member, South Australian Council of Technical and Further Education
• Chair, South Australian Training and Skills Commission
• Member, Board of the Business/Higher Education Round Table
• Interim Chief Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
• Chair of the Australian Health Workforce Advisory Council
• Member of the Education Infrastructure Fund Advisory Board
• Member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO
• Chair of the Advisory Panel for the National Trade Cadetships program
• Chair of VERNet.
She is currently Deputy Chair of the National Schools Resourcing Board; a Director of SEEK Ltd.; a member of the NSW Skills Board; and a member of the Advisory Committee for the NSW Centre for Educational Statistics and Evaluation.
Emeritus Professor Bradley has been a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators since 1982. She served as a judge for the 2006 and 2008 International Rolex awards for Enterprise. In 1995 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to education and to educational policy in schools and universities, particularly in relation to access and equity for women and girls. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal. In 2005 she was named the South Australian of the Year, for her significant contributions to the State. In 2006 Professor Bradley was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Korea’s Pukyong National University and in 2007 was awarded Honorary Doctorates from UniSA and RMIT University. The honorary title of Emeritus Professor was conferred following her retirement from UniSA. In 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association of Tertiary Education Management, the Exceptional Service Award by the Professional Teachers Council NSW and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Australian Teaching and Learning Council. In 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Western Sydney. In 2011 the Australian College of Educators conferred its most significant award- the College Medal. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sydney.
On Australia Day 2008 Professor Bradley was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honour, in recognition of her service to higher education.
Prof Moseley is a clinical and research physiotherapist. After his undergraduate training in physiotherapy, he drove trucks and installed fences in the Australian outback, before working clinically for seven years. He then undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute & Neuroscience Research Australia. In 2011 he was appointed UniSA's Inaugural Chair in Physiotherapy, and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences. He is a Principal Research Fellow with the National Health & Medical Research Council, the Chair of PainAdelaide Stakeholders' Consortium and leads the Body in Mind Research Group, based at UniSA and at Neuroscience Research Australia, in Sydney.
The Body in Mind research group investigates the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. His research group does behavioural and physiological experiments in humans, clinical intervention studies and clinical trials of treatments for defined chronic pain conditions.
In addition to his research, Professor Lorimer Moseley has swallowed his pride in the name of fundraising – to the tune of over $50,000 over the last few years. For example, he and a team of UniSA staff members in 2012 volunteered to wear a dress to work to raise money for Do it in a dress, a charity that helps girls in Sierra Leone access education. Prof Moseley presented a keynote lecture in a school dress, raising over $17,000 and the team OVER $34,000, which funded six years of high school for 144 girls!
When the University of South Australia officially formed 25 years ago the concept of bullying rarely rated a mention in the public domain, but thanks to community leaders the negative impact of bullying is now widely recognised.
One leader in particular is UniSA Professor and lead researcher Ken Rigby, who has been at the forefront of research into bullying, its impact on the community and the individual.
He has been one of, if not the, leading authority globally on the topic. His book titled: Children and Bullying: How Parents and Educators Can Reduce Bullying at School (pictured below), has become a valued tool for parents on how they can work with children to avoid them becoming a bullying victim or perpetrator.
John Ralston, AO FAA, FTSE, is an Emeritus Laureate Professor at the University Australia. John is a Physical and Colloid Chemist with complementary training in metallurgy, whose research interests embrace various aspects of interfacial science and engineering.
John has had a great impact on the University, including being the Founding Director of the Ian Wark Research Institute, which is the ARC Special Research Centre in Particle and Material Interfaces. The WARK was the lead institution in the Australian Mineral Science Research Institute, in partnership with the universities of Melbourne, Newcastle and Queensland. John’s team at the WARK has been responsible for over $1BillionAUD of productivity improvements in minerals processing for companies scattered throughout Australia, the USA, Canada, South America and Africa.
In addition, John’s research has lead him to author over 350 refereed journal articles and textbook chapters, plus numerous conference papers and industry reports. John’s teaching has also been impactful, supervising over 85 PhD students to completion.
John has received many awards, including the Australian Federal Government Centenary Medal in 2003, South Australian Premier’s Award for Research Leadership in 2006 and South Australian of the Year in 2007, the first scientist to be recognized in this manner. In the same year he was also recognised as South Australian Scientist of the Year. In 2008 John was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
John is now involved in research mentoring, serves on several Boards and is involved in international assignments in Switzerland, Canada, China, Japan and Namibia.
Bachelor, Applied Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), graduated 2008
Before commencing as Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer at UniSA, I was working with the Royal Flying Doctors Service Central Operations in a Health Promotion Role, where I flew out to remote communities to promote Healthy Living through diet and exercise. I also did Youth Work with Wiltja Boarding Program to help mentor young Aboriginal students.
Jeffrey Smart was an iconic painter and accomplished draughtsman, graduating from the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts (now a part of UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture and Design). In 2011, Smart received an Honorary Doctorate from UniSA. He sadly passed away 20 June 2013, aged 91, leaving an unprecedented legacy in Australian art. Smart’s unending quest for inspiration encapsulates UniSA’s enterprising spirit. The University named its $85 million learning centre at City West campus in his honour.
Prof Mike Miller AO retired in 2000 but his legacy included: a thriving postgraduate research cohort at UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research, his key role in the national Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems and his efforts with the formation of m.Net Corporation, established to demonstrate and research the then new wave of 3G mobile communications.
Prof Miller was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in space science and technology in 2003 and across his career received many accolades including the M A Sargent medal for Australia’s most outstanding Electrical Engineer, the British Institute of Electrical Engineers Sir Lionel Hooke award and Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 1995. In 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering.
In 2008 he was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to science, particularly through leadership roles in the innovation and development of future generation telecommunications technology.
UniSA’s 2014 Three Minute Thesis winner Emily Johnston is on a mission to save lives with pantyhose and paperclips. The PhD student is researching the world’s deadliest animal – the mosquito – and has invented a mosquito trap made from pantyhose, paperclips and recycled milk cartons.
Part of UniSA’s Mosquito and Public Health Research Group, Emily’s research obtains the data needed to find what ecological factors might link virus hot spots. Emily is also the co-founder of Science in the Pub, an informal public forum that explains hot scientific topics in simple terms.
As a mechanical engineer, Prof Fielke was one of the first research-only staff to join UniSA's antecedent institution, the SA Institute of Technology, and he has now been at the University for more than 30 years.
Prof Fielke’s research revolutionised dried sultana production in Australia, after he identified significant improvements to existing agricultural processing machinery which had not been modified or improved since the 1920s. This research and innovations in agricultural machinery have led to the development of new tillage and seeding equipment for local manufacturer Horwood Bagshaw and new methods for processing dried fruit and almonds in Australia.
In 2015 Prof Fielke led a team, together with Santos as part of the Santos Tour Down Under, that won the Guinness Book of Records record for "World's Longest Bike". It was 42m long, had 2 wheels and seated 20 riders.
After joining UniSA in 2003, Prof Murphy was appointed as UniSA’s first Industry Professor in January 2015. His research encompasses the engineering of surfaces via the application of thin film coatings, and extends to applications in the optical, automotive, defence, mining and renewable energy industry sectors.
Prof Murphy also lead the team, which included Dr Colin Hall and Dr Drew Evans, that developed the world’s first plastic car mirror in partnership with local manufacturer SMR Automotive, a product that is currently being manufactured in Adelaide and exported to the United States with more than 1.5 million mirrors already manufactured and fitted to vehicles.
He has applied his knowledge of thin film coatings as Director of Research at Heliostat-SA, an Australian company that uses next-generation technology to harness renewable energy power through the design and manufacture of heliostats. Heliostats are highly reflective mirrors able to focus sunlight onto collectors, which convert the sun’s energy to electricity. The company recently delivered an order of heliostats worth almost $1 million to Mitsubishi Hitachi in Japan.
Social work and international relations student Jay Dohnt inspired the nation when winning a bronze medal in the Beijin Paraolympic’s 400 metre freestyle. He also represented Australia in the 2012 London Paralympics.
Dohnt suffered from the side effects of meningococcal disease when he was 13 years old, losing both of his legs and his fingers on one hand. The near death experience led Dohnt to dream about going to the Paralympic Games while he was in hospital, shaping the course of his swimming career.
The Beijing Paralympics in 2008 is the highlight of Dohnt’s swimming career to date. He entered the Beijing Games ranked fourth in the world with a goal of securing a medal, and won bronze in the 400 metres freestyle. Then in 2009, he was inducted into the Swimming South Australia Hall of Fame.
Jay recently returned home last week after six months in Argentina as part of UniSA’s Hawke Ambassador Program. He also lived for a year at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and swam in London at the 2012 Paralympics before retiring. Jay now plays wheelchair basketball in the National Wheelchair Basketball League for a Perth based team.
UniSA engineering researcher Behnam Akhavan is conducting leading-edge research into developing innovative adsorbents through a method known as plasma polymerisation, which creates silica particles that behave like magnets for water cleaning. The particles are capable of removing over 99.9% of crude oil and more than 96% of heavy metals when added into contaminated fresh and sea water.
Water pollution has become a serious environmental issue, while oil and heavy metals are major contaminants of drinking reservoirs and industrial waste water. This new technology will enable scientists to turn low-cost materials into high-value water treatment materials that can be easily stored and transported, thus bringing great benefit to rural and remote communities.
Masters, Health Science (Health Service Management), graduated 2009
I deployed to Afghanistan just after getting my degree - and assisted in setting up new medical practices for rural Afghan communities. I've since taught future leaders about how to lead, work with other nations and be compassionate. It's been fulfilling.
Marketing Studies Certificate, graduated 1974
Since completing the Marketing Studies Certificate in 1973 I have become a Fellow of the Advertising Institute of Australia.
My journey has involved working in several advertising agencies, big and small, before starting my own advertising agency, Byrne Advertising, later to become Adbiz Advertising which I have now been operating for over twenty years in Adelaide.
Thanks to UniSA for giving me the opportunity.
Adelaide Technical High School, graduated 1965
I established aged care planning consultancy ten years ago and it is now one of the best regarded consultancies of its type in Australia. As a mature age student, I am very proud of my achievement, but also the legacy I will now leave the aged care industry and my staff who will continue to enhance the products of the business as it evolves.
Graduate Certificate, Management, graduated 1996, Graduate Diploma, Soc Sci (Health Counselling), graduated 1989, Bachelor's Degree, Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), graduated 1982, Diploma, Technology in Occupational Therapy, graduated 1978
I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and worked in Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. I worked for over 25 years in mental health services, primarily in community based rehabilitation and recovery programs. I initiated and coordinated several projects aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness, including the development of the peer worker project, consumer and carer community education and I managed the Tobacco and Mental Illness Project in South Australia from 2000-2011. In 2010, I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to USA and Canada to investigate international approaches that effectively help people with mental illness to quit tobacco.
I have co-authored 4 books including 101 Games for Groups, Living well with Schizophrenia, Now I can smell the Orange Blossom and Tobacco Free-a guide to supporting people with mental illness to tackle tobacco.
In 2013 I commenced a Bachelor in Visual Art at the Adelaide Central School of Art.
SAIT, Higher Certificate in Building Technology, graduated 1973
During my studies I worked for a quantity surveying company, then a major Australian building company, building John Martins car park.
I then joined the family building company where I finished my study. I worked with my father and brother running the company for the next 10 years.
I then started Banner Hardware with a single store some 36 years ago. We now have 10 separate outlets run by my 2 sons. I am very appreciative of the education, training and opportunities UNISA afforded me, then known as SA Institute of Technology.
Bachelor's Degree, Engineering (Electrical & Mechatronic Eng) with Hons, graduated 2008
Bachelor's Degree, Management, graduated 2008
Masters by Coursework, Engineering (Military Systems Integration), graduated 2013
I've worked as an engineer in the defence industry and had many great development opportunities. I've seen some amazing things and been a part of some great, highly motivated teams. In my most recent role as General Manager of Smart Fabrication, I embarked on a challenging leadership journey and will soon be off to Stanford Graduate School of Business in California, USA to undertake an Executive Program to learn more about how to sustainably grow a business. All in all, my UniSA education has given me amazing opportunities and opened up many doors that I couldn't have imagined it would whilst studying. Thanks UniSA!
SAIT, Graduate Diploma, Library Studies, graduated 1976
With my UniSA Dip Lib, (and an MBA), I went on to become State Librarian of NSW (and Australian Business Woman of the Year, Australian Business Leader of the Year, and awarded an AO), then Director General of State and Regional Development, Exec Director Operations for Serco Asia Pacific, and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Monash University. I was invited onto numerous boards in public and private sectors including IBM Australia, Lend Lease Corp Financial Services, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the St James Ethics Centre. My UniSA background in information studies has been invaluable throughout. I am now involved in establishing a social enterprise, Enova Energy Ltd, Australia's first community- owned energy retailing and technology company, based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Bachelor's Degree, Applied Science in Physiotherapy, graduated 1981
Graduate Diploma, Business in Health Service Management, graduated 1990
My journey of personal and professional development was off to a rocky start after just a few days of employment as a new graduate physiotherapist at TQEH when I found out that I knew very little about physiotherapy! Like many of my fellow graduates, further studies was the obvious answer. But surely not, I had hardly left the lecture room!
A clinical roster at the Western Domiciliary Care reaffirmed my belief that health care service was where I would like to be. it was just in time too as I was ready to give up my physiotherapy career for ever. Thank to the supervising physiotherapist who thought I possessed excellent inter-personal skills and that management could be my career direction.
Following her advice, I subsequently completed a UNISA Grad Dip in Health Management when working as the Chief Physiotherapist at Modbury Hospital. I then became the Manager of Physiotherapy Services at TQEH.
Further career advancement later took me and my family to the Mid-North Coast of NSW where I managed the Primary Health Services along the east coast.
I later returned to Adelaide to take up the post of Executive Director for a SA charity. To complete the full circle, I am now back working at Dom Care and preparing for my retirement.
Graduate Certificate, Business Administration, graduated 2009, Graduate Diploma, Business Administration, graduated 2010, Masters by Coursework, Business Administration, graduated 2010
From humble beginnings, a strong woman determined to accomplish and achieve. After leaving home at 15 Nahtanha set out to own her own businesses from franchises to transport to then working in Government. After completing the 5 star MBA program Nahtanha then went to work in remote and regional Australia to now returning to Adelaide as a successful CEO for the Brain Injury Network of South Australia.
Bachelor, Arts (Accountancy), graduated 1974
I am a professional Company Director and Investor. Involved as President of Port Adelaide Football Club from 1992 to 2008.
Currently on below Boards:
Bachelor's Degree, Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science), graduated 1984
After graduating I joined a small Adelaide University Biotech Company -"BRESA Ltd” as a Production Biochemist. I progressed through several managerial roles to head the Research Products Division. I engineered a management buy in of this division with the help of overseas partners in 1995 to become Managing Director of a newly named private company “ GeneWorks Pty Ltd”. In 2009 I bought back their share in GeneWorks and am now sole shareholder and CEO of the company.
Daniel Lawrance studied a Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Studies) between 2001 – 2005 and has worked at UniSA since 2004. Daniel is currently Digital Communications Officer with the Communications and Marketing Unit.
His short films for UniSA’s YouTube channel can be seen on screens across the University’s campuses however his film production career extends well beyond that. In 2012 Daniel premiered his first feature-length film, Justice Squad, which featured on the big screen in Indianapolis at a US international film festival.
Lawrance’s film screened twice at the Gen Con Indy Film Festival, where he was also invited to sit on a post-production panel to advise other film-makers on the post-production process.
Set here in Adelaide, Justice Squad follows South Australia's premier crime-fighting team, the Justice Squad, in the lead-up to the first ever Australian superhero audition. The film is shot in a ‘mockumentary’ style which will be familiar to fans of the cult British series The Office and the classic spoof This Is Spinal Tap.
The film has also screened at festivals in Massachusetts, Tennessee and all around Australia. Festivals include WYP Comedy Film Festival, Indianapolis, Chattacon Festival, Tennessee, Total Confusion Convention, Massachusetts, Barossa International Film Festival, Barossa Valley, Pythia Science Fiction Film Festival, Brisbane, Oz Comic Con, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, Continuum Convention, Melbourne, AVCon, Adelaide.
Supervised by Ian Wark Research Institute Associate Professor Benjamin Thierry and the School of Engineering’s Dr Bruce Wedding, and working closely with Royal Adelaide Hospital surgeon Dr Sarah Thompson, Aidan Cousins has applied new thinking to improve detection of cancer without impacting on surgical processes.
Cousin’s new technology detects the spread of cancer in the body, providing surgeons with more accurate information and offering patients a better standard of care. His new cancer-staging magnetometer probe provides five times the accuracy of current methods, at a fraction of the cost.
Prof Brown, University Professor of Population Health and Chair in Aboriginal Health, has spent many years researching chronic conditions which are the biggest contributor to the 10-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Current Prof Brown is the leader of the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), where he is currently undertaking a large-scale National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project to investigate Australia’s own diabetes epidemic taking place in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
The project will follow a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of diabetes with the aim of uncovering the drivers of the disease, including looking at whether psychosocial factors such as depression might play a role.
In 2015 Prof Brown was inducted into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).
UniSA lecturer Jessie Childs is a practicing sonographer and researcher, who is currently a full time UniSA academic. In 2014 Jessie was awarded National Sonographer of the Year (The Pru Pratten Memorial Award for Sonographer Achievement) at the Australian Sonographers Association’s 2014 Awards of Excellence. This award recognises excellence and outstanding achievement in sonography education, tutoring and research. Jessie was also awarded the South Australian Sonographer of the Year award.
Jessie is currently undertaking a PhD into ultrasound measurements of the liver, after completing an Honours research project investigating the effects of ancestry and anthropometry on the size of the ulnar nerve.
Beverley Schutt before retiring at the age of 74 in April 2015, celebrated her 60 year anniversary as a UniSA employee. From days of hanging up photocopying to dry to going home with purple stains on hands and clothes from the Fordigraph printer, Schutt has seen great changes across the duration of her employment.
Most recently Schutt worked as Research and Academic Administrator in the School of Management.
When Schutt first joined the SA School of Mines and Industries in 1956, she used a black LC Smith typewriter. In the Mathematics, Physics and Navigation Department she used a double keyboard Imperial typewriter – one of only two in SA. Over her 60 years of employment she witnessed great shift in technology going from an IBM electric golf ball typewriter, to becoming the first punch card operator at the SA Institute of Technology. This was followed by a word processor called Raytheons, after which came the Macintosh computer. She has seen it all.
Maitland remains the most well-known Australian physiotherapist throughout the world. During his time at University of South Australia he taught his innovative techniques and developed the world’s first postgraduate program in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the SA Institute of Technology in 1974.
The program led to the current Master in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy program. Maitland was instrumental in developing a new and more systematic approach to the examination and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
Physiotherapists around the world have benefited from the concepts and principles of this approach which are as relevant today as they were when first taught at UniSA.
Professor Kerin O'Dea is Professor: Population Health and Nutrition in the School of Population Health. As a scientist she has made major contributions to understanding the relationship between diet and chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes and CVD. She is probably best known for her novel research on the marked beneficial health impact of temporary reversion to traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle on diabetes and associated conditions in Australian Aborigines.
In 2004 Prof O’Dea was awarded Officer, Order of Australia (AO) “service in the areas of medical and nutrition research, to the development of public health policy, and to the community, particularly Indigenous Australians through research into chronic disease and prevention methods". Over 21 years (1992-2012) Prof O’Dea was active as a member of Research Committees and Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and most recently (2009-12) was the inaugural chair of NHMRC’s new Prevention and Community Health Committee.
In addition to developing mutually successful relationships with industry, government and community providing opportunities for students and graduates through her role as Industry Liaison Manager: Teaching and Learning, Gail is a Course Coordinator in Professional Engineering Practice and Engineering Internship Research Project courses, lectures in other courses and engages industry on campus. With these collaborations Gail develops multidisciplinary, work integrated learning and research projects. Mentoring students to be work ready and global citizens. Gail believes there is no greater teacher than experience and is passionate about putting together opportunities that enhance student learning by gaining experiences outside the classroom, including the Japan Internship Program.
Another of Gail’s successful initiatives is the Safe and Sustainable Cambodia Program, a multidisciplinary humanitarian group of projects that she developed in 2011 in honour of the Year of Humanitarian Engineering in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Gail brings together multi-disciplinary teams from UniSA’s four divisions to invest in the lives of people in need and to make a difference. Projects improve access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; English education for children and adults; nutrition awareness and malnutrition prevention; micro business; sustainable living curriculum development and delivery and solar power projects. A key project is the ‘Turn landfill into a classroom’ all the teams come together with community to build classrooms out of recycled water bottles.
In 2010 Gail received a Chancellor's Award for Community Engagement commendation for the Aspirations project with community partner Mark Oliphant College.
In 2011 Gail was awarded an individual Vice Chancellor Award for Professional Staff Excellence for ‘Working Across Boundaries’.
Cathy is the Research Services Librarian, with a focus on communicating the UniSA Open Access Policy, part of Action Set 2 of UniSA’s strategic action plan Crossing the Horizon. UniSA’s Open Access Policy provides the platform for published scholarly output to be accessible online without charge. This policy enables the free flow of information to benefit researchers, institutions and society as a whole.
Previously, Cathy was an Academic Librarian with the Division of Health Sciences, and Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. She worked as part of a team of Academic Librarians supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of academic and research staff, and undergraduate and postgraduate students. Cathy has also held a number of Liaison Librarian roles within the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment and our antecedent institutions from 1994 – 2004.
In 2013 Cathy received a University Staff Service Award for her 25 years of service to UniSA and its antecedent institutions and in 2014 Cathy was part of the Research Analytics Project Team, which received a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Professional Staff Excellence for working across boundaries, and research productivity analytics.
Deb is currently employed as a Clinical Nurse in University of South Australia’s School of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Based Laboratories (PBL). She works with course directors and academic staff, to develop scenarios, teach nursing procedures/skills and facilitate simulation in the Practice Based Laboratories (PBL). These laboratories provide a setting that emulates real world practice by providing space and resources similar to what is offered within both hospital and community settings. These laboratories provide students hands-on experience and the skills needed by the health industry.
She has been a registered Nurse for 25 years, the majority of that time working at the Women's and Children's Hospital where she continues to work one day a week. Deb applies what she learns on the job and embeds it into paediatric nursing simulation scenarios for our nursing students.
Deb was also part of the Practice based Laboratories Team who in 2011 received a Vice Chancellor Award for Professional Staff Excellence for their approach to leading change.
After falling victim to a pub assault, I moved to Kalgoorlie where I dealt with my trauma. In six months I changed my life, became independent and decided it was the right time to start studying my dream career in Social Work. So I flew back home to Mount Gambier to study at UniSA.
I commenced working with UniSA in 2005 at the Mount Gambier Regional Centre (MGRC) as the first local professional staff member. Celebrated ten years with UniSA last month and during my time have seen four different renovations to the MGRC. I have completed an undergrad degree in Management, a first class honours and am now almost finished a PhD with UniSA. I am the first member of my family to complete an undergrad degree, let alone a PhD. Whilst I commenced in a professional role, I now occupy academic roles with UniSA and plan to continue a career in Academia when my PhD is finished.
One of my most life changing moments at UniSA was meeting my (now) husband during a statistics intensive course at UniSA. We met, fell in love quickly and married the following year. Our statistics lecturer, John Petkov, became a close friend to both myself and my husband. Ironically, now we are back where we started as my husband also now teaches at UniSA.
I graduated from High School with a Certificate III in Multimedia and five passed university courses at age 15. I've been written down as a model student at TAFE and was offered work experience designing a prototype website for a real organization, which I accepted.
Now I am starting my third year at UniSA in my Bachelor of Media Arts course, and if I pass everything, I'll have a Bachelors degree around my 18th birthday! Still no job yet, but I've done a few volunteering work including a year at a radio show and a term with UniSA's Hometeam.”
I got burnt by an accident which injured my face, head, neck and arm. I didn’t let that stop my education as I came from Kuwait to Australia. I'm doing my PhD in Applied Economics & Finance. I started this PhD at the age of 23, while forging a career in the Islamic Banking and Finance field through innovation and research via UniSA Business School of Commerce.
UniSA has always amazed me with its student development and leadership services along with the degree I am enrolled in. Being a part of one of the most vibrant programs "UniSA Business career Mentor Program" has given me an immense platform to network, acquire entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of Australian Industry. Also you can be part of other student organisations to utilise your free time and be productive. Currently I am VP Finance of AIESEC in SA and the experience is amazing. Moreover there is always some activities going on campus that create a joyous atmosphere and very much engaging.
After finishing my Honours in Computer Science, I worked at Citibank in Indonesia and quickly built my career there. I was included in various strategic planning projects although I was years younger than other team members. I achieved numerous milestones in my career, including managing a successful customer retention project during the 1998 Asian Economic Crisis – and managing a credit card feature project that is still widely popular in Indonesia. After working in a regional function in Singapore, I moved to Adelaide in 2003 and now continuing my passion for learning and research at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science.
In 1991 as I contemplated which university to apply for in Adelaide, I visited an education fair in Jakarta. Compared to the dry, unenthusiastic representative from another university, I came across Robert Koehne, the representative from UniSA who warmly shared about great things about UniSA and Adelaide. The rest is history.
Being accepted to the PhD program at UniSA, Co-founder of the Ngarrindjeri Eco Art Coop (NEAC) at Camp Coorong and work with the group voluntarily as a Project Arts Manager and Arts Instructor. I have spent 11 years working with the Indigenous community at Camp Coorong. I am passionate about Indigenous issues, social welfare and preservation of traditional indigenous knowledge while creating an income stream for the whole community through creative art activities.
Being a migrant to a new country was not an easy transition, studying was the way to understand Australian culture, to make my mark and successfully contributed through to the creative industries and become one of internationally known as South Australia’s Visual Artist and Surface Designer. Throughout my academic career, I am grateful for all the supports of my lecturers, UniSA Staff and the Disability Supports team, family and friends. Without their support I will not be where I am now doing my PhD.
As an alumnus I think I was Whyalla Campus’ first PhD student to graduate and have since been a chief researcher within government (Child Protection and Out of Home Care). I have recently taken up the position of Operations Manager with Life Without Barriers, a not-for-profit organisation that works in more than 260 communities across Australia. We deliver services in the areas of disability, out-of-home care, aged care, mental health and support for refugee and asylum seekers.
UniSA Business School alumnus and UniSA Experience Plus Support Officer
Bachelor of Management (Honours) & Business Double Degree (Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management & Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management)
Since graduating from UniSA I have been fortunate enough to be elected as a Counsellor to the City of West Torrens Council in the 2014 Local Government Elections. I love my role on the Council as community engagement is my passion. This gives me an opportunity to further give back to my local community. I am currently employed with UniSA as a Student Support Officer in the UniSA Business School. Outside of employment I keep active in my local community as a Surf Life Saver with the West Beach Surf Life Saving Club and as an SANFL League Goal Umpire.
One of my most memorable moments while studying was receiving the 2012 Australian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES) National Youth Volunteer Award. From this I gained a scholarship to sail on the Young Endeavour in 2013. The Young Endeavour was an amazing journey and it is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Professor of Law specialising in criminology and policing studies
I have been here all 25 years. I have been across three campuses, 4 schools and taught 19 discrete areas. I am now resting nicely in the Law School in the loveliest building in City West!
One of my most memorable moments is when in my first year a young woman in the front row sneezed and her chewy landed on my lectern. At least she was facing to the front I suppose.
My decision to undertake a Bachelor of Nursing was a deeply personal one. While I might not be able to change the world, I’m a part of a special group of people who have the ability to change people’s lives every single day. That to me is the next best thing.
Bachelor of Education - Primary and Middle (Graduate Entry), Graduated in 2009
After completing a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Media, I went on to study Education as a postgraduate at UniSA. I have been working as a teacher for the past six years at Saint Ignatius' College, where I undertook one of my placements.
After ten years of tertiary study, I decided to use my knowledge and skills on a global level. Last year, I took six months to travel and volunteer around the world, which also led me to study Spanish. My most amazing experience was volunteering in the Galápagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador. I taught children aged five to 13. It was quite a challenge and certainly a bit of a culture shock but a most rewarding experience. Other volunteers were also working with older children and adults to help the community improve their English, as well as working in the areas of human rights, care and conservation. Some of the conservation projects I was involved in included incredible experiences like feeding giant tortoises and planting trees and mangroves.
My university studies have really opened up so many doors, providing me with many career options. I am happy that I have the opportunity to use my knowledge to help others, while also exploring my interests and following my passions.
Through The University of South Australia’s Foundation Studies I have been able to get the necessary skills to pursue a career in Social Work. By the time I finish my degree I will have real world experience and the theoretical knowledge to back it up.
I came from Africa and I’ve seen it all. I thought Nursing would give me the chance to help people. I love helping people. I wanted to do nursing to take it global, maybe volunteer in Africa and Asia. I’m doing nursing because it will definitely give me a chance to help and working with people. My main goal is to work in Australia and volunteer overseas.
My Dad worked in a hospital in Africa. I used to go and sit there and watch him work as a GP. In Africa, they do everything. He was delivering babies and there’s people that believe he saved their life. It was very inspiring for me and I thought ‘that’s a good thing to do, becoming a nurse is a good idea’.
When I was on placement in the rehab centre, there was a moment when a patient had breathing difficulties, so I called the doctors in. My mentor was so happy because I was the person to pick it. The man was ok, which was a relief and really rewarding.
In five years I see myself working as a nurse saving lives.
I did my undergraduate in English literature and my master’s in Translation Studies in Iran and then decided to apply for PhD in another country to have a new experience. I got admission for PhD in linguistics from UniSA in 2013 and also succeeded in getting University President Scholarship. I started my study in 2014 under supervision of the best people I could have ever met here as they are both knowledgeable and understanding.
My thesis is a critical discourse analysis of English translations of the controversial Qur’anic verses about women to see if translators’ gender and beliefs have influenced their translations and how this religious text is presented to the English-speaking world.
UniSA palaeontologist and geologist Associate Professor Jim Jago is the 2015 recipient of the Bruce Webb Medal, awarded by the South Australian Division of the Geological Society of Australia.
Assoc Prof Jago’s long career at UniSA has been fuelled by a passion for the secrets in sediment – whether that is the Early Cambrian fly-like eyes of 500 million year old creatures uncovered in Emu Bay Kangaroo Island or the geological wonders of Antarctica.
The Webb Medal recognises his contribution to geological education in his teaching career at UniSA over more than 40 years and his outstanding contributions in research.
I love expanding my understanding of the world through the study of sociology and psychology. The Bachelor of Social Work will give me the skills to pursue a career I’m really passionate about.
After graduating from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Accounting, David Dahm landed what he thought was his dream job: working for a leading accounting firm and heading towards Wall Street. However, one night David was involved in a serious car accident. Following nine operations and a long recovery he subsequently had an awakening and realised that health and life are more important than money. David changed the direction and focus of his career and started to “work for the man on the street instead of the man on Wall Street.”
David is now the CEO and Founder of Health & Life Practice Advisors, which is a leading national Consulting, Tax and Accounting advisory firm to the healthcare profession focused on creating a sustainable and socially responsible healthcare system. David is also a Great Hall donor. Read his three words to live by.
Margaret Duncan was one of the first graduates of the newly-established University of South Australia in 1991.
“When I graduated 25 years ago, the top accounting and finance firms typically were not hiring mature-age graduates. I sought advice from my UniSA lecturers who gave me a list of mid-sized accounting firms to which they recommended I apply. This proved successful and I worked for four years at a mid-sized firm before starting my own business. I attribute the success of my business – not only to hard work and dedication – but to the vision that I had for my business: [to be the] provider of specialist tax and accounting services for rental property investors. This focus is one of the pillars of my success,”
Margaret is also a Great Hall donor. Read his three words to live by.
25 years of pioneering Indigenous education.
“A proud Yunkunyatjatjara/Narunnga/Kaurna Aboriginal Australian, I ran the first Teacher Education Program for the Aboriginal Task Force at UniSA’s antecedent, the Torrens College of Advanced Education down at Underdale and was the first Aboriginal Representative on the inaugural UniSA Council in 1991.”
Credit: NAIDOC SA Pic Ben Searcy 6/7/2015
B Arts (Communication Studies); Graduate Diploma (Social Sciences), graduated 1999
Carol was appointed Director: Services, UniSA Business School in 2007. She has extensive public sector experience as a Policy and Media Adviser to state and federal MPs and a Federal Government Minister. In 2011 Carol was elected to the University Council, and has been a member of Academic Board and a range of University wide committees since joining UniSA in 1997. In 2009 Carol was listed on the SA Women's Honour Roll and among the top ten nominations for outstanding contribution to leadership in administrative services in tertiary education in South Australia, and for her work with Catherine House.
“My grandmother attended Wattle Park Teacher's College in the 60's, where she grew in her love of teaching, eventually settling in Murray Bridge where she worked as a teacher and gave birth to...
My mother, who attended the South Australian College of Advanced Education, where she grew in her love of teaching, eventually settling in Lameroo where she worked as a teacher and gave birth to...
Me, who attended UniSA, where I grew in my love of teaching and will, in 2016, commence my teaching journey. Thank you, UniSA and its predecessors, for educating three generations of educators.”
Wasim Saman started as a lecturer at UniSA soon after it became a university. His career at UniSA includes initiating and leading number of initiatives including establishing the South Australian Solar Car Consortium which was instrumental in building Ned, Kelley and TREV which took part in a number of solar car races with involvement by hundreds of UniSA and local school students. Professor Saman also helped establish the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the Australian solar Thermal Research Initiative.
Professor Saman leads an internationally recognised multidisciplinary research group working in sustainable energy which comprises 30 staff and research students. He is currently leading projects focusing on solar energy generation and storage and projects aiming at reducing the low carbon impacts of buildings.
“UniSA is 25 years old!!!
Coincidently, I started my first degree there 25 years ago. Back then is was "The Levels campus" and we were given the choice of a SAIT parchment or UniSA one..... I didn't have to think long. It set me up for a great career, so far- 10 years in industry and now 11 years back doing research at UniSA. Now my wife has a degree from UniSA and works here too!!”
“I belong to the Tanganekald and Meintangk First Nations Peoples. Our country lies across the Coorong and the south east of South Australia. I have worked as a legal practitioner and also been a long serving member of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement SA. As an academic I have taught in all three South Australian universities from 1989 until current. I continue to work as an advocate for First Nations Peoples in international law. I am currently a Research Professor of Law at the University of South Australia, working on a project titled: Indigenous Knowledge: Law, Society and the State.”
I graduated with a four year Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Chemistry in May 1966. I then did a fifth year Honours in 1966 taking out the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Chemistry (Honours) and graduated in April 1967. During my Honours year, I was a Senior Technical Officer in the School of Chemical Technology. In 1967 I was appointed to a full-time position as Tutor Demonstrator in the School of Chemical Technology and in 1969 I was promoted to Senior Tutor Demonstrator. During that time, I undertook a Master of Applied Science degree by Research.
I had a wonderful time at SAIT and in 2003 I submitted a thesis for the award of Doctor of Science (DSc) at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and on 18 April 2003 I was awarded the first DSc (by Research) at UniSA. Then from 1 July 2004 I was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of New South Wales. So as you can see, UniSA and SAIT have played a major part in my career.
UniSA was a stepping stone for me to separate from my loving parents and strive for something called my Career.
Now at the final stages of my 3 year degree UniSA has given me the guidance and knowledge with its amazing academics and fantastic extra curricular activities. Programs like the Business Career Mentor Program, working for Campus Central as a U-buddy, being an executive for Bright Futures Society UniSA and the events organised by the fantastic student engagement unit at the business school made the 3 years of my Uni life one gigantic happy story that I was blessed to live and tell to many more.
Thank You UniSA for carving me into the great sculpture that I believe I am today and for all the unique memories. Happy 25th Birthday!
I joined UniSA in 1996 as Professor of Banking and Finance, coming from an endowed Chair at the University of Nottingham, which I held for 12 years. Monetary macro-economics has been my main area of research over my career, but since coming back to South Australia several new research directions have developed: Islamic Banking and Finance, Public Private Partnerships and Ponzi schemes. My time at the University of South Australia has been a most rewarding and productive one, being able to supervise 14 PhD candidates and one DBA to completion, and publishing 16 books, 41 journal articles and 49 book chapters since my return. A further book is underway.
Dennis is probably best known for his role as Education & Training Program Leader in the CRC for Water Quality and Treatment
(1995-2008). The CRC and its successor, Water Research Australia, have jointly graduated over 100 industry-aware postgraduate research students.
He is a member of the Australian Water Association and through it was awarded the SA Premier’s Medal for Service to the Water Industry (with a focus on capacity building) in 2011.
He was made a Fellow of UniSA in 2014.
In the decade I have worked at UniSA I have been especially proud of the University's commitment to link with community and industry concerns - and to ensure that research responds to real world problems, and to have practical effects. In my world this has meant the creation of better understandings about how we live and work, and how we can put together industry, employment, and family life to create stronger communities. Far from an elite institution speaking only to elite problems, UniSA is grounded in practical, useful analysis that really makes a difference to so many people - in our state, nation and world.
I graduated from the South Australian School of Art in 1967 with a Diploma of Teaching (Art). Coming to maturity during second wave feminism I was of that generation of women who aspired to have a career and raise a family. So for the next thirty five years I developed my career as an internationally recognised tapestry weaver, educator and writer along with having three children, before being appointed in 2002 as the first woman to head the South Australian School of Art.
I have exhibited my work extensively in Australia and overseas with artworks held in many public collections as well as completing significant commissions for public spaces. In 1989 I was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for designing and coordinating the making of The Parliament House Embroidery for new Parliament House Canberra in 1988. The 16 metre embroidery stitched by almost 500 women across Australia tells the story of the colonisation of Australia by the British, while also addressing environmental loss and Aboriginal dispossession.
Alexandre Kalache is Co- President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC-GA), a seventeen country consortium of think-tanks on population ageing, with consultative status to the United Nations that is headquartered at Columbia University in New York. He additionally serves as President of ILC-Brazil. Professor Kalache has been a major protagonist on worldwide ageing issues for forty years as both academic (at the Universities of Oxford & London; 1975-1995) and as international civil servant (directing the WHO global programme on ageing; 1995-2008). He has a long-standing and on-going relationship with Australia and for two years he occupied the position of Thinker-in-Residence to the Premier of South Australia (2012-13). He collaborates with the University of South Australia as Adjunct Professor.