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Beneath The Drapes
September 2017
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Surgical Oncologist Prof Christobel Saunders is the joint winner of the WA Scientist of the Year for her clinical and research work especially into breast cancer. She shares the award with biologist Prof Harvey Millar. Paediatric infectious

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diseases specialist Dr Asha Bowen from the Telethon Kids Institute was named Early Career Scientist of the Year for her work reducing skin infections (particularly impetigo) in Aboriginal children.

The Chair the Child and Adolescent Health Service Ms Debbie Karasinski has resigned as chief executive of Senses Australia after 16 years.


A/Prof Erin Godecke, Senior Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University and a speech pathologist who works in acute stroke care and rehabilitation has been appointed to the Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Council.

Dr Nicole Smith, from UWA’s School of Molecular Sciences, was awarded $720,144 to study four-stranded DNA as a treatment for Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

Dr Glen Power resigned as CEO of St John of God Midland Public Hospital and Medical Director Dr Allan Pelkowitz resigned a few days later. Mr John Fogarty, SJGHC’s Executive Director of WA Hospitals, is acting CEO while the group recruits replacements.

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A/Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer from UWA’s School of Medicine and his team were awarded an NHMRC grant of $586,000 to determine the extent that improved medication management produced better health and functional outcomes for people living with dementia.

Prof Valérie Verhasselt has been appointed the Larsson-Rosenquist Chair in Human Lactology – the first in the world – in UWA’s School of Molecular Sciences. The Swiss-based Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation’s decision to support UWA is in recognition of the pioneering work of E/Prof Peter Hartmann in the area of human lactation.

Ms Emma Buitendag is the new CEO of Epilepsy WA. She was previously at Alzheimer’s Australia WA.

Mr Simon Walsh, formerly Western Power executive manager of customer and corporate services, is HBF’s new general manager of strategy and ventures.

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