Our students were inspired by a host of occasional speakers during the April graduation ceremonies. If you missed the opportunity to listen to these accomplished high achievers, LISTEN TO THEM here:

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS – Mr Craig Ritchie

Mr Craig Ritchie has spent his professional life campaigning for equity in Indigenous health and education, and informing Indigenous policy at all levels of government.

He is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and General Manager, Indigenous and Equity Branch – Higher Education Division, in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Read Mr Ritchie’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS – Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman, AM

Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman AM is a distinguished educator and researcher in the field of special education and current Chair of the NSW Institute of Teachers.

Professor Foreman was instrumental in developing the link between the University of Newcastle and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, leading to the establishment of the Renwick Centre, a research centre for projects related to the education of students with hearing or vision impairments.

Through the University of Newcastle, the Centre provides postgraduate programs for professionals educating children with sensory disabilities.

Read Professor Foreman’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS – Dr Frances Gentle

University of Newcastle Alumnus, Dr Frances Gentle, has combined her two passions to work in the education and disability fields for almost 30 years.

Dr Gentle is an academic at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre where she coordinates and lectures postgraduate courses in the field of sensory impairment, and researches current issues relating to the education of children with vision impairment. Since 1990 Dr Gentle has taught students of all levels in mainstream and special needs schools.

Read Dr Gentle’s full bio.

  

FACULTY OF HEALTH – Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall AC

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West Australian clinical professor, gastroenterologist and Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall AC, is a pioneer researcher responsible for the most significant medical discovery in the history of gastroenterology.

In 1982, together with fellow scientist Professor Robin Warren, Professor Marshall hypothesised that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori caused one of the world’s most common diseases – peptic ulcer disease. Professor Marshall proved the germ was harmful in a well-publicised 1984 experiment in which he drank a culture of the bacterium and developed gastritis.

The scientists’ discovery revolutionised the management of peptic ulcer disease, changing it from a chronic, disabling condition requiring surgery to one curable with a short course of antibiotics.

Read Professor Marshall’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF HEALTH – Professor Joseph Sung

Professor Joseph Sung is a global leader in gastroenterological research whose work has changed the practice of gastroenterology worldwide.

The Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) holds research interests in peptic ulcers and colorectal cancers. Together with his team, Professor Sung proved the relationship between the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and peptic ulcer diseases. The group demonstrated how to successfully treat peptic ulcers with antibiotics and minimise their relapse, and pioneered the use of endoscopic treatment for ulcer bleeding to reduce the need for surgery.

Read Professor Sung’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF HEALTH – Ms Amanda Adrian

Ms Amanda Adrian has more than 40 years experience in Australia’s health industry specialising in safety and quality improvement in health care, nursing, policy development, regulation and ethics.

Since 2010, Ms Adrian has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. She has been instrumental in establishing the national accreditation scheme for nursing and midwifery health professionals in Australia as part of the national registration and accreditation scheme for health professionals.

Read Ms Adrian’s full bio.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND FOUNDATION STUDIES ATTAINMENT CEREMONY - Dr Carli Westmore

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Dr Carli Westmore is a graduate of the University of Newcastle’s Open Foundation program (2004), the Bachelor of Oral Health degree (2007) and the Bachelor of Medicine degree (2012).

Dr Westmore hopes to combine the best of dentistry and medicine to become a maxillofacial surgeon. Her awareness of the critical importance of oral surgery was sparked by her own painful experience where, as a child, she spent 15 years on the waiting list for an operation to reconstruct her upper jaw.

Read Dr Westmore’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT- Dr Glenn Platt

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As Theme Leader for Local Energy Systems in the CSIRO’s national research group, the Energy Transformed Flagship, Dr Platt leads a team charged with improving how energy is delivered to, and used by consumers; and with developing cost-effective technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.

Dr Platt has been instrumental in establishing the CSIRO as a key partner in EnergyAustralia’s Smart Grid Smart City consortium, a $100 million Australian Government initiative to develop the first commercial scale demonstration of smart grid technology in Australia.

Read Dr Platt’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – Professor Mary O’Kane

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Professor Mary O’Kane is the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, a position she has held since 2008. She is also a company director and Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates, a company that advises government, universities and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development.

As NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor O’Kane works with academia, industry and government to ensure scientific knowledge and research is adapted and used to benefit NSW.  A key responsibility of this role is to provide the government and community with the best quality advice on policy requiring scientific and engineering input.

Read Professor O’Kane’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – Mr Jeff Julian

Mr Jeff Julian is a highly regarded designer and art director with a string of Hollywood movies and award-winning advertisements for global clients to his name. He has worked as a designer for high-profile clients including Apple, American Express, Adidas, Audi, Nike, BMW, Gucci, Rolls Royce, Nokia, Oakley and Siemens.

Mr Julian’s work with Steven Spielberg on the 2002 film The Minority Report propelled him into work with Hollywoods ‘A-List’ including Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Brian Singer, Warner Brothers Studios, Dreamworks, Digital Domain, Paramount Studios, Universal and Sony.

Read Mr Julian’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW – Glen Unicomb

Glen Unicomb is an investigation specialist who has directed some of Australia’s highest profile corporate investigations in his 30-year career. Highly regarded in the Australian regulatory investigation market, Mr Unicomb is a senior advisor in the forensics practice of international advisory firm KordaMentha.

During a 20-year career with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission – Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator – Mr Unicomb investigated breaches of the Corporations Act and the Crimes Act, failure of risk management frameworks, corrupt payments and bribes, fraud and misconduct, governance breaches and suspicious transactions.

Read Mr Unicomb’s full bio.

 

FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW – Justice Stephen Gageler

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Justice Stephen Gageler is a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Born and raised in the Upper Hunter town of Sandy Hollow, he has risen through the judicial ranks to become one of Australia’s most eminent barristers, a highly respected member of the New South Wales Bar, and a respected legal adviser at the highest levels.

In 2008 he was appointed Solicitor-General of Australia, advising the Government and appearing as counsel in significant cases including the ‘Malaysia solution’ and the cigarette plain packaging laws.

Justice Gageler’s appointment as a Justice of the High Court of Australia was announced in August 2012 and he commenced his role in October the same year.

Read Justice Gageler’s full bio