Faculty awards night recognises students, staff and alumni

30 May 2013

The Dean, Kathy Refshauge, congratulates Helga Pettitt
The Dean, Kathy Refshauge, congratulates Helga Pettitt

The Faculty of Health Sciences Awards Night 2013 was held last night at MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney, in recognition of students, staff and alumni who have excelled in their work and contributions to the community.

The Dean, Kathy Refshauge, spoke of her admiration for the hard work and dedication of our students recognised on the night.

"You inspire us" she said. "You challenge us, and I look forward to you going out into the world, making a difference not only in your work, but by looking at the systems in which you work."

The guest speaker for the night was Jackie Lauff, Co-founder and CEO of Sport Matters - an organisation that designs tailor made development strategies combining sport and play with other non-sport outcomes to achieve specific goals. These goals might be in the areas of health, education, economic development, disaster, peace and the environment. She spoke of the essential skills and knowledge her own training as a student of Occupational Therapy at the Faculty of Health Sciences provided her with,which she continues touse in her career.

"I've never had the job title 'Occupational Therapist'" she said "but I've used the knowledge from my degree in all my work."

Of special note, a unique trophy was presented on the night by the Dean to alumna Helga Pettitt for her great services to the Alumni Graduates Association over the last thirty years.

A full list of award winners is available on the faculty website.