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Congratulations to Carmen Smith who is undertaking a MSc Research on the re-breathing of carbon dioxide in respirators who has won the student prize for her presentation abstract that she submitted to the International Society for Respiratory Protection. She receives $1000 towards travel & free registration at the ISRP conference which will be held in Boston later this year.
This is a significant accomplishment as no other Australian student has ever been awarded this student prize. It also ensures that Carmen's research is presented to the key government & industry people in the international respiratory protection field.
Former UOW Exercise Science & Rehabilitation graduate, Heidi Clarke (nee Turner), was recently nominated for the ‘Clinical Practicum Supervisor of the Year’ award for her role in the clinical education and supervision of Exercise Physiology students. The inaugural award was established and assessed by the national professional organisation, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). These awards recognise exceptional contributions to the Exercise Physiology profession and the growing value exercise physiologists offer to the community.
Much to our delight, Heidi’s nomination was successful and she was presented with the award at the recent Biennial National ESSA Conference on the Gold Coast.
The award recognised that Heidi is a dedicated clinician and educator, who in addition to the established relationship with the UOW Clinical Placement program, provides extensive exercise physiology (EP) practicum education for several universities.
Heidi is an Exercise Physiologist at the Body Dynamics Illawarra Exercise Centre, located in Bulli, NSW. The number of students the Centre accommodates yearly is well in excess of what would normally be expected of a small clinical practice.
Heidi’s commitment to student practicum is very honest and simple: “… people gave me this opportunity as a student”. She is driven to do the same for current students, contributing to the development of a stronger, competent profession. Heidi has been particularly generous in accommodating students from universities that are without a structured practicum program, thus enabling these students to gain an invaluable placement experience, which contributes towards their EP accreditation applications.
With the challenging climate of clinical placements across the health system, Heidi is, by demonstration, a passionate clinical educator who remains focused on the clinical and professional development of her students and the future EP workforce.
We congratulate Heidi on her success.
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Mark Solomons, a member of the School of Health Sciences first MSC Occupational Hygiene Practice graduating class (2010) recently took out the coveted Dräger Safety Pacific Young Hygienist Award. He will attend the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) conference in 2013 with associated visits to Europe. Mark is a Senior Occupational Hygienist at BHP Billiton Roxby Downs Olympic Dam and was also the first UOW MSc OHP graduate to gain Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) status in 2011.