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Curtin appoints new head of Health Sciences

Media release

Curtin University has appointed Professor Archie Clements as its Pro Vice-Chancellor Health Sciences, commencing in April 2018.

Professor Clements is currently Director of the Research School of Population Health and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. The Research School of Population Health is comprised of five academic units, including the flagship National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH).

He is also an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, has received over $28 million in research funding, and has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed publications.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted with the result of the University’s international search for an outstanding new leader for its Faculty of Health Sciences.

“Professor Clements is not only an internationally recognised researcher, he has demonstrated leadership in learning and teaching, innovation, and community and stakeholder engagement, which will position him well to lead this highly regarded faculty at Curtin,” Professor Terry said.

Professor Clements said he was extremely excited about the opportunity at Curtin to lead a faculty that has a major impact on health and wellbeing in Western Australia, nationally and internationally.

“Curtin University is well positioned to be one of Australia’s leading universities in health and medicine, with a focus on making a real-world difference,” Professor Clements said.

“The comprehensive nature of the Faculty, which trains health professionals in all areas of health, and conducts high-quality research across the board, makes this an exciting and challenging role and one that I am looking forward to taking on next year.”

Before joining ANU, Professor Clements held a number of positions at the University of Queensland, including Professor and Head of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit.

Professor Clements will take over the leadership role from Professor Michael Berndt who retires from Curtin in early 2018.

Curtin’s Faculty of Health Sciences contains seven schools including the recently established Curtin Medical School; Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences; Physiotherapy and Exercise Science; Psychology; Public Health; Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine; and Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology.  In addition there are a number of research centres and institutes.