I am sure you all share my sadness and horror at the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Large numbers of people were killed or injured in coordinated bombings targeting churches and hotels across the country.
Curtin has an important relationship with Sri Lanka through the many students and staff from that country based at our Perth campus, and through our long-standing partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). On behalf of the University, I offer my deepest sympathies to our Sri Lankan students, staff and alumni, and I have also reached out to Professor Lalith Gamage, the President and CEO of SLIIT, to express these sentiments.
We have also been deeply saddened to learn that Dr Sally Bradley, one of the Curtin Medical School’s active Adjunct Clinical Associate Professors and her husband Bill Harrop, were killed in the terror attacks.
Dr Bradley was Director Clinical Services at Rockingham Peel Group and a highly respected and dedicated clinician with a passion for patient and staff well-being. Over recent years, Dr Bradley was involved in a number of Curtin Medical School activities including the successful collaborative Wheatbelt Medical Student Immersion Program and the annual medical student admission interviews. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her in the School and our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.
As I said at the time of the Christchurch terror attack, Curtin is a proudly multicultural community and we abhor any acts of violence and extremism. We share the grief of those affected and will support you in any way we can. Counselling is available to anyone who needs support, and both students and staff can also reach out to Assure. Contact details for these services are provided below.