JULY 2009 News on campus @ Bond University


Law Faculty Dean, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and Professor Eric Colvin have been commissioned by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General to undertake research into the sensitive issue of domestic violence. Assisting with the research is Assistant Professor Jodie O’Leary. Professors Mackenzie and Colvin have been commissioned to write a report which will lead to a new legislative defence for victims who kill their abusers. It is rare for academics to be involved in drafting legislation, particularly in such an important policy area. Currently, judicial avenues are limited for victims of domestic violence who act out against the perpetrator to protect themselves, family or friends. The academics have consulted community groups across Queensland and will incorporate the sensitive material into their recommendations. Professors Mackenzie and Colvin should be congratulated for firstly being chosen to participate, and secondly for immersing themselves in often confronting material, all for a better justice system.

Gold Coast Film Fantastic in cooperation with Bond University are pleased to announce that the next Fantastic Sneak Peek screening will be the Gold Coast Premiere of The Burning Season narrated by Hugh Jackman in the Cerum Theatre, Bond University. The screening will be attended by Queensland based writer/director Cathy Henkel and producer Trish Lake. The Burning Season narrated by Hugh Jackman and featuring Al Gore and Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a film about climate change that offers inspiration and hope and asks the question: can you make money, and save the environment? The film follows Dorjee Sun, a young entrepreneur not afraid to single-handedly confront the biggest challenge of our time. The film sold out its screenings at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2009 Sydney Film Festival and its narrator, Hugh Jackman, heralds it as a film not to be missed. “Every year, there is one outstanding documentary that you can not miss, that people will talk about because of its significance to the planet’s future. This year, The Burning Season is that documentary”. Hugh Jackman, Narrator.

After hours and hours of auditions of over 150 talented people and a very long and emotional meeting, the Musical Committee is very proud to announce the full cast of ‘I Love You Because’:
Principal Roles:
MARCY: Alison McKenzie
DIANA: Carla Tooma
ALLY: Maggie Whish
BRIDGETTE: Georgina East
AUSTIN: Angus Ledgerwood
JEFF: Paddy McNamee
KANYE: Ashvind Prabahran
CHUCK: Paul Dunningham

Character Roles: Gabi Sarroff, Lauren Gain, Jillian Thomsen, Drew Parkinson, Rowan Kendall

Chorus: Alice Harrington, James Morris, Dani Wild, Andrea Gronke, Kristie Hartmann, Brooke Bennetts, Ricky Macourt, Jonathan Lobo, Han Hguyen, Montana Callander, Demetria Chelepy, Kathryn Tesch, Juliette Tobias-Webb, Sally Buchanan, Isabelle Horgan.

Dance Troupe: Lauren Melville, Becky Gareh, Natasha Aylward, Kathryn Tesch, Ali Bullen, Sarah Cunynghame, Cassie Jeavons, Rachael Brice, Krystal Kovac, Emma Lago, Georgina Chao, Emma Iselin, Meera SivaNathan

Thank you to all those who auditioned! Bond is full of so much uncovered talent and the standard was extremely high.

Bond University has been given the first level of approval for their DPT by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. A major professional leap has been accomplished.

The Faculty is currently making final preparations ahead of the graduation of its inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy cohort. This cohort graduatde on Saturday 6 June at a ceremony at Bond University.

A special graduation dinner was held the night before graduation to congratulate the students on their achievements and thank the staff and clinicians involved with the DPT program. Physiotherapists are in high demand as a profession and we look forward with pride to our first graduating group entering the workplace. Applications for the 2010 intake for the Doctor of Physiotherapy will open in October this year, for more details, please contact Rob Field at the US office

Mixing family and business can be a challenge in itself, dealing with siblings and technologically-challenged parents. And when times turn tough, family-run operations can be affected differently to non-family businesses.

Bond University’s Australian Centre for Family Business (ACFB) is undertaking a nationwide survey comparing the performance of family-owned companies to their non-family owned counterparts in the current economic climate.

The project is a joint initiative with KPMG and Family Business Australia (FBA) and is the fifth annual family business survey to be conducted. Six thousand Australian businesses will receive the survey over the coming weeks which will extract key information about issues including resilience, generational succession, and the impact of the global financial crisis and climate change.

Dr Justin Craig, co-director of Bond University’s ACFB, said this year’s survey will provide important insights into family business. “For the first time, non-family businesses are included in the sample of respondents so we can demonstrate exactly how the current financial turmoil is affecting different sectors of the market,’’ he said.

“Traditionally, research has shown that family businesses often surpass their corporate-owned competitors in terms of success, and we hope to see a similar sentiment of resilience in this year’s survey.’’ Preliminary survey results will be announced at FBA’s 11th National Family Business Conference hosted in Darwin in August. The final report will be released by the end of August, including commentary from family business owners, advisors and academics.

Prof Del Mar is part of a long list of Bond academics regarded as leaders in their chosen fields. He previously contributed to high-level WHO meetings held to discuss similar protocols for the avian flu. Australia, and even the Gold Coast, has been exposed to swine flu. The state’s first dedicated swine flu treatment centre was set up just down the road at Robina Hospital.

Prof Del Mar’s selection on the working group is acknowledgment of his dedication, knowledge and value within the health industry. The health industry and wider community will be very interested to discover the outcomes of the WHO summit.

The Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is a short film competition open to any year 11 or 12 secondary school student in Australia. Students are encouraged to enter short films made as part of school assessments or as independent projects. The Best Overall Filmmaker will receive a full tuition scholarship to Bond University, to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at the Centre for Film, Television and Screen-based Media. Terms and conditions apply to the competition.

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine’s Science Week has been tailored for students studying science, mathematics or physical education. Students will be involved in many interactive activities that incorporate both hands-on and educational elements.

Participating students will be able to choose from one of the available day-long programs on offer. Science week is a complimentary event for high school students to attend, with morning tea and lunch provided.

Applications for the International Student Scholarships for the January 2010 semester are now open and close 31st August 2009. Students should apply for these scholarships by completing the 'scholarship section' of the Bond University application form.


“Essentially I am responsible for the preparing patients for exercise stress tests, and explaining the test results to patients, and what they will need to do during the exercise test. Then throughout the test, I take the patient’s blood pressure and monitor the ECG and maintain a high standard of care for each patient” said Jeremy. “Heartlab is involved in the cardiac health area. As a Cardiac Technician I also conduct Exercise Stress Tests, 24-hour Holter Monitors and Event Loop Recorders and Stress Echoes. I then review the results and prepare a brief report for the Cardiologist to read” said Jeremy.

“The valuable experience Jeremy gained through his Bachelor of Exercise Science prepared him for the position with Heartlab” said Head of School – Health Sciences, Professor Greg Gass. “Exercise Science students have the opportunity to extensively develop their practical skills through utilising the equipment available in the Faculty laboratories as part of the structured learning completed during their degree” said Professor Gass.

"This structured learning is further complemented by a demanding professional experience program that is intended to give the Bond University graduates a significant advantage in a tight employment market." "We take employment outcomes for our students very seriously" says Professor Gass.

During his time at Bond, Jeremy also had the opportunity to participate in the NHMRC grant, and nationally recognised, STEPforWARD research project examining the effects of exercise prescription doses in women aged 65-74 years of age, directed by Professor Greg Gass and Dr Clare Minahan. Jeremy says that receiving his degree from Bond University and then obtaining a job as a Cardiac Technician were his biggest achievements to date. Through combining the professional experience obtained through his degree program and the clinical experience from his position at Heartlab, Jeremy is looking forward to furthering his career in the Exercise Science industry.

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The Honourable Justice Robert French Chief Justice of Australia delivered the Seventh Gerard Brennan Lecture
on 'Oil and Water? International and Domestic Law in Australia'

Bruce Wagman a leading US animal protection litigator delivered a lecture on "Animal protection law: why it's everyone's business"
He will also share his experiences seeking justice for animals in the courtroom

Professor John Haley - William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law
Faculty of Law, Washington University, St Louis, USA presented by Rivers and Rice: What Lawyers and Legal Historians Should Know About Medieval Japan

Peter Head - Director Arup – London. Peter is a Director of Arup in London and heads up an integrated Global Planning Business within the Consulting Group. This Group includes Planning, Policy, Environmental and Transport Consulting, Urban Design and Master Planning and Terminal and Interchange Planning and sustainability. Additionally Peter has worked on special projects in Hong Kong, China and Europe. Peter joins the Forum as the Bond University 20th Anniversary Visiting Scholar, funded by the Bond University Endowment Fund.

Dr Neil Kirkpatrick - Head of Environment and Sustainability. Royal Group - Abu Dhabi UAE. Neil is responsible for delivery of the Royal Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability programmes for all of the Royal Group’s approximately 80 companies worldwide. Neil is directly responsible for setting Royal Group environmental and sustainability policies and provides guidance and advice to His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon in respect of how to make Royal Group building and development projects more sustainable.

Cate Collins - Sustainability Manager. Lend Lease Investment Management. As the Sustainability Manager for the Investment Management business of Lend Lease, Cate drives the strategic implementation of sustainability across new and existing wholesale funds globally (Aus, Asia, UK and US), contributing to the achievement of the Lend Lease vision to become a sustainable organisation.

Shauna Coffey - Group Sustainability Manager. Mirvac Group. Since joining Mirvac in April 2007 as Group Sustainability Manager, Shauna has led the development, adoption and implementation of a Group wide activities focussed sustainability strategy structured around identified priority areas.

These visitors were part of the World Trends and Developing Sustainable Communities Forum as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations at Bond. These leading global experts were at this essential forum that discused the current issues of sustainability and the impacts on the built environment in an international and national context. Guests leartn how changes we make now will determine how well social, environmental and economic issues are balanced in our future. They talked to national and international leaders who are directing these changes and learn what smart businesses are planning for right now.