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Associate Professor Steve Shanahan ... "Excellence among our trainers and support staff."
Charles Darwin University has won the prestigious NT Training Provider of the Year award at the 60th annual NT Training Awards in Darwin.
Three Charles Darwin University students also won individual awards, including Katherine-based electrotechnology electrical apprentice Taylor Fishlock, who won the Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year award.
Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Associate Professor Steve Shanahan said it was a great honour for the university to have been recognised for demonstrating outstanding achievement in the delivery of vocational education and training.
“As the deliverer of some 220 qualifications, we knew we were the biggest training provider in the NT, but it’s highly rewarding to also be recognised as the best,” he said.
“Our staff delivered about 2.8 million curriculum hours of training and assessment and trained more than 12,500 students, apprentices and trainees last year.
“The award reflects the excellence among our trainers and support staff who provide CDU with the capacity to deliver high-quality, nationally recognised education qualifications to students in the Northern Territory and throughout our region.
“I congratulate my VET colleagues for their professionalism and commitment for having sustained a high level of excellence, often in the face of ongoing external challenges.”
Dr Shanahan also congratulated CDU students Taylor Fishlock, Philadelphia Hughes and Raymond Fordimail, all individual category winners, who now advance to the Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November.
“These three winners, plus Hayley Statham who was runner-up in her category, and several others who were finalists, exemplify what’s possible when you combine quality, effort and opportunity,” he said.
Charles Darwin University at the NT Training Awards:
Trainer Provider of the Year winner – Charles Darwin University.
Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year winner – Taylor Fishlock, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrical. Finalist – Deborah Trebilcock, Certificate III in Retail Baking.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year winner – Philadelphia Hughes, Certificate IV in Frontline Management. Finalist – Zachery Cork, Certificate III in Business Administration.Vocational Student of the Year runner up – Melissa Bridge, Certificate III and IV in Fitness. Finalist – Anke Pfannkuchen, Certificate III and IV in Fitness; School-based Apprentice of the Year winner – Raymond Fordimail, Certificate III in Business. Runner up – Hayley Statham, Certificate III in Business.VET in Schools Student of the Year finalists – Caitlin Riedel, Certificate III in Media; Chad Robinson, Certificate II in Business.VET Teacher / Trainer of Year finalist – Margaret Keighley, business trainer.
Dr Tom Wilson … “Better data allows for better planning”
Charles Darwin University’s new population scientist says Australia’s rapidly changing demographic mix underpins the need to develop more accurate methods for forecasting population.
Dr Tom Wilson, who has joined CDU’s Northern Institute Demography and Growth Planning Team as Principal Research Fellow, said that more accurate projections were needed for a wide variety of policy and planning purposes.
“Population forecasts often turn out to be far more inaccurate than users realise, yet billions of dollars in government expenditure are allocated every year based on available numbers,” Dr Wilson said.
“Better quality data will help us determine where our population is going and what’s happening to our society. One question we might ask, for example, is: will the Territory’s population reach a million people?
“Better data would allow for better planning in terms of hospital beds, school places, employment, aged care facilities and appropriate services.
“There is a lot of data we don’t have and there’s a lot that can be improved.”
Dr Wilson, a career demographer who has worked primarily in the academic sector, said he was particularly interested in improving the accuracy of regional and local population forecasts. It’s an area he’ll be able to focus on, following a successful application to the Australian Research Council, which has awarded him a $294,000 grant for his project entitled Improving Sub-National Population Forecasts.“The aim of the project is to make significant advances in two related areas of regional and local population forecasts: improving accuracy and providing an indication of forecast uncertainty.
“I’ll be combining methods from a range of disciplines to devise more accurate ways of forecasting populations and to provide information on the margin of error,” he said.
Pharmacy student Dzung Tran represented CDU in the national competition
Three Pharmacy students at Charles Darwin University have been recognised for their business acumen in a national competition.
The students represented CDU in the National Student Business Plan Competition semi-finals and were highly commended in the “Local Pharmacy” category for their efforts.
Students Dzung Tran, Jaya Krissette De Ala and Amy Chin presented a 17-page business plan and were grilled by potential investors in a mock teleconference.
Judges were impressed by the students’ proposal to create a pharmacy in Alice Springs that targeted the Indigenous population, focused on culturally appropriate conduct and included a drive-through facility.
Pharmacy practice lecturer Mary Bushell said the award recognised the students’ exceptional skills and the hard work they put into presenting such a unique proposal.
“We certainly have very strong students studying Pharmacy at CDU,” she said.
Ms Bushell was a mentor to the students during the competition, along with registered pharmacists Samuel Keitaanpaa and Leigh Moore.
Their achievement follows CDU Pharmacy student Julia Shatursky’s “2015 Pharmacy Student of the Year South Australia/Northern Territory” win, after student Sarira El Den won the title in 2012.
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