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Fond Farewell

Startup Battle

Creative Robotics

Ancient Spirit

Dr Helen Nugent reflects on Bond

Tackling the world’s best

Centre stage in a brand new world

Namatjira legacy lives on

Vice-Chancellor’s Letter

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Fond farewell Dr Helen Nugent reflects on changes at Bond University


Battle of start-ups Trading-card game developers tackle the world’s best


Creative robotics Bond takes centre stage in a brave new world


Ancient spirit Namatjira’s inspiration lives on for Dr Ken McGregor


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Stephen Dietz’s journey to the US Congress


Breanna Chandler shines in race to the White House


Bringing the legion of Bondies closer together

Campus & Careers 24

New grants offer a healthy boost to HSM

28 The healing power of exercise 33

The rising tide of Bond swimming talent


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THE NEXT CHAPTER THIS issue of the ARCH bids farewell to the University’s 7th Chancellor Dr Helen Nugent AO and we celebrate Helen’s legacy. I am also pleased to introduce the 8th Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO QC and two new Council members. Elected as Chancellor of the University on 23 May 2009, Dr Nugent has served Bond with distinction for almost seven years, the maximum permissible term under the Constitution. During her tenure, Bond has continued to evolve and emerge as the nation’s leading private university and one that is now well and truly recognised on both the national and international stage. There is a list, a long list, of significant milestones that have been achieved during Helen’s tenure as Chancellor. The Abedian School of Architecture, including the award winning building which houses the School, was conceived, built and opened by the Chancellor during her term. Our academic programs have received unprecedented accreditation and recognition by business, academic and professional organisations throughout Helen’s tenure. We have made deep inroads into aligning our programs with business and industry that provide Bond graduates with a head-start. Our finances are in good shape and we have accelerated our philanthropic donations. Perhaps most of all, Bond University’s reputation has been enhanced and we now occupy a seat at tables of influence. On a more personal note, Helen has been of great assistance to the Management of the University in providing wise counsel and advice, and when required she has always been ready to assist the University in any way possible. We are extraordinarily grateful for Helen’s passion, commitment and dedication. The role of Chancellor is honorary; Helen has willingly served the University community in this capacity. We sometimes forget that Helen has served the University of her own accord. For this, we are truly grateful. I also acknowledge Mr Michael Nugent, Helen’s husband, who together with Helen formed a formidable partnership. Michael has been a constant presence at all significant University events. He embraced life at Bond with great enthusiasm. Together with Helen, he performed an outstanding role of brand ambassador for the University.

The other departing Councillors are Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO and Mr Steve Sargent. The University will miss them both and we thank them for their contributions. Kwong brought an unparalleled understanding and knowledge of higher education while Steve’s business acumen, commercial experience and insight has been invaluable to the leadership of Bond. The University will move on, and I have recently had the pleasure of introducing our new Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC. Annabelle recently retired as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in March 2016 after a distinguished career in the legal profession and practising as a barrister. She was appointed as Senior Council in New South Wales in 1994. Annabelle is recognised as a global authority on intellectual property law, with her previous appointments including President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the The Australian Capital Territory. In addition, Annabelle has a strong understanding of higher education, having served as Pro Chancellor at the Australian National University for over a decade, and rounded expertise in Australia’s medical sector, having served as Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council. In addition, Annabelle possesses a PhD in cell biology – quite a background for a Judge.

to the University as he has also had a distinguished legal career having served for a decade as the Commonwealth Solicitor-General. I also take the opportunity to welcome and introduce two other new Councillors. Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM joins Council after a stellar career in education having served for a decade as the Secretary and CEO of the Federal Department of Education. Lisa’s extensive knowledge and networks in higher education will serve us well. Also joining Council is Dr Manny Pohl. Manny has a most distinguished career in business specialising in funds management, international business and new venture financing. Like the Bennetts, Manny and his wife Gail are no strangers to Bond having their three boys all graduate through degrees at the University. This issue of the ARCH also profiles a number of students and alumni who have achieved at the intersection of different disciplines. The commitment of our alumni is second-to-none. On that note, I am privileged to announce alumnus Mr Derek Cronin as the new Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board, succeeding Foundation Chair, Mrs Peta Fielding. Homecoming rolls around again this May. I look forward to many of you returning to campus for a weekend of festivities and seeing firsthand the continued development of your alma mater.

Annabelle’s multidisciplinary knowledge and experience is a significant drawcard to the University as we look to further consolidate and develop more synergies between our many offerings. We anticipate Annabelle’s depth and breadth of knowledge in diverse fields such as health sciences and law will bring a new perspective to multidisciplinary studies on campus. Moreover, Annabelle is familiar with Bond’s student-focussed approach as her daughter Tala completed a combined degree in Law and International Relations at the University. Annabelle’s husband, David Bennett AC QC, will also be an asset

PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD Vice-Chancellor and President



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BOND alumni The Hon Steven Ciobo MP and Councillor Hermann Vorster have risen through the ranks of Australian politics.


Mr Ciobo was recently appointed Minister for Trade and Investment for the Turnbull Government, while Cr Vorster was elected Councillor for Division 11 at the Gold Coast City Council elections. Since graduating from Law and Commerce in 1995, Mr Ciobo has enjoyed a successful career in politics and business. Mr Ciobo has represented the Gold Coast electorate of Moncrieff for 15 years. Cr Vorster, a former Vice-Chancellor scholar, is a former advisor to Gold Coast Mayor Mr Tom Tate. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Systems from Bond. Professor Craig Langston

From left: Mrs Yvonne Todd, Mr David Todd, Mr James Todd, Mr Wayne Cannon, Dr Gaurav Khemka, Professor Terry O’Neill, Dr Wilma Terblanche.

TREASURY PRIZE A BOND COUP JAMES Todd has become the first recipient of the Queensland Treasury Prize for Excellence in Actuarial Science, announced at the Bond Business School Dean’s Awards ceremony in March. After hitting the highest grade point average in the eight foundation, advanced and elective subjects completed during the first three semesters of his Actuarial Science degree, Mr Todd received a cash prize of $1000 and a nine-week paid internship with the Queensland State Actuary’s office. Mr Todd says he is looking forward to working with the department. “I am very proud to have been awarded the Treasury Prize, and it is very rewarding to have something tangible to show for the


hard work I have been putting in,” says Mr Todd. By participating in more internships and extra-curricular experiences such as the one offered by the Treasury, Mr Todd hopes to further grow his career options. “There is a wide range of fields for actuaries, including insurance, data analytics and banking, and I am currently trying to gain some experience in a number of them through internships, particularly data analytics, prior to graduating,” says Mr Todd. Dr Garry Khemka of the Bond Business School says the prize is both a clear indication of all-around academic excellence for the recipient, and an

exceptional means for the Queensland Treasury and other actuarial professionals to engage with high-achieving students. “The award highlights the increasing industry demand for students with advanced mathematical skills, including statistics, data analytics and quantitative modelling,” says Dr Khemka. “This partnership with the Queensland Treasury will support the growth of the actuarial profession in Queensland.” The Bond Business School is also currently developing relationships with a number of insurance companies and other organisations, aiming to further develop its reputation as Queensland’s leading university for the actuarial profession.



BOND University’s Project Management degrees are the first in Australia to secure a trifecta of recognition from all three peak industry bodies. The latest nod comes from the Project Management Institute (PMI), one of the world’s largest professional bodies for the industry, after a year of extensive review and auditing. The PMI decision applies to all nine of Bond’s project management degrees, which include construction practice, business administration, sports management and architecture. Professor of Construction and Facilities Management Craig Langston says the accreditation brings Bond into an elite group of Australian universities.

Cr Vorster secured the Robina and Varsity Lakes seat over his closest rival with a 60 per cent majority, with a commitment to improving local safety in the Robina and Varsity Lakes areas, and to deliver value to Gold Coasters for their rates dollars.

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

“The accreditation is a clear mark of quality that signifies to the global community that our programs are of international standing,” says Professor Langston. “The Institute was impressed with Bond University’s innovative teaching methods across all core subjects, including assessment gamification, digital badging, flipped classroom and problem-based learning, and the use of online resources that supplement traditional classroom interaction.”

Cr Hermann Vorster

The PMI recognition comes on the heels of Bond securing degree accreditation from the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Student satisfaction clean sweep for Bond

Professor Chris Del Mar

MASTERS DEGREE A FIRST THE Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine is set to offer a new Master of Occupational Therapy in Semester 163, the first of its kind in Australia. The Master of Occupational Therapy is designed for students seeking to extend their expertise in the field and attain an internationally recognised qualification. The degree was developed in response to the demand for an education that focuses on research and business expertise. Deputy Executive Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, Dr Linda Crane, says the program will make students

IF IT wasn’t already official, it is now: A Bond education satisfies. According to the 2015 Student Experience Survey results recently released by the Department of Education and Training, Bond University students are the most satisfied higher education recipients in the country.


“Bond’s approach to higher education goes beyond academic knowledge to encompass the key personal, employability and leadership skills that recruiters are looking for,” says Professor Brailsford.

PROFESSOR of Public Health Chris Del Mar has been awarded the 2015 TurnerGibson Oration medal.

He also confirms that the core of the university’s focus will always remain on student experience. “In line with these latest student experience survey results, our focus at Bond will remain firmly on our students, the quality of their learning, overall experience and graduate outcomes,” says Professor Brailsford.


“Occupational Therapy is one of the few health care professions with international standards for pre-registration education programs,” says Dr Crane. “By providing a Master of Occupational Therapy program, Bond University provides the most transferable degree type.” The degree itself will be split into two streams – a clinically-focused pathway and a business-focused pathway. A full-time course load will run for six semesters.

The incorporation of the businessoriented stream responds to the ongoing trend of privatised occupational therapy, and will better prepare students looking to work in a leadership or management role. The traditional clinical pathway is the only program in Australia to offer a research project that continues throughout the student’s enrolment in the degree, preparing students for a future in research. Dr Crane says students will be taught by the best in the business undertaking subjects in the Health and Business faculties.

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A CAIRNS student took out best filmmaker at the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA).

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford says the results have helped to cement Bond’s reputation as a leading academic model, with several highly effective key points of difference.

Professor Brailsford commends the Beyond Bond program for playing a significant part in the student experience and the promotion of ongoing graduate success.

more internationally competitive.


Bond was also the highest rated university in Australia across the fields of teaching quality, learner engagement and learning resources.

“From day one, our on-campus Career Development Centream works with each and every student to help refine their career goals and map out a career pathway.”



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The medal honours two pioneering Queensland doctors whose advocacy improved the safety, health and welfare of children in Queensland and throughout Australia. Professor Del Mar was awarded the honour after his speech to the Paediatric Society of Queensland in October last year. Dr Mark Coulthard of the Paediatric Society of Queensland says Professor Del Mar was the ideal candidate thanks to his ongoing work in the field of paediatrics. “Professor Del Mar came very highly recommended and the subject of his speech, shared decision making, was very topical for us as paediatricians,” says Dr Coulthard. “His after-dinner speech had broad general appeal and was very well received by the audience of doctors and their

Ms Elizabeth Cullen, 17, was crowned Best Filmmaker for her short films The Artist and Alone, and is the second female to win the top award in the event’s 20-year history. Ms Cullen is now one step closer to seeing her name in lights after winning Best Overall Filmmaker and Best Directing at the 2015 BUFTA Gala, earning her a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond.

partners, distinguished Professors and members of the media.” The medal, established by the TurnerGibson Oration, celebrates the advocacy of Dr John Lockhart Gibson and Alfred Jefferis Turner, whose activism against endemic lead poisoning in Queensland children from domestic lead paint was hugely successful.

The most awarded film this year was After Tracy, by Darwin High School student Nathaniel Kelly who took home the prizes for Best Drama, Best Cinematography, the Dean’s Choice Award and the Jury Prize, which included a 25 per cent scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond.

“The subject of his speech, shared decision making, was very topical for us as paediatricians.”

The Oration provides a forum for other eminent protectors of children’s health and safety to reach out and publicise issues of pertinence in the field of paediatrics.

Dr Michael Sergi, Director of Film and Television, says the 2015 cast of aspiring filmmakers was among the best he had seen in the history of BUFTA. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of BUFTA and the talent we have uncovered since the competition began is simply extraordinary,” says Dr Sergi.

From left: Dr Michael Sergi, Ms Elisabeth Cullen and Professor Raoul Mortley

“This year we saw more female entrants and nominees than ever before which culminated in the exceptionally talented Elizabeth Cullen taking home the top gong for Best Filmmaker.”



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PROFESSOR GLASZIOU SPEAKS AT BANCROFT ORATION PROFESSOR Paul Glasziou was honoured to be the keynote speaker for the 69th Bancroft Oration in late 2015.

Professor Paul Glasziou

His speech centered on the principles of innovation and improvement of health research and clinical practice in three areas.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT IT was all smiles for 25 Queensland children with disabilities after attending a free holiday camp organised by Bond University students.

Camp Convenor and Bond student Kathryn Schmidt says the camp is a rewarding experience for the students who care for the children while ensuring they have fun.

The Bond Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday camp returned for its eighth year in December to give the children aged between six and 13 years some Christmas cheer, as well as respite for their parents and carers.

“The children all have such vastly differing and unique personalities and interests,” Schmidt says.

The four-day program included a visit to Sea World, a ride on the Aquaduck, swimming, a carnival and a visit from Santa flying in on the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter.

is undoubtedly the talent show, which creates a supportive environment where everybody’s skills are appreciated.” The team of 44 student volunteers are supported by a doctor and six nurses to supervise the children.

“There is something to capture each of them at Sea World, whether they are watching the penguins or enjoying the rides.

“As the camp is entirely run by student volunteers, it cannot operate without the support of sponsors and donors, including the Student Opportunity Fund” Schmidt says.

“One of the most memorable activities of the camp for the student volunteers

“We are grateful for all the assistance that the camp receives.”

BRAILSFORD IN FOR THE LONG RUN BOND University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, has had his contract extended until 2022. The University Council unanimously agreed to extend the Vice-Chancellor’s term, with outgoing Chancellor Dr Helen Nugent citing Professor Brailsford’s strong direction and leadership as reason for the extension. “Under Professor Brailsford’s outstanding leadership the University has gone from strength to strength,” says Dr Nugent. “In a rapidly changing higher education environment, both in Australia and globally, Bond is very well placed. This is


in no small way due to the leadership of Professor Brailsford.” Professor Brailsford, who commenced his tenure at Bond University in 2012, says he is very pleased to accept the extension and continue at Bond. “I am extremely grateful to Bond University Council and the wider Bond community for the faith they have put in me,” says Professor Brailsford. Professor Brailsford is Bond’s seventh Vice Chancellor. By the end of his new term he will become the University’s longest serving Vice-Chancellor.

Dr Helen Nugent AO with Professor Tim Brailsford

Ms Rhonda Morton

BOND welcomes Ms Rhonda Morton as the new Faculty Business Director of Health Sciences & Medicine. Ms Morton’s experience in the business side of the medical profession will ensure the HSM Faculty continues to excel.

These include avoiding overdiagnosis and overtreatment, improving the clinical impact of services, and reductions in waste in health research.


Getting down to business

Having previously worked as the Executive Director of Operations at Mackay Hospital and Health Services, Morton is well equipped for the new appointment.

Professor Glasziou was chosen to speak by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on the basis of his vast expertise and experience.

“I have been made very welcome by the Bond team and am enjoying settling into life on the Gold Coast,” she says.

Specifically, the AMA appreciated that Professor Glasziou’s presentation focused not only on research, but its clinical application to ensure that research holistically contributes to our medical knowledge base.

“I am looking forward to working with the Faculty in reviewing our strategies around student recruitment, partnerships and engagement in 2016.”

IT’S A TEAM EFFORT AS THE Gold Coast continues its evolution as a sporting events destination, Bond’s Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport couldn’t be more relevant. The February event spotlighted more than 15 industry experts from Bond and beyond who discussed sports-related topics before a crowd of 70 people. Playing to its namesake, the two-day Colloquium was truly interdisciplinary, giving a platform to Bond’s Faculties of Law, Health Sciences and Society and Design. Other academics who delivered talks hailed from other institutions, including University of Sydney, Monash University and University of Wellington. The keynote address was delivered by Associate Professor Laura Misener PhD from the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Health Sciences, who spoke on leveraging events for social inclusion.

Speakers presented case studies on events such as the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and honed unique angles such as the public value of a lossmaking event like Melbourne’s Formula 1 Grand Prix and a social media comparison of the AFC Asian Cup and Netball World Cup. Bond University Executive Dean of Law, Professor Nick James, says the Colloquium addresses a dilemma faced by our modern world. “The challenges facing us today cannot be understood by approaching them from a single perspective, no matter how welleducated and well-published the source of that single perspective,” says Professor James.

concussed during a game, it is a contract law problem and a tort law problem and a criminal law problem. It is an industrial relations problem and it is a psychological problem and it is a medical problem and it is a sociological problem.” Assistant Professor of Sports Management, Dr Lisa Gowthorp, co-convened the Colloquium with Assistant Professor of Faculty of Law Annette Greenhow. She says the inclusion of the Faculty of Society and Design this year rounded out discussions, which overall centred heavily on regulation and governance, where administrators, managers and lawyers working together is now best-practice.

“The world is not that simple, and the distinctions between the various disciplines and sub-disciplines are not real.

Bond’s Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Sport has run for six years through Bond’s Centre for Commercial Law and this year was held off-campus at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport.

“When, say, a particular football player is

The event will run again in February 2017.



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CHANCELLOR 2009 - 2016

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OUTGOING Chancellor Dr Helen Nugent AO has consistently looked at education through a sharp eye, and she approached Bond University no differently. As one of Australia’s preeminent independent company directors, Dr Nugent has a knack for giving guidance, and she has done so at Bond for seven years.


Dr Helen Nugent AO reflects on seven years that have transformed the University


She has served as Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy and Macquarie Group, as well as being Chairman of Veda Group and currently, the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Before that she learned under the best at McKinsey & Company and the Harvard Business School. However, it is balance that particularly defines Dr Nugent’s Bond legacy, reflecting her interest in business, academia and her love of the arts. In 2008, Dr Nugent was a member of the panel that reviewed Australian higher education for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and she is president of Cranbrook School. She was Chairman of the Nugent inquiry into the Major Performing Arts and is currently Chairman of the National Opera and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. When she took on the role of Chancellor in 2009, Bond University was a very different place. Since then, Dr Nugent has spearheaded a transformation that has seen the Abedian School of Architecture conceived and opened, the Bond Business School launched, Bond Institute of Heath and Sport created, the Legal Skills Centre extended, the core program strengthened and the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre reinvigorated.



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Dr Helen Nugent AO with Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO

Curiosity about a different model initially attracted me to Bond, but there were some other attractions. I am a Queenslander and have always had a house either Brisbane or on the Gold Coast. I have a love of education. I spent ten years at the University of Queensland and another couple of years as Professor in Management and Director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the AGSM at the University of New South Wales.


In education, experienced both the public and private sectors, having completed my own MBA at Harvard Business School. I knew a little about Bond – after completing the Bradley Review into Tertiary Education – but not a lot. I just knew it was different. I made a secret trip to the campus without telling anyone and sat in the Brasserie speaking to students, who obviously assumed I was a prospective parent. I was overwhelmed by the passion the students had for Bond. I was amazed that students from different disciplines weren’t just eating together, but clearly knew each other very well, which is very unusual in an academic institution.

Were there any big surprises once you commenced? I found the depth of involvement and passion for Bond to be truly exceptional. I was surprised by the degree to which this extended to patrons like Alison and John Kearney and Neil Balnaves, who have clearly done so much over such a long period, and Soheil Abedian, who progressively became more involved with Bond over the period I have been here. I hadn’t been able to talk to the staff before I joined, but the extent of their dedication was something I had never seen before. The fact that staff would give out their mobile number and say “just don’t call me after 10pm” is such a different experience.

What is distinctive about Bond? The Core, or Beyond Bond program, actually does make a difference. It makes us different. It brings our students together. Also don’t have residential colleges through which individuals identify, so the identification is with the University itself. Size is an obvious point of difference at Bond. Small indeed is beautiful, but the size


Dr Helen Nugent AO with Mr Michael Nugent

Dr Helen Nugent AO, final graduation as Chancellor

I found the depth of involvement and passion for Bond to be truly exceptional.

When the invitation to become chancellor was made to me, I came with the mindset that I could make a difference at Bond.

what were the University’s greatest achievements during your tenure?

What attracted you to the role of Chancellor at Bond University in the first instance?

of the Bond University Council is also small. There are only 10 members of council and each person is a real contributor. It works as effectively as any other high performing board with which I have been involved. The magic of Bond isn’t something we can truly understand or bottle, though all of the above things make Bond unique. When combined with a true academic rigour, the empathy and warmth of the faculty, and an environment that stretches students and allows them to flourish as individuals, you get something very rare indeed.

The biggest achievement is that Bond’s reputation has gone from strength to strength. During the period I have been Chancellor, Bond has been recognised for what it is – a very special place that is held in extremely high regard by its peers. It’s now unquestionably a model that people increasingly look to as exemplar. We have relentlessly focused on finding out what constitutes an exceptional student experience. We doing everything in our power to ensure that is reinforced and not undermined. Over my time, we’ve been through the Global Financial Crisis and it would have been easy to make decisions that were right for the short-term and wrong for the long-term. But we made the right decisions and the outcome is that the organisation has been strengthened even further. The recruitment of the Vice-Chancellor is also one of Council’s most significant achievements. Tim Brailsford has been an excellent appointment. The way we went about that was also very special. The fact we went through an international recruitment process and it did not leak is not something that many other universities could deliver. That says alot about the strength of Council and its commitment to confidentiality and integrity. In a physical sense, I am very proud of the Abedian School of Architecture. Together, Soheil Abedian and I argued very strongly for the design we ended up with – we could have ended up with something seriously ordinary. A big box was the alternative. The concern was cost but, at the end of the day, the right decision was made. I really believe that physical environment counts for a lot, particularly when you have a campus as beautiful as ours.

How is Bond placed for the future? We are well and truly past the tribulations of our teenage years and are a mature organisation rightfully taking its place in the pantheon of the Australian university system. The organisation is now far more resilient in every dimension – from a reputation, financial, research and quality perspective, even though that’s never been in doubt. Resilience is very important for the longevity of an institution. I think it’s fair to say I have walked on the shoulders of giants and I hope I have made a contribution to leaving this place stronger than it was when I arrived. That is the most important thing any Chancellor can do.



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FROM LEFT 1. Dr Helen Nugent AO, Emeritus Professor Robert Stable AM 2. Mr James Nugent, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Ms Isobel Bishop, Mr Michael Nugent 3. Mr Nic Tomkins 4. Dr Gina Rinehart, Mr Edward Langley, Dr Helen Nugent AO 5. Ms Sarsha Mortimore 6. Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO, Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC, Mr Ken McDonald 7. Dr Helen Nugent AO, Professor Tim Brailsford 8. Cr Hermann Vorster, Mrs Melissa Vorster, Professor Tim Brailsford, Mr John Story AO, Mrs Megan Ray





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Journey into halls of


After studying law and international business at Bond, alumnus Stephen Dietz has forged a path to America’s centre of power, the US Congress. A BOND University graduate has laid plans to become a decision-maker in Australia’s foreign policy after being awarded a prestigious scholarship. Stephen Dietz was one of two Bondies to be awarded the 2016 John Monash Scholarship in its most competitive year yet, with a record number of applications from all over Australia. Established in 2003 in honour of one of the country’s celebrated military leaders, the scholarship rewards academic achievement with up to $180,000 to pursue postgraduate study at an elite university of choice. Mr Dietz was among a total of 17 recipients recognised at a gala event at Sydney Opera House last year, attended by Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford and Premier of New South Wales Michael Baird. Following an extensive interview process, Mr Dietz says it was an anxious wait before receiving the positive news and celebrating with family. “I spent a lot of time managing my

expectations about my chances, so it was pretty overwhelming when I got the call,” Mr Dietz says. “It hit me fully when I met everyone who had been awarded and heard all of the things they were doing. It was incredible to know what kind of company I was in.” After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of International Business at Bond in 2008, Mr Dietz has carved an impressive career in international relations. He secured a Master of International Affairs at the Australian National University while completing the graduate program at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2009. It was there he gained experience in international law, trade policy and diplomacy. The role led Mr Dietz to Geneva in 2011, where he was posted as a diplomat at the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation. He was instrumental in negotiating the $US1 trillion WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, which sparked a passion for US politics.

“For three years I worked every day with my American colleagues on a range of trade issues. In global trade deals, US participation is key. The question of how to keep the US on board – and the right timing to get any deal approved by their notoriously fickle Congress – was constantly in the back of my mind. “Looking back over the last 70 years or so, Congress has dictated the fate of virtually every significant multilateral treaty, for better or worse. “I’d love to further my career in international trade after my fellowship and studies, working as an Australian diplomat to ensure we have a fair and open system from which the entire international community can benefit.” Mr Dietz went straight to the capital in his career quest, taking up an appointment as a Congressional Fellow with US Senator Robert P. Casey Jr in Washington D.C. in addition to serving as visiting researcher and senior fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University. The John Monash Scholarship will fund a Masters in International Economic Law and Public Policy at Columbia University in New York later this year, a field reminiscent of Mr Dietz’s years at Bond where he participated in moots and undertook a number of international law subjects. “I loved my time at Bond – those four years were the most formative of all because they enabled me to do everything that came after,” Mr Dietz says.

Alumnus Mr Stephen Dietz



Mr Alexander Daysh

ON GLOBAL STAGE Two Bondies have gained invaluable real-life business experience after joining forces with an innovative start-up.

TWO Bond University students have put their marketing theory into practice and helped turn a mythical start-up idea into an augmented reality. Alexander Daysh and Rebecca Malmin attended Gold Coast Startup Weekend last November to learn more about entrepreneurship. The Bond Business School students teamed up with William Fisher, Long Roos and Ryan Neale from Somerset College and team manager David Shaw to produce a presentation for their augmented reality gaming experience. Genesis AR is a new breed of tradingcard game like no other. Players use a smartphone app to make characters and creatures leap off the card and battle against each other. The team’s successful pitch at Gold Coast Start-up Weekend put them on a trajectory to the top, winning the Asia Pacific final to represent the region as one of 12 international teams in the Global Start-up Battle.

industry, after the team’s research revealed that 70 per cent of gamers have converted from trading cards to digital games. Assistant Professor U’Ren says the team, along with Gold Coast Start-up Weekend, is benefitting from a cultural shift towards innovation. He says the event attracted more than 150 people aged between 12 and 60 from all walks of life. “I think society is finally catching up to why early stage ventures are important,” he says. “The innovation trade winds are strong. There’s money being invested, promotion, government policy, deregulation of capital markets to allow early stage investments and changing capital gains regulations for employee ownership plans targeted at start-ups to make it easier to remunerate employees. “Entrepreneurs are everywhere. You don’t have to be doing a commerce degree or studying engineering; it’s cross disciplinary.

Bond Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Baden U’Ren says research and product validation set Genesis AR apart from the competition.

“We see them all across campus because it’s not bound by a specific set of skills, but rather it’s a frame of mind and a way of thinking.”

“It’s cool technology, but they also translated that into what it meant for the market,” Assistant Professor U’Ren says.

Global Start-up Battle is the largest startup competition in the world, with finalists selected from 250 Startup Weekend events hosted across 60 cities to compete via an online video submission.

“I still have a bunch of close friends, keep in touch with some of my professors and visit campus every now and then, which is not something that most people can say about their alma mater I guess.

“They had the evidence to back up the claims they made in what their market looks like, who the purchasors were, who the influencers were, the paying point and how their solution nailed it.”

“It was really a springboard for me.”

Genesis AR aims to bridge a gap in the

Entrepreneurs are everywhere. You don’t have to be doing a commerce degree or studying engineering; it’s cross disciplinary.

Ms Rebecca Malmin, Mr Alexander Daysh

London-based start-up Caleche was the ultimate winner in the Champions Track, with an app that allows consumers to access any cab service in their local area.



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US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Washington

Alumna Ms Breanna Chandler

BREANNA Chandler is ‘feeling the Bern’ in the best way. The Bond alumna is working as Creative Coordinator at Revolution Messaging, overseeing the creative team assisting Bernie Sanders’ nomination for President of the United States.

US Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders


#FEELSTHEBERN At only 27 years old, Bond alumna Breanna Chandler can already count a US presidential candidate and Melinda Gates as clients.


The Washington DC business is only nine years old but has previously helped elect the US President – twice. The company was founded by a team of President Barrack Obama’s former digital staffers. California-born Ms Chandler thinks the point of difference boils down to Revolution Messaging’s hiring policy, where the business is inclined to recruit Arts and Communications professionals to navigate a world run by Political Science majors and consultants. Ms Chandler’s background couldn’t have put her in better stead for a role at Revolution Messaging, where before receiving a dual Masters of Corporate Communication and Public Relations at Bond in 2014, she studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Applied Science in the US. “Our partner, Arun Chaudhary, is an artist and filmmaker who didn’t come from a political background so he sees this world from a different perspective,” says Ms Chandler. “I’m Deputy to Arun and also coordinating Revolution’s creative department. There’s a lot of liaising with clients, I’m in on almost every meeting and phone call, and I need to manage all of the movements of a team upward of ten who are following Bernie on the campaign trail.

Almost everything you see online that’s controversial and trending, one of our clients has their hands in it. “They are next-level creative genius types who don’t always have time to handle the finer points and the nitty gritty details. I like to think that’s where I come in.”

“Almost everything you see online that’s controversial and trending, one of our clients has their hands in it,” says Ms Chandler.

You would be forgiven for thinking that coordinating the digital team of a US presidential candidate is a full-time job, but Ms Chandler is also working for other Senators, Congressmen, Governors and organisations focused on everything from the Syrian refugee crisis to military veterans and the pro-choice movement.

Creating noise for a cause is what Ms Chandler enjoys the most.

“My favourite clients are probably Melinda Gates and UltraViolet. When it came to Bill and Melinda’s annual letter this year, we created a lot of videos and shareables to engage their community,” says Ms Chandler. “I also love the work we do with feminist group UltraViolet, which is around the concept of equality, abortion rights and helping people make informed decisions. We’re currently pumping out a tonne of glitter graphics urging Sony Music to free the pop star Kesha. “Every single client we have is very progressive, aligns with our company’s belief system and allows us to come in from a place of authenticity.”

This thread links her prior work on the causes of forest and marine life preservation, women’s and youth empowerment, slum education programs and disaster response. In Ms Chandler’s late teens and early 20s, these passions took her to India, Mozambique, Kenya, California, Hawaii, Belize, Oregon and Australia. “The key things I’ve learnt are know what the message is, understand your audience, cultivate a clear call to action, and always try to take the positive route – never attack the underdog, but empower the underdog,” says Ms Chandler. She learnt the theory behind this while at Bond, an experience Ms Chandler describes as ‘life changing’. “I took the initiative at Bond to try and do everything, which included not-for-credit internships that had everyone wondering why,” says Ms Chandler.

The strategy has earned Revolution Messaging widespread praise, with the team inclined to adopt and exercise a lot of creative licence over emerging social media platforms such as Snapchat to mobilise young people.

“Pursuing higher education at Bond was one of the best choices I ever made. The classes were so relevant and teachers so passionate. I especially remember the late Joy Cameron-Dow who I thought of as Bond’s matriarch always looking after her students.

One moment the team will be promoting the social media hashtag #FeeltheBern, the next they will be placing Sanders in novel interview situations with people such as Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike.

“You can make a lot of change and noise with your actions on the Gold Coast. It’s a place that’s small enough to easily get your campaigns off the ground, while being big enough for you to have real impact.”



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“ From left: Mr Arny Arnold, Mr Thibault Schwartz, Assistant Professor Jonathan Nelson, Mr Sebastian Andraes, Mr Rémi Vriet.



BOND University is proving itself as a global leader in new robotic technologies and applications after aligning with the highlyanticipated ROB|ARCH conference in 2016. Bond University joined world-leading researchers from Harvard, MIT, ETH Zurich, Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia to deliver the leading robotics and architecture conference held in Sydney in March. The biennial event aimed to foster dialogue surrounding robotic fabrication and creative robotic applications in construction, architecture and art, while focussing on the integration of human-robot interactions made possible by sensor input and real-time feedback. The ROB|ARCH conference provided hands-on experience with the most recent robotic technologies and gave academics, creatives and researchers the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas while comparing new techniques and findings. Bond University Assistant Professor Chris Knapp and Assistant Professor Jonathan Nelson, from the Abedian School of Architecture, hosted a special workshop that focused on controlling robots in a more humanistic, real-time manner. The duo was joined by Mr Thibault Schwartz, an internationally-renowned architect, roboticist and software engineer and founder of HAL Robotics in London, to deliver the presentation which was recognised as one of the best workshops of the conference. Assistant Professor Nelson says the workshop aimed to initiate participants in collaborative robotics using various sensing devices and was all about controlling the robot live. “The workshop focused on ad hoc control methods of robotics,” says Assistant Professor Nelson.


Basically we are using the robot’s flexibility and strength to help us work, not necessarily take our job, but do things that we as humans can’t do.

“Right now we have software that writes the code to control robots, and that is great, but our guys are actually working on controlling the robots in a more humanistic manner.

Bond University was the third school in Australia to open an architectural robotics lab, which is now home to two IRB 1200 robots and a 150-kilogram payload robot mounted on a four-metre-long track.

“We have voice control so you can talk to the robots through your phone and give it commands. There are also infrared cameras and sensors, so when you are moving your hand the robot is trying to imitate what you are doing. If you reach down to pick up a block, the robot does the same, which has never really been done before.

For the ROB|ARCH workshop, a YuMi® robot was loaned to the University by leading industrial robot manufacturer ABB.

“Basically we are using the robot’s flexibility and strength to help us work, not necessarily take our job, but do things that we as humans can’t do.” Assistant Professor Knapp affirms that the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is accelerating and the days where robots could only perform single functions are diminishing. “In the past, a supplier would just sell a robot to a client and the robot would be programmed to do the same motion over and over again for years,” says Assistant Professor Knapp. “However, as architects, every time we make a building or work on a project, we make something unique so we need a robot that is just as unique to perform various tasks. “The robotics industry is only now finding out how to support the architectural and construction industry because we are such a radically different end-user. “At the Abedian School of Architecture, we are finding out what is possible and it really is limitless. It is very exciting.” There are about 40 schools of architecture globally that have architectural robotics labs, with Australia home to a quarter of them.

YuMi® is a collaborative, dual arm, seven axes, small parts assembly robot that has flexible hands, and state-of-the-art robot control. It is designed to work side-by-side with humans. Assistant Professor Knapp says the Faculty is coming of age, and adds that aligning with the ROB|ARCH conference has helped to forge Bond as a leader in architectural robotics. “It was a really good exercise in terms of establishing Bond on the global map,” says Assistant Professor Knapp. “Effectively we are still a brand new school of architecture, so the fact we were contributing and participating alongside other major institutions, including Harvard, the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Institute for Advanced Architecture in Barcelona, really highlights that we are playing in the same space and at the same level as international institutions. “It is a really strong affirmation for us that what we are doing is on a trajectory that is shared by leading institutions and we can do these kinds of things, even though we are relatively tucked away on the Gold Coast. “Even though we are a young robotics facility, people are starting to look at Bond and the Abedian School of Architecture as the benchmark.” The next ROB|ARCH conference is set to be held in Zurich in 2018.



Dr Ken McGregor with Dr Helen Nugent AO

FEW could say school detention inspired them, but that’s exactly where a Melbourne schoolboy’s lifelong passion for the Aboriginal art movement and its people began. From those early days when a nine-yearold Ken McGregor was asked to study the work of Albert Namatjira, he is now among the world’s premier Aboriginal art supporters and facilitators. “After admiring a print of Albert Namatjira hanging in the headmaster’s office, my punishment was to read a book on his life and painting career,” says Dr McGregor. “It was a total revelation and I was absolutely flabbergasted. “Namatjira was a wanderer between two worlds who struggled to fulfil his obligations under tribal law and was never fully accepted in a white man’s world.

Namatjira THE

How a famous artist inspired

a schoolboy’s lifelong passion for an ancient culture and belief in their art. Dr Ken McGregor



“He became a famous artist who sold every painting he produced and met Queen Elizabeth II, but needed a permit to do so. Because he was Aboriginal, he wasn’t legally allowed to buy a house in Alice Springs and, ironically, that’s where he is buried. “Albert died the year I was born and I just felt this instant affiliation.” Dr McGregor started collecting art when he was 14 during a school trip to central Australia. At a time of rapid progress – marked by the digital and sexual revolutions – he saw the last of the native nomads roaming naked with just a hair string belt, spear and a coolamon. This was the beginning of the Western Desert art movement as a commercial venture. Dr McGregor notes we’re not even one generation out of the Stone Age for Indigenous Australians, a people forced into nomadism because no native animal could be domesticated. “The harsh conditions of central Australia with little rainfall meant no crops could be grown, and we also must remember that the last of the nomads walked out of the desert in 1984,” he says. “The introduction of the Assimilation

policies in the early 1950’s was just absurd, and the process of removing children from their families was barbaric. It’s historical fact the ultimate intent of this policy was the destruction of Aboriginal society.

and kidney failure.

“Indigenous Australians never had an Iron or Bronze Age – they just used stone and wood – and they didn’t go through the Medieval or Middle Ages or the Industrial Revolution.

“I did the walk to raise awareness and money and to help put a mobile dialysis machine in a truck on the road.

“It took two thousand years for Europeans to develop to where we are now so it’s foolish to expect Indigenous Australians to change overnight. “I learned very quickly that the Dreamtime isn’t a metaphor for Aboriginal people; it exists, and nothing interferes with that. Everything is about country; there is a story behind every rock, every tree and every escarpment. These stories passed down from one generation to another are the road maps of their country. “The Aboriginal culture is believed to be the longest surviving continuous culture on Earth. Australians should embrace this fact and be proud of this culture.” Since 1985, Dr McGregor has written more than 30 books on art-related projects, covering the Aboriginal and Street Art movements, as well as many monographs on individual artists. He has also curated many exhibitions in Australia, Asia, the US and UK. Dr McGregor initiated the concept of the famed Art Series Hotels for Melbournebased Asia Pacific Group and is the ongoing art consultant for the group’s six hotels along the eastern seaboard. But it’s the people of the Red Centre that keep drawing Dr McGregor back. He visits remote Australia about eight times a year to see friends and promote the artists. Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, says Dr McGregor’s rich understanding of the culture has “made a major difference to the lives of young people”. In addition to supporting art collection on campus, Dr McGregor is an annual donor to the Bond University Indigenous Gala, which has raised more than $1 million to support scholarships for Indigenous students to study at Bond University. For his contribution to the welfare of Indigenous communities over three decades, and for a distinctive hands-on philanthropy, Dr McGregor has received an Honorary Doctorate from Bond University. One of his biggest missions in recent times was the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal, a solo four-week walk of more than 1000km from Alice Springs via Yuendumu and Papunya to remote Kiwirrkurra undertaken to raise support and funds for the many Aboriginal communities fighting diabetes

“I saw a lot of people on dialysis machines and that was just terrifying,” says Dr McGregor.

“The long walk through the desert gave me time to think and I saw the landscape from a different perspective, a landscape which constantly changed as I walked further west. “On more than one occasion dingos would circle me, not threateningly, just in a curious manner. Even after nearly forty years I found new things to appreciate in this extraordinary landscape.” Dr McGregor raised considerable funds through the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal and says raising money is the most challenging part of what he does.

“The Dreamtime isn’t a metaphor for them; it exists and nothing interferes with that. There is a story behind every rock, tree and escarpment” “Many people think that Aboriginal people are given everything, which is not so, and much of the money raised for them is swallowed up in bureaucracy anyway.” Dr McGregor understands it isn’t possible for everyone to delve so deeply into Indigenous communities and that he’s fortunate to view his career as ‘a lifestyle, not a job’. His message for the future is very clear. “It’s very easy to be kind and it doesn’t cost a lot,” says Dr McGregor. “We need to accept these wonderful people for who they are without persecution. The elders just want a future for their children and grandchildren, a future of education, jobs and happiness – just like all of us. “Education is so important for the next generation and I think what Bond University is doing with Indigenous scholarships is just extraordinary.”



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BOND’s Health Sciences and Medicine Faculty keeps expanding its research scope. Fresh from securing a $2.4 million research grant in November, Paul was one of a team of researchers from several universities which was awarded nearly $10 million in March, and has more recently received the highest possible ranking from the Australian Research Council (ARC) in its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 results. In the Medical and Health Sciences areas overall, Bond research was assessed as ‘above world standard’. Professor Paul Glasziou and a team of eight investigators from Bond University, Sydney University and the University of Laval in Canada were awarded the $2.4 million by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in November to study ways to improve the uptake of new research findings by General Practitioners (GP’s). What will become of this is a new Centre of Research Excellence established as part of Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP). This is a natural fit for Bond’s CREBP team, which specialises in evidence-based medicine, screening and overdiagnosis, antibiotic resistance, and exploring other ways to improve medical practice. Professor Glasziou, the CREBP Director and a former GP, says there’s currently no reliable system for GPs to receive independent and valid information about new and emerging research findings. Professor Paul Glasziou

Tackling the big

HEALTH ISSUES New grants and a rankings boost lend weight to Bond researchers’ ongoing search for better diagnosis.


Professor Glasziou, along with fellow Bond CREBP Chief Investigators Professor Tammy Hoffmann, Professor Chris Del Mar and Professor Jenny Doust, believe the new Centre will change that. The Centre will draw on 15 to 25 ‘influential GPs’ who will select, pilot and adapt research-based clinical advances in their practices. Another team will look at this evidence and develop shared decision aids, as well as provide tailored advice to GPs and their patients. Finally, it’s intended for the research adopted by these lead practices to be synthesised as guidelines and policy, and also distributed nationally via social media and courses. “Through the use of influential GP leaders, adaptation, interactive learning and social media, we anticipate seeing a marked increase in the uptake of new clinical evidence by GPs and their practices,” says Professor Glasziou.

“This could include the learning of a new skill, like how to handle a new medication, or how to adapt and apply the use of an existing medication to a new patient group. “It will allow tailoring to individual patients’ needs and preferences, which will require greater collaboration between evidence-based practice and the newer science of shared decision making.” Through utilising new information technologies, the Centre of Research Excellence tackles age-old challenges the medical profession faces stemming from information overload and patient pressure to act.

Professor Glasziou leads a team of four investigators receiving almost $10 million in NHMRC program grant funding to reduce unnecessary testing and treatment in medicine, particularly in the areas of musculoskeletal diseases, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The CREBP team mentions the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics for ailments, such as the common cold, and the overdetection of thyroid cancer, where diagnosis has increased threefold while mortality rates head fast in the other direction.

To be precise, a $9,578,895 grant has been awarded by the NHMRC to Professor Glasziou, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder from Monash University and Cabrini Institute, Professor Chris Maher from the George Institute for Global Health, and Professor Kirsten McCaffery from the University of Sydney.

“GPs are time-poor and rarely have the opportunity to look at primary research,” Professor Glasziou says.

The work will stretch across all Australian states and funding will be staggered over a five-year period from January next year.

“This issue is compounded by the fact that research that is disseminated to GPs is usually filtered, sometimes by specialists and often by pharmaceutical companies.

The specialties of the chief investigators vary from cancer screening to osteoarthritis and back pain, with the latter costing Australians $5 billion per year and the leading reason for premature retirement.

“Australian GPs need independent, evidence-based updates of research findings that are important and relevant to them and their patients.”

“To keep abreast of the latest research for the diagnosis and treatment of common conditions like high blood pressure, obesity, depression, arthritis and sleep disorders, Australian GPs need independent, evidence-based, user-tested updates of research findings that are important and relevant to them and their patients.” There’s no rest for Professor Glasziou, who backed this up with another success early this year.

Professor Glasziou says the funding will go towards a research program that’s the natural evolution of his team’s previous work in screening and diagnosis. This time, the researchers are turning to the technology we rely so heavily upon with a sharper eye. “The capabilities of technology have outgrown our abilities to interpret its results, which creates a problem both for the individual patient and for the healthcare system,” says Professor Glasziou. “Many lesions that technologies like MRIs are now identifying would never cause a problem for patients, but our over-testing leads to their discovery, in turn leading to their over-treatment. “After identifying the key problems and their causes, the team will test potential solutions in musculoskeletal diseases, cardiovascular disease and cancer. “The focus in this new research program will be to use healthcare wisely. As renowned public health researcher, surgeon and author Dr Atul Gawande has stated: unnecessary care often crowds out necessary care, so more appropriate






Alumnus Mr Derek Cronin



SHOW YOUR SUPPORT THE GENEROSITY and support of alumni and the community is the lifeblood of Bond University, helping students as they strive for excellence in their studies. The Bond University Annual Fund exists so supporters can show their personal commitment and have a direct impact on the future success of students. Executive Director of Alumni and Development Brett Walker says the appeal message for the 2016 campaign is simple – Giving for Tomorrow’s Education.

Alumni Scholarships assist alumni by providing financial support that enables them to undertake postgraduate study at the world’s finest universities, appropriate to their field of study. The Elite Athlete Fund helps elite athletes juggle their sporting career commitments with their studies.

Research Grants

The funding goal this year is $350,000. Each student who benefits from a funding initiative will receive materials that highlight how they have benefited from the support of the Bond alumni and community.

To provide assistance to Higher Degree Research students, it is planned to make two $5000 grants which students can apply for and use to support their studies through the purchase of textbooks, travel to conferences or general assistance with living costs.

“The programs funded by the appeal reinforce and highlight how alumni gifts and gifts from members of the Bond community are making a real and immediate difference to the lives and aspirations of students at Bond,” says Mr Walker.

In support of Bond’s increasing focus on research, the Annual Fund will also support the provision of academic research grants to enable innovative research ideas to be developed to the point where they become attractive to external funders.

“It is important the recipients of any funding understand the process that delivered that support.” The 2016 Annual Fund will be segmented into four categories: Student Experience, Research Grants, the Building Fund and the Endowment Fund.

Student Experience Under the Student Opportunity Fund, financial support is set aside for students who are seeking support for activities that will enhance their learning and employment opportunities while the Academic Support Fund supplies textbook and laptop bursaries. Another integral element of the student experience segment is both academic and sporting scholarships. The Bond University


Building Fund Bond has embarked on the redevelopment of its sporting facilities. The sporting fields have been reconfigured to accommodate international standard fields for rugby and Australian football under lights. Further redevelopment of the sporting facilities will attract sporting teams and spectators creating an exciting atmosphere for both players and spectators.

Endowment Fund Bond continues to build its Endowment Fund to support key initiatives and the future of the University.

In May each year, all roads lead back to campus for Bond alumni and their families. Homecoming is our annual celebration where alumni, students, staff and the wider Bond community join together to celebrate the University’s founding.

MAKE A DONATION TO DONATE ONLINE VISIT: make-a-gift Email the Office of Alumni and Development at to request a donation form. Call the Office of Alumni and Development on +61 7 5595 4403 to make a donation over the phone. Or post your donation to: Office of Alumni and Development, University Drive, Bond University QLD 4229.


TOGETHER LEGAL eagle Derek Cronin, who has been appointed the new Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board, is making plans to bring the expanding global community of Bondies even closer together. Mr Cronin, who is the Principal of Cronin Litigation and a member of Bond University’s foundation cohort of students in May 1989, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University in 1991 and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He has served on the Alumni Advisory Board since its inception in 2014, bringing an alumni community perspective to the University.




The Annual Fund campaign will run from 6-30 June and will involve a telephone and direct mail campaign. We will Update you on what is happening at Bond, get you involved and request your support for our initiatives. All supporters will be published in the next edition of The ARCH magazine.

Mr Cronin says he was thrilled to be appointed the new Chair of the Advisory Board and thanked outgoing Chair Ms Peta Fielding for her valuable contribution. “We were very fortunate to have Peta lead the inaugural Alumni Advisory Board and establish its existing framework, which encourages all alumni to actively participate in the various activities held worldwide,” says Mr Cronin. “The role of the Advisory Board is critical in overseeing the development and management of important relationships, not just between the University and its alumni, but also the essential relationships that our alumni have with each other. “Looking forward, the major areas of focus for the Advisory Board will be expanding upon our existing networks, and furthering the development of the alumni clubs, groups and chapters which have been established across the globe.” Mr Cronin is joined by Mr Ed Brockhoff, Class of 2002; Mr Todd Hiscock, Class of 1991; Mr George Raptis, Class of 2003; Mr David Baxby, Class of 1992; Ms Lisa MacCallum, Class of 1991 and Ms Jacqui Ward, Class of 2009.

Mr Brockhoff, who is a previous recipient of the Bond Alumni Scholarship and works for the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York, says after becoming an alumnus he wanted to maintain his active involvement with the University. He achieved this by serving two terms on the Membership of Bond University Limited and undertaking his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. He also involved himself in alumni networks, including in New York City. “With the launch of the Alumni Advisory Board, this was the ideal platform from which to continue my involvement with Bond and to do what I can to ensure that current and future students are given the same wonderful opportunities that I received – and graduate as passionate and lifelong Bondies,” says Mr Brockhoff. Mr Brockhoff aims to use his time on the Board to strengthen its foundations and to ensure that it is relevant, inclusive, representative and visionary. Specifically, he wants to increase and formalise connections between the Board and current student representatives to strengthen the relationship more broadly between alumni and current students. “I also want to ensure that the Board becomes an effective intermediary between the University and alumni, to keep our alumni informed of critical changes, achievements and challenges,” says Mr Brockhoff. “It’s also about giving alumni an avenue through which they can provide important feedback to the University. “On a practical level, I would also like to ensure that the Board instils in its operations the principles of good governance, transparency and accountability.”

This year we are celebrating 27 years of Bond University’s history. Activities are scheduled across four days, including the Friday night Bond Family and Friends Festival and fireworks display expected to welcome over 1,000 people.

May 26 ALUMNI AWARDS DINNER A night of celebration as we announce the 2016 Alumni Award Recipients.

May 27 ALUMNI LEADERS FORUM Annual meeting of the Alumni Advisory Board, Alumni Committee Presidents and Bond University Limited Alumni Members.

BOND FAMILY & FRIENDS FESTIVAL Join us for our annual tradition as we celebrate the University’s 27th Foundation Day. Alumni, students and staff and their families are encouraged to attend this event.

May 27&28 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS Refresh areas of study, learn new advancements in particular disciplines or test your appetite for further study in a different or emerging field.



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the healing power of

EXERCISE BOND University researchers are educating doctors and clinicians from around the world about the impact exercise can have on alleviating the symptoms of chronic health conditions. A review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) shows that exercise is often under-prescribed in favour of pharmaceutical or surgical solutions for many health conditions, despite exercise having similar effectiveness. Lead author Professor Tammy Hoffmann from the Centre for Research in EvidenceBased Practice at Bond University, says the article aims to raise awareness about how exercise can help with chronic conditions such as hip and knee osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease and back pain. “Doctors are often more inclined to prescribe what they know, which is drugs and referrals for surgery,” says Professor Hoffmann. “If doctors are not aware that exercise is an option, and if patients are not aware, then it is being neglected as a treatment option.” Professor Hoffmann says exercise has fewer side effects than pharmaceutical or surgical options, making it an attractive prescription. “While it is not the only option that people should consider, when doctors are considering what they can do to help a


patient, exercise should absolutely be one of the options that is considered.” In addition to the research, which synthesised the effectiveness of different types of exercise, the CMAJ article provides a how-to guide for healthcare professionals to prescribe exercise for specific chronic diseases. It has become one of CMAJ’s most read articles and received media coverage around the world. Professor Hoffmann concedes that writing a prescription for exercise is not easy and that telling a patient to just exercise is not enough.

Professor Tammy Hoffmann

THE BOND Bullsharks are on the cusp of a new era in training on campus with the launch of the University’s new Sports Centre. The facility, opening in May, will feature a 940sqm gym floor to be fitted out with elite fitness equipment, three group exercise rooms, a function space and male and female changing rooms. With more than 25 different sporting clubs on campus, from rugby and netball, to cheerleading and judo, the new facility provides an unrivalled sporting experience underpinned by the University’s commitment to promote a ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ environment. “The Vice-Chancellor and President believes wholeheartedly that the values, attitudes and beliefs that are synonymous with sport are as important as the academic prowess that you develop as a person and a graduate,” says Bond

University’s Executive Director of Sport Mr Garry Nucifora. “Team sport, for example, instils a number of values in a person and if we can create an environment which balances sport and study and promotes healthy body, healthy mind, then we are winning as a university.” The new facility is expected to cater for more than double the patrons than the existing gym. General Manager of Sport Operations Russell Ramsay says it is designed to not only cater for its normal patronage and day-to-day operations, but also sport tourism groups. “Sport tourism is a big part of our strategy and ideally we are looking to attract groups in the community that want to use our facility and also actively participate in research projects and teaching and learning opportunities,” says Mr Ramsay.

“By involving these groups, we are bringing people onto campus who wouldn’t otherwise be engaged with the University; so it is also a good engagement tool,” he says. In addition, he says the new gym will provide students and academics with the facilities they need to be able to effectively participate in data-sharing research and individual PhD projects. The new gym is in addition to the launch of the Bond Institute of Health and Sport (BIHS), another initiative that aims to create a legacy of sporting excellence. BIHS is home to the High Performance Training Centre, encompassing a gym, recovery area, rehabilitation pools and altitude room. The two facilities build on Bond University’s understanding that sport is the cornerstone of a successful education.

“A doctor wouldn’t tell a patient to just take a drug or have surgery,” she says. “It’s the same for non-drug interventions like exercise. You actually need the details of what the intervention consists of before it can be provided. Our goal with this article was to make that as easy as possible for health professionals.” The review presents exercise by disease type, listing the type of healthcare provider to administer the exercise, materials needed, type and intensity of the exercise, benefits and other information such as contraindications. Some exercises can be prescribed by general practitioners while others need referrals to healthcare professionals who have specific expertise in exercise therapy.



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BOND University Rugby has made a strong start to the season with both of the Colts Under 19 teams undefeated at the beginning of the year.

IN 2016

BOND University hosted Queensland’s first ever all-female football tournament this year to kick off what is expected to be a big year for the new squad. The girls took part in the AFLQ Flash Footy Tournament – a one-day, nine-a-side, fastpaced game that made its debut on Bond University’s playing fields. The team played three games and, while the players were up against two of the top teams, they proved to be a squad to keep an eye on in future. Head Coach Gary Fox says although it is early days, the team is tracking well and is set to achieve big things in 2016. “The objective is to get the team up and going, and establish it as a viable sport that females want to play,” says Mr Fox. “Even though it would be nice to win a competition, and it could happen, this year my goal is to make sure we have a full team on the field every week and to ensure we are very competitive.” Mr Fox has both played in and coached senior AFL teams, most notably working


as the strength and conditioning coach for the inaugural Brisbane Lions team. He says he has a unique coaching style that allows the players to create the culture and environment in which they play. “I like to give autonomy to the players as much as possible so they are making the decisions and setting the standards and creating their own culture,” says Mr Fox. “But sometimes when you have players that haven’t played a lot, you have to establish the rules in the beginning and let them know what is expected in terms of training standards and level of skill. “Once they understand what is expected of them, I like them to take ownership of the team as much as possible and they do a lot of the strategy behind how they are going to play. “We are obviously in a transition phase at the moment, but I am hoping that as the year goes on they take a lot more ownership of the decisions around the game.” With AFL going through a game-changing

The Reserve Grade has only lost one game, while the Premier side has had a tough start to 2016 following a number of setbacks. phase in Australia, implementing professional female teams across the nation, Mr Fox says it gives athletes the opportunity to play at a national level. He says some of the Bond players, including Paris Lightfoot and Kate Reynolds, have what it takes to establish themselves as professional AFL players. “Any girl on the Gold Coast who really wants to concentrate on playing AFL can play at the highest possible level next year and be very well paid for it as well,” says Mr Fox. “And it is possible that some of the girls in my team can go all the way.”

However, General Manager of Bond University Rugby Dale Salmon says with players returning from injury and some new combinations starting to come together, the Premier side is set to step up the ladder. Salmon says he expects all of the teams to make the finals in 2016, with the support of what he says is arguably the strongest coaching and support staff in the competition. The teams are led by Head Coach Sean Hedger, who is a former professional coach in Japan and Assistant Coach of the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side. He is joined by Adam Leach, former National Forwards Coach for Japan and

NSW Waratahs Academy Coach; Alan Manning, former NSW Waratahs player and Head Coach of the Papua New Guinea Rugby Union; and Brad Harris, former Head Coach of the Canberra Vikings, and also the Head Coach of the Canberra National Rugby Championships side that made the final in 2015. Mr Salmon says these coaches, teamed with Bond’s state-of-the-art training resources, put players in the best possible position to achieve results and develop as players and as a team. “The vision for Bond University Rugby reflects the vision of Bond University itself,” says Mr Salmon. “We want to be seen as the benchmark rugby program in the State and offer students and players alike the opportunity to be part of an elite program that can see them compete in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition in a Bond University jersey, and have the best opportunity to go on and compete at a higher level, whether it’s in Australia or overseas. “As a result, our goals for 2016 are for all

teams to play consistently and make the finals. From there, anything can happen.” Mr Salmon says Bond University Rugby has welcomed a number of exciting new players in 2016 who will continue to add to what is already an impressive squad. Hamish Stewart, a Toowoomba Grammar graduate has headed to Bond University for study and rugby, along with the newest John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship holders Dylan Riley from The Southport School and Gavin Luka from Nudgee College. The John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship provides an opportunity for outstanding young rugby union stars to be mentored both on and off the field. Mitch Third has also taken up an opportunity at Bond, after an impressive stint playing for Canberra in the 2015 National Rugby Championships, together with Isaac Nathan, who recently signed with the Queensland Reds Under-20 squad.

The women’s team ultimately hopes to reflect the success of the men’s team which is now in its fifth year of competition. The men’s team is looking to achieve its third senior premiership in as many years, and in as many divisions. In 2016, the men’s team was promoted to the QFA South division up from the QAFA (A) in 2015 and QAFA (B) South in 2014.



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RISING TIDE OF Alumna Ms Melanie Wright


TROPHY CABINET IT WAS a watershed moment for Olympian Melanie Wright (nee Schlanger) when she graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Bond University in February. Ms Wright managed to maintain a high distinction average in her studies while juggling a professional swimming career, which included competing in the FINA World Championships in Russia and the Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney in 2015. The Bondy, who recently announced her retirement from professional swimming, took some time to reflect on the milestone saying her experience was unrivalled. “The whole atmosphere that Bond provides is one of learning and I really couldn’t have asked for anything better,” says Ms Wright. “And I think what helped was that study complements training because it is not something that is physically strenuous – you can actually engage your brain while your body recovers.” In addition to an MBA, Wright has a biomedical degree, five Olympic medals and a swimming world record under her belt. She also recently gained entry into the


Bond Medical Program. Wright admits it was difficult managing sport and study, with her swimming schedule comprising up to 35 hours a week of training. However, she says with the support of the University and good time-management skills, she was able to achieve her goal of completing her qualification with good marks. “I was really determined to do it as well as I could and it really meant a lot to me when I finally got the results,” says Ms Wright. Wright admits she did have to pull off one all-nighter, however she says she didn’t make a habit of it. “I tried to make sure that I would never need to cram in too much at the end, just because that would affect my swimming negatively if I am up all night,” says Ms Wright. “So I tried to be pretty organised and plan ahead, so I was never stuck in that situation where I had to stay up all night studying and the next morning my training was off.” Wright encourages other athletes to consider Bond as an education provider

saying it is important to balance sport with study. While her focus is now on medicine and becoming a doctor, the Olympian says she hopes to use her MBA and experience to assist with the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. She says she hopes to be an ambassador of the 2018 Games, or help through assisting with community engagement closer to the event. “At this stage I would really love to be involved in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the other side of the fence, because I won’t be swimming at that point,” says Ms Wright. “But in some capacity I would love to help that event run smoothly here on the Gold Coast, my home town. I think that would be pretty special to be part of.” Wright, a recipient of the ADCO Sports Excellence Scholarship, thanked the construction company for the ongoing support. “It is fantastic that ADCO is able to give athletes a leg-up outside of their sport so they can transition into the real world when they are ready to do so, and I’m really grateful for that,” she says.

SWIMMING TALENT BOND University made big waves at the 2016 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships, with four gold medals and two swimmers making the Australian Olympic swim team.

comprising Cameron McEvoy, Jamie Sturgeon, Will Harmsen and Brayden McCarthy, also enjoyed success, setting a new Queensland record and taking out the gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Cameron McEvoy secured his spot for the forthcoming Rio Olympics and made history when he became the first Australian swimmer ever to win the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle national titles at the one swimming event.

This success follows the appointment to Bond of two of Australia’s most successful swim coaches, Richard Scarce and Kyle Samuelson, who are on track to achieving their vision of developing Bond University as one of the leading swim clubs in Australia.

Other standout performances from the Bond University Swimming Club which led to berths in the semi-finals and/or finals at the national championships include Matthew Davis, Brayden McCarthy, Elijah Winnington, Ella Bond, Jenna Strauch, Amy Forrester and Will Harmsen. This follows victory at the McDonald’s Queensland Championships in late 2015, where Bond University celebrated its most successful State title to date, finishing in ninth position overall ahead of more than 150 swim squads. Of Bond’s 26 swimmers, 19 made the finals while eight swimmers received medals in individual events, with five swimmers taking out the title of State Champion. State Champions again included Cameron McEvoy, who took out the men’s 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, and 17-year-old Brayden McCarthy, who won the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Elijah Winnington won the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, the 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley. Elijah also broke a State record and was named Queensland Age Champion for the fifth time in as many years. Bond Swimming’s men’s relay team,

Mr Samuelson says the State titles are just the springboard to greater success for the club in 2016. Mr Samuelson says it is an exciting time for the club, as the swim program grows from strength to strength, with athletes as young as 11 years old taking big strides. “It is fantastic being able to have a junior program, a national age group and an open program,” says Mr Samuelson. “Being able to see that progression from a young age right through is really fascinating. “We have got kids that are 11 years old training beside our oldest and most experienced athletes, so they get to watch and learn from them. “We want to create a pathway where those young athletes leave school and study at Bond while continuing to swim under us.” Mr Samuelson has close to ten years’ experience as a swim coach, while Mr Scarce has steered swimmers to victory at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. Mr Scarce also was one of the coaches for the Australian team at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

BOND’S NEWLY CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: CAMERON MCEVOY (men’s) 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle BRAYDEN MCCARTHY (17-years-old) 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly ELIJAH WINNINGTON (15-years-old) 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle (a new Queensland record), 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley. JACK SPARKE (13-years-old) 100m and 200m backstroke Charlie Beech (11-years-old) 100m breaststroke


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DURING her final semester at Bond University, Marryum Kahloon capped off a successful dual degree in Law and International Relations with a semester abroad to China on one of the country’s most prestigious international scholarships.

Mr Jordan Harrison


SWIMMING LEGENDS IT’S not every day you get to swim with two of your idols, so Bondy Jordan Harrison jumped at the chance to take to the pool with legends of the sport Grant Hackett and Michael Phelps. Mr Harrison travelled to the US at the end of last year for two weeks’ intensive training with the swimming champions ahead of the 2015 Winter Nationals in Washington in December. Mr Hackett, a triple Olympic gold medallist and Bond alumnus, trains with Mr Harrison under internationally recognised Coach Dennis Cottrell at Miami, and it was he who invited Harrison to join him and good friend Mr Phelps in Arizona. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came on the back of a tough 2015 for Mr Harrison as he battled a debilitating back injury.

“As a young swimmer coming through the ranks, Grant, the 1500 metre world record holder, and Michael, the most decorated Olympian of all time, were my idols. “It is like a golfer playing with Tiger Woods or a surfer training with Kelly Slater, you would never turn it down. To say I was excited when Grant invited me to go with him was an understatement.” Following the training, Mr Harrison placed fifth in the 400m and 1500m freestyle in the 2015 Winter Nationals in Washington. Mr Harrison was also a finalist in the 800m and 1500m freestyle events at the World University Games in South Korea in July last year. Prior to that he won a silver medal in the 1500m event at the Australian Championships in Sydney.

However, he says the opportunity to swim with two of the best swimmers in the world really made up for a year of setbacks.

Mr Harrison, who has represented Australia four times in his swimming career to date, is a full scholarship student and member of the Bond Elite Sports Program.

“I jumped at the chance to train with the duo,” he says.

He says swimming with Phelps and Hackett was an exceptional learning curve.


“It was awesome; I took away things that I would not have learned anywhere else,” says Mr Harrison. “The level of professionalism was amazing. They know what it takes to be the greatest swimmers of all time and their physical determination was quite inspiring.” Mr Harrison, who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business at Bond, says he learnt just as much out of the water as he did in the water. “I could see that they are completely ordinary people,” says Mr Harrison. “Usually you see them on television and they are like super humans. The one thing I took away from this is that anyone can do it if they have the right application.”

Ms Kahloon set off to Shanghai on the New Colombo Plan Scholarship, an honour awarded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at a ceremony attended by top government officials in Canberra. As one of Bond’s active advocates for human rights and diplomacy, Ms Kahloon attended Fu Dan University to complete her undergraduate studies and develop fluency in Mandarin, while simultaneously interning in the corporate department of renowned global law firm Linklaters. According to Ms Kahloon, the experience was second to none in terms of getting to know the Asian powerhouse of China, and she encourages other students to become familiar with Asia to better their understanding of the geopolitical landscape. “For Australians going into the workforce, being Asian literate is really important because a lot of business, especially in the legal sector, is coming from China, Japan and other Asian countries,” says Ms Kahloon. “The way things operate in China from a marketing and legal perspective is entirely different, so to have even a semblance of an understanding about that is really beneficial.”

Mr Harrison was awarded a Bond University scholarship to study in 2015.

Ms Kahloon says travelling the country was a top priority in order to gain an accurate snapshot of Chinese culture during her stay.

“Bond makes it super easy to manage study and swimming through the Elite Sports Program which provides a lot of guidance to athletes,” says Mr Harrison.

“Travelling was very important to me, as I was able to see a lot of the more rural and urban sides of China,” says Ms Kahloon.

Alumna Ms Marryum Kahloon

“I think that Beijing and Shanghai are pretty modernised now but a lot of those strong cultural attitudes are more apparent in the smaller places.” During her time in Asia, Ms Kahloon also represented Australia in the international G(irls)20 Summit, an esteemed ten-day conference held in Istanbul, Turkey. Established in 2009, the G(irls)20 initiative brings together one delegate from each of the G20 countries plus representatives from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region to advance the position of women in all facets of society. Ms Kahloon worked with other delegates to prepare a communique for increasing the number of women in the workforce globally by 100 million before 2020, focusing on the way participating countries could adopt universal benchmarks. “Although each of our countries face different problems, there was still the one common thread; nowhere in any of the countries was there gender equality,” says Ms Kahloon. “We could also see the problem in global diplomacy that the conditions and resources present in Australia and America, for example, are very different to those in South Africa.

The way things operate in China from a marketing and legal perspective is entirely different, so to have even a semblance of an understanding about that is really beneficial.

“So to try and develop recommendations that were applicable across all 20 countries was a challenge.” Ms Kahloon has also prepared a feasibility report for leading childrens’ rights organisation Plan International, focused on designing a framework for providing cash-based transfers to disaster-stricken regions. Since returning to Australia, Ms Kahloon has secured a position in the Queensland Supreme Court as Justice Margaret McMurdo’s Associate in the Court of Appeal.



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Bond University is raising the bar for Indigenous education, with quality programs keeping retention rates well above the national average.

2 SINCE launching the Nyombil Centre in May 2012, Bond University’s Indigenous support network has flourished as one of the nation’s best. January this year saw the enrolment of the highest number of Indigenous students at Bond to date, with 59 students currently completing degrees across a variety of faculties and programs. Nyombil Centre Manager Jason Murray largely puts the significant growth of Bond’s Indigenous network down to an unmatched retention rate and an excellent scholarship program supported by both the University and the wider community. “Bond has a holistic approach to assist Indigenous students transition into higher education, one that covers every aspect from pastoral care and cultural support to academic support,” says Mr Murray. “Our retention rate across all programs, including everything from masters to foundation courses, is at 95 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 71 percent.” Mr Murray says the increasing number of Indigenous scholarships on offer helps to make the transition into higher education as seamless as possible, regardless of whether students are from a local urban


environment or a remote interstate community. “The idea behind these scholarships is to help Indigenous students access Bond, where they may not have thought of the University as a viable alternative otherwise,” says Mr Murray. “We have students from all over Australia coming to study, with quite a few of them on scholarships and many more supporting themselves.” Recently Bond awarded its first dedicated Indigenous Medical Scholarship to cover the full tuition for its internationally acclaimed medical degree. Discipline Lead for Indigenous Health Dr Shannon Springer says the scholarship, awarded this semester to local Kombumerri woman Myora Kruger is an exceptional response to the University’s social obligations to improve health studies and practice for Indigenous Australians. According to Dr Springer, the time has never been better for an Indigenous student to commence a medical degree at the University. “All medical schools in Australia are encouraged to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their program, and Bond has kept in line with this,” says Dr Springer.

“What was important for us to get right first was the Indigenous health curriculum, and now all the conditions have been perfect to develop the scholarship, and the University has really come forward to assist that.” Both Mr Murray and Dr Springer have extolled the efforts of several key people and departments in bringing the scholarship to life, including ViceChancellor and President Tim Brailsford, Executive Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine Helen Chenery and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Students and Academic Support Alan Finch.


“Creating a full-fee scholarship for the medicine program is a tremendous achievement,” says Mr Murray. “It cannot be understated how much that means to the program and also to the local Indigenous community.”

1. L-R: Ms Faith Considine, Ms Makayla Palm, Mr Jordan Kilcoyne, Ms Justice Pengilly, Mr Blake Ritson 2. L-R: Ms Hannah Duncan, Ms Jessica Singh, Mr Daniel Hamilton

A primary benchmark for the Nyombil Centre over the next 12 months is to steadily and organically increase the number of enrolments, while maintaining a high retention rate in the process. Mr Murray is confident that both the Centre and the University will stand as an example of best practice in the years ahead.

3. L-R: Ms Shantelle Jackson, Ms Jenaya Keats 4. Nyombil Centre Foyer 5. L-R: Mr Daniel Hamilton, Mr Jason Murray, Ms Jessica Singh




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A dozen high-achieving high school graduates have been recognised for their academic excellence with the opportunity to study at Bond. Back Row (L-R): Ms Lacey Rowett, Mr Calum Ball, Ms Sarah White, Mr Paddy Cross, Ms Taylor Birtchnell Front Row (L-R): Mr Thomas Fall, Ms Kimberley Pearce, Mr Jesse Moffa, Ms Jordan Eastway, Ms Annika Cameron Not present: Ms Emily Coggan, Ms Lauren Northcote

BOND University has welcomed the next wave of Vice-Chancellor scholars on campus as they kick off their career ambitions.

so strong that we have awarded more scholarships than ever before, with 12 exceptional scholars joining Bond University in 2016 compared to ten last year.”

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is the University’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

Padua College graduate Thomas Fall has made the move from Melbourne to commence a double degree in law and international relations.

In one of its most competitive years yet, 12 students from all over Australia were awarded the full-fee scholarship to study a degree of choice. Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford says the recipients will be outstanding role models to their fellow students. “The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships acknowledge the exceptional achievements of high school students across the country who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of excellence in academia, leadership and community values,” Professor Brailsford says. “This year the calibre of applicants was


Mr Fall has travelled to Timor to teach students basic English and maths, as well as championed the homeless by volunteering for St Vincent de Paul Society and Rosies – Friends on the Street. With hopes of becoming an international human rights lawyer, Mr Fall says he plans to get involved with mooting at Bond. “On an international scale, I feel there is a lot of positive influence and positive change that can be made, which is what I would like to address throughout my career, either with the United Nations or the outreach sphere for a not-for-profit,” he says. Toowoomba student Emily Coggan has used her Vice-Chancellor Scholarship to

study business and commerce to pursue a career in agriculture. The former captain of The Glennie School says she’d like to improve the lifestyle in rural communities by finding new ways to manage resources. “My rural upbringing has given me a real appreciation and understanding of some of the challenges that face people living and working in the country,” Ms Coggan says.

“This year the calibre of applicants was so strong that we have awarded more scholarships than ever before.”

“It’s a fantastic lifestyle, but I think I would like to have a career where I can use my business and finance skills to make things even better.” Combining excellence in sports with study, Vice-Chancellor scholars Calum Ball and Kimberley Pearce are set to make their mark at Bond. Mr Ball had a head start to campus life, commencing training with the Bond University Rugby Club last year before undertaking a double degree in law and international relations. Ms Pearce will study business after capping off a successful year in clay target shooting, including representing Australia in the women’s junior trap team at the Junior World Cup in Germany. St Joseph’s College graduate Paddy Cross has followed in his big brother Samuel’s footsteps to become the second in his family to be awarded the elite scholarship. Last year, Mr Cross represented Australia at the International Model United Nations, was named Lions Youth of the Year and

finished dux of four of his subjects.

Abedian School of Architecture.

“I will be studying a double degree in law and international relations, with the ultimate dream to one day represent Australia as a diplomat or become a prosecutor at the International Court of Justice or even an Australian Parliamentarian,” he says.

The St John’s Grammar graduate and AFL player says he would love to work on largescale projects, such as designing sporting arenas such as the Adelaide Oval in his hometown.

Lourdes Hill College graduate and fellow UN Youth representative Annika Cameron will also study law and international relations as part of the scholarship. Taylor Birtchnell has taken the first step to becoming a barrister specialising in criminal law, with the Calvary Christian College graduate taking up a commerce and law degree at Bond. “Ultimately I would like to use my experience practising law and the knowledge gained completing my commerce degree, to enter Federal Government and serve my community to create lasting change,” Ms Birtchnell says. The Scholarship has allowed Jesse Moffa to complete a Bachelor of Architecture at the

Sole Tasmanian scholar Jordan Eastway has commenced a double degree in arts and law, majoring in advertising and criminology. Overnewton Anglican Community College graduate Sarah White has chosen to study journalism and international relations with the scholarship, while Darwin High School alum Lauren Northcote will undertake a double degree in law and commerce. Lacey Rowett, from Redlynch State College in Cairns, will use the scholarship to study law and psychology. As part of their education at Bond, the Vice-Chancellor scholars will receive mentoring from previous recipients as well as leading business executives in the community.


Ms Holly Ransom

COMMUNITY A few years and new retailers later, Thankyou Group pulled together ‘The Coles and Woolworths Campaign’. “People said you couldn’t group the two biggest retailers into the same sentence,” says Mr Flynn. “We put a video on YouTube and said two weeks from today we are going to present everything to these guys, please voice your support.” Mr Flynn commissioned a pilot to fly above the headquarters of both companies and trail a sign that read: “Thank you for changing the world (if you say yes)”.

through GIRLS breaKING

DON’T be afraid to push the envelope.

School captains and leaders all took note of this advice from keynote speakers at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Leadership Conference held at Bond earlier this year. Before a crowd of 163 teenage girls, Thankyou Group co-founder Daniel Flynn spoke on challenging the supermarket giants, social entrepreneur Holly Ransom spoke on testing global government, and drone pioneer Dr Catherine Ball spoke about trusting her gut even without a background in engineering.

The annual conference has been designed for young female leaders to give them confidence to make a difference in their schools and wider communities. It attracts delegates from the Gold Coast to New York. Ms Ransom, who chaired the G20 Youth Summit two years ago at only 24, gave ‘sister-to-sister’ advice having been in the school captain’s shoes not too long ago. “Up until I was 15, I thought a leader was a 50-something, grey-haired guy who would yell at other 50-something, grey-haired guys; it didn’t help that only


12 per cent of experts quoted in the Australian media were women,” says Ms Ransom.

“It wasn’t until I took part in a leadership program like this at 15 years old that my concept of a leader was shattered. “Now I understand the significance of giving yourself permission to do something and permission to own your power.” Dr Catherine Ball, 2015 Queensland Telstra Business Women of the Year winner, mirrored Ms Ransom in saying the biggest roadblock is women denying their own power. Dr Ball has been working with drones for nearly four years and delivered a number of world firsts in environmental and infrastructure surveying. She uses drones to explore remote islands and vegetation, and improve environmental outcomes for engineering projects. She believes environmental protection “starts with the eradication of poverty and the empowerment of females”.

After the retailers signed, Thankyou Group quickly ballooned from 10 staff to 37. All three conference speakers encouraged young leaders to chase opportunities down and showed that eventually the tables could turn. Ms Ransom recalled a ‘really strange

phone call’ in 2013 from then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

“Blow up the idea that there’s a thing called ‘ready’,” she says.

Mr Abbott had called asking her to lead the Youth Summit for the G20, where she would have a seat at the table with world leaders such as US President Barack Obama and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

“How many criteria do men and women feel they need to meet out of five to apply for a job? Men put the hat in the ring at two and women at four. “The key is to start your life now.”

“I had zero government relations experience and didn’t feel ready for the role by any stretch,” says Ms Ransom. “The Prime Minister said it was a volunteer role that would require four hours per week to pull together 100 young leaders. I made it my full-time job.

Mr Daniel Flynn

“In November 2014, we became the first summit in history to successfully influence the agenda. There was a declaration regarding youth unemployment and an action plan for every single country.” Ms Ransom says there’s a ‘mirage of readiness’ and, from experience, she thinks young women in particular are suckers to it.

Dr Ball thinks her success comes from her fresh perspective. She operates in a maledominated industry, isn’t an engineer or drone pilot, and says her “innovation is in the application, not the technology”. “One of the things I’ve been guilty of in the past is denying my power as a woman and it’s only now in my mid-30s that I’ve really stopped giving my power over,” says Dr Ball.

Taking it to the world

“It’s still a pyramid and the men are still the ones in that management stream, while some 50 per cent of engineering graduates are female and only 25 per cent of engineering lecturers are female. “The guys are doing a very good job at dropping ladders down though. Some of my most supportive mentors and managers are men.” Thankyou Group’s Daniel Flynn closed the conference and, while not female, he could relate to being overlooked. His social enterprise was knocked back in its early days by retailers who shunned the idea that the brand could go up against bottled water giants on a minimal budget.

BOND University Pro Vice-Chancellor of Pathways & Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan has made it her life work to explore the importance of women’s education.

“Education instils a confidence that, when lacking, can be an obstacle for girls pursuing their goals, whether it be on the sporting field, the classroom or the boardroom,” says Ms O’Sullivan.

Ms O’Sullivan told how partnerships charged towards this goal at the 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education in New York City earlier this year, before an audience of 1000 world-leading secondary educators.

“In an age when professional services are publishing the percentage of female and male employees at a partner and executive level, it must be remembered that for many women the benefits of education aren’t measured by statistics.

For Bond, an emphasis on girls’ education can be fostered by furthering grassroots partnerships with secondary girls’ schools and Indigenous programs.

“Education gives women a voice, the confidence to talk and be heard and it is this which represents the tangible impact of women’s education.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Pathways & Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan


Time to



UPCOMING EVENTS MAY 2016 16th May Semester 162 classes commence 26th


26th- 29th

Alumni Awards Dinner 2016 Homecoming


A THIRD of the way into the year, have you achieved your career goals? It might be time to reflect.

they want. She recommends taking a proactive approach and conducting an annual career audit.

Active reflection can be an invaluable employment tool for either a student uncertain about their future or even a seasoned professional deciding if they want to move up or move on.

“It also gives people great freedom to be comfortable with discomfort and uncertainty,” she says.

Looking back can help people move forward and achieve work goals, become a better leader, improve professional skills and think about major life decisions rationally. Bond University Career Development Centre Director Kirsty Mitchell says reflection is a critical differentiator in the Beyond Bond program for students. Students are encouraged to write out an important decision, the issues surrounding it and the worst potential outcome. After making the decision, they review what actually happened. “It gives you the confidence in your ability to make decisions, but also to reflect and improve decision-making more broadly,” Ms Mitchell says. “We typically force ourselves to consider goals around New Year, and they’re rarely based on reality and the ability to deliver on that. “If you think about hitting a golf ball, you need to take that step backwards before you have any hope of propelling it forward. “Often people shy away from thinking about these things because it makes them feel uncomfortable, but really reflection fuels the next step.” Ms Mitchell says generally it takes a moment of crisis or an external truth to typically make people think about what



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“It’s okay to not know and it comes from an underlying insecurity around work. We actually want more from work than I think it’s actually able to provide. “Work is now about meaning, identity, growth, development and a whole host of other things, whereas work for our parents’ generation was about putting us through school and paying the mortgage.” Ms Mitchell uses a guided process to help students discover their ambitions, or alumni to make a career choice when they’ve reached an impasse.

“If you think about hitting a golf ball, you need to take that step backwards before you have any hope of propelling it forward”

What am I interested in and why? “If you’re not interested in it, you’ll struggle to be good at it so you can rule it out.”


162 Graduation Ceremonies


Papua New Guinea Alumni Event

Melbourne Alumni Event

What are you good at? “Play to your strengths and not overcoming deficits.” What do you want from a job? “Is it complex work, an amazing team, money or travel opportunities? Optimal productivity of staff is the right person in the right place at the right time.” What don’t you want from a job? “What do you want less of? For instance, working with a manager that won’t compromise when you want collaboration. We tend to compromise a trade-off.”

JULY 2016


What are your ideas? “People have job ideas percolating in the back of their mind all the time. What are those things that you thought about or didn’t follow up?” After completing the thought process, it’s important to monitor progress. Ms Mitchell says a number of robust scientific interventions have highlighted the benefits of journaling to keep track of critical incidents during the week. “I keep a business journal where I detail each day what went well and any achievements, because it’s easy to forget this stuff,” she says. “Jot down notes around critical decisions and, if you’re grappling with a problem, it helps you work through it.

Bond University Open Day


Tokyo Alumni Event

Sydney Alumni Event

New York Alumni Event

Canada Alumni Event



Canada Alumni Homecoming Event (Toronto)


Alumni Advisory Board Meeting

Tokyo Alumni Event

London Alumni Event

Perth Alumni Event

Melbourne Alumni Event

Sydney Alumni Event

Brisbane Alumni Event

december 2016


Canada Alumni Homecoming Event (Vancouver)


Medicine Graduation Ceremony


September Semester 163 classes end

january 2017

16th January Semester 171 classes commence TBA



May Semester 162 classes end


Alumni Advisory Board Meeting

San Francisco Alumni Event

SEPTEMBER 2016 12th

September Semester 163 classes commence


Brisbane Alumni Event

London Alumni Event




163 Graduation Ceremonies

10th- 14th

Bond University Research Week


Papua New Guinea Alumni Event

Canberra Alumni Event

Alumni Advisory Board Meeting

february 2017


171 Graduation Ceremonies

APRIL 2017

24th January Semester 171 classes end TBA

“Write down what you learnt and what you’re grateful for. The appreciative enquiry process equips you with much better problem-solving skills than just focusing on the negative. “One of the skills that employers are talking about obsessively is resilience and being able to bounce back. Tracking progress supports resilience training, so you can look back after a year and see what you achieved.”



Alumni Advisory Board Meeting


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