Perth Convention Bureau awards scholarships to Notre Dame Academics

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 4-5-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Generating convention business in Western Australia (WA) through support for academics is the goal of the Perth Convention Bureau’s professional development scholarship program.

The scholarships are offered annually to academics in each of WA’s five universities.

Notre Dame academics, Associate Professors Dr Carole Steketee and Dr Deborah Gare, were each presented with scholarships valued at $5,000 at an awards breakfast held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Dr Steketee is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the School of Medicine and Dr Gare is Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences and head of Notre Dame’s history program.

Dr Steketee is currently researching ways in which technology can be used as an appropriate tool for clinical educators. She is also co-collaborator in a national project exploring ways in which technology can be used to embed inter-professional learning opportunities in tertiary level multidisciplinary health courses.

She intends to use her scholarship to attend the International Council for Educational Media annual conference in Turkey later this year where she plans to network and research the opportunity for Fremantle to host the event in 2013 or 2014.

Dr Gare is a widely published author of articles and a book on Australian and world history. She is a member of the Australian Historical Society and the World History Association.

She will use her scholarship to attend a symposium of the World History Association, also held in Turkey later this year. Dr Gare plans to canvass support for Notre Dame to host a similar theme-based regional symposium as well as future annual conference which attracts 400 plus delegates.

Bureau Managing Director Christine McLean said that since being launched in 1999, the scholarship program had been responsible for generating convention business worth more than $50 million for the Western Australian economy.

“We’re delighted to be able to help our academic community attend overseas conferences, to network with their international peers and showcase their cutting edge research and to push WA’s case to bring these conventions here,” Ms McLean said.

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