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Campus News : October 2012
OCTOBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 5 CONNECT: NEWS The University of Wollongong's Art Collection has been celebrated in a new book, A Place for Art. The Art Collection, which began in the late 1970s, now has close to 4000 works including works by many acclaimed Australian artists including Arthur Boyd, Lloyd Rees and celebrated Indigenous painter Emily Kngwarrye. Many are displayed across the University's multiple campuses, making it arguably one of the most accessible public collections in the country. A Place For Art is an 80-page publication featuring colour images of a cross-section of the Collection's works. A painting by former Collection Director and acclaimed artist Dr Guy Warren, Escarpment, Illawarra, is featured on the cover. In an interesting feature of the book, a number of UOW identities were asked to nominate their favourite work from the Collection. The book is the result of a 12-month project commissioned in 2011 by former Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton to celebrate the development of the Collection. The project was enthusiastically endorsed by current Vice- Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, who noted at the launch in August that the collection was both rich and unusually accessible. "The UOW Collection is unique as it isn't displayed in a gallery in the traditional sense. Instead, the works are in corridors of the University, in offices, they are all around our staff and students. You don't need to find time to visit the gallery - the NEW BOOK CELEBRATES ART COLLECTION gallery is literally all around you at UOW," Professor Wellings said. Faculty of Creative Arts Dean Professor Amanda Lawson said the publication was an opportunity to provide a sense of breadth and diversity of the Collection. "The works in the book are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the amazing pieces we have in the Collection. The launch is also linked to an exhibition of many of the works featured in the publication," she said. Key figures in the Collection's development have been painter and founding Curator John Eveleigh, who started the acquisition process, Dr Warren, who took over as Director in 1992 and held the position until 2005, and Glenn Barkley who was Curator from 2005-2008 before joining the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Professor Lawson is now Director and Phillippa Webb the Curator. UOW is a participating recipient institution with the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. The Collection has benefited from generous donations from many people including Dr Warren, Douglas Kagi, Michael Callaghan, sculptor Bert Flugelman, textile specialist Diana Wood Conroy, Melbourne art-world figure Michael Nagy and UOW staff members. A Place for Art is published by the University of Wollongong Press and is available for sale through the Faculty of Creative Arts and the University Book Shop for $20 (plus $5 postage). A set of seven art cards selected from the publication is also available for sale at $8 ($2 postage). JB Above: Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, Guy Warren, Professor Amanda Lawson, sculptor Bert Flugelman and his wife Rosemary at the launch. Below: Professor Wellings with a copy of A Place for Art, the new book about the UOW Art Collection. UOW WINS GRANT TO DEVELOP TELEHEALTH The University of Wollongong's Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) has won a Federal Government grant to develop a program to train doctors to carry out video medical consultations with patients (known as Telehealth) using the National Broadband Network (NBN). Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Peter Garrett in August announced that UOW had won a $50,000 grant under the NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program to develop the program, with a view to a trial over the next two years. These funds are expected to rise to a total of around $805,000. Telehealth consulting is a key feature of the NBN roll-out across Australia, as it will enable people living in regional, rural and remote locations to access specialist medical advice from their general practices with the assistance of their own trusted health professionals. The NBN rollout overcomes a number of the technical constraints to Telehealth by improving the accessibility, connectivity and speed of video consultation across Australia. The UOW trial program aims to develop Telehealth consulting skills among current GPs, specialist doctors and the next generation of medical professionals. Professor Andrew Bonney, who is the Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice at the GSM, will lead the project to develop the Telehealth training program and potential trial with GSM medical students, General Practice preceptors (GPs who closely supervise medical student training in general practice) and consultant specialists. A deployment trial is planned between the GSM's Wollongong campus, specialist consulting rooms in Wollongong and other potential sites and medical student placement sites at general practices in Wollongong and Dapto. It will take advantage of the early roll- out of the NBN in those centres. Professor Bonney said the graduate medical program at UOW had been designed to train medical practitioners with the capabilities and motivation to practise in rural Australia, either as GPs or specialists. "A key skill set for these future doctors will be the ability to engage in and deliver high quality Telehealth -- whether they choose to practise in rural and remote communities or not," Professor Bonney said. "So this is a great opportunity to develop a curricular model for Telehealth skills within the GSM." EP
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