THRI Member achievements

Craig G

APS2019: Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award

Congratulations to Professor Craig Gonsalvez (SSAP, THRI) for being awarded The Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The award recognises outstanding contribution to the education of psychologists in Australia and is conferred annually by the APS to honour impactful, innovative and sustained contribution to the area of psychology education in Australia.

The nomination was based on Gonsalvez' contributions to clinical supervision over the last 20 years, and on innovative contributions to competence pedagogy especially to the assessment of psychology practitioner competencies over the last decade. He will be presented the award at the 2020 Australian Psychological Society Conference at which he will also deliver an invited keynote address.

Gonsalvez is an international leader in the domain of clinical supervision with over 30 scientific publications in the area and several keynote addresses at national and international conferences. His achievements in the area of clinical supervision include impactful contributions to competency-based models of clinical supervision and leadership of a team that designed, developed, delivered and evaluated a new supervisor training curriculum for the APS Institute. This supervisor training program has been rolled out nationally over several years.

In the area of competency assessment Gonsalvez has led a large multisite clinical and research group that has designed and evaluated innovative instruments including the Clinical Psychology Practicum Competency Rating Scale (CYPRS) and the Vignette-Matching Assessment Tool (VMAT). These instruments are currently being used by over 25 universities across Australia and internationally. In the research domain, he has been the recipient of several nationally competitive grants and, in the teaching space, he has been the recipient of two nationally competitive teaching awards including a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016, and a Teaching Excellence award in 2017.

Evan & Steve

Best paper for 2018

THRI members and SoNM academics Dr Steven Frost and Dr Evan Alexandrou were awarded the UNSW South Western Sydney Clinical School ‘Best Paper for 2018’. This is the first time nurses have been awarded such an accolade. The paper published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, reviewed the use, management and outcomes of over 40,000 short peripheral intravenous catheters across 51 countries. This was largest nurse-led study in the world ever to be undertaken in vascular access.

Read paper:
Alexandrou E, Ray-Barruel G, Carr PJ, Frost SA, Inwood S, Higgins N, Lin F, Alberto L, Mermel L & Rickard CM (2018). Use of short peripheral intravenous catheters: characteristics, management, and outcomes worldwide. J Hosp Med, 13(5).

2019 NSW Landcare award: Indigenous Land Management Award

WSU Adjunct Fellow and THRI member Aunty Francis Bodkin, a descendant of the D'harawal people of the Bidgiagal clan was recently awarded the Indigenous Land Management Award.

Aunty Fran played a vital role in the establishment of the Mount Annan Royal Botanical Gardens in the 1970s and has helped many Landcare groups over the years, including North Head Sanctuary Foundation and IndigiGrow.

Kyar & Beatrice

WSU Indigenous Research Forum Awards

Congratulations to Beatrice Venkataya for taking out the People’s Choice Award and to Kyar Wilkey for being awarded the PVCs Choice Award at the WSU Indigenous Research Forum.

Kyar: I presented on the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Clinical Academic Group's research titled 'Sharing our Stories of Health Research Partnerships' - which is a project looking at health research partnerships from an Indigenist perspective and recommending best practice indicators for strong collaborative health research partnerships on Tharawal lands.

It was a great event. It was nice to hear about Indigenous focused research at WSU and discuss opportunities to move forward as a collective. I look forward to next year's forum.

Beatrice, presenting on behalf of NICM and THRI addressed Bush Medicine research conducted at NICM with emphasis placed on methods for working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and organisations and the importance of conducting research that is culturally sensitive, respectful and considerate of intellectual property.