Welcome to your November edition of Alumni and Friends.

We are delighted to bring you news of the three University of Tasmania Alumni Award winners for 2023. Their globally significant work in medical research, nursing and Antarctic science is changing lives through better health, and is helping us understand our oceans in the face of climate change.

We also bring you articles about University alumni offering hope through Rotary, as well as ways of helping students locally with the nationwide issue of food security.

Finally, read about what pharamacist Nicola Maddern considers the greatest achievement of her working life.

We hope you are inspired by this month’s enews.

Warm wishes

Rebecca Cuthill 
Director, Advancement 


2023 Alumni Award Winners announced

Congratulations to the three University of Tasmania Alumni Award winners for 2023, who have been recognised for their globally significant work in antimicrobial resistance and sepsis, sea ice and climate change, and  nursing.

Rotary alums creating hope

The University of Tasmania has a proud history of Rotarians making a difference. Congratulations to alumnus Mike Patten (BA 1974, DipEd 1975, GradDipSpecEd 1979), who has taken up the role of District Governor for Rotary Tasmania with a goal of ‘creating hope in the world’.

Helping improve food security for university students

For alumna and CEO of the Tasmanian Univerity Student Association (TUSA) CEO Sam Gorringe (BCom 1997), finding local solutions to the nationwide issue of food security for students is an issue close to her heart.

Alumni in Profile

Nicola Maddern
BPharm 2010

Nicola (Nicky) Maddern describes her role in establishing the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) pharmacy service in Tasmania as the greatest achievement of her working life.


Events and Opportunities

Alumni Explore - Fast Fashion

This is your opportunity to watch We need to talk about 'Fast Fashion': Why it's a problem and how you can be part of the solution webinar as part of our Explore online series, with alumna Dr Louise Grimmer. In this session we explored the impact of the 'fast fashion' industry and discussed alternatives and actions individuals can take to reduce negative impacts on the environment. VIEW HERE.

HealthFest is a new initiative of the Cradle Coast campus that will bring together communities, health and allied health services and the University in a two-day expo at West Park focused on healthy lifestyles, healthy environments and wellbeing. Friday 17 November, Community Dinner Event. REGISTER HERE. Saturday 18 November, Community Day. REGISTER HERE.

Join alumna Dr Rosie Nash as she takes you on a journey through her 2020 Churchill Fellowship, where she explored whether health literacy is a health, education or community concern. Find out how Tasmania is already leading internationally, and where we have a lot more work to do! Tuesday 21 November, 6–7pm, Medical Science Precinct. Complimentary refreshments in the foyer from 5.30pm. To attend in person REGISTER HERE. To attend online REGISTER HERE

This is your opportunity to attend the 2023 Cradle Coast Academic Community of Practice annual conference ‘Regional Visions’ that celebrates the impact of research and education in regional areas of Tasmania, Australia and the globe. The conference will focus on technology and transformation, sustainability and partnerships and community.  Thursday 23 November, paranaple centre, Rooke Street, Devonport. You can find out more information or REGISTER HERE.  

Alumni are invited to register for the University of Tasmania Golf Day, to be held at Kingston Beach Golf Club on Friday 1 Dec 2023. This event recalls the very successful Golf days organised by the late Wayne Goninon for 25 years. To register follow the link bit.ly/Uni-Golf-Day-2023

If you graduated from the University 40+ years ago this is your opportunity to attend the annual 40+ Club Luncheon. Over a two-course lunch and drinks, join a conversation with 2023 Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women inductee and alumna Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas about her inspirational career journey, and the ways she is helping to connect research to decision-making for sustainability and climate change adaption. Tuesday 19 December, 12.30pm, University Staff Club, Sandy Bay Campus. Early Bird: $55pp until 5 December. REGISTER HERE.

Want to take your Nursing career to the next level? Find out which postgraduate study option might be right for you. Join our online webinars to find out more about the Graduate Diploma of Nursing,Tuesday 12 December,1pm, REGISTER HERE, Masters of Clinical Nursing, Tuesday 12 December 4pm. REGISTER HERE.

Introducing our exciting new postgraduate Advanced Practice courses. Co-designed with major health providers for the health workforce, our Advanced Practice study options develop critical leadership capacity to meet the needs of health professionals from all disciplines. Experience first-hand what our expert lecturers can offer you with our free, professional development online masterclass series. REGISTER HERE.

Did you recently graduate from UTAS? What have you been up to since then? Tell us all about it and share your experience in the Graduate Outcomes Survey. Check your email for an invitation to participate from gos@srcentre.co​m.au and get in early to win up to $1,000. Survey closes 3 December.

Can you help as a short-term homestay host for incoming international Study Tour students from Japanese Universities from February to March 2024?  If you have a spare room and time to provide a welcoming experience, please contact the Australian Homestay Network via Email: hobart@homestay​network.org for more information or Tel: (03) 9458 9000.


Would you like to share your story? Get in touch with us at alumni.office@u​​tas.edu.au

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We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which the
University of Tasmania campuses are located, and to their elders past, present and emerging.


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