Message from the Dean, 17 August 2020

Although we have another four weeks of lockdown in Victoria, the good news is that we're seeing case numbers coming down.

In my latest video message I cover:

  • Answers to your questions on the Faculty's approach to addressing the University's financial challenges – I also spoke about this in last week's video
  • Professor Doug Hilton, Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, took a stand for truth, respect and good scientfic discourse in these polarising times, in a note to colleagues about backlash against WEHI researchers conducting a clinical trial on hydroxychloroquine, it's well worth reading
  • It's National Science Week and you can celebrate by watching the inspirational documentary Picture a Scientist, which we'll be streaming all week for staff and students – RSVP before 23 August to be sent a link
  • Welcome to Professor Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka, our new Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, who also shares a special message for staff and students in the video
  • Dr Samantha Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Oral Biology, has created a wonderful collection of crochet oral bacteria to use as a teaching tool
  • Annie Lov, third-year Bachelor of Oral Health student, has been maintaining her manual dexterity during lockdown by making beautiful 3D origami, and has kindly put together a tutorial for us

Thank you to all of you who have sent in your examples of wellbeing strategies, I love to see the creativity of our community so please continue to share them by emailing

Please stay up to date with the latest information on the University's COVID-19 response by regularly checking the dedicated page.

Stay safe and keep well.

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