ASC President’s Message, Tom Carruthers

I pen this note a little late after having just returned from a whirlwind personal- and work-weeks that saw me in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Cairns and then last week, Perth, where I was able to spend some time with Heather Bray at UWA. I was also pleased to be able to fit in a catch up with Preeti, Rocky and the broader Perth branch.

During my visit, we were able to make significant strides in advancing preparations for our upcoming conference in June. We anticipate more detail with a locked in venue very shortly. A quick reminder that the call for talk, panel and workshop abstracts is open, and I encourage all members to consider contributing their insights and research, as well as recommending to any colleagues to share also. Early Bird tickets are now available, so don’t miss out on this reduced rate. I am personally excited for this conference as it promises to be a landmark event during my tenure in this role, a celebration of our past 30 years, and a platform for knowledge exchange and networking.

On a bittersweet note, you will have seen Jirana’s note three weeks ago announcing her sudden resignation from her co-presidency. Jirana’s contributions over the past two years have been invaluable to the ASC and the progress we’ve made toward planning for the future. Her dedication to our collaborative cause has provided a springboard for this year and will leave an enduring positive impact. While it is difficult to see her leave, I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavours and am sure she will continue to achieve great things.

All the best,


A little operational note for awareness: Emma is on a well earned break exploring New Zealand with her husband. Kate is covering this time can be contacted via the office inbox as per normal.

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