Around 30 graduates gathered in the East End of Adelaide for a Charles Darwin University/ICHM alumni event to celebrate collaborative works.
Graduates were in high spirits at the CDU/ICHM event, keen to network, network, network! with those they already knew and build contacts by speaking to and exchanging cards with those they didn’t.
They also assembled to discover more about the work of Bridging the Gap Foundation, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health and Research and CDU.
The event was at advertising agency KWP! - a converted movie theatre on Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End.
As Master of Ceremonies, ICHM’s Director Student & Industry Engagement Derek Milligan gave the traditional Acknowledgment to Country and welcomed guests.
Richard Ryan AO, Deputy Chancellor of CDU and Chair of ICHM’s College Council went on to introduce Lyn Tuit, Acting CEO of Bridging the Gap Foundation, who spoke about cadetship success stories and the importance of such initiatives to young Indigenous students. Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan then spoke about the HealthLAB project, in particular, its successes with remote Indigenous communities.
CEO of KWP! David O’Loughlin (pictured) introduced and presented the multi- award-winning Bridging the Gap advertisement produced by the agency.
Graduates at the event covered a wide span of years (ICHM is now up to intake 52) and were enjoying careers rich and varied.
Ketrah Eaton was there, mingling with Barnaby Rautenberg and Alex Blunden. Ketrah, who is Community Engagement and Events Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, says one of the great things about ICHM ‘is that everything you learn is transferrable’. Barnaby has remained in hotels and is Housekeeping Supervisor at the Adabco Boutique Hotel in Wakefield Street. Alex is in Human Resources with the Peregrine Corporation, as Site Team Recruiter.
Sushant Sharma, Front Office Manager at Mount Lofty House, MGallery by Sofitel, was in the crowd, keen to meet up with graduates still in Adelaide. He was chatting to Nick King, who manages restaurant the Pickled Duck within the family’s King Hotel Group. Also spotted were Matti Pyyvaara, lawyer; Michael Neal, Food & Beverage Manager, Adelaide Casino; and Michael Kratz, who is with Internode.
Another collaborative work, an ICHM/AccorHotels Indigenous Scholarship, will be announced in the near future.
The Australian Government recently awarded Bridging the Gap $2.9 million.