Issue 19
8 December 2008

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Alan Griffiths' Moonga Moonga

Alan Griffiths
Moonga Moonga 2008
Etching on paper
Image size: 50 x 33 cm, edition of 50
Collaborator: Dian Darmansjah
Printer: Gertjan Forrer/Glynis Lee/Jacinta Numina-Waugh
Special price: $505 (unframed)

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Darwin 200

The Darwin200 initiative celebrates the life and legacy of Charles Darwin. Celebrations are centred on Darwin’s 200th birthday in February 2009.

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Registrations are now open for the Charles Darwin Symposium 2009, Charles Darwin: Shaping our Science, Society and Future.

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Dr Brian Heim

NT academic tops Australia in vocational teaching

CDU has blitzed the rest of Australia’s training providers to take out the Institute of Trade Skills Excellence Teacher of the Year award for 2008. Read more >>

Cane toads threaten NT crocodile numbers

Research by a leading animal ecologist has found that numbers of freshwater crocodiles have more than halved in some Northern Territory waterways due to the westerly advance of the toxic cane toad. Read more >>

PNG's maternal health services come under critical review

PNG's maternal health services come under critical review

A submission by CDU’s Graduate School for Health Practice is helping to address the desperate situation of maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea. Read more >>

Fourteen non-aligned unis issue statement before Bradley Report

The Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Helen Garnett, joined 13 other vice-chancellors from non-aligned Australian universities in issuing a statement in advance of the report of the Australian Government’s Review of Higher Education due this month. Read more >>

Friend of higher ed in NT passes

One of the greatest supporters of higher education in the Northern Territory, Diana Thomson has passed away. Read more >>


Would-be tradies get a taste of the future

Would-be tradies get a taste of the future

Over the past few weeks, 900 Territory middle school students from the Darwin, Arnhem, Rivers and Alice Springs regions have gained “hands on” experience in trades which will help them to decide their future careers. Read more >>

Migrant employment program a recipe for success

Migrant employment program a recipe for success

A CDU commercial cookery course has led to jobs for 15 migrants at some of Darwin’s premier restaurants. Read more >>

Liz Reid, Cece Adams and Natasha Angelo

Territory DVD: Stories of Indigenous people with a disability

An inspiring new DVD designed to raise the profile of Indigenous people with a disability will be launched on December 3, International Day for people with a disability. Read more >>


CSIRO logo

CDU, ANU work to take science to the public

A collaboration of nine Australian universities, including CDU, has secured a $3million grant from the CSIRO to help improve the way science is communicated to the public. Read more >>


CDU student joins national psychology steering committee

Australia’s first Indigenous psychology association has appointed a CDU psychology PhD candidate to its national steering committee. Read more >>

Ted Murphy, Prof Sandra Dunn and Nila P Raveendran

CDU program recruits Indian nurses to the NT

Some 15 Indian registered nurses are four weeks into a 20-week bridging course to qualify for registration in the Northern Territory. Read more >>

Julianne Valles

Studying abroad has many rewards

Most students would scoff at the idea of cutting short their Christmas break, but for a select group of CDU students, it represents the opportunity of a lifetime. Read more >>

Wati Xuereb, Carolyn Mison-Smith and Leah Morgan

Look out Jimmy Choo, here comes CDU!

Students from CDU’s Fashion Design and Wearable Art course have just completed a five-week, after hours shoemaking class. Read more >>


New group to fight ‘fourth world poverty in the NT’

A “humanitarian crisis” has been identified in the Northern Territory’s Indigenous communities and has sparked the establishment of a professional group to lobby for change to the Australian Government’s Northern Territory Emergency Response. Read more >>

Rob Brelsford-Smith

CDU imports financial specialist from across the Tasman

CDU's new Executive Director of Finance and Asset Services brings to the Darwin-based position long experience in working with indigenous people. Read more >>


Marianna and Irene Passas

Born just minutes apart, 18 years they later graduate consecutively

Darwin-born twins, Marianna and Irene Passas, have just graduated from their Certificate III in Hairdressing course which they undertook at CDU’s Palmerston campus. Read more >>

Camera captures pride of Tennant’s numbers men

Camera captures pride of Tennant’s numbers men

As the large camera focuses on Arnold Nelson, his study mates all look on at the journalist sitting adjacent to him with a huge cat-sized microphone in hand. Read more >>

Natasha Abbott

Indigenous champion sets trail for central Australian youth

An award-winning and nationally recognised Indigenous student from Alice Springs has called on more young people to take up vocational careers. Read more >>

Jabiru fundraiser

Lunch brings out the glamour in Jabiru

More than 120 women jumped at the opportunity to down tools, dress in their best frocks, and attend a flash ceremony in one of Australia’s remote mining towns. Read more >>

Wayne Barbour

Wayne’s a hit when two worlds collide

His students were considered “wild boys” and a hard group to crack, but Alice Springs lecturer Wayne Barbour had a special connection with the men which made all the difference. Read more >>


Robyn McIrney

Robyn’s art returns her stolen heart

Shuffled through foster carers, orphanages and state care, Robyn McIrney still remembers the solace she found as a child in the old suitcase of crayons, paints and paper tucked away under her bed. Read more >>

Edie Holmes

Ampilatwatja women focus on Alice for print project

CDU’s Alice Springs art facilities must have looked great for the women of Ampilatwatja. Read more >>

Alan Griffiths' Moonga Moonga 2008

Northern Editions feature print

Like so many artists from the Kimberley region Alan Griffiths draws his artistic inspiration from the country where he has lived and worked. Read more >>


To 12 December : Past Impressions - Northern Editions Christmas sale and exhibition
To 18 December : White Knit - CDU student exhibition
22 Dec 2008-2 Jan 2009: CDU Christmas closure
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