Flinders University deans visit Kangaroo Island to assist recovery

Recovery coordinator Rob Manton, Jennie Teasdale, council staff and councillors meet with the Flinders University deans at the council chambers on Thursday.
Recovery coordinator Rob Manton, Jennie Teasdale, council staff and councillors meet with the Flinders University deans at the council chambers on Thursday.

Deans of educationfrom six of Flinders University colleges visited last week to meet with the community and develop ideas to assist the community after the bushfires.

The visit was facilitated by acting mayor Dr Bob Teasdale and his wife Jennie Teasdale AM, who works with the university's teacher placement program.

Visiting were Professor Debra Bateman, College of Education, Psychology & Social Work, Professor Karen Burke Da Silva, College of Science & Engineering, Professor Chris Kee, College of Business, Government & Law, Associate Professor Alison Jones, College of Medicine & Public Health and Professor Chris Brebner, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, while attending remotely was Associate Professor Eric Bouvet, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

Dr Teasdale said the deans were responsible for the delivery of all teaching programs in the university and were keen to assist the Island in its recovery.

"They wish to explore opportunities for the University to contribute to the Island, especially through student placements, volunteer programs, and research," he said.

Professor Debra Bateman said the university was very grateful for the opportunity to visit the Island and develop already strong connections.

"Sometimes it takes a pandemic and bushfire to make things happen," she said.

The deans split up for an extensive program, starting with hearing from council staff and the KI Landscapes Board. Other visits included Bushfire Recovery Office and KICE.

Health visits included the KI Medical Clinic, Hope Cottage Museum, Junction Australia - Community Wellbeing Services, KI Hospital and Cook Community Health Centre and Healthy Outlook KI.

The deans met with Tourism association and Business and Brand Alliance, and also had cultural visits to the Murray Street Community Gallery, Fine Art KI, Exceptional KI, KI Spirits and the KI Airport.

This was followed by an informal dinner at the Aurora Ozone Hotel for further engagement and conversation between visiting deans and Islanders. It's hoped that longer term, productive relationships will evolve from the contacts made during the visit.

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