Professor Shalom (Charlie) Benrimoj has retired after seven years as head of UTS Graduate School of Health.
Professor Benrimoj helped establish the Sydney facility in 2011 to address the emerging needs of health professionals, focusing on innovative, practice-based education and high-impact research. The school grew under his direction to seven disciplines, with three of them – genetic counselling, speech pathology and indigenous health – launching this year.
UTS Provost and Senior Vice-President Andrew Parfitt thanked Professor Benrimoj for his leadership.
“l wish to take this opportunity to thank Professor Benrimoj for his enormous contribution to the establishment of the Graduate School of Health at UTS. He has worked energetically and enthusiastically to see this School come to life and to grow and be so successful, and we can be confident in its future. On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, I wish him well in retirement.”
The School recently announced it would be moving its offices from Jones Street, Ultimo, into the nearby 100 Broadway building, part of the Central Park complex, with the additional establishment of an interdisciplinary primary healthcare clinic. Earlier this month the world-renowned Australian Stuttering Research Centre joined the School’s research portfolio.
An international search will begin soon for a successor to Professor Benrimoj as Head of the GSH. During this interim period, Professor Joanne Gray has been appointed as the Acting Head of School.
“I will be in this position, seconded from my role as Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Health, until a new Head of School has been appointed,” Professor Gray said.