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The Hon Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC CitWA and Dr Tonya McCusker AM

In 2010, Malcolm and Tonya McCusker joined Curtin in its vision to make tomorrow better by transforming lives and communities through education and research.

Curtin University is committed to making tomorrow better by transforming lives and communities through education and research. In 2010, Malcolm and Tonya McCusker joined Curtin in this vision; with their generous philanthropic support, and led by Curtin’s leading public health researcher Professor Mike Daube, the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth was opened. Since the centres establishment, it has cemented its reputation as a leading organisation tackling issues related to alcohol consumption among young people. Recognising the risk that alcohol abuse poses to young people’s potential, Malcolm and Tonya McCusker, through the McCusker Foundation, have pledged their commitment to helping address this issue, and we would like to thank and acknowledge them for their generous and considered donations.

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth is having a significant impact on raising awareness regarding the magnitude of alcohol-related harms among young people; the Centre’s evidence-based approaches and strategies target Schools and community education institutions and are engaging communities at local, state and federal levels. Attracting regular media coverage, both locally and nationally, the centre often receives requests for support from other advisory organisations. Professor Daube says the response has been extraordinary, “we are seeing some really exciting developments, with issues around alcohol and young people now much more of a priority issue in Western Australia and nationally. We have been able to draw attention to the urgent need for action in areas ranging from price, access and alcohol promotion to the pressing need for effective school and public education.”

The Centre truly demonstrates how much can be achieved when members of the community invest in universities to advance public health and welfare education. “Our Centre would not exist without the support of these most admirable West Australians,” Professor Daube says. “Their initiative has already resulted in a wide range of developments nationally and a much greater State awareness of the need for coalitions that bring together both organisations already concerned with this issue and those who are now keen to be involved.”