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Lumen Summer 2012 Issue
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1st Person

In this issue we introduce a new section called First Person, written by a graduate about how a University of Adelaide degree has shaped their lives and left a far-reaching impact on others.

"My name is Tony Waters and I would like to share with you part of my journey from a wide-eyed, naive student at the University of Adelaide in the late 1970s and early 1980s to my current role as Chief Executive of Victim Support Service Incorporated in South Australia.

Little did I know back then, as I sat in the Napier building in the morning listening to my politics lecturer and afterwards rushing off to my psychology tutorial over at the Hughes Plaza, that these two disciplines would be at the core of just about everything I do in my current role.

Many victims of crime experience post-traumatic stress disorder. This effect can be long lasting and often does not manifest itself until well after the actual crime incident. Some of the areas I studied were cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Both subjects have provided a solid foundation for helping me to understand the impact of crime on our clients and the way in which Victims Support Services can assist them.

I also believe my grounding in political studies at the University of Adelaide now helps me in our advocacy work for victims within the criminal justice system. This came home particularly clearly for me while reviewing some research on the cost of crime. I stumbled across some work in this area in South Australia by none other than my very own Honours supervisor way back in 1983!

At Victim Support Service Incorporated we are always looking at ways in which we can integrate back into the wider community.

I am happy to say that one of the ways that we have done this is through an arrangement with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to offer student placements within our organisation.
This year I was delighted to host and mentor a student providing her first-hand insights into the strategic dimensions of running a not-for-profit organisation.

The student provided us with a report with some excellent recommendations around performance measurement and service delivery to our clients.

More recently, I was happy to come back to the University's North Terrace Campus and present to students there on the Victim Support Service and the issue of crime for young people who are one of the most likely age cohorts to become victims of crime.

I also presented a paper at Kathleen Lumley College for a forum of the Australian Crime Prevention Council in January 2011. It was wonderful to reflect back on the seven, carefree years at the University of Adelaide, particularly those relaxing days on the Barr Smith Lawns.

One thing I continue to think about is how I can bring the other degree that I studied at the University - a BSc in Pure Mathematics - to bear in my current role!" ■

Tony Waters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science in 1979.

Tony Waters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science in 1979.
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