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Peter Garrett, Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, will launch a new documentary film about the vital role that music education plays in enriching lives at the Centre for Music, Mind and Wellbeing (CMMW) at the University of Melbourne tomorrow, 5 May.

Melbourne academic Dr Katrina McFerran has joined the team at ‘Aardvark’, a community organisation bringing together legends of Australian pop and rock music to help young people with chronic illness record a CD, and flourish creatively.

A composer of international distinction and one of the few creative artist to hold the Harvard Chair in Australian Studies, Professor Barry Conyngham has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and Music at the University of Melbourne.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne has won China's most prestigious foreign short student film award.

The film 'Deeper Than Yesterday' directed by Ariel Kleiman received the award last night at the 9th Beijing Film Academy's International Student Film and Video Festival, from a field of over one hundred entries from thirty-five countries.

The crowded closing night audience of over 1,000 filmmakers, students and embassy officials from nine countries was amazed that the film, set entirely in a Russian submarine and spoken in Russian, was made in Australia, by a third year undergraduate student.

Accepting the 'Golden Award' on behalf of director and crew, VCA Head of Film and TV, Ian Lang said the award was gratifying for all VCA students and staff making powerful works that cross cultures.

"At 60 years old, the Beijing Film Academy is one of the world's oldest and most respected film schools - so we're absolutely thrilled to be part of their success," he said.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne has won China's most prestigious foreign short student film award.

The University of Melbourne has appointed two senior staff to help lead the Faculty of the VCA and Music, following the University’s response last week to the Switkowski review.

A new Centre for Music, Mind and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne will be launched by Australian of the Year and Director of the Orygen Youth Mental Health Centre, Professor Patrick McGorry, tomorrow, 22 July at 8pm.

Several survivors of the Holocaust now living in Melbourne, have met with director Harald Fuhrmann and student actors currently cast in the play Ghetto by Israeli writer Joshua Sobol, to explore the legacy of the Holocaust, and the story of the infamous Vilna Ghetto.

Recently, The Age reported in ‘DNA first gives hope on genetic diseases’ (see here)that research by Newcastle University in the UK had shown that embryos created with two mothers may offer a breakthrough that could eradicate a host of hereditary diseases.

The University of Melbourne today received the report of the intensive five-month stakeholder consultation on the future of its Faculty of the VCA and Music.

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