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Ronald W. Woss AM

Ronald W Woss appointed a Member of the Order of Australia

In his capacity as Chancellor of the Order of Australia, the Governor- General appointed Ronald W Woss a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day, Friday 26th January 2018.

This appointment was made for significant service to youth, particularly in support for research into suicide prevention, and to the community through a range of charitable organisations.

Further details concerning the appointment can be found on the Government’s website, or alternatively via the ‘more information’ link, below.

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Youth Focus

In 1994, Ron Woss established the original Charitable Trust known as Youth Focus. It is the largest Charitable Organisation in Western Australia, dealing with Youth Suicide. Upon his resignation as Chairman of Youth Focus, Mr Woss was honoured by the Board naming him its first “Inaugural Honorary Lifetime Member”.

Young Lives Matter Foundation – UWA

Youth suicide robs society of its potential and its future. Mr Ronald W Woss is committed to changing that and making the University of Western Australia the world centre of excellence for the prevention of Youth Suicide.

This ambitious, interdisciplinary youth suicide prevention initiative will establish a global centre of excellence for research and action to prevent youth suicide. It is a complex problem and solving it demands commitment, creativity and new knowledge.

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Past Woss Family Scholarships in Medicine and Nursing

Ronald and Brigid Woss have generously supported worthy Medical and Nursing students at Notre Dame since 2006, with contributions totalling circa $600,000.

This has resulted in the graduations of more than 100 Doctors and Nurses, which may not have occurred without this financial support.

The R. Woss Palliative Care Scholarships – Hollywood Private Hospital

The Woss Group provides an Annual Donation to further the education of Nurses on the Gratwick Palliative Care Ward at Hollywood Private Hospital, in memory of the late Mr Rudolf Woss.

WAAPA Visiting Jazz Artist Program – Katie Noonan

This year saw Brigid and Ronald Woss AM host the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Katie Noonan.

Winner of five ARIA awards, Katie has performed with some of the industry’s most acclaimed musicians and has collaborated with the famous Brodsky Quartet and classical guitarist Karin Schaupp.

WAAPA’s Jazz students were fortunate beneficiaries of Katie’s love of musical collaborations, as they performed alongside her in two concerts at WAAPA in April 2019. The concerts comprised a number of different ensembles, including timeless pieces from the Beatles, showcasing her muti-faceted vocalist talents.

The Woss Family Visiting Jazz Artists Program, gives WAAPA the ability to recruit talented practitioners to Perth to expand creative boundaries and energise both the students and teaching staff.