If 2021 was a year of transition, in 2022 we channelled all our energies back to what we do best: making a positive and lasting difference to the communities we partner with around the world.
In 2022 we welcomed almost 18,000 new alumni to our global community of more than 306,000 Deakin graduates. During the past 12 months, we were pleased to reconnect with thousands of alumni, donors, and partners – over the phone, online, and crucially, in person again.
Of course, behind every number there’s a person and a story, and that’s the focus of this publication.
Some of you may know the story of the late Dr Damion Drapac. Damion represented the best of Deakin's values – he joined us as a postgraduate, eager to start a long-awaited career journey to become a doctor. Damion thrived in our Rural Community Clinical School, and spent a year of his studies based in Daylesford. Damion’s life was sadly cut short, not long after his graduation. But thanks to the love and vision of his father Michael, Damion’s spirit lives on at Deakin, and will guide the journeys of the next generation of doctors who share his passion.
The Damion Drapac Centre for Equity in Health Education will offer life-transforming scholarships to Deakin medical students from disadvantaged, diverse, and regional backgrounds. And it will do so in perpetuity. Thank you to Michael for trusting Deakin with this history-making gift.