Sad News

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It is with sadness that I write to let you know that our colleague, Jillian Weaven, Senior HR Business Partner, passed away after a short illness on Sunday.

Jill was a respected HR colleague, a passionate indigenous advocate and a trusted business partner to the College of Design and Context.

A proud Wiradjuri woman, Jill was responsible for developing and leading HR’s Indigenous Engagement strategy across RMIT and acted as the key advocate within HR for our Aboriginal and Torres Islander employees.

During her seven years at RMIT Jill appreciated and celebrated diversity and showed compassion and understanding to those with whom she worked. Jill and I joined the College at the same time and she always provided me with sensitive support and unassuming leadership. I know Jill was a great source of advice and support to many SoEd staff.

Jill’s family has requested that anyone who would like to join in celebrating her life can light a candle in her memory on Saturday 18 April at 3.00 pm.

RMIT has organised a session with Chris Brentin, a Benestar clinician, today, focusing on psychoeducation and a brief understanding of the natural responses one might have to this news. 

When: Thursday, 16 April 2020 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney.
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting

If you would like access to this session please let Adam know and he will forward the details.

There will be phone standby support following the session should you wish to chat with a clinician further one to one. The clinicians will be available Thursday afternoon and all day Friday.   Their contact details are as follows:

  • Ghazal Lahooti (0467 707 108) will be on phone standby on 16/04/2020 from 1pm to 5pm.
  • Greg Hack (0447 354 829)will be on phone standby on 17/04/2020 from 9am to 5pm.

During this allocated time you can contact the clinicians directly to have a chat, if you reach their voicemail, please leave them a message they will call you back as soon as they are available.

If you’re not available to join the Teams session or missed the allocated time to contact the clinician and wish to have phone support from one of the Benestar clinicians please let Emma Blee know and she can assist.

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