The following article was published in The West Australian on Friday 24 February 2017 and written by Bethany Hiatt about ex-student, Jayde Frank (Class of 2016).


Jayde Frank has wanted to be a doctor for almost as long as she can remember.

Her ambition grew during years of hospital visits to the bedside of her younger brother, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect. So to be among the first 60 students starting a medical degree at Curtin University’s new $49 million medical school — which was opened officially yesterday — is a dream come true for the 17-year-old.

Jayde, who graduated from Ursula Frayne Catholic College last year, said her brother Josh, 15, had been in and out of hospital all his life so she had spent a lot of time watching doctors at work.

“He’s got pretty much half a heart. The left side of his heart doesn’t pump as a normal heart would,” she said. “I guess that’s what introduced me to medicine.”

Jayde said Curtin had appealed to her because of its focus on training doctors interested in rural and indigenous health. Being awarded a John Curtin undergraduate scholarship was “the icing on the cake”.

Curtin offers the only five-year medical degree in WA that students can enter direct from high school, reducing the time needed to qualify as a doctor.