Inspirational leader

Professor Mike Angove has been appointed Professor of Interprofessional Practice, working across the La Trobe Rural Health School to support further innovation in learning and teaching

Despite almost 5000 citations, it’s the support for students that best defines the career of one of La Trobe’s longest serving Heads of Department, Professor Mike Angove.

“Students always tell me just how supportive, caring and loyal Mike is, and I know their time at La Trobe Bendigo is enriched by his teaching and guardianship,” said long-time colleague Professor Joe Tucci.

“Mike is a laid back and approachable character who leads by example. His capacity for hard work is unsurpassed and his support for colleagues is extensive.”

After 15 years as a Head of Department and 25 years at La Trobe Bendigo, Professor Angove is passing in his role as Head of Rural Clinical Sciences for a part-time position as Professor of Interprofessional Practice in 2024 – working across the La Trobe Rural Health School to support further innovation in learning and teaching.

Last week’s commendation for a Vice-Chancellor’s Cultural Quality Award (Connected) is the latest in a long list of achievements.

Professor Angove was instrumental in establishing La Trobe’s largest offshore program with the PSB Academy in Singapore, currently educating 1447 students.

Closer to home, Mike was instrumental in establishing Victoria’s first end-to-end rural medical pathway with the University of Melbourne, which helps address rural doctor shortages.

Dean of the La Trobe Rural Health School, Professor Jane Mills, applauded Professor Angove’s contribution to rural health.

“Over the years, Mike has focused the Department’s significant research output on the health issues and complexities facing rural communities.”

“This has enabled our School to strengthen local partnerships, attract new donors and foster PhD students who go on to achieve big things in rural communities.”

Professor Mills said his impact in teaching and learning could not be understated.

“Mike was responsible for significantly lifting the standard of teaching through innovation, flexibility and an unflinching focus on the student experience.”

“Bendigo’s new state-of-the-art health and bio-medical science teaching hub, which opened this year, is just one example of Mike’s legacy.”

“We wish him all the best with this next chapter and are delighted that Mike is remaining on staff as Professor of Interprofessional Practice.”