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What's in an idea?

It's true a great idea can change the world. But it takes more than an idea. It takes a nurturing environment, the will to act, and the insight to see the whole, as well as the part.

DeakinWeek is a showcase of bright ideas, creative thinking, innovative teaching and leading research.

It is also an opportunity to engage in conversation, debate and network with like-minded thinkers and experts.

You're invited to take part in lectures, panel discussions, forums and events that will inspire your world.

Taking place across our campuses and in their surrounding communities in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, DeakinWeek aims to bring the big ideas to you.

All events are free and if you can't make it to an event you can still watch footage of key events online.

Inspire, be inspired, be part of DeakinWeek.

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Interactivity, audiences and the arts
3 Sep
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Alfred Deakin – dreamer, believer, achiever
3–7 Sep
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Creative arts place-making
3–7 Sep
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After the year of the protestor
3 Sep
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Art on campus
4 Sep
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Nature and health
4 Sep
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Behaviour at work
4 Sep
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Children's opera
4 Sep
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Coping with anorexia
4 Sep
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Tree planting
5 Sep
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Art on campus
5 Sep
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A future for orangutans
5 Sep
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Equipping the weekend warrior
5 Sep
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Learning with autism
5 Sep
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Modern life challenges
6 Sep
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Retail trends and consumer behaviour
6 Sep
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Broadband in the south-west
7 Sep
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Awarding leadership and engagement
7 Sep
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Arts participation incubator: 10 x 10 showcase

Today interactivity is the norm. We post our photos and thoughts on Facebook. We comment on our day or the latest news on Twitter. We 'pin' visual notes that we like on Pinterest. We are surrounded by touch screens, touch pads and sensors. We are used to sharing our opinions, casting our votes, and being 'heard'. How can this appetite for interactivity translate into the arts? What methods can arts organisations employ to engage their audiences in new ways? How can new modes of participation open up new markets?

The Deakin University Arts Participation Incubator (API) asks these very questions, and brings together great thinkers and innovators in arts participation. The 10x10 showcase will launch the API's program of events aimed at generating discussion and sharing information on audience participation in the Australian arts and cultural sector.

Hosted by Mr Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, 10 speakers will give 10-minute presentations on current participative arts projects. Speakers include: Ms Robin Penty, Head of Participation and Public Programs, Arts Centre Melbourne; Ms Emily Sexton, Artistic Director, Next Wave Festival; Mr Nic Whyte, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Mona's Art Processors; Ms Kiersten Fishburn, Director, Casula Powerhouse NSW, and Ms Lenine Bourke, Artistic Director, Contact Youth Arts Queensland.

When and where

9.30 am–12 pm

Monday 3 September 2012

Function Room, Level 3, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Alfred Deakin – Duty and Devotion

Alfred Deakin – the dreamer, the believer, the achiever, the reader. Alfred Deakin was an avid and voracious reader and writer throughout his life. To help celebrate the National Year of Reading, the exhibition – first shown in 2011 has been updated to include the impact of books and reading on his life. A display of books owned and written by Alfred Deakin, and part of the Library's collection has been added to the exhibition.

This exhibition showcases Alfred Deakin's family life, friendships, inspirations and values, taking an in depth and more personal look at his life, helping to give the audience a sense of his upbringing and an understanding of the factors that contributed to Alfred Deakin, both man and politician. The exhibition includes an interactive timeline of Alfred Deakin's many public roles and highlights the events of Alfred Deakin's time, in Australia and internationally.

The Exhibition and Library is open Monday to Friday 10 am–4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–3 pm. Alfred Deakin – Duty and Devotion is on display from Wednesday 1 August until Friday 21 September 2012.

For more information, please visit: deakin.edu.au/alfreddeakin

When and where

10 am–4 pm

Monday 3–Friday 7 September 2012

Lascelles Exhibition Gallery, Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, Level 1, Dennys Lascelles Building, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria

Free event

Registration is not required.

Details Creative arts place-making 3–7 Sep 10 am–5 pm Warrnambool

Flows and Catchments – an exhibition of creative arts place-making

Deakin University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Warrnambool Art Gallery, cementing both organisations' commitment to positive social change and a shared aim to improve the cultural and environmental fabric of our local places and communities.

Designed to build on, and benefit from, the unique, creative and interdisciplinary research conducted by Deakin's Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention (CMII) in the Faculty of Arts and Education, the MOU has been developed in association with the Lake Bolac Eel Festival, regional elders and community leaders, and aims to showcase the role that artistic and cultural production plays in building a creative region.

To celebrate, a five day exhibition of work produced by the Flows and Catchments creative arts research team will be presented at the Warrnambool Art Gallery. The exhibition will include soundscapes, installation, communal drawings, digital photography, text and moving image.

When and where

10 am–5 pm

Monday 3–Friday 7 September 2012

Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, Victoria

Free event

Registration is not required.

After the year of the protestor: young people, social media and new forms of democracy

In recent years, both in Australia and abroad, we've seen young people finding new and innovative ways of communicating opinions and ideas, challenging traditional thinking and creating new methods of activism. In the wake of Kony 2012, the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, are we bearing witness to new cultures of democracy?

In support of this event, we're also giving you the opportunity to engage in conversation – to be part of a new form of democracy. Deakin University and OurSay.org invite you to post and vote for questions to the panel. To contribute your comments and ideas go to oursay.org/new-media-democracy.

Speakers include:

Mr Sam McLean, Deputy National Director, GetUp! Australia

GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation which aims to build a more progressive Australia by giving everyday Australians the opportunity to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.

Ms Jan Owen AM, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians

Ms Owen is a pioneer of the youth sector in Australia. She is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator and child and youth advocate. She has previously held various leadership roles across the sector and currently serves on the boards of several youth, gender, health and social investment organisations.

Associate Professor Peter Kelly, Principal Research Fellow in Social Science, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

Associate Professor Kelly is a social theorist/social researcher who has published extensively on young people, the practice of youth studies; social theory and globalisation.

Dr Perri Campbell, Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

Dr Campbell's research interest lies at the crossroads of gender studies, critical social theory, media and youth studies, in particular, she focusses on the use of digital communication technologies in post-conflict zones, most notably Iraq.

When and where

6–7.30 pm

Monday 3 September 2012

The Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, Entry 3, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Art on campus 4 Sep 10–11 am Melbourne Register now

Art on campus

Deakin University's Art Collection and Galleries hold around 1600 diverse artworks including a fine collection of paintings, ceramics and sculpture, most of which is contemporary in nature and publicly displayed from Melbourne to Warrnambool throughout the University's gallery spaces, buildings and grounds. Deakin's Art Collection and Galleries demonstrate the University's interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia and, through its annual public exhibition program, Deakin proves itself to be a vibrant and popular asset to its communities. Starting in the courtyard of the Burwood Art Gallery, Art on campus takes participants on a guided walking tour of selected public sculptures at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus by the Art Collection Officer and Curator. Art on campus will build your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the visual arts.

For more information, please visit: deakin.edu.au/art-collection.

When and where

10–11 am

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Deakin University Art Gallery, Building FA, Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Nature and health 4 Sep 4.30–6 pm Geelong Register now

Peter Quail Oration: Green spaces and wellbeing; social inclusion via nature connections

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend teaches in the areas of public health and family and society in the School of Health and Social Development in Deakin University's Faculty of Health. Throughout her career, Associate Professor Townsend has adopted a partnership approach to her work, undertaking collaborative research and policy development with national, state and local governments, non-government organisations and industry groups. She is currently collaborating with a range of organisations including Parks Victoria, G21, the Austin Hospital Group and the South Australian Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Her research interests include the human health benefits of interaction with nature; urban and rural contexts for health and wellbeing; social and health impact assessment; and housing and homelessness. The 2012 Peter Quail Oration will focus on the human health benefits of interaction with nature and Associate Professor Townsend's work with Parks Victoria, Healthy Parks – Healthy People, Geelong's Active in Parks as well as the use of 'green scripts' by medical practitioners.

The Peter Quail Oration is an annual initiative of the Deakin/Department of Health/Department of Human Services Strategic Alliance and is held in memory of Peter Quail, a valued DHS colleague and champion of the Alliance. The Alliance is a long standing collaboration between Deakin University, The Department of Health, and the Department of Human Services which aims to enhance and protect the health and social wellbeing of all people living in the Barwon South-Western Region. The aim of the Peter Quail Oration each year is to engage and inform the community and health service professionals on a topical and relevant regional health and wellbeing issue.

When and where

4.30–6 pm

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Hay Building, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria

Free event

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Details Behaviour at work 4 Sep 5–6.30 pm Warrnambool Register now

Organisational behaviour: people, relationships and the contemporary workplace

People and their relationships define the contemporary workplace. Organisations exist because of people's needs, desires, functions and dealings with one another; therefore, organisational structure and strategy must be relationally responsive. Taking current thinking about organisational behaviour and contextualising this with compelling management themes including, ethics, communication, negotiation, and decision making, Dr Andrew Creed, award-winning educator and Lecturer in the School of Management and Marketing at Deakin University's Faculty of Business and Law, recently released a new book entitled Organisational Behaviour. To officially launch the book, this event looks at how managers can use proven theories of people and relationships in the workplace to be responsive and relevant now and into the future.

When and where

5–6.30 pm

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, Victoria

Free event

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Details Children's opera 4 Sep 6–7 pm Warrnambool Register now

Showcasing children's opera and the Music in Schools Program

This exciting partnership between Victorian Opera and Deakin University uses the professional skills and expertise of a leading performing arts company with the research and teaching methodologies of an innovative higher education institution. With the support of charitable trusts including the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation and the Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation, Deakin University's Music in Schools Program aims to tackle the lack of music in local primary education.

The program, devised and implemented by Jenny Grenfell, Fiona Phillips and Gavin Franklin from Deakin's School of Education, mentors 27 teachers from 15 schools in south-west Victoria to design and implement a music curriculum that encourages pupils to become interested in the arts from an early age. Under the guidance and direction of Victorian Opera's Music Director and eminent music educator Dr Richard Gill OAM, participating teachers and students are currently working on the children's opera Brundibár by Hans Krása.

This free public event will showcase the Music in Schools Program and provide an opportunity for arts and education professionals, parents, collaborative partners and members of the general public to observe the process of producing a children's opera and learn more about the aims and benefits of the program. The evening will also feature an open rehearsal of Brundibár, led by the professional team from Victorian Opera and Deakin University. The presentation will make use of basic costumes, set and the orchestra pit and will include the program's teachers in every process.

When and where

6–7 pm

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, Victoria

Free event

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Details Coping with anorexia 4 Sep 7–8 pm Melbourne Register now

Anorexia – how families cope

Professor Christine Halse is the Chair in Education at Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education, and lead author of the internationally acclaimed book Inside Anorexia. This book uses the stories of teenage girls and their families as a starting point for understanding the physical effects, the effect on siblings and parents, related psychiatric problems, causes and treatment associated with anorexia. Professor Halse is currently leading a major, national research project investigating the social contributors to eating disorders in boys and girls of primary school age.

Professor Halse is President of the Australian Association for Education Research (AARE), President-Elect of the Asia Pacific Education Research Association (APERA), and national representative on the World Education Research Association (WERA).

This event will offer valuable insights into how families can cope with anorexia and related eating disorders. It is a must for immediate and extended family members, teachers, general practitioners and allied health professionals.

When and where

7–8 pm

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Lecture Theatre 1a, Building I, Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Tree planting 5 Sep 11 am–1 pm Warrnambool Register now

Warrnambool Campus tree planting day

Deakin University's Office for Sustainability conducts many environmental and sustainability programs, initiatives and events in collaboration with staff, students and local communities. Through these initiatives, and its recent signing of the Talloires Declaration, Deakin clearly demonstrates its commitment to improving and caring for the environment. The University's shared vision is for a community working in harmony with minimal footprint, and aims to foster innovation, learning and accountability for a sustainable future.

To help celebrate National Tree Day, to assist with biodiversity conservation, and contribute to offsetting our own greenhouse gas emissions – part of Deakin's Sustainability Strategy; staff, students and the local community are invited to come together to plant trees along the Hopkins River shoreline near our Warrnambool Campus. Participants who join us will also enjoy a free barbeque lunch.

When and where

11 am–1 pm

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Hopkins River Shoreline, Mahoneys Road, Warrnambool, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Art on campus 5 Sep 2–3 pm Melbourne Register now

Art on campus

Deakin University's Art Collection and Galleries hold around 1600 diverse artworks including a fine collection of paintings, ceramics and sculpture, most of which is contemporary in nature and publicly displayed from Melbourne to Warrnambool throughout the University's gallery spaces, buildings and grounds. Deakin's Art Collection and Galleries demonstrate the University's interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia and, through its annual public exhibition program, Deakin proves itself to be a vibrant and popular asset to its communities. Starting in the courtyard of the Burwood Art Gallery, Art on campus takes participants on a guided walking tour of selected public sculptures at Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus by the Art Collection Officer and Curator. Art on campus will build your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the visual arts.

For more information, please visit: deakin.edu.au/art-collection.

When and where

2–3 pm

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Deakin University Art Gallery, Building FA, Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details A future for orangutans 5 Sep 6–7.30 pm Melbourne Register now

Dr Ian Singleton: Earth 4 Orangutans

Dr Ian Singleton is the Director of Conservation, PanEco Foundation; Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and Principal Conservation Advisor to Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari in Indonesia. Together with Ms Jessica McKelson, Director, Raw Wildlife Encounters and Supervisor of Primates at Melbourne Zoo, the pair founded the Earth 4 Orangutans (E4O) project.

The E4O project aims to raise funds to purchase 30 hectares of land within the Sumatran rainforest and develop habitat for orangutans unable to be re-released into the wild, along with a sanctuary for other endangered species; build an education centre for conservation awareness for the general public and provide employment for local communities.

Dr Singleton is also a driving force behind the current Save Tripa campaign. Inside the protected Leuser Ecosystem of the Tripa peat swamps of Indonesia, palm oil companies, in direct defiance of Indonesian National Law, have and continue to set the forests ablaze, threatening the last 200 orangutans in a population that once numbered 2000.

Deakin University's School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Technology is proud to present this event, part of Dr Singleton's Australian speaking tour. His visit to Deakin's Melbourne Burwood Campus highlights the professional and industry connections and partnerships that underpin Deakin's wildlife and conservation biology and environmental management and sustainability courses and collaborative research programs.

When and where

6–7.30 pm

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Lecture Theatre 3, Building B, Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Boardshorts under the microscope: The rise of sports technology

The rise of sports technology over the years has been immense, from the pool, to track and field and most prevalent domestically through the AFL, with what could be compared to an 'arms war'. But manufacturers of clothing and equipment are not immune from this. In fact, some of this innovation and advancement is driven by manufacturers seeking to out-do their competition. Dr Paul Collins will give an overview of sports technology research and development currently in progress at Deakin University and how the likes of Quiksilver are involved with developing the next level of performance equipment, not only for the elite athlete, but also for the weekend warrior. Dr Collins is the team leader for sports technology at Deakin University and the project manager for the Deakin Quiksilver Research and Development partnership. He is keenly interested in the link between technology and human performance through materials, design and interaction. He holds a PhD in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce.

When and where

6–7 pm

Wednesday 5 September 2012

BioLab, The Victorian BioScience Education Centre, Belmont High School, Rotherham Street, Belmont, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Learning with autism 5 Sep 6–7.30 pm Melbourne Register now

TOBY Playpad – Helping children with autism

TOBY Playpad is revolutionary new technology designed to support the learning needs of children with autism and provide support to carers, parents and practitioners. The TOBY software is designed to form a partnership between parent and child, and operates on the popular iPad, to not only deliver a unique form of engagement through games and tasks, but also a tailored program of activities that integrate skill expansion with daily life and experiences of the children.

TOBY Playpad has been developed by Professor Svetha Venkatesh from Deakin University's Strategic Research Centre, PRaDA (Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics), and is the culmination of a partnership between a number of organisations, including Autism West and Curtin University. The multidisciplinary team behind the software is committed to improving learning opportunities for children with autism.

To officially launch TOBY Playpad, Professor Venkatesh will speak of the development of the software and the difference it makes to the lives of young children diagnosed with autism, their practitioners, carers and immediate families. This event will be of interest to therapists, teachers, families with children diagnosed with learning spectrum disorders as well as medical and research professionals.

When and where

6–7.30 pm

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Function Room, Level 3, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Modern life challenges 6 Sep 6–7.30 pm Melbourne Register now

The challenges of modern life – Towards an intellectual self-defence

Nature's only experiment in higher intelligence faces a number of grave, existential threats. What intellectual resources exist to help us think our way through these dangers? Can these resources become the foundations of an intellectual self-defence against the urgent challenges that humanity confronts today?

Exploring themes as diverse as religion, psychology, philosophy and social theory, Dr Scott Burchill, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will present this unique, controversial and thought-provoking lecture.

Dr Burchill's research interests include the theory of international relations, international political economy and Australian foreign policy. He is a widely published author and regular on 774 Melbourne ABC Radio with Jon Faine, ABC News Breakfast TV (ABC1 and ABC24) and The Project (Channel 10), and writes for The Age, The Drum and The Conversation.

When and where

6–7.30 pm

Thursday 6 September 2012

Function Room, Level 3, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

How we shop and what retailers are doing to get a share of our dollars

Dr Stella Minahan, Senior Lecturer in Management at Deakin's Graduate School of Business within the Faculty of Business and Law is an expert in retail and consumer behaviour. She will discuss how consumers have gained significant power as a result of the changes in retail and retail technology. She is also currently overseeing a research project about how Costco and Australian customers have had to change and adapt to new retail formats.

This presentation will explore how we are shopping, industry trends and what retailers are doing to get a share of our spending.

When and where

6–7.30 pm

Thursday 6 September 2012

Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Hay Building, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Details Broadband in the south-west 7 Sep 12–1.30 pm Warrnambool Register now

Towards a new broadband rollout strategy for the Greater South Coast

This business and industry-focused forum, held over lunch and featuring Deakin University's Research Professor of Public Policy, Professor Michael Porter, will bring together industry experts and opinion leaders to discuss and debate a broadband rollout strategy for the Greater South Coast.

Professor Porter has held a variety of leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, specialising in advancing economic reform agendas and bridging the gaps between advances in economic thinking and government implementation of economic policy and institutional reforms, both in Australia and internationally.

Professor Porter will be joined by: Mr Peter Headen, General Manager, 3YB/Coast FM, ACE Radio Broadcasters Warrnambool; Mr Bruce Anson, Chief Executive Officer, Warrnambool City Council; and Mr Bill Mundy, Area General Manager, South West Victoria, Telstra Country Wide.

When and where

12–1.30 pm

Friday 7 September 2012

Lighthouse Studio, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.

Student leadership and community engagement award ceremony 2012

The Student leadership and community engagement award ceremony is held annually to celebrate the student leaders from Deakin University's Faculty of Business and Law who have made outstanding contributions to community engagement. The awards acknowledge the efforts of students who take the benefit of their education and learning out to their own communities, and in doing so, help to make a positive difference to the social fabric of their communities.

Join Deakin University staff and students, community partners, and guest speaker, Ms Rebecca Sherwill, Head of Education, National Australia Bank, to celebrate the students' achievements and learn more about the positive contributions Deakin makes to its communities.

When and where

1.45–3.45 pm

Friday 7 September 2012

Richard Searby Room, Level 2, Building Hd, Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria

Free event

Register online to attend as places are limited.


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