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ARC success!

A huge congratulations goes to Professor Ester Cerin from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) on being awarded an ARC Future Fellowship.

This prestigious and highly sought-after Fellowship will provide four years of funding to Professor Cerin to investigate how community designs shape the physical activity of those in mid-to-late adulthood. The project aims to inform public policy and aid activity-friendly design by identifying the optimal mix of spatial distribution of destinations for active ageing, while taking into account factors that define one’s ability and willingness to visit these destinations.

Deakin’s success rate of 33.3% in this round of ARC funding was well above the national average of 18% and was the highest success rate of any Victorian University.

Fatty results for insensitive buds

Deakin health researchers have found that people who do not taste fat in food are more likely to overeat, adding weight to the growing body of research that points to a connection between fat taste and obesity.

The researchers, who work within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), have found that people who can’t taste the fat in foods eat significantly more at lunch, after having a high fat breakfast, than those who can taste fat.

'These results suggest that the ability to taste fat is linked with the fullness experienced from fat', explained Deakin’s Professor Russell Keast.

He estimates that around 40 per cent of the population could be deemed insensitive to fat.

'Tasting fat is unconscious', he said. 'For our experiments, we used oleic acid, a common fatty acid component of fat, and discovered that obese people were much less likely to taste it.'

He added that researchers have not yet determined whether the reduced sensitivity comes from eating high proportions of fatty food, or because obese people are genetically less sensitive.

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Peter Quail Oration 29 July 2014, 4-5.30pm

Breaking New Ground in Disability Service Provision: A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support all Australians with a Disability as well as their Carers

What will the launch of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) mean for Australia and the Geelong Region? What will it mean for all Australians and carers facing the daily challenges of disability in their life?

Guest speakers
Mr David Bowen CEO
National Disability Insurance Agency
To discuss the three pillars that underpin the NDIS, how the National Disability Strategy fits into Australia’s obligations under the convention and a detailed discussion on why the NDIS is a significant economic as
well as a social reform.

Professor Susan Balandin
Chair in Disability and Inclusion, School of Health and
Social Development, Faculty of Health
Deakin University
To discuss the expertise and objectives of Disability at Deakin, the role of research and the importance of links between universities and communities in meeting the challenges of facilitating meaningful choice for groups of people with a disability

Ms Tina Gulino and Ms Krystyna Croft
(Speakers with the lived experience of disability)
Two Leading, Educating, Advocating for Disability members (LEAD)to speak about the lived experience of engagement with the NDIA- a spokesperson with a disability and a parent or carer of a person with a disability

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time 4.00 to 5.30 pm
Venue Geelong Clinical School Lecture Theatre (behind Kitchener House) entry
from 285 Ryrie Street, Geelong

RSVP Email - Christopher Loughnan

Video link to Warrnambool: The Oration will be available for live viewing at Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus Rm A.3.41
It is planned to film the Oration for viewing on YouTube.

3 Minute Thesis Finals

You are invited to attend the final of the Deakin University 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Research students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic, in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Drinks and nibbles provided following the event

When: Tuesday 12 August
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Lecture Theatre 2
Melbourne Burwood Campus
RSVP Essential: 4 August to Brona O'Brien

DAA awards Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian credentials to Deakin Staff

The Dietitians Association of Australia has awarded Deakin's Associate Professor Tim Crowe and Associate Professor Sarah McNaughton the Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) credentials. Tim and Sarah are among eight of the country's leaders in nutrition and dietetics to have been recently awarded this title.

Less than two per cent of the DAA membership have been previously awarded the AdvAPD credential.

For more information about Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, please visit the Dietitians Association of Australia website

Rhiannan and Natalie Given Wings

Rhiannan Frusher, a first year Bachelor of Nursing student at Deakin's Warrnambool Campus, and Natalie Dowling, a first year Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry student at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, have both been awarded the ‘Give Them Wings’ health scholarship for 2014. Both students are members of Deakin's Rural Health Club - NOMAD

‘Give Them Wings’ is a partnership between the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria and Rural Health Workforce Australia. The scholarships are awarded to rural and regional students in their first year of study and are valued at $2500 to put towards university living expenses. Award recipients also gain a Royal Flying Doctor experience.

A big congratulation to Rhiannon and Natalie who were two of the four recipients to receive the scholarship.

For more information on the 'Give Them Wings' scholarship recipients head to the RFDS website

Success at VicHealth 2013 Awards

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) had great success at the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Awards held on Tuesday 3 December. C-PAN were finalists in two of the nine award categories, and won one of the awards.

Professor Kylie Ball, Professor David Crawford and Dr Sarah McNaughton, in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets, received the VicHealth award for Promoting Healthy Eating. The award was presented by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis.

In addition, Professor Tony Worsley was a member of a team led by RMIT that was a finalist for the VicHealth award for Preventing Harm from Alcohol.

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