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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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Webinar: head bumps matter. Sport concussion injuries.

Concussion in contact sports is a growing international public health concern. Although there is a greater awareness regarding concussion, there is also increased confusion regarding the short term effects of sustaining a concussion, such when a player should return to play, as well as the long term ramifications of sustaining multiple concussions over a player's career. This presentation will overview the increase in concussion awareness, the current state of play in concussion research, and highlighting recent published research conducted in our cognitive neuroscience laboratory in the School of Psychology.

Presented by Dr Alan Pearce.
Alan is the Deputy Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. He has a PhD in neurophysiology and specialises in using the technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation to measure the brain's electrical activity. His research interests lie in neuroplastic changes with skill acquisition, and following brain injury. His work into sports concussion has generated considerable media interest with over 250 media appearances worldwide. Alan's work has been featured, twice, on Channel 7's Sunday Night program, but also on SBS Insight, Ten's The Project, various ABC radio programs, significant print media including the New York Times, and recently featured in the upcoming documentary Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis.

Event details
Date: Wednesday 24 September 2014
Time: 12.20-1.30 pm
Location: Online
Cost: Free of Change

To register for the webinar please click on the link

*Although this event is organised by Deakin Alumni you do not have to be registered as an alumni member to participate in the webinar

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Exciting new course on offer in 2015!

The Faculty of Health is excited to announce a brand new course that will be offered from 2015 – the Master of Child Play Therapy.

Child Play Therapy is a growing specialist area within the mental health and early childhood sectors. It is an evidence-based profession in which play is used as the medium to transform children’s lives when they have experienced abuse or trauma, have a developmental disorder, or are experiencing a mental health issue.

Deakin is the only university in Australia offering training in Child Play Therapy. This two-year master degree provides specialist training for health, welfare, and education professionals who work in community-based services with children and families who have experienced developmental, emotional, trauma or events that result in or comprise a mental health issue or concern.

Practitioners from the early childhood education field, and people currently working with children and families who have trained in the health and welfare professions such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, psychologists, paediatric and mental health nurses, creative arts therapists (e.g. music therapists and art therapists) will find this degree of interest. Basic prerequisites include experience working with children and families, and a relevant undergraduate degree.
Graduates will be eligible to become a Registered Play Therapist with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA).
Following the closing date for applications, short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. Only candidates deemed suitable at interview will be offered a place.

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