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Heart Foundation Fellowship awards

Three members of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) have been awarded Heart Foundation Research Program Fellowships. Anna Timperio and Kylie Hesketh have recently been awarded Heart Foundation Future Leadership Fellowships. These prestigious fellowships provide salary and project funding to support researchers who are becoming leaders of cardiovascular research groups.

Congratulations also goes to Carley Grimes who has been awarded a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

These is an excellent outcome for Anna, Kylie and Carley and for C-PAN. Only 24 Fellowship were awarded nationally across all fields (biomedical, clinical and public health).

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Prof Kylie Ball attends PM’s dinner

Professor Kylie Ball was invited to attend the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science celebratory dinner in the Great Hall, Parliament House on Wednesday 30th October. An audience of 500 including research scientists, science teachers, and science communicators attend to see Australia’s top scientists and science teachers recognised for their outstanding achievements by the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Tony Abbott and The Hon Bob Baldwin who represented The Minister for Industry.
Here are more details about this year’s winners. You can view their full profiles along with images and the video about their research at www.industry.gov.au/scienceprizes.

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Young Alumni of the Year Award

Congratulations to Hannah Macdougall on winning the 2013 Young Alumni of the Year Award.

Hannah is a professional athlete, motivational speaker, athlete career and education advisor and PhD student.

Hannah and the other award recipients were honoured at the annual Deakin Alumni Community Awards and Recognition Ceremony, which was held on 16 October 2013.

Follow the link below to read more about the Deakin University Alumni Community Awards.

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SENS graduate now World Champion

Deakin is thrilled to announce that it has a new World Champion in Taekwondo!
Recent Exercise and Sport Science graduate and two-time Olympian Carmen Marton has made history, becoming the first Australian to win
a World Championship in Taekwondo.
Carmen took the title in the 62kg division at the 2013 World Championships in Puebla, Mexico.
Congratulations Carmen!

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Dr Abbott receives ANZOS Award

Congratulations to Dr Gavin Abbott who received the Early Career Presentation Award in the Population Health and Policy category at the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) conference last week.

Gavin’s presentation focused on "Explaining educational disparities in adiposity: The role of neighbourhood environments". View the you tube clip he lodged in applying for the award.

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New Alfred Deakin Professor - Jo Salmon

Professor Salmon completed her PhD at Deakin University in 2000 and joined the staff of the University as a Senior Lecturer. She was subsequently successful in attracting research fellowships from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (2002-2007), the Heart Foundation (2007-2012) and the National Health and Medical Research Council, who currently support her as a Principal Research Fellow. In addition to this and other external recognition she has received for her research (which has included awards from the Department for Victorian Communities, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Planning and Community Development, Sport and Recreation), Professor Salmon’s outstanding achievements in research have been recognised by Deakin via her appointment as a Personal Chair in 2010 and her success in winning the Deakin University Award for Research Excellence in 2012.

Professor Salmon’s research focuses on promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviours across the population, with an emphasis on children. She has published 10 book chapters and 176 papers in the field of epidemiology, prevention and public health, and based on the Web of Science is ranked number one, both nationally and internationally, for publications on children’s sedentary behaviour.

As well as being regularly invited to speak at major national and international conferences, Professor Salmon has been invited to contribute to the development of physical activity policies. She led the development of the Commonwealth’s inaugural child and youth Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour recommendations in 2004 and the development and update of recommendations for children and youth, and was also an invited panel member for the development of the UK’s Sedentary Behaviour recommendations.

In addition to being a leader in her field, Professor Salmon has provided excellent leadership within Deakin, not only in relation to her own large and successful team where she has built research capacity among numerous early career staff, but also as an executive member and Deputy Director of Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (CPAN), and as Associate Head (Research) of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.


Upcoming event: Mindfulness and how it can assist people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Jeffrey Schwartz is a clinical psychiatrist who has translated classical mindfulness training into a highly successful treatment for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

PUBLIC LECTURE:
Date Wednesday 23 October 2013
Time 6.30-7.30pm
Venue The Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Cost FREE * Registraion Required

WORKSHOP
Date Thursday 24 October 2013
Time 9.30am-12.30pm
Venue Room Y1.15, Deakin University's Melbourne Burwood Campus
Cost $150 external guest or $100 Deakin staff and students
register online now


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Winners of 3MT competition 2013!

The University finals of the Three-Minute Thesis competition were held in Geelong yesterday 18 July 2013. SENS had two students competing in the Final competition.
PhD student Rebecca Lindberg was the Winner and Kim Anderson was Runner-Up. Rebecca’s thesis presentation focussed on food insecurity in Australia. Kim’s presentation was on the NDRG2 gene alleviating the loss of skeletal muscle.
Rebecca wins $2000 and will now represent Deakin University at the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition at the University of Western Sydney in October. Kim Anderson wins $1000.

You can read about their achievements and watch their presentations at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/stories/2013/07/18/sydney-here-we-come




Thanks

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Tracking the ups and downs

For Australia’s high performance athletes sport isn’t all trophies, ribbons or shiny gold medals. Behind every great performance are early morning alarm bells, intense training sessions and strict diets. It’s a hard slog.

But that’s not where it ends.
Tracking the ups and downs - full story

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International grant for Aaron Fox

One of our PhD students, Aaron Fox, has been awarded an International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) International Travel Grant Award which will allow him to travel to Michigan for 3 months at the end of the year to work with his Associate Supervisor Dr Scott McLean. These grants are very competitive with only a few offered so this is an excellent outcome for Aaron and his supervisors (Natalie Saunders, Jason Bonacci and Michael Spittle).

Commenting on his recent success, Aaron said “On my visit I will be continuing my PhD research on neuromuscular and biomechanical ACL injury risk in female athletes, as well as working with the researchers at the University of Michigan on projects they currently have running within their Human Performance Innovation Laboratory. Mainly, I will be working on the two main projects they are currently undertaking, which are titled 'Inertial measurement unit (IMU) array technology and methods for field-based analysis of warfighter performance' and 'Field-based assessment techniques to evaluate biomechanical predictors of athlete performance success within naturalistic game settings.' The main aim of both of these projects is to be able to assess human performance and fatigue in field settings (currently geared towards military and sporting performance, but will likely become applicable to a wider range of settings) with the same precision that we can achieve in a laboratory setting. The researchers at the University of Michigan are trying to achieve this by using the IMU technology they have recently developed.

With regard to how many of the grants they award each year, they don't reveal numbers. On the application they state that ‘several’ grants are awarded each year. Everyone who receives a grant must submit a travel report to the ISB newsletter, and each year there are only a few of these (3 or 4).” Well done Aaron!


Latest football research

Sports Medicine Australia and Dr Paul Gastin discuss biological maturity and the way in which it influencesthe running and physical performance of junior football athletes.


Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport podcast interview http://www.jsams.org/


Next generation coaches

The four time premiership coach and former President of the AFL Coaches Association endorsed the study undertaken by Deakin University research Dr Andrew Dawson to find out what coaches at the grass roots wanted when it began in 2011.

Now the results are in showing the Australian sports faces a shortfall in coaches, Sheedy wants to action.

“Every day, I see the way Australian football is growing in Sydney,” he said. “We need the right support for those players in the form of good solid coaching.

“And those parents and supporters who give up their time to coach need to be properly supported too."

“Imagine the way we can improve Australia as a sporting country if we can start doing a better job of educating and assisting all those wonderful mums and dads out there coaching down at the grassroots.

Read the complete article on the following link.

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David Parkin awarded the Order of Australia

Recognised for this year's Australia Day Honours List, Adjunct Professor David Parkin, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, feels a little bemused about the recognition.

"I'm a bit embarrassed, I must admit," Parkin said.

"You know in yourself who you are, but to be recognised by others, I'm quite humbled by it."

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Parkin's debuted as a player with Hawthorn in 1961.

"I loved it 50 years ago, and I love it today," Parkin said.

"But I reckon it's the most difficult game to play, umpire and coach in the world.

"Players' identities are often based entirely on their ability to kick and catch a footy, and moving on after that can be the most difficult thing."

Parkin focuses on physical exercise at Deakin. His passion is also in raising awareness in prostate cancer. In April, Parkin will ride a 110cc ex-postie motorbike from Perth to Melbourne as part of a group of 25 men completing the Australia Post Male Bag Ride to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Mark Wahlqvist AO returns to Deakin

Professor Mark Wahlqvist AO has accepted an appointment as an Honorary Professor in the School. Mark was the Foundation Professor of Human Nutrition at Deakin University (1977-1987), and former Director of the Deakin Institute of Human Nutrition. Mark has a wealth of experience and excellent global networks that will further enhance our activities in food and nutrition. While he is based overseas Mark makes regular trips back to Melbourne.


Fit for Duty

Dr Brad Aisbett and others members of the Occupational Exercise Science (OES) group have been awarded $197k by the National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) Scheme 2012-2013 to work with State Emergency Services (SES) across Australia in the area of job-specific fitness testing ('fit for duty'). The NEMP scheme is a competitive fund administered by the Attorney-General's office. The 2012-2013 funding will enable the OES group to not only deliver defensible physical selection test procedures for SES but to answer novel questions to progress the science in the fit for duty sphere. This current success builds on the $34k awarded through this scheme in 2011 (for two 2012 publications).


Less mature players disadvantaged

Have you ever watched junior sport and observed the differences between the height and weight of children and adolescents participating?

While size differences are also evident in senior sport, at a junior level some participants may have a performance advantage over their peers purely based on the timing of their adolescent growth spurt.

In recent research conducted by Dr Paul Gastin from the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science, the level of biological maturity has been shown to influence running performance in junior Australian football.

“We have clearly demonstrated that more mature players in an age group have a performance advantage over their less mature peers," he said.

"They are taller, heavier and faster. Most significantly, this translates into enhanced performance on the playing field.”

Results were observed across the football development pathway (U11 - U19) and then confirmed in a follow-up study looking more closely at the U15 age group where differences are greatest.

Dr Gastin, who has just returned from the European Congress of Sport Science, where he presented the findings.

“At a junior level, differences in size and maturity can unfortunately result in undesirable outcomes such as selection bias, differences in skill and fitness development, injury and drop-out," he said.

“Coaches, sports administrators and parents need to be aware of these differences and junior sport inequalities, and strive to implement programs that cater for individual needs.

"Late maturers will eventually catch-up, so it’s important not to further disadvantage them in their developmental years only to find they have dropped out or moved to a different sport.”

The research contributes to a growing body of research from Centre for Exercise and Sports Science in Australian football and field team sports.

This includes multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty work at elite (AFL), junior elite (TAC-Cup) and junior recreational levels.


Prestigious new position for Professor

Professor Tony Worsley, Chair in Behavioural Nutrition in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, was recently appointed to the Executive Council of the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) as Vice President, Pacific Region. The IFHE is a United Nations registered non-government organisation that is affiliated with over 100 national home economics and health education organisations worldwide, with a strong focus on food and nutrition. This new role extends Professor Worsley’s interest in nutrition promotion and food education internationally.


Charity and health is a Chain Reaction

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences has tracked a group of senior executives who have participated in the Chain Reaction corporate bike challenge by assessing health and performance before and after the event.

The 2012 Victorian event involved a 1143 km ride over seven days and the 44 participants raised close to a million dollars for charity partners Eastern Health Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Led by Dr Paul Gastin of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Sciences, the assessments provided riders with information on their current physical health status and performance capabilities, and armed them with information on how to increase the impact of their training, aid recovery and improve performance.

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Deakin Associate Professor raises $20 000 for kidney research

Associate Professor Paul Bennett from the Deakin – Southern Health Nursing Research Centre has just completed the journey from Paris to Barcelona to raise money for Kidney Health Australia. As part of a group of 10 non-professional cyclists from Australia and England the team raised over $20 000.

Beginning at the center of France, the cyclists travelled through the French regions of lle-de France, Centre, Auvergne and Midi-Pyrenees before crossing into Spain via the Aragon and Catalonia regions. The journey was challenging due to its mountainous terrain and trip duration requiring members to cover 160 km per day for nine days without a rest day.

’The Paris to Barcelona Ride2Give team was a fantastic, caring group of individuals, all of whom just happen to have a passion for cycling’, said Associate Professor Bennett. ’The nine days were spectacular with a particular highlight being a 2012 Pyrenees Tour de France climb known as Port du Bales’.

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National Health Fusion Team Challenge

Looking for a relevant and innovative experience prior to graduation?

The National Health Fusion Team challenge will give you the chance to develop your skills in collaborative healthcare practice, represent your University in a prestigious national event and defend Deakin University’s title of National Champions.

The National Health Fusion Team Challenge is a prestigious national extracurricular competition held in Brisbane, Queensland, each year with teams of health students participating from universities across Australia and New Zealand for the national title. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in teamwork and collaborative practice as they work with colleagues from across the Faculty to develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. Teams then present their management plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges on competition day.

Deakin University won the National Competition in 2011, which was a terrific achievement given it was the first year we entered a team in the event. We are now looking for a new interprofessional team of enthusiastic, collaborative, committed, team-orientated students to defend the title in 2012!

Who can take part?
Students in the latter part of their degrees from the following disciplines are invited to apply: medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, clinical exercise physiology, and dietetics. A team of six students will be selected to represent Deakin University in this event.

When will the National Health Fusion Team Challenge take place?
The event this year will be held on Friday 31 August 2012, in Brisbane. The Faculty of Health will cover the cost of your flights, accommodation and transfers.


How will the event be run?
On the day of the event, each team will present their management plan in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. At the completion of all presentations teams will be asked to respond to a series of questions or exercises designed to test their teamwork skills under pressure. During this process the judging panel may question teams about the case or the teamwork processes they used. The team that performs the best over the course of the day is then awarded first place.

How to apply
Applications are now open.

To apply, please email an expression of interest to the Faculty’s Interprofessional Education Coordinator, Catherine Ward, on catherine.ward@deakin.edu.au, stating in 100 words or less, ‘Why I should represent my profession in the National Health Fusion Team Challenge’.

Applications close on Friday 25 May 2012.

More information
For more information please visit the web page below or contact Catherine Ward on catherine.ward@deakin.edu.au or 5227 8437.

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Deakin University wins the 2011 National Health Fusion Team Challenge

On Friday 26 August an interprofessional team of Deakin students won the National Health Fusion Team Challenge, hosted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane. 2011 is the first time Deakin has entered a team in this national event, and the Faculty of Health and the broader University are thrilled with the success our students have had.

The Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is a national extracurricular competition between mixed Interprofessional teams of health students nearing the end of their studies. The event provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. The highlight of each HFTC is the public competition where student teams come together to present their management plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges.

The 2011 event saw Deakin compete with teams from Flinders University, Griffith University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.

Deakin’s winning team was made up of students from across the Faculty of Health: Marguerite Conley (Master of Dietetics), Emily Dalton (Bachelor of Nursing), Paul Dodemaide (Bachelor of Social Work), Radhika Sheorey (Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery), Penelope Watts (Master of Psychology (Clinical)), Vivian Winkler (Bachelor of occupational Therapy).

The students were tasked with compiling and presenting a management plan for a 23 year old man with an acquired brain injury caused by a motor vehicle accident the man had after he had been drinking. Ten months after the accident the man was left with memory loss, epilepsy and reduced motor control, which was leading to falls. He also had increased emotional outbursts, frustration, and lived in a very complex family situation.

The students had a four-week preparation period, during which they met on eLive and in person, and did their own research to come up with a management package for the patient. Health practitioners in the community and several Deakin staff acted as mentors during this period.

On the day of the National Health Fusion Team Challenge, after participating in a series of heats throughout the day, each team presented their management plan in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. At the completion of all presentations each team was asked to respond to a series of timed extension questions or exercises designed to test their teamwork skills under pressure. During this process they were questioned by the judging panel about the case and the teamwork processes they used.

The students’ presentation was extremely professional, well researched and thorough. They were fantastic ambassadors for Deakin University not only in the final event, but also through the course of the entire day. They put in a great deal of preparation before the event and approached it with a high level of enthusiasm, and this was evident in their teamwork skills and the quality of their presentation.

Congratulations also to Mrs Catherine Ward, Lecturer in Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare, School of Psychology. Catherine has coordinated Deakin’s efforts in the Health Fusion Team Challenge.

Left to right in the picture below: Paul Dodemaide, Margie Conley, Vivian Winkler, Penny Watts, Radhika Sheorey and Emily Dalton


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2011 Young Sportsperson Awards

CSR awardThe Victorian Government's 2011 Community Sport and Recreation Awards

Staff from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences recently attended the 2011 Community Sport and Recreation Awards hosted by the State Government Victoria on Wednesday 30 November at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The 15th annual Community Sport and Recreation Awards provided the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions made by Victorians in shaping our community sport and recreation landscape.

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences continued their ongoing support of the event in 2011, as a major sponsor, including the sponsor of the Young Sportsperson of the Year award. Professor Rod Snow, Dr Glenn Wadley, Ms Megan Teychenne and Ms Georgina Power represented the School and were inspired by the outstanding dedication and achievements displayed by all finalists and award winners across the nine categories of awards. All of the winners were chosen not only because of their remarkable achievements, but for their contribution to their local community.

Georgia Holden from the La Trobe University Touch Club was awarded the Juniors Sportsperson of the Year Award. In less than 12 months, she has taken up a new sport of Touch Rugby and has developed into an elite player who is now representing her State at National Competitions. In her short time in the sport, Georgia has competed at the National Youth Championships and the Australian University Games. Her achievements in such a short space of time are the source of inspiration for her team mates who have witnessed her rapid rise to success. The finalists included Juliette Haddow (Glenhuntly Athletics Club / Monbulk Pony Club) and Steven Qui (Kobudo Kai Martial Arts).

The School was extremely proud to support such an outstanding individual and an important event that supports the ongoing efforts to increase the participation rates of sport and recreation in the Victorian community.


NHMRC Top Award to SENS staff

Associate Head of School (Research) Professor Jo Salmon was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Achievement Award – Population Health Level 2. Professor Salmon was the top ranked applicant for a Career Development Fellowship (Level 2) in Public Health for 2011. The annual awards ceremony held in Canberra on 1 December was attended by the Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing.

This year Australia hosted the leaders of the world’s research community at NHMRC’s 75th anniversary symposium, where the achievement and innovation of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers is honored and recognised for making an enormous contribution to the health and wellbeing of our community now and into the future.

Outline of Professor Salmon's research
Scientific Summary: Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children’s sedentary behavior and health

Very little is known about the independent health consequences of time spent sitting among children. This is in part because of the challenges of assessing these behaviors. In addition, evidence of the effectiveness of strategies to reduce children’s sitting time is lacking. This fellowship will use cutting-edge techniques to objectively assess children’s sitting time and will also examine the effectiveness of interventions to reduce sitting time and promote health.

Professor Salmon has also been awarded a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship, which she will be taking up.


Sports physiology testing for a good cause

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is providing sports physiology testing and training advice to a special group of senior executives who are on a mission to raise money for a good cause. Chain Reaction is a corporate bike challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling to ride a 1100 km course in seven days. Since it began in 2007 Chain Reaction has raised over $4.4 million on behalf of its charity partners.

A total of 30 Victorian riders who will take part in the challenge in March 2012 have signed up to participate in sports science assessments offered by Deakin through its partnership with major Chain Reaction charity partner Eastern Health Foundation.

The weekend of 26-27 November saw the first round of rider testing, with individual assessments of key physiological variables such as VO2max, anaerobic threshold, maximum heart rate, peak power and efficiency, and body composition. Lead by Dr Paul Gastin of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Sciences, the assessments provide riders with information on their current physical health status and performance capabilities, and arm them with the information to increase the impact of their training, aid recovery and improve performance.

Dr Gastin commented, ’Sport performance testing is not readily available to the general public, so the riders were eager to participate in individual assessments, reserved only for those at the elite level of sport. The riders showed great determination to push themselves to their performance limits and will no doubt improve over the coming months as they increase their training.’

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences sees their support of Chain Reaction as an important community and charitable contribution as well as an opportunity to strengthen its partnership with Eastern Health.

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NHMRC fellowships for 2012

A number of staff in the Faculty of Health have been successful in securing highly sought-after National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellowships for 2012.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Early Career Fellowships

Ms Cathy Mihalopoulos – Population Health Strategic Research Centre
Priority-setting in Australian mental health services: improving the economic evidence base and its relevance to decision-makers.

Dr Lisa Gold – Population Health Strategic Research Centre
Priority-setting in child population health: increasing the effectiveness of population health resources to improve health and quality of life of Australia’s children.

Career Development Fellowships

Dr Sean McGee – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health / Centre for Molecular and Medical Research
Targeting the class IIa histone deacetylases in metabolic disease.

Professor Jo Salmon, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health / Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children’s sedentary behaviour and health.

Research Fellowship

Professor Jo Salmon – School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health / Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children’s sedentary behaviour and health.


Upcoming free C-PAN seminars

Snack Foods and Soft Drinks – Access, Consumption and Obesity, a joint event of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) and the Nutrition Society of Australia (Melbourne Group)

Date: Wednesday 12 October 2011 4.30–6.30 pm
Venue: Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne

Hear new research about the availability of snack foods in Melbourne supermarkets in different socioeconomic areas, and the effect of caffeine on consumption and energy content of soft drinks.

Presenters:
Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Lynn Riddell and Associate Professor Russell Keast

Further information is available on the C-PAN web site: www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/cpan

RSVP by Monday 3 October 2011 for catering purposes
Email: cpan@deakin.edu.au


Vitamin D update

Date: Thursday 10 November 2011 3-6 pm
Venue: Building X, Lecture Theatre 12
Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood

A great opportunity to hear from three leading experts about the latest evidence on Vitamin D and health, and Vitamin D food fortification issues.

Presenters:
Professor Robin Daly, Professor Caryl Nowson, and Keynote presentation by Dr Michael Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution.

Further information is available on the C-PAN web site: www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/cpan

RSVP by Thursday 3 November 2011 for catering purposes
Email: julie.rankine@deakin.edu.au

C-PAN gratefully acknowledges the Australian Mushroom Industry for sponsoring Dr Michael Holick’s presentation and the refreshments.

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CELC promotes healthy living

Deakin University has a Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC). The Learning Centre specialises in providing exercise services for people living with, or at risk of, chronic medical disease, injuries or disabilities. The services are provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP), with the assistance of postgraduate students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743).
AEPs deliver exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression disorders, cancer, arthritis, respiratory disease and many others. AEPs are able to provide clinical exercise services under Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, TAC, Comcare, DVA and private health insurance schemes.
CELC offers these services to staff, students and the general public. The most common form of referral to CELC services is via a general practitioner (GP), but CELC also accepts other forms of referral, including self-referral. For referred services, the client is bulk-billed (no out-of-pocket expenses) and for self-referred or extended services beyond the life of the referral, the fees are modest.
What do Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) do for their clients?
AEPs help their clients to improve
• function, fitness and energy levels
• clinical status: preventing or retarding the progression or impact of disease, preventing relapse or providing rehabilitation
• quality of life

CELC believes that better outcomes can be achieved by educating and motivating clients to participate in exercise and in the planning of their lifestyle programs, and by enabling them to connect exercise with healthy lifestyle.
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Student success at AIFST 2011 awards

AIFST applauds student success in Food, Science & Technology

Some of the country's top food science students were recognised at the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Incorporated (AIFST) Convention, with winners of the Student Product Development Competition and the Malcolm Bird Award being announced.

Student Product Development Competition
The AIFST Student Product Development competition, sponsored by National Starch, was won by Jessica Florence and Afrizal from Deakin University in Victoria with their cheekily titled 'So Chicky' soy-chickpea based crackers. Incorporating chia and poppy seeds, these crackers offer delicious snacking, and claim to be healthier than the majority of wheat based crackers on the market. They are also low in saturated fat at 0.4g per serve.

In response to taste tests, additional chickpea was added during the development phase, providing a unique nutty flavour which increased the consumer acceptance, with 75 percent 'really liking' the product.

A High Commendation for student product development went to Jessica Tanner, Nelson Cheung and Amy Appleton from the University of Western Sydney, who produced The AscendLite Mediterranean Savoury Muffin Bar, a snack designed for people suffering from hypercholesterolemia. The team's primary aim was to develop a delicious snack product that was low in fat, and high in fibre.

The market survey and sensory evaluation confirmed that consumers enjoyed the Mediterranean flavour, combining tomato, basil and parmesan, and also approved of its taste and texture. In addition, shelf life tests concluded the product needed to be sold as a fresh-bake item.

Each year the Student Product Development competition is open to undergraduate student members and is intended to promote professionalism and innovative thinking, while showcasing students’ originality, talent and team skills.

Finalists share in a cash prize and a fully funded trip to the AIFST Convention for a representative of each team, courtesy of National Starch.

During the convention the two product innovations were personally presented to food science and technology industry professionals.

Malcolm Bird Young Members Award Winner
Impressing the judges with her study and presentation on 'Fat Sensitivity: influencers on ingestive behaviour and body weight in humans' was Jessica Stewart from Deakin University.

Jessica has won the prestigious The Malcolm Bird Award which acknowledges young members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity in their profession

For further information about the AIFST, the Malcolm Bird Award and the Student Product Development Competition, visit the AIFST website


A healthy diet equals a healthy mind

Deakin University health researchers have found that people with healthy diets are less likely to have depression and anxiety – not only in Australia but around the world.

In a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine researchers from Deakin University and the University of Bergen analysed data collected from over 5700 middle-aged and older adults from western Norway.

'We found that the higher the dietary quality of these men and women, the less likely they were to be depressed', said Dr Jacka from Deakin University’s Barwon Psychiatric Research Unit based at Barwon Health.

'Increased dietary quality was also associated with less anxiety in women, while those people eating more junk and processed foods were more likely to be anxious. Even after taking into account other demographic and lifestyle factors, these findings persisted.'

Dr Jacka said that similar associations have been shown in Australian women, but not before in Norwegians.

'We are starting to see a very consistent pattern here', she said.

'We have now assessed dietary quality in a number of different ways, in different countries, with different measures of mental health. In each of these studies, the results look very similar. This lends weight to the contention that diet plays a role in depression and anxiety.'

The researchers observed that despite the high disease burden of depression and anxiety, psychiatry lacks an evidence-based message to help people reduce their risk for mental illness.

However, Dr Jacka said this information may contribute to reducing the burden of illness in the community and improve outcomes for people suffering from these illnesses.

'It is important to recognise that the same healthy diets that help reduce risk for heart and other medical diseases may reduce the risk for depression and anxiety', Dr Jacka said.

For the current study, participants filled in detailed questionnaires regarding their normal diets, as well as completing additional questionnaires regarding their mood symptoms. Diet quality was assessed by determining how much and often the participants ate foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrain foods, low fat dairy, fish and non-processed red meats.

Other factors which may be associated with both diet quality and depression, such as income and education, as well as physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, were also taken into account.


Back-to-back Lambda Literary Awards for Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli of the School of Health and Social Development has once again been awarded a prestigious Lambda Literary Award. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli was shortlisted and subsequently awarded as joint winner in the fiction category of the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards, held in New York in May last year. This year she was nominated and shortlisted in the bisexual non-fiction category, and was announced as category winner at the awards ceremony in New York on 27 May.

The Lambda’s are awarded annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation to works celebrating or exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli’s nominated book Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools is published by academic publisher Rowman and Littlefield. The first book of its kind internationally, it explores the experiences of bisexual students, mixed sexual orientation families, and polyamorous families in schools. It is testimony to Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli’s breadth of expertise and ability to write for multiple audiences that she has received this international recognition in both award categories.

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli is internationally recognised as a leading writer, researcher, lecturer, consultant and activist in the issues of cultural, sexual and gender diversity and family diversity in health and education. Her first book for young adults, Tapestry, explored five generations of her family’s history in Australia and Italy and was short-listed by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli is author of Girls’ Talk, Boys’ Stuff, Someone You Know, and When Our Children Come Out.

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Food and Nutrition Alumni Chapter speaker

Professor Bernard Gesch from Oxford University will be presenting a lecture 'Does the nutrition of young offenders matter? A study on the supplementation of young violent offenders with fatty acids and micronutrients' on Thursday 28 April from 3-4.30 pm at Deakin University City Centre: Level 3, 550 Bourke Street.

Please RSVP to andrew.sinclair@deakin.edu.au


10th Annual ISBNPA conference

The School will be hosting the 2011 ISBNPA conference here in Melbourne June 15-18 this year. The International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)is concerned with promoting healthy eating and physical activity.

The theme of the 2011 Conference is ‘Promoting healthy eating and physical activity: The latest international research’. The local organising committee is proud to be hosting this meeting in Melbourne.
The conference will include 6 keynote speakers, a keynote debate, 25 symposia, 210 free oral papers and 350 posters.
A copy of the conference program is available at www.isbnpa2011.org

We expect well over 500 participants at this year’s meeting – with very strong interest from overseas.

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School welcomes return of Professors Tony Worsley and Rob Daly

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences has welcomed the return of Professor Tony Worsley as Chair in Behavioural Nutrition. Professor Worsley formerly held the Chair in Public Health Nutrition here at Deakin and was previously Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

Professor Worsley also previously held professorial positions with the University of Otago, the ANU, Adelaide University and the University of Wollongong, and has worked with CSIRO on two occasions. He is the author of almost 200 papers, three books and numerous book chapters, and has held funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council(NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), industry and philanthropic sources. He is a member of the Nutrition Committee of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Public and Allied Health ERA Panel for the ARC.

Professor Worsley was previously a FSANZ Scientific Fellow and Chair, International Union of Nutrition Sciences’ Taskforce on Children’s Nutrition and Health. He was the Founding Editor in Chief, International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Co-Executive Editor, Appetite. Professor Worsley will further strengthen Deakin's profile in nutrition research and provide additional leadership in nutrition.


The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences has also welcomed the return of Professor Rob Daly as the Chair in Exercise and Ageing. Professor Daly previously worked within the School for many years before joining Western Health / Department of Medicine at the University. His expertise is in the area of exercise and nutrition for optimising musculoskeletal health and preventing chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. He conducts large and complex clinical intervention and health promotion trials.

Professor Daly has a program of research focused on using state-of-the-art, non-invasive methods (MRI and QCT) for assessing body composition, bone material and structural properties and abdominal aortic calcification; and assessing health issues related to vitamin D deficiency, low grade systemic inflammation and dietary protein in the elderly.

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Research Degree Symposium

The 7th Annual Research Degree Symposium held on 18 November 2010 again proved to be a great success. The theme for the symposium, 'promoting health, preventing disease and improving human performance: understanding the role of nutrition and physical activity', showcased the impressive quality of the presentations and the breadth of the research being conducted.

Presenters were from local and interstate universities and the symposium provided ample opportunity to network with research students and attending delegates.

Megan Dewar won the Best Presentation in Biomedical and Clinical Science and Lisa Lucas won the Best Presentation in Population Health. The Highly Commended Presentation in Biomedical and Clinical Science was won by Patricio Sepulveda and the Highly Commended Presentation in Population Health was won by Trina Hinkley.

The 2011 Research Degree Symposium is planned for Wednesday 26 October 2011. More information and details of this event will be available here in the coming weeks.


School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences grant success

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) – a Deakin University Strategic Research Centre within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences has recently been successful in winning a prestigious and highly sought after National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant for 2011.

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
APP1008879: Dr Kylie Hesketh, Dr Karen Campbell, Professor David Crawford, Professor Jo Salmon, Dr Sarah McNaughton, Dr Zoe McCallum, Dr Adrian Cameron
Assessing Sustainability of Positive Outcomes in a Successful Child Obesity Prevention Intervention: Follow Up of the Melbourne InFANT Program

Particular congratulations goes to Dr Kylie Hesketh who has been awarded both an NHMRC Project Grant and an ARC Discovery Project Grant for 2011.

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Chair in Clinical Exercise Science

Professor Steve Selig recently joined the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences as Chair of Clinical Exercise Science. Professor Selig is well known to many staff in the School and has extensive experience in clinical exercise physiology, as well as being an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Melbourne. He currently serves as Director – Accreditation and Curriculum on the National Board of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), is Chair of the ESSA National Accreditation and Curriculum Committee and is Project Leader of the ‘Curriculum Renewal in Exercise Science’ project, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

Together with Professor David Hare, Professor Selig conducted one of the first studies in the world on the benefits of muscle strength training for people living with chronic heart failure, funded by the NHMRC. This work was cited in the American Heart Association Statement on Exercise and Heart Failure (Pina et al., Circulation 4 2003;107(8):1210–1225). The work has also been cited in reviews and meta-analyses on exercise therapy for people with heart failure.

Professor Selig has been an Invited Speaker at many national and international conferences, including the Asia-Pacific Congress of Heart Failure (Melbourne, 2008), and the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, and has presented his work at the American Heart Association and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

During 1996 to 1997, Professor Selig was an Invited Member of the ESSA National Working Group, which developed the National Knowledge, Skills and Competency Criteria for Accreditation of
Exercise Physiologists in cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. At the time, these formed the benchmark criteria for accreditation of exercise physiologists in Australia. During 1999 to 2000, he served as an Invited Member of the ESSA (Victoria) Working Party, which successfully developed a submission to the Victorian WorkCover Authority for the issuance of Provider Numbers
to accredited exercise physiologists. In 2006 and 2007, Professor Selig led a national group that reformed the original set of accreditation criteria in light of the admittance of accredited exercise physiologists into Medicare on 1 January 2006. The Medicare and WorkCover breakthroughs were world firsts in terms of approvals for clinical exercise physiologists to provide compensable services as part of universal health insurance schemes. During the period 2006 to 2008, Professor Selig led the group that restructured the accreditation system for clinical exercise physiologists in
Australia.

Professor Selig’s academic leadership has been recognised by many awards, including the peak Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in E-learning at Victoria University in 2002, and a National Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2006. In 2010, he was honoured to receive the Exercise and Sport Science Australia President’s Award.


PhD student wins Dietitians Association of Australia Award

Congratulations to PhD student Alison Spence who has received the Dietitians Association of Australia Research in Practice Award at the recently held Dietitians Association of Australia 2010 National Conference.

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Prestigious new role for Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford

Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).

ISBNPA is the peak scientific society in Professor Crawford’s field, with over 500 members from more than 30 countries. It’s mission is to stimulate, promote and advocate innovative research and policy in the area of behavioral nutrition and physical activity to benefit the health of people worldwide.

'This is a wonderful honour for me personally', Professor Crawford said. 'Also, and more importantly, it reflects well the quality of work we have been doing at Deakin, and particularly in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN).'

Professor Crawford is Director of C-PAN, one of Deakin's Strategic Research Centres. The Centre's mission is to understand the role of nutrition and physical activity in common health conditions, and to develop strategies to enhance population health by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity to optimal levels.

C-PAN brings together expertise from a wide variety of disciplines including the exercise and nutrition sciences, social and behavioural sciences, epidemiology, geography and public health. C-PAN's work covers the full spectrum of research, from basic metabolism and physiology, through clinical and behavioural studies, to community and population-based research.


Deakin University WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and the CO-OPS Collaboration 'Obesity Prevention Short Course'

The next Deakin University Obesity Prevention short course, hosted by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity prevention and the CO-OPS Collaboration of Community based Obesity Prevention sites will conduct their five day course from 28 June to 2 July 2010 at Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus.


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School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Student Awards Evening

On Monday 19 April the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences held its 2010 Student Awards Evening.

After a welcome address by Head of School Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, the various awards and prizes were presented to students for academic excellence in 2009.

Congratulations to all student award winners on their excellent achievements, and a sincere thanks to all award sponsors for their generous and continued support.

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Medical Research Week 4-11 June

Medical Research Week will be conducted from 4-11 June 2010. A Student Research Symposium designed for all Victorian medical research students will be conducted on Thursday 10 June. Three tertiary careers information evenings will also be conducted; Tuesday 11 May, Wednesday 19 May and Wednesday 26 May.

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Congratulations to Dr Kylie Hesketh on her recent awards/citations

Dr Kylie Hesketh from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is to be congratulated on her recent awards/citations.
* Best oral presentation by an Early Career Researcher at the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Annual Scientific Conference. Kylie's presentation was "Changing maternal views and practices regarding television viewing for young children: mid-intervention outcomes of the Melbourne infant program".
*Finalist (Humanities & Social Sciences), Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards.


The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research invites you to attend a presentation by Professor Johannes Brug

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research invites you to attend a presentation by Professor Johannes Brug on evidence-based promotion of healthful eating and physical activity in Europe.

The seminar will be held on Monday 15 February commencing at 4.30 pm at the Cancer Council Victoria office, Drummond Street Carlton.

Professor Brug is Director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, and Professor of Epidemiology at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.


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Congratulations to Caryl Nowson and Sarah McNaughton on their Nutrition Society of Australia awards

Congratulations to Professor Caryl Nowson and Dr Sarah McNaughton on their recent nutrition awards. Caryl was awarded the Nutrition Society of Australia Medal and Sarah received the Nutrition Society of Australia Research Award. It was very exciting to witness Caryl and Sarah being recognised by their peers for their research excellence. These awards, from the peak scientific body in nutrition in the country, underscores the quality of the nutrition research currently being undertaken in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.


Rural Allied Health Scholarship Scheme

The Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme is open to individuals with a rural background studying various allied health disciplines. The scholarship provides $10,000 per annum to assist students with accommodation, living and travel expenses for the duration of their studies.

Applications for the 2010 academic year opened on 22nd September 2009 and close on 2nd November 2009.


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Congratulations Professor Sinclair

Professor Andy Sinclair has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Nutrition.

Congratulations to Professor Andy Sinclair on this pestigious appointment.


Victorian Government’s 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards

Nominations for the Victorian Government’s 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards are now open. Up to $50 000 in cash prizes will be awarded across eight categories. Nominations should be completed online at www.sport.vic.gov.au and provide an opportunity for the unsung sporting heroes in your community to be rewarded. The Awards are open to private, public or community sector organisations or individuals based or operating in Victoria. Nominators may nominate their own organisation, themselves or a third party known to them.

For more information:
03 9208 3440
awards@sport.vic.gov.au
Nominations close Friday 16 October.

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Scholarships for Children of Veterans intending Tertiary Studies in 2010

In 2010 the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust will be providing financial assistance for up to 65 students under many different scholarship schemes. All schemes help the selected children in need of the Australian veteran community with the costs of tertiary education. Applications close on 31 October 2009.


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Free public health forum and performance

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in association with Diabetes Australia-Vic and Deakin YMCA warmly invite you to attend a free public performance and panel discussion on health, preventable disease and diabetes.

Part of National Diabetes Week, this exciting event features a thirty-minute performance of award-winning Australian playwright Alan Hopgood’s Six Degrees of Diabetes, followed by an interactive discussion with leading health experts. Key issues relating to health and disease will be considered, with particular emphasis on management and prevention through exercise, diet and weight control.

Event details
Date: Monday 14 July
Time: 6–7.30 pm
Venue: Box Hill Town Hall Whitehorse Road Box Hill

The panel of health experts includes:

Professor Trisha Dunning
Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health)
Deakin University

Associate Professor David Dunstan
Research and Exercise Physiologist
International Diabetes Institute

Dr Ralph Audehm
General Practitioner
Program and Services Director
Diabetes Australia-Vic

Dr Tim Crowe
Senior Lecturer and Dietitian
Deakin University

Dr Paul Gastin
Senior Lecturer and Exercise Physiologist
Deakin University

For more information see the attached flyer or please contact Amanda at Deakin YMCA: 03 9251 7719, deakin@ymca.org.au.


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The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few

Wednesday 9 April 12.30-1.30 pm AEST Melbourne

Webinar presented by Associate Professor in Public Health Colin Bell, Deakin University School of Medicine.

In September 2011, UN member states convened for only the second time in history to discuss a health issue. The high-level meeting focused on the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Before the summit in New York, Ban Ki-moon described it as a 'chance to broker an international commitment that puts non-communicable disease high on the development agenda, where they belong'. Countries and UN agencies have already begun responding to the political declaration from the meeting but one of the critical issues is who is the workforce and are they adequately trained?

With insight's into health systems of countries in the Western Pacific from over four years working with the World Health Organization, Associate Professor Bell will give his perspective on building capacity to address NCDs globally and insights into innovations being introduced public health medicine training at Deakin Medical School that will better prepare students for responding to this disease burden.

This webinar is relevant for alumni of Deakin’s School of Medicine and current students plus public health academics and practitioners.

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How many serves of calcium do you need each day?

As part of their Food Service Management placement in their Master of Dietetics program, Stephen Keenan and Claire Saundry put together a calcium flyer for the Geelong Meals on Wheels program.

The flyer includes information on calcium intake requirements for people aged 70+ and will be launched at the Geelong Meals on Wheels Meeting on Tuesday 25 March.


International study tour success

The inaugural Food and Nutrition study tour to the Netherlands was a huge success. The tour visited 26 sites in 2 weeks including public health nutrition (e.g. Ministry of Health), food industry (e.g. Unilever) and research institutions (e.g. Wageningen University). Students were given rare access to sites which are normally fenced off from students such as the ICU and kitchens in a major hospital, the Mars production line and the Ministry of Health. Partners greeted us with enthusiasm and offered the students interactive and engaging experiences. The site visits linked with each other to create common themes – the overall theme being ‘Past, present and future in nutrition, health and food innovation’. The students remained focused on the unit, asked intelligent questions, interacted enthusiastically with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and proudly represented Deakin University and the School. Needless to say, they found the experience invaluable. As a result of the tour, many have expressed interest in honours and PhD programs, international exchange programs and some have discovered new career-paths.

There were also clear benefits for the staff. We have developed further contacts with industry and research institutions and doors were opened for potential collaborations. We have also gathered unique content and potential links for our teaching.

Overall, it was an invaluable experience for all involved. We will provide a full de-brief of the tour and recommendations in the near future. Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to the US in 2014!



Evidence-based obesity prevention strategies targeting children - do we need to broaden the scope

Professor Kinut-Inge Klepp from the University of Oslo will deliver a special School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Seminar on Wednesday 13 November, titled 'Evidence-based obesity prevention strategies targeting children – do we need to broaden the scope?'

Professor Klepp is the Director-General of the Public Health Division of the Norwegian Directorate of Health and an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo, where he served as a full professor in public health nutrition in 1996-2006. He had previously been a professor in international health promotion at the University Of Bergen, Norway.

He has published more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals, primarily on adolescent health promotion, nutrition and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has coordinated and served as investigator on a large number of European Union research projects, and been involved in research on HIV/AIDS prevention and adolescent health in eastern and southern Africa for more than 20 years.

Professor Klepp was recently involved in WHO's efforts to reduce non communicable diseases, and has chaired the WHO/Europe network on reducing marketing pressure on children since 2008. He has chaired the Norwegian National Council on Nutrition and Physical Activity, and research programmes on public health within the Norwegian Research Council. He is a former President of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013
Time: 11:00-12:00
Room: Burwood: LT45 (B3.07), Waurn Ponds: DD2.204


Where next for prevention of chronic disease

Deakin University, Department of Health and Department of Human Services Strategic Alliance (Barwon-South West) presents the Peter Quail Oration 2013: Where next for prevention of chronic disease?
Scaling up from community-based obesity prevention
in schools to whole populations.

Dr Steven Allender, Professor of Public Health and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, will be the guest speaker at the oration.

The oration will take place on Tuesday 22 October 2013
4.00-5.00pm
at the Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus

The oration will be available for live viewing in room B3.03 at the Warrnambool Campus.

RSVP to Christopher Loughnan at chris.loughnan@dhs.vic.gov.au


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NOMAD Dinner Discussion Night - Tickets now available

Tickets to NOMAD's dinner discussion night, to be held on 20 September at 6.30pm at Truffleduck, are now available from http://www.trybooking.com/DKWQ/

Cost:
NOMAD and DUSA members $25
NOMAD members $30
non-NOMAD members $35


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Allied Health Scholarships

Applications for the allied health component of the 2014 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)and will close 15 October 2013.

There are thee scholarship streams:
Postgraduate scholarship
Continuing Professional Development Scholarship
Clinical Psychology Scholarship

For more information on these scholarships, please visit Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health website http://www.sarrah.org.au/site/index.cfm/


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Research participants needed for cravings studies

My 4th year thesis students need some help with recruiting more participants, and I’m hoping you might be able to assist. They have all been working very hard on recruitment, but are struggling to get the required numbers and time is running out.

There are three projects, all related to examining the effects on cravings of a range of simple, self-administered techniques.

The research projects and target groups are:
1.Food cravings: participants with a BMI over 30(Burwood).
Contact: foodcravingstudy@gmail.com

2.Food cravings: Newish mothers, those who have given birth within the last year(Greater Melbourne).
Nicole and Ruth can do the research at your home if preferred.
Contact: Nicole: 0438 010 459, or Ruth: 0410 534 044
Email: deakinfoodstudy@gmail.com

3.Cigarette cravings: participants smoking 10+ cigarettes a day
(Geelong and Burwood).
Contact: Katherine Stanley at klsta@deakin.edu.au with the subject line: Craving Study

How you could help, if willing...

  • to pass this on information to any people you know that might be interested in learning techniques to reduce cravings and happy to be part of the research;

  • in participating yourself, if interested.

If you can help, that would be much appreciated.

Thanks Andrew
Andrew McClelland

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Victoria 3125.
Tel: +61 (3) 9246 8185
andrewmc@deakin.edu.au


Save the date for NOMADs Dinner Discussion Night

Please save the date for NOMAD's Dinner Discussion Night.

The event will take place on Friday 20 September at 6.30pm at the Truffleduck in Fyansford.

More information will be available closer to the date so watch this space.

If you'd like to find out more about NOMAD, please visit their website: https://nomad.nrhsn.org.au/


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Research participants required: Participants for Mother/Child Physical Activity Study!

I am seeking mothers of 12 to 36 month old (1-3 year old) toddlers!

If this is you, I would like to extend an invitation for you to take part in a study that I am currently conducting. To be eligible you must be able to speak/read/write fluent English, be with your child most of the day on at least 4 days/week and your child must be walking independently. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

The Mother and Child Physical Activity (MACPAC) study that we are conducting aims to examine mothers and children’s physical activity across different periods of the day and to identify some of the things that influence young children’s physical activity.

Your involvement would be as follows:

Activity monitors:
We will ask you and your child to wear an activity monitor for one week. The activity monitors are small, lightweight devices that are worn around your waist (over or under clothing) and measure movement. We’ve used these monitors on thousands of adults and children as young as 18-months old in our research institute over a number of years.

Survey:
We will ask you to fill out an online survey that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This survey will ask for some background information (age, education, etc.), your thoughts about physical activity and some of the things that you do with your child.

Height & Weight:
Finally, we will measure the height and weight of you and your child. These measurements will be done in private by trained research staff and all measurements will be kept confidential.

All participants will receive a $10 voucher for their time.

For more information about the study, please contact Jill Hnatiuk at macpac@deakin.edu.au or 03 9251 7262.


Congratulations to the winners of our 3MT semi-final!

Congratulations Kim Anderson and Alex Head on winning the Faculty of Health 3MT Semi-Final, held on Thursday 27 June. The standard of presentations this year was extremely high and the judges had a difficult decision selecting the winners. Congratulations also to all the Faculty of Health HDR students who participated in the school heats and faculty semi-final.

Kim Anderson is a PhD candidate in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences supervised by Dr Torie Foletta. Her thesis title is “The regulation and function of NDRG2 in skeletal muscle."

Alex Head is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology supervised by Associate Professor Jane McGillivray. Her thesis title is “The Female Profile of Autism."

The Faculty of Health also encourages you to attend the final of the Deakin University 3 Minute Thesis competition to support Kim and Alex, which will take place on Thursday 18 July 2013.

Deakin University 3 Minute thesis competition Final
Drinks and nibbles provided following the event:
When:
Thursday 18th July 2013
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Where:
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, (Drama Theatre)
50 Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

RSVP by 11th July 2013 to brona.obrien@deakin.edu.au.


Solutions to obesity in the community

Come join the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)for a free seminar on solutions to obesity on the community. A focus on primary care.

This seminar will endeavour to educate you on consumer's attitudes and beliefs for nutrition and physical activity, address how parents support healthy behaviours and lifestyles and challenges and opportunities in obesity prevention and care.

When and where:
Monday 15 July 2013
Venue: Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Places are limited. Please RSVP by Friday 5 July 2013 to:
Online registration: deakin.edu.au/health/cpan
Email: cpan@deakin.edu.au.


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NOMAD Rural Health Careers Day

Brought to you by NOMAD (Deakin), WILDFIRE (Monash) & OUTLOOK (Melbourne) Rural Health Clubs.

Are you interested in a career in rural health? Do you want to know what a career in rural health would involve? Are you keen to learn/practice some clinical skills?

Come along to the Rural Health Careers Day to learn about some of the exciting experiences on offer in rural health, learn some new clinical skills and enjoy a 3 course lunch with fantastic guest speakers.

The day includes:
• A rural career information session for nursing and medical students
• An expo of health organisations to answer all of your questions about rural careers
• A 3 course lunch with fantastic guest speakers
• A clinical skills sessions on plastering and suturing with experienced rural GPs
• A certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants.

Venue - Deakin Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong
D2.194 + D2.193
Book now! Tickets only $10.00

Inquiries - secretary.nomad@gmail.com

Sponsored by:
MIPS, Avant and MDA National

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Deakin Life! program

Concerned about your health? Unsure about where to start? Do you just need some help?
The Life! program at Deakin University might be just what you need!
You will receive one individual health coaching session followed by five group sessions to help you with the following areas:


  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Stress management

  • Sleep and relaxation

To assist you with your journey, you will:

  • receive a complimentary Life! workbook to guide you through these topics and to help you make lasting changes.

  • receive expert health coaching that is run by trained facilitators who are health professionals

  • information on courses running on campus at convenient times and locations

Limited space available!
This is a free program, funded by the Victorian Government and run by Diabetes Australia – Victoria.
For your eligibility, please take the online test. And if you score a point average of 12 or above, please contact Jacinta Sharpe.
Free Diabetes screening also available for Deakin Staff members and students!!! Contact Jacinta Sharpe for more information.


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Medical maggots make a comeback

Maggots at Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus will be put to work on Bairnsdale ulcer wounds, to eat away dead flesh and improve healing in a pilot study being developed with Barwon Health.

Deakin microbiologist and researcher Dr Melanie Thomson yesterday said maggot use was just one olden-day remedy that could be employed in the apocalyptic age of antibiotic resistance and superbugs.

From the Geelong Advertiser
Geelong Advertiser - Old therapy may heal wounds


Annual NOMAD wine tour

Deakin University’s rural health club, Nursing, Occupational Health, Medicine and Allied Health at Deakin (NOMAD), are heading on a tour of wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula with lunch at Terindah Estate.

Special guests, Dr Ashraf Takla and his wife, Annalaise, a local GP and radiographer from Boort in north-west Victoria, have been invited to attend to talk about their careers in a rural township.

The bus will depart at 9am on Saturday 20 April from the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. Tickets are limited and are only available to NOMAD members, so make sure you secure your place. For more information on the tour, please contact NOMAD via their Facebook page

New members are always welcome to join NOMAD – please visit their website to find out how:


NOMAD head to the Northern Territory

Congratulations to Simon Hume and Adrian Luscombe from NOMAD, Deakin University’s rural health club, for being invited to participate in the Top End Rural High School Visits Program 2013.

The program takes place in the Northern Territory, running from Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May and aims to promote further education and health career opportunities to high school students via workshops.

NOMAD is Deakin University’s rural health club and is open to students studying in Faculty of Health. More information on NOMAD, including how to join, can be found at https://nomad.nrhsn.org.au


Need Wireless?

'Deakin Open Wireless' is being turned off - connect to Eduroam.

The ‘Deakin Open Wireless’ pilot is now complete, and an evaluation of the service will be done for future wireless solutions.

As a Deakin University student or staff member, use your username and password to connect to Deakin's wireless network, Eduroam - a far superior wireless service. Go on, you're worth it!

Easy to use connection videos available here.


PhD Scholarship in Population Health SRC

Optimising Health Literacy to improve public health across Victorian communities


The research project


The project provides opportunities for the advancement of health literacy - the ability to seek, understand and use health information - within an ARC-funded linkage project. This project will take a fresh approach to health literacy to understand vulnerable members of our community and to develop supports and interventions to enable services to reduce health inequalities. Across eight Victorian organisations a new approach to health literacy is being developed that involves consultations with consumers, practitioners and managers, and advances intervention development and implementation.

The research environment


The project is led by Professors Richard Osborne (Deakin) and Rachelle Buchbinder (Monash University), and Dr Alison Beauchamp (Deakin). The candidate will be based academically within the vibrant and innovative research culture of the Public Health Innovation Unit, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University. The project team are recognised as international leaders in health literacy and patient education. The team is interdisciplinary, focused on excellence in intervention development and implementation science, and committed to making positive contributions in the community. In partnership with a wide range of stakeholders the team has generated a variety of innovations and tools used both nationally and internationally.

The PhD Scholar


The awardee is expected to use quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to advance the science of developing and testing new public health interventions at both the individual level and at the service level. Potential research areas for the awardee include the development and use of new approaches to health literacy to inform policy and practice and to improve equity of access, health outcomes and reduce social inequalities in health. A realist synthesis approach may also be considered, based on an extensive program of interviews and data collection across contexts.

Eligibility



  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements and must hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master’s degree in a related field with a substantial research component (or equivalent).

  • Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.

  • Candidates with clinical (e.g. occupational therapy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, social work) and other discipline backgrounds (e.g. public health, health promotion, health services research, program evaluation) are strongly encouraged to apply.


How to apply


Please read the terms and conditions (131 KB) of the award for more details.
To apply, please submit an online application.

Funding


The scholarship stipend rate is $29,844 per annum (2013 rate) for 3 years.

For further information


Please contact Dr Alison Beauchamp Ph. +61 3 92446517, alison.beauchamp@deakin.edu.au, Professor Richard Osborne, Chair of Public Health, Population Health Strategic Research Centre Ph. +61 3 924 46999, richard.osborne@deakin.edu.au or Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital Ph. +61 3 95094445, rachelle.buchbinder@monash.edu.

Closing date: 8 May 2013


The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation

ACHPER Victorian Branch invites you to view the 2013 Health, Physical Education & School Sport Conference; Sponsorship and Promotions package. Our premier professional learning event for over 1000 HPE teachers is scheduled for 27-29 November with ample opportunities to be a part of the largest Health & Physical Education conference in the southern hemisphere. Our event also incorporates the 28th ACHPER International Conference with significant educators and researches joining us, strengthening the opportunities for delegates to receive high quality professional learning. Education in Australia is at a defining time

Date: 27-29 November 2013
Location: Monash University, Union Building

For further information, please download the PDF.


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Dose up on exercise

A healthy dose of exercise could become a vital ingredient of weight-loss diets and surgeries in the future, as well as offering protection from dementia and progressive brain disorders.

Victorian obesity experts are investigating the impact of intensive exercise on morbidly obese people on diet programs.

It is hoped the study will refocus diets so fat, rather than muscle, is shed. That would make dieting safer by minimising the impact on bone health and other consequences of sudden weight loss.

In a joint project between the Baker IDI’s Clinical Obesity Research group and Deakin University’s Centre for Exercise and Sports Science, 60 obese patients will follow a strict 12-month diet program, with half incorporating activities tailored by an exercise physiologist to see if their efforts are more effective.

For full article by Grant McArthur, please go to the Herald Sun Dose up on exercise.

Participation in this obesity study from, The Centre for Exercise and Sports Sciences (C-ESS), in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, is still open. If you wish to take part or you would like more information, please register your interest with Clint Miller cmiller@deakin.edu.au or 03 9244 5013.


David Parkin awarded the Order of Australia

Recognised for this year's Australia Day Honours List, Adjunct Professor David Parkin, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, feels a little bemused about the recognition.

"I'm a bit embarrassed, I must admit," Parkin said.

"You know in yourself who you are, but to be recognised by others, I'm quite humbled by it."

Read more: Fox Footy expert David Parkin

Parkin's debuted as a player with Hawthorn in 1961.

"I loved it 50 years ago, and I love it today," Parkin said.

"But I reckon it's the most difficult game to play, umpire and coach in the world.

"Players' identities are often based entirely on their ability to kick and catch a footy, and moving on after that can be the most difficult thing."

Parkin focuses on physical exercise at Deakin. His passion is also in raising awareness in prostate cancer. In April, Parkin will ride a 110cc ex-postie motorbike from Perth to Melbourne as part of a group of 25 men completing the Australia Post Male Bag Ride to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

For more information:The Male Bag Ride

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Newly opened Warrnambool city centre

Called Deakin On Timor, the newly opened site, is based in the historic Regal Cafe building owned by the city council.

Warnambool city centreIt includes spaces for meetings for students and lecturers, a functions room, boardroom and corporate lounge. There is on site staff providing course advice and general information.

The University also provides free wi-fi access for students and staff using the adjacent Civic Green.Warnambool city centre

“Imagine our Deakin students scattered across the Civic Green using their laptops courtesy of the free wi-fi,” head of the Warrnambool campus Professor Greg Wood said.

“It contributes to Warrnambool’s vision of being recognised as a smart city and builds on the city’s cultural and education precinct.

Warnambool city centre“Students and lecturers will be able to strengthen connections with our community partners,” he said.

Deakin last had a CBD presence about 20 years ago.

Although the building will no longer be a public cafe it will have coffee facilities for students. It will be staffed by co-ordinator Anna O’Keeffe, part-time co-ordinator Sarah Evans and community relations manager Geraldine Moloney.



Warnambool city centreSo if you are planning a trip to visit Warrnambool or going there for work, pop into the centre and see what it's all about.










Do you like STRAWBERRIES?

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences PhD Candidate, Penny Oliver, is looking for willing participants who are keen to join a project team Tasting STRAWBERRIES.

It's not all about trying to eat a plethora of strawberries; Penny is conducting sensory evaluation to investigate their flavour profile.

The catch?


  • Over the age of 18

  • A non-smoker

  • Willing to taste a various foods and ingredients

  • A person with a high attention to detail

  • Able to attend sessions at Deakin University in Burwood



If you have answered yes to all requirements and are interested in participating in this research, please email sensory-science@deakin.edu.au, with your contact details. More information will be further supplied.


Workplace giving

A new initiative for 2012, Deakin hopes to have at least 350 Deakin staff members giving to our community partners or scholarships or research programs through the Workplace giving program.

Have a look at the video. How many staff members do you know?

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Smart Geelong Research Awards

Congratulations to the staff from the Faculty of Health, who won research awards or commendations at the recent Smart Geelong network:

Early Researcher Award

Dr Sharon Brennan, Deakin University School of Medicine for “The influence of social and psychosocial factors upon musculoskeletal disease onset, progression and health care utilisation”

Living with a Disability Award

Helen Larkin, Deakin University School of Health and Social Development for “Design for diversity: enhancing interprofessional learning for architecture and occupational therapy students”

Research of the year (highly recommended – Helen came a close second)

Helen Larkin, Deakin University School of Health and Social Development for “Design for diversity: enhancing interprofessional learning for architecture and occupational therapy students”.

What a great effort and it is wonderful that our staff are recognised for their outstanding achievements.


The New Deakin VPN

Deakin eSolutions has improved and simplified the way we access IT resources remotely.
When you need to access a resource which is not available, there is the Deakin VPN.
The previous VPN was frequently blocked by hotel firewalls and conference venues becoming unreliable. As a result Deakin has upgraded to a Deakin Secure Access SSL VPN solution.

Your new VPN has been automatically pushed out to your Deakin Desktop. Once it is installed you can connect to the new SSL VPN using your Deakin username and password.

Please note:

For laptops that do not operate with the Deakin Desktop image, the software is available for download via the Deakin Software Library, Apple iStore and Google Play.

The current VPN will be phased out in January 2013.

Questions?

A help sheet on using the client has been made available here.


Deakin Image Library

Deakin University has compiled images from across the Faculties. You can access this image repository, look through the different libraries and request the use of an image.

Deakin image library


Deakin University's Service Awards

What a fantastic outcome for the 2012 service awards! These awards were presented by our PVC - Health, Brendan Crotty, across the different campuses, in recognition for staff members' years of service and great support to Deakin University.

Awards by area of employment:

PVC's Office - Health
20 years awards


  • Mr John Colley, Administration Officer (Student Advice) within the Health - Student and Academic Services (HSAS) group

  • Associate Professor Bernie Marshall, Associate Dean (teaching and learning)


15 years awards

  • Ms Jane Acopian, Associate Lecturer (Educational Technology)

  • Mr Steve Sawyer, Manager, Collaborative Programs & Research


10 years awards

  • Mr Bill Atasever, Web Team Leader

  • Ms Deanna Errey, Executive Assistant to the Pro Vice-Chancellor

  • Mr Matthew Ebden, Coordinator Barwon and SW REgion Partnerships and Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development

  • Mr Ben Letson, Technical Projects Manager

  • Mr Jamie Mulholland, Technical Officer



School of Health and Social Development
20 years award

  • Dr Jan Garrard, Senior Lecturer


10 years awards

  • Ms Natalie Hakman, Associate Lecturer

  • Dr Elizable Hoban, Senior Lecturer

  • Professor Karen Stagnitti, Personal Chair

  • Ms Rebecca Stockdale, Lecturer


School of Medicine
20 years award

  • Mr Scott Lee, Research Officer


10 years award

  • Professor Alister Ward, Associate Head of School (Research)


School of Exercise and Nutrition
15 years awards

  • Associate Professor Mark Lawrence, Associate Professor

  • Professor Rod Snow, Chair in Exercise Physiology


10 years awards

  • Dr Torie Foletta, Research Fellow

  • Ms Anne Griffiths, Research Officer

  • Mr Brendan Henderson, Technical Officer

  • Dr Anna Timperio, Senior Lecturer


School of Nursing and Midwifery
15 years award

  • Professor Mari Botti, Chair in Nursing


10 years awards

  • Ms Suzanne Coulson, lecturer

  • Professor Maxine Duke, Head of School and Deputy Dean

  • Ms Kerry McNamara, Administrative Officer (PDU)

  • Ms Lauren Mc Tier, Lecturer


School of Psychology
15 years award

  • Professor Martine Powell, Personal Chair


10 years awards

  • Mr Luke Barisic, Lecturer

  • Ms Ann-Marie James, Administrative Assistant

  • Ms Daniele Newton, Casual Research

  • Associate Professor Mark Stokes, Associate Professor


A total of 32 awards for service went to staff members for 2012. This is a great achievement and solidifies the Faculty of Health, as a great place to work within Deakin University.


Dr Bruce Avolio seminar

The School of Psychology would like to invite you to a seminar by international guest speaker, Dr Bruce Avolio.
In this presentation, Dr Avolio will discuss the leadership systems we traditionally have, from the inside out.
Details: Monday 3 December, 10am - 1pm, Burwood Campus, hd3.008.


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Faculty of Health Marketing Reference guide

Not sure of some of the Deakin's style? Or where to find out about templates? Who should you contact for help? You will find helpful information and answers to these questions and more. Please note: You will need an active Deakin staff member log in to view this publication.

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Congratulations to staff awarded NHMRC Funding for 2013

Deakin University has won 14 awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Deakin was awarded 10 Project Grants, 3 Fellowships and 1 Equipment Grant:
PROJECT GRANTS (10 awards – 2 less than last year )


  • Professor Rob Daly (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences) won 2 awards

  • Professor David Ashley (School of Medicine)

  • Professor Marita McCabe (School of Psychology)

  • Professor John Toumbourou (School of Psychology)

  • Associate Professor Russell Keast (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

  • Associate Professor Jagat Kanwar (BioDeakin)

  • Associate Professor Trish Livingston (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

  • Associate Professor Aaron Russell (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

  • Dr Holly Chinnery (School of Medicine)


FELLOWSHIPS (3 awards – 2 fewer than last year)

Research Fellowship

  • Professor Kylie Ball (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)


Early Career Fellowship

  • Dr Jenny Veitch (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

  • Dr Adrienne O’Neil (School of Medicine)



Further information on NHMRC projects


Congratulations to Hannah Gentile (Master of Nutrition 2010)

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to community health programs particularly in Australian indigenous communities.

Hannah Gentile works as an Early Childcare and Development Facilitator (Nutrition) with World Vision Australia undertaking challenging yet vital humanitarian work with isolated aboriginal communities in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, specialising in early childhood development and paediatric nutrition.

Working in the communities of Newman, Jigalong and Parnngurr (Jigalong and Parnngurr are both indigenous closed communities), Ms Gentile along with her four other inspirational team members, facilitate for childhood and parental development, skills development, governance and other capacity building programs based around the health and wellbeing of aboriginal children and their parents.

Originally from New Zealand, Ms Gentile worked for several years in the New Zealand public health system on various health intervention programs before graduating from Deakin with her Masters in 2010.


Scaling up and developing interventions for young people

Presentation on the implementation of Communities That Care, and the scaling-up of effective interventions for preventing youth crime and drug use and promoting positive youth development.
Presenter: Brian Bumbarger is the Founding Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Centre (EPISCentre) at the Penn State University Prevention Research Centre, where he leads the dissemination and Implementation (Translational Research) Unit. The EPISCentre is among the world’s first centres dedicated to the study and practice of scaling-up effective interventions for preventing youth crime and drug use and promoting positive youth development. Brian has been involved with Communities That Care in the United States. Brian has worked for over a decade to research and support more than 200 replications of evidence-based programs in trials and natural conditions, focusing on issues of dissemination, high quality implementation, sustainability, and cost-benefit analysis.

To register your place, please follow the link at: Try Booking

Date and location details:
Tuesday 23 October 2012
11.00am – 12.00pm
Deakin University Waterfront campus
Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Hay Building
1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong 3220


Happiness and its causes

Now in its 8th amazing year and for the first time in Melbourne, Happiness & Its Causes is the world's leading forum examining the varied causes of a happy and meaningful life. Join special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 35+ amazing speakers in a fascinating exploration of human happiness and wellbeing.

If you're interested in exploring the following questions ...
Why are we here? How can we be happy? How should we live?
... then you'll thoroughly enjoy this extraordinary event!

Hear from the world’s leading speakers in science, education, psychology, economics, spirituality and the arts including:
• His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
• Professor Ed Diener, USA, pioneering psychologist and world’s foremost expert on the science of happiness and life satisfaction
• Dr Helen Fisher, USA, renowned anthropologist and leading expert on romantic love
• Professor Carol Dweck, USA, acclaimed psychologist and researcher in the field of motivation
• Linda Lantieri, USA, pioneering educator and expert in social and emotional learning
• Carl Honoré, UK, leading proponent of the Slow Movement and award winning journalist
• Michael Leunig, much loved cartoonist, philosopher, poet, artist and Australian National Living Treasure
• Clare Bowditch, Aria award winning Melbourne singer and songwriter
• Nigel Westlake, one of Australia’s foremost composers

35+ SPEAKERS 2000+ DELEGATES

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE MORE YOU SAVE!
Book before 21 December and save $200 off the full 2 day conference fee and $340 off the full gold pass fee!

PLUS our members and contacts are eligible for a further 10% discount on all fees.

Book online using promotion code ELBM or call (02) 8719 5118 to register and save up to $490.

Note: In addition to the two day conference, there are 9 workshops on offer which are bookable separately or as part of a gold pass. Your 10% member discount applies to all workshops also.

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Deakin ENS graduate will umpire the AFL Grand Final

Matt studied Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport Coaching and Administration), now known as the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, at Deakin and graduated at the end of 2001. Matt majored in Sport Coaching.

He is a member of the Australian Football League Umpires Association, as a Field umpire and topped the umpiring department ranking in 2012. He has umpired 195 AFL games and his first was in Round 1 2004. He has umpired 10 finals but this will be his first grand final.

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Worldly website gets nominated for global 'Site of the Day'

'Awwwards are the awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world.'awwwards.com.

Have a vote for your university and help raise awareness of the efforts of our staff members for creating this site.

Every vote counts. You can register, or vote through your Facebook, Google or Yahoo accounts.

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Food and Nutrition - product development success

Emmy Wong and Angela Vivien have recently joined a long line of Deakin food and nutrition students who have won the annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Student Product Development award.

As part of the ‘Product Development and Processing Unit’ which provides students with the knowledge and skills required to develop a new food product from concept to market, Emmy and Angela created a novel snack named ‘Heart Gem’. In considering their target market, desired benefit and the steps involved in product formulation, processing, packaging and marketing, they decided to develop a biscuit and chose Barley Max™ (a new non-GM barley grain) as the primary ingredient.

Shirani Gamlath who coordinates the unit describes the snack, ‘Barley Max™ was combined with soy flour and linseed meal to create a biscuit that was then coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate. The snack provides dietary fibre, resistant starch, isoflavones, omega-3 and flavonoids all of which have shown protective effects against cardiovascular diseases (CVD). With the increasing prevalence of heart disease among Australians, this biscuit was designed to be a healthy snack option with heart health benefits for middle-aged adults who are the most at risk of developing CVD’.

The annual AIFST Student Product Development Competition encourages teams of AIFST student members to develop novel food products and submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals are assessed, shortlisted and two finalists chosen to provide an oral presentation, conference poster and product samples for judging during the Annual AIFST Convention.

Participation in the competition provides the perfect opportunity for students to demonstrate professionalism and innovative thinking, strengthen their links with the industry and professional association and allows food industry representatives the opportunity to spot talented students for potential employment.

Congratulations to Emmy and Angela for winning this prestigious award in 2012. They follow Jessica Florence and Afrizal who won in 2011 with their "So Chicky" soy-chickpea cracker with chia and poppy seeds and Joanne Kennedy and Hayden Thatcher who won in 2008 for their “Glutifree – veggies on the run” a high-fibre baked pumpkin and spinach slice.


Course overview
Name: Bachelor of Food and Nutrition
Location: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Duration: 3 years of full-time study. Part-time study options are also available.
Prerequisites: VCE units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.

For more information, please contact Health – Student and Academic Services (health-enquire@deakin.edu.au or 9251 7777).


Dr Dan Dwyer coaches cyclist Michael Gallagher to great success

Congratulations to Dr Dan Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Applied Exercise and Sports Science, in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, for his coaching success of cyclist Michael Gallagher.

Michael is a scholarship holder at the Victorian Institute of Sport and Dr Dwyer has been coaching him for about two years. Two weekends ago Michael won the 4 km time trial (the pursuit) at the Para-Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. The result was far from certain as he came second to a new cyclist from China in the qualifying round, but then beat him in the final. Two days later, Michael came third in a dangerous scratch race, after lapping the field twice.

This is a great result for Michael’s campaign to win a gold medal at the London Paralympics. It’s also a great result for applied Sport Science. Dr Dwyer uses many sport science principles and techniques to enhance Michael’s performance and prepare him for competition.


The Faculty assists The Chitra Lane School for the Special Child

In August and September last year, the Faculty of Health collected donations to go to The Chitra Lane Organisation (www.chitralane.org). Chitra Lane was founded in 1968 in Colombo in Sri Lanka as a school for children with special needs. From humble beginnings when the school started with just two children, it now reaches out to over 2000 children and young adults annually across Sri Lanka, providing much needed services and facilities for the early detection and intervention of disabilities.

The Faculty donated educational equipment, toys stationery and money to go towards Chitra Lane’s special education, language development and creative arts programmes. The donation was a wonderful Christmas present for the many children with special needs that The Chitra Lane School for the Special Child helps across Sri Lanka. The Faculty would like to offer its sincere thanks to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause.

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Top award for Dr Tania de Koning-Ward

Dr Tania de Koning-Ward, from Deakin University’s Molecular Medicine Research Facility, has received the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, presented the gold medal to Dr de Koning-Ward at a dinner held by the Australian Society for Medical Research in Melbourne in June.

'This is fantastic news and well deserved recognition of Tania's excellent research in this very significant area', said Deakin's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Lee Astheimer.

Dr de Koning-Ward said she was surprised to receive the honour, which recognised her research dating back 12 years and her supporting role of graduate and postgraduate students.

In 2009, Dr de Konig-Ward's team made a world-renowned breakthrough by discovering the way in which malaria makes red blood cells 'sticky'.

'The $50 000 that goes with this prize will help the team find out more about the process in the hope of creating a vaccine or drug to fight the disease, which kills 800 000 people a year, most below the age of five', she said.

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Food Science and Nutrition Alumni event!

Upcoming Food Science and Nutrition alumni event:

‘Meet and catch up with other graduates and find out where people are in the food industry’

Date of next event: Friday 25 February 2011, from 7 pm onwards.
Venue: The Aviary, 271 Victoria Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
see www.theaviary.com.au

The last Food and Nutrition Alumni Chapter event held in February 2010 was a great success, with 22 past graduates attending. Each year the event provides a great opportunity for former students to catch up with others from the food science and nutrition course and see how people are going with their career since leaving Deakin University.

Help make the 2011 event even bigger and better than 2010 and come along, meet and develop your industry network with other Deakin Alumni in the food and allied industries. You may even get some insight on jobs you may be interested in as you pursue your career up the corporate ladder!

If you would like to attend, please contact Stuart Smith:

stuart.smith@deakin.edu.au
9251 7260

Food Science and Nutrition graduates who are not yet Alumni members can join the Food and Nutrition Alumni Chapter on the Deakin Alumni web site: www.deakin.edu.au/alumni/register


School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 6th Annual Higher Degree by Research Symposium

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences held its 6th Annual Higher Degree by Research Symposium on Friday 27 November 2009.

The theme for this year’s symposium was ‘From Cells to Civilisation’.

The well attended event provided HDR students from Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and from other universities around the country with an opportunity to present their masters or PhD research related to the fields of physical activity and nutrition.

The symposium featured a welcome address by Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, Head, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and a keynote address by Professor Roger Horn, Director, Research Training. Professor Joseph Graffam, Head, School of Psychology and Deputy Dean also gave an address on ‘The many faces of a Higher Degree by Research’.

Following these introductions, 38 HDR students presented their research findings in two venues throughout the day. Presenters were grouped into two streams: ‘biomedical/clinical health’ and ‘public health’.

At the end of the day, prizes were awarded to the best presenter and two highly commended presenters in each stream. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

Biomedical/clinical health stream:
Best presentation: James Markworth
Highly commended: Jess Stewart
Highly commended: Craig Wright

Public health stream:
Best presentation: Gina Bilenkij
Highly commended Paul Gardiner
Highly commended: Alison Spence


Victorian Government 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards

The Victorian Government 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards were held on Monday 23 November in the Members Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Presented by the Honourable James Merlino, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs, the awards highlight the achievements of unsung sporting heroes in the community and are part of the Victorian Government’s efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

‘The awards present the perfect opportunity for us all to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding efforts of people whose commitment not only keeps the sport and recreation industry in Victoria thriving, but also our local communities, in good and tough times’, the Honourable James Merlino said.

Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences this year were proud sponsors of the Young Person in Sport Award. Professor Rod Snow, Deputy Head of School, presented the award to Amelia Smith in recognition of her outstanding commitment and achievements in netball and netball umpiring.

Please click on the link to see a picture from this event.

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From left: Professor Rod Snow, Deakin University; Ann Castles, Netball Victoria; Kerrie Smith, who accepted the Young Person in Sport Award on behalf of her daughter Amelia Smith; The Honourable James Merlino, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs; Jeff Disken and Sonia Morey Finalists in the Young Person in Sport Award


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New Honorary Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Professor Johannes Brug from the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.


Professor Johannes Brug, PhD, MSc
Director EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research
Chair of Division VI VU University Medical Center
Professor of Epidemiology
Head of the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Professor Johannes Brug received a Master of Science in human nutrition from Wageningen University and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Dutch Epidemiology Institute. He obtained his PhD (Public Health) at Maastricht University.

He is Director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research and Professor of Epidemiology at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. The EMGO Institute’s mission is to initiate, conduct and report excellent research in public and occupational health, primary care, rehabilitation and long-term care.

Professor Brug’s main research interests are the development and evaluation of health education and health promotion interventions, with a special interest in behavioral nutrition and physical activity. His research covers the scope from studies on the determinants of health behaviors, small-scale experimentation with innovative health education interventions, and larger-scale field experiments in which the efficacy and external validity of health promoting interventions are tested. Professor Brug is or has been a member of the grant panels of the World Cancer Research Fund, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development’s prevention program, and the Netherlands Heart Foundation’s epidemiology and prevention program. He is a past president of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He has co-authored more than 200 international scientific publications, and is coordinator of two European Commission framework program projects on obesity prevention across Europe.

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Faculty teaching staff recognised in Vice-Chancellor's Awards

Congratulations to Berni Murphy from the School of Health and Social Development on receiving not one but three well deserved teaching awards:
* 2009 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
* 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching
* 2009 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year.

Other recipients include:
* Dr Diane Phillips - Teaching Excellence
* Dr Lynne Riddell - Teaching Excellence
* Dr Nicky Konstantopoulos - Research Excellence
* Dr Aaron Russell - Research Excellence
* Dr Karen Campbell - Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher
* Professor Joseph Graffam - Outstanding Contribution to 'People, Culture and Change'

Congratulations to the following staff who were awarded citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
* Associate Professor Bernie Marshall - Creating conditions that nurture and inspire teaching and learning excellence.
* Dr Greg Tooley, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Associate Professor Alex Mussap - Transformation of the teaching approach in the School of Psychology through redevelopment of content, delivery and student and staff engagement into a model of excellence.

Each Citation recognises recipients' contribution to quality teaching and learning, and commitment to improving the overall student experience. Awardees also receive a grant of $10,000 which may be used to advance their work on teaching and learning. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 10 August.


PhD student Sara Cicerale wins Malcolm Bird Commemorative Award

At the recent AIFST convention, Sara Cicerale from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences was presented the 2009 Malcolm Bird Commemorative Award for young members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity for her PhD research on oleocanthal.

Please join me in congratulating Sara on this outstanding achievement


Master of Social Work to commence January 2010

The new course Master of Social Work, H703 is now active, commencing 1st January 2010 having received Council approval at the June meeting. The course will be offered OFF campus only to Domestic and International students.

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Dr Clare Hume receives Early Career Research Award

At the recent scientific meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and Nutrition (ISBNPA) in Portugal, Dr Clare Hume received the Early Career Researcher Award for her presentation "Tracking of weight, active and sedentary behaviours over five years: the CLAN study".

Congratulations Clare on this outstanding achievement.


School staff win ARC Linkage Grants

The following staff from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences have recently been successful in winning an ARC Linkage Grant. Congratulations to the recipients:

Dr C Hume, Ms A Carver, Associate Professor J Salmon, Dr V Cleland, Dr J Veitch, Associate Professor K Ball and Professor D Crawford of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. ‘Individual, social and physical environmental influences on children's active transport and independent mobility’
Total funding over three years: $74 996

Associate Professor Kylie Ball, Professor D Crawford, Dr S McNaughton, Dr V Inglis, and Ms J McWhinnie of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.
‘Improving eating behaviours in low-income communities’
Total funding over three years: $70 000


Vice-Chancellor's Award for Dr Karen Campbell

Congratulations to Dr Karen Campbell who has received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research.

Yet another excellent result for the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


Congratulations to Associate Professor Rod Snow - Chair in Exercise Physiology

I am very pleased to announce that Associate Professor Rod Snow has been appointed by the University to the position of Chair in Exercise Physiology. Rod is recognised to be one of the country’s most respected Exercise Scientists, and is internationally recognised for his research in exercise physiology. He has been a major contributor to the School’s success in both teaching and research, and has been a mentor for many staff across the School. Rod has also played a key role in the leadership of the Exercise and Sports Science group, and as a member of the School’s Executive group. I believe this to be a fantastic appointment. Please join me in congratulating Professor Rod Snow on this well-deserved recognition.


Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford
Head of School
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


Perfect five for the Behavioural Epidemiology Group

The Behavioural Epidemiology Group within Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences had scored a perfect five.

‘We put in for five research fellowships through both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA)’, said the Head of School and recently appointed Alfred Deakin Professor, Professor David Crawford.

‘I knew we would do well because all our grant applications these days are always highly competitive. But when we got five out of five, especially when you consider the normal success rate with these applications nationally is about 15-20 per cent, well, that¹s an astonishing result.’

The famous five are:
• Dr Verity Cleland ¬NHMRC Public Health (Postdoctoral) Fellowship ‘Understanding and promoting physical activity amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged women’.

• Dr Kylie Hesketh NHFA Australian Career Development Award ‘Promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviours during early childhood to prevent overweight’.

• Dr Clare Hume ¬NHFA Postdoctoral Research Fellow ‘Influences on physical activity among children living in urban and rural areas’.

• Dr Sarah McNaughton ¬NHFA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ‘Dietary patterns and diet quality in population health: developing the evidence-base for public health nutrition’.

• Dr Jenny Veitch ¬NHFA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ‘Influences of the neighbourhood physical and social environment on children¹s physical activity, sedentary behaviour and overweight on obesity’.

‘I think this result highlights the trajectory we are on at Deakin’, Professor Crawford said. ‘I guess 10 years ago winning one of these fellowships would have been a great outcome. Our expectation as a group now is that we will do at least as well at the national average in these schemes.

‘With this particular group I would have been very disappointed if we didn¹t get at least four of the five and I was very chuffed when we picked up the fifth of the five. It just tells me the University is going places, that our reputation on the national and indeed international stage has grown in recent years.’


For previous newsletter stories on Dr Verity Cleland visit:
www.gsdm.com.au/newsletters/deakin/aug08/verity.html

For previous newsletter stories on Dr Jenny Veitch visit:
www.gsdm.com.au/newsletters/deakin/Nov08/veitch.html

For previous newsletter stories on Dr Clare Hume visit:
www.gsdm.com.au/newsletters/deakin/Apr08/Research%20coup.html


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Open Days

Deakin University Open Days 2009

Sunday 9th August
10am - 3pm
Geelong Campuses

Sunday 16th August
10am - 2pm
Warrnambool Campus

Sunday 23rd August
10am - 4pm
Melbourne Campus at Burwood


Health Career Week

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Congratulations David Crawford

We congratulate Professor David Crawford, Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, on being awarded the title of 'Alfred Deakin Professor'. This prestigious award is in recognition not only of Professor Crawford's many research successes, but also his longstanding commitment and service to Deakin University.

Professor Crawford joined the Faculty in 1995 as a NHMRC Public Health Postdoctoral Fellow and was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2005. Professor Crawford has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to furthering the University's aims in relation to research. Professor Crawford is one of Australia's most respected researchers in the field of behavioural, social and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity. His work on the epidemiology of obesity and the development and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies for children and adults, is nationally and internationally recognised. He has published more than 150 papers. In the last 12 years he and his collaborators have attracted $8 million in external research funding to support his research program and $1.5 million in fellowships. Professor Crawford is currently the Principal or Chief Investigator in relation to four NH&MRC Grants, one ARC Grant and a grant from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. These grants total $4.52 million.

As well as being a distinguished and successful researcher, Professor Crawford is an accomplished research mentor. He has been awarded a Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education citation for his outstanding contribution to student learning through effective training and mentoring of Higher Degree by Research students in nutrition and physical activity. Professor Crawford holds a Personal Chair at Deakin and he is a Visiting Professor at the EMGO (Public Health) Institute in the Netherlands. He is also the Head of Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Professor Crawford has supervised 13 post-doctoral fellows and 14 PhD students. He is nationally and internationally recognised as a Member of the National Heart Foundations Panel of Experts, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute Performance Evaluation Committee, and the NH&MRC Grant Review Panel (Public Health). He is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity and a reviewer for many leading journals in his field.

Professor Crawford is currently Deputy Chair of the Research and Research Training Committee of the Academic Board.


2008 Sport and Recreation Award winner

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Dr Jenny Veitch won the Victorian Government's 2008 Sport and Recreation Research Award for her research into the influences of children's active free-play.

Congratulations Jenny!


5th Higher Degree by Research Symposium

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences held its 5th HDR Symposium on Friday 28 November. The Symposium was a huge success, with forty-three HDR students from local, interstate and overseas universities presenting their research. All presentations were of a very high standard.

Symposium presenters were grouped in two streams: the Population Health stream, and the Biomedical Health stream. Congratulations to Gina Bilenkij who won the Best Overall Presentation for the Population Health stream, and Craig Wright who won the Best Overall Presentation for the Biomedical Health stream.

Congratulations also to Megan Teychenne and Claire Margerison, and Lisa Barker and Gunveen Kaur who were Highly Commended in the Population Health stream and the Biomedical Health stream respectively.


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Deakin helps identify the next generation of sports stars

Deakin has joined with the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) National Identification and Development program as one of twenty registered Talent Assessment Centres around the country. The partnership represents a combined effort to find Australia’s next generation of sport stars.

Aspiring Olympians between the ages of twelve and twenty-five are able to take part in the talent identification screening program that will be held at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood on Friday 19 December. The program will involve testing sessions for athletes who wish to validate their physical performance results generated by the ASC’s online talent identification tool – eTID.

The eTID tool can be accessed online at www.ausport.gov.au/etid . It allows users to assess their sporting potential when they enter results for a series of simple, home-based performance tests and measurements. People who score above average on these tests are encouraged to visit Deakin’s Talent Assessment Centre to have their results verified. Following this assessment, participants may then be invited to take part in the National Talent Identification and Development program.

The Deakin University Talent Assessment Centre will be conducting testing sessions on Friday 19 December at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood. For more information, please phone (03) 9244 6613.


Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium 2008

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is holding its 5th annual Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium on Friday 28 November 2008.

The theme for this year is 'Research perspectives on food, nutrition and physical activity: ‘The sharing of wisdom!'. The keynote speaker for this event will be Professor Gordon Lynch from the Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne.

The Symposium will be of interest to health professionals, policy makers, potential PhD students, health researchers, scientists, University staff and others.

The event will provide all HDR students within and external to Deakin University with an opportunity to present their Masters or PhD research that is related to the fields of physical activity and nutrition.

There are no registration costs. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

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Tall Poppy Award for Associate Professor Kylie Ball

Associate Professor Kylie Ball of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences was recently awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award.

The Tall Poppy Campaign was established by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to promote the awareness of Australia’s intellectual achievements among the Australian public. The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the achievements of outstanding young researchers in the sciences, including mathematical, physical, biomedical and applied sciences, and biotechnology.

The Awards identify high achievers who demonstrate outstanding professional and personal commitment to their field. Ten Tall Poppy Awards were presented this year, with Kylie being announced the overall winner and Young Tall Poppy of the Year.

Kylie’s research focuses on obesity and its implications for society. She aims to provide a more detailed understanding of the causes of obesity and the best ways to prevent it.

Congratulations Kylie!


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Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award winner

Congratulations to Alison Carver, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, who was recently awarded the Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award.

Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Awards are awarded to Deakin University higher degree by research candidates who produce the best peer-reviewed journal articles. The $2500 travel awards are to be used during PhD candidature for research-related travel.

The research Alison conducted during her PhD candidature (under the supervision of co-authors Dr Anna Timperio and Professor David Crawford) was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Health, which is the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. Alison’s research focussed on the ground-breaking application of a Geographical Information System (GIS) to objectively measure attributes of the local road environment related to road safety and to assess their associations with physical activity among youth.

Congratulations Alison!


Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is holding its 5th annual Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium on Friday 28 November 2008.

The theme for this year is ‘Research perspectives on food, nutrition and physical activity: The sharing of wisdom!’.

The Symposium will be of interest to: health professionals, policy makers, potential PhD students, health researchers, scientists, University staff and others.

The event will provide HDR students with an opportunity to present their Masters or PhD research that is related to the fields of physical activity and nutrition.

There are no registration costs. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
All year levels of candidature are encouraged to participate.

Abstract submission closes on 15 August 2008. (See the attached abstract submission document).

For more information, see the attached brochure or please contact Juliet Sagar on 03 9244 6935, email: juliet.sagar@deakin.edu.au or visit www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/ens/currentstudents/hdr.php .


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Public health forum

On Monday 14 July the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in association with Diabetes Australia-Vic and Deakin YMCA held a free public performance and panel discussion on health and diabetes.

Held at the Box Hill Town Hall, the event featured a performance of award-winning Australian playwright Alan Hopgood’s Six Degrees of Diabetes, followed by an interactive discussion with leading health experts.

Event organisers were honoured to not only feature Alan Hopgood’s play but to have the man himself starring on the night, along with Mathew King and Hamish Hughes. The highly entertaining thirty-minute comedy played out the pub meeting of three old friends—middle-aged men who have enjoyed a life of excess—and their conversation surrounding their individual journeys dealing with diabetes.

Following the performance, the audience, which consisted of health professionals, students, Type 2 diabetics and interested others, was invited to ask questions and gain advice from expert health professionals. Key issues relating to health, diet and exercise were discussed, with particular emphasis on prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes through healthy eating and exercise.

The panel of health experts included:
Professor Trisha Dunning, Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health), Deakin University

Associate Professor Robin Daly, Principal Scientist, University of Melbourne, Western Hospital

Dr Ralph Audehm, General Practitioner, Program and Services Director, Diabetes Australia-Vic

Dr Tim Crowe, Senior Lecturer and Dietitian, Deakin University

Dr Paul Gastin, Senior Lecturer and Exercise Physiologist, Deakin University.

Many thanks to everyone involved in making the event such a great success, particularly to the expert panel, Diabetes Australia-Vic and Deakin YMCA.


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Professor Swinburn’s discovery

Accolade for Professor Boyd Swinburn

The work of Professor Boyd Swinburn (School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences) has recently been ranked seventh in a list of the fifteen greatest nutrition discoveries since 1976.

Professor Swinburn’s discovery—that obesity is a normal response to an abnormal environment—was the only research in the top fifteen that came from either Australia or New Zealand.

His research represented the first investigation into the role played by the environment in understanding obesity. Previous research had centred on genetic or metabolic abnormalities.

The fifteen discoveries were nominated and ranked at a one-day symposium of nutrition experts held in the Netherlands, and the results were recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Professor Swinburn is one of Australia’s leading public health and obesity prevention researchers and is internationally renowned for his work in preventing obesity in children and adolescents.

He is Chair in Population Health, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention within the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences.

Prior to this, Professor Swinburn was the Medical Director of the National Heart Foundation in New Zealand and an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland.


Grant funding success

Dr Andrea Sanigorski and her colleagues at the Waterfront have been awarded $600,000 by the Dept of Human Services for the evaluation of 5 Being Active and Eating Well communities.


Launch of the new Clinical Research Facility in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Stage one of the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) was launched by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor David Stokes, on 31 January 2008.

The CRF has been established to provide a much needed state-of-the-art space within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences to support approximately one-third of the School’s conduct of research in a clinical setting. It is a multipurpose area capable of supporting both discrete discipline and multidisciplinary activity.

The School is the Faculty’s top research performer, regularly winning substantial category one and other public sector funding, as well as support from industry and philanthropic trusts. Key research program areas within the School that will use the CRF include musculoskeletal health, healthy ageing, human performance, molecular nutrition and behavioural epidemiology.


The facility will provide a vehicle to further enhance community engagement and support the development of strategic partnerships with industry across the nutrition, allied health and exercise performance spectrum. Industry partners who attended the launch included representatives from Dairy Australia, YMCA, the Geelong Football Club and Eastern Football League.

A proposed stage two of the research facilities will establish rehabilitation and exercise programming space to provide clinical opportunities for postgraduate students and staff. These future clinical facilities will also provide a foundation for the future development of postgraduate studies in clinical exercise physiology (rehabilitation).

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Vitamin D Seminar - FEB 2008

Dr Jette Jakobsen, Senior Scientist at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has conducted extensive research in the area of the analysis of vitamins in foods on dietary intake and status. She was a participant in Eu-projects for establishment of reference materials for vitamins (1990-96), member of the European standardisation Committees working group for vitamins since its inception in 1994. For the past 8 years Vitamin D has been her focus and she has participated in the two 'EU Framework V' programs OSTEODIET (1999-2003) and OPTIFORD (2000-2004).

"Vitamin D - Dietary Sources & Bioavailability" will be held at Deakin University, Burwood Campus,
Lecture Theatre 9 (Room N1.04 in Building N)
on Thursday 21st February, 2008 (4pm - 5pm)
No need to RSVP - all welcome.


Obesity researchers win Award

Researchers from the Deakin "Romp and Chomp" and "Structured active play in Early childhood" programs were recently awarded (in conjunction with Geelong Council) a National award from the Heart Foundation in the category of "Programs that promote healthy weight". Geelong Council also won the only other State award in the same category.

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Early career researchers win awards

PhD candidate Denise Azar was shortlisted for Best Student Poster at the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine 5th Annual Scientific Conference in Sydney recently.
Dr Verity Cleland won "Best Early Career Poster" at the same conference.


Strengthening Community Capacity

Department of Human Services + Deakin University Partnership

Barwon–South Western Region

University-Government Partnerships:

Strengthening Community Capacity

Friday 14 March 2008
Adams Court, Eastern Park, East Geelong


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Accreditation of the Master of Dietetics

We have just been advised by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
that the Board of DAA has formally endorsed the accreditation of the Master
of Dietetics. All graduates from the Master of Dietetics at Deakin will be eligible for full membership of DAA and to participate in the Accredited Practising Dietitian program.


2007 Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award

Robin Daly and Sonja Kukuljan, on behalf on the GENTS project team (Shona Bass, Caryl Nowson, Jo Salmon, Kerrie Sanders and Geoff Nicholson), received the 2007 Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award from the Department of Planning and Community Development, Sport and Recreation Victoria for their research project titled 'The Geelong Exercise and Nutrition Training Study - GENTS Lifestyle Program'.


Deakin researchers win prestigious international grant

In collaboration with their colleagues in the Netherlands, Professor
David Crawford and Dr Kylie Ball have been successful in winning a
grant from the World Cancer Research Fund to explore the pathways
between environmental and individual factors in the explanation of
overweight and obesogenic behaviours. Their colleague and lead investigator is based at EMGO Institute in the Netherlands.
http://www.emgo.nl/


Professor Andy Sinclair visits Japan

Andy Sinclair has just returned from a brief trip to Japan, where he delivered an invited talk on omega 3 fatty acid & zinc interactions in the brain at a symposium on Lipids and brain function in Nagoya. He gave a second invited talk on sugarcane polyphenols & body weight at the 11th International Symposium on Traditional Medicine in Toyama. He travelled by train to Nagoya and then across Honshu island to Toyama. He says that all travellers to Japan should experience going across this island by train because of the amazing scenery (mist-covered mountains,small villages etc) and the experience of the very long tunnels. The trains were clean, on-time and the on-board service outstanding. Anyone visiting Toyama must try the bar with the proprietor who is a single malt whiskey aficionado ( www.hottotto -club.com/ - ).


PhD student wins international award

PAUL DELLA GATTA, a APA funded Deakin PhD student (supervised by Assoc Prof David Cameron-Smith was awarded the best young investigator award at the 8th International Society for Exercise Immunology meeting in Sendai Japan, Oct 25-27.
His oral presentation titled "Acute resistance exercise markedly upregulates gene expression of key chemotactic factors in skeletal muscle" continues the current theme of work investigating how muscle adapts to exercise, enabling muscle growth and strength gains.

His work has characterised novel factors involved in muscle regeneration that may be altered in older individuals and importantly, can be beneficially modified by exercise training and nutrient ingestion. This theme of work has resulted in 2 very recent grants.

1. Funding through the CSIRO - Flagship Collaboration Fund in the Food Futures Flagship ($100,000), examining a novel biological active extract, identified as a byproduct of current food manufacture that could form a new value-added nutraceutical.
2. An International grant through Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI) the national agency that representing the US Dairy which awarded our group $170,000 for a project to examine how dairy proteins are also beneficial in stimulating growth and muscular repair following exercise in older individuals.

These projects will assist with HDR training and will be used in developing skills, methodologies and quality publications for further National/International grant applications.


Deakin staff attend Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport

The annual Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 13-16 October 2007. The Conference was Chaired by Associate Professor Jill Cook. Four concurrent events were held, including the Sixth National Physical Activity conference. Dr Clare Hume was awarded the Asics Award for Best New Investigator by the Australian Sports Medicine Fellows. Apart from a lovely trophy, Clare's prize included a presentation packageto attend the American Sports Medicine Meeting in May 2008. Rowena English received a Highly Commended award as "Young Investigator for Basic Science and Performance". Many of our School staff attended the conference, with Professor David Crawford and Dr Kylie Ball attending as keynote speakers, and Dr Gaele Ducher as an invited speaker.


Attention students and supervisors involved in Honours, Masters by Coursework and Graduate Diplomas who are conducting human research projects

Attention students and supervisors involved in Honours, Masters by Coursework and Graduate Diplomas who are conducting human research projects
you are required to submit your DUHREC ethics final report / annual report / extension to the DUHREC HMNBS Subcommittee.

The direct web link to the form is:
http://www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/research/ethics-documents/f4-annual-report-request-extension.doc

Final/annual/extension DUHREC ethics report forms are due by November 20 2007. Early submissions would be appreciated.

Please complete the report and forward to:

Steven Sawyer
Manager, Collaborative Programs & Research
Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, 3125


Faculty rowing - 2007 Australian Corporate Head of the River

On Saturday 13 October the Barwon River in Geelong will come alive with corporate crews competing in the 2007 Alcoa Australian Corporate Head of the River, which raises money for Geelong's United Way and Melbourne's Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust to help support health and human organisations.

Two novice crews from the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences have been training hard over 4 weeks and will be competing this year: "Float Your Boat" from Burwood, and "Oarsomely Healthy" from Geelong.

So, come on down to the river to cheer on the Deakin staff and students in this 10th anniversary event: a lot of laughs, a fun family day including food, drinks, water show extravaganza, and fireworks ... to say nothing of the rowing!!


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Dinner and drinks with Food Science and Nutrition Alumni and staff

A reunion was held in early March for Food Science and Nutrition Alumni. Past students joined lecturers Stuart Smith, Stuart Johnson and Adel Yousif for a meal and drinks at Michelangelo’s Restaurant in Burwood. Attendees enjoyed an evening of networking and socialising that included meeting new people as well as catching up with old class mates. Everone enjoyed the night and were keen to meet up again. The next gathering that is planned for later this year. Stay posted for further details.


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Forum on Nutrient Profiling

Nutrient profiling models have been adopted throughout the world in varying contexts. They aim to value foods according to their contribution to health.

The Obesity Policy Coalition would like to invite you to a Melbourne Forum on nutrient profiling. This free afternoon event will feature a number of prominent speakers. To find out more about the speakers please download the invitation attached.

When: Tuesday 4th September
Time: 1:30 - 5:30pm
Where: 100 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria

RSVP by 28th August: erin.gleeson@deakin.edu.au
please note numbers are limited for this event


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2007 School of ENS Seminar Program

SEMESTER 2 School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Seminar program.


Vitamin D for Australians conference

This one day conference, held on Friday, 29 June, at the Burwood campus, aimed to provide health professionals with a summary of the most recent evidence relating Vitamin D to health, the new public health and policy recommendations related to dietary intake, sunlight exposure, lifestyle factors and the latest recent research findings.
Programme


Recommendations from Symposium


The Future of Food Science Education in the Global Economy

Deakin University, in association with the Dept of Regional Development Victoria, hosted this conference on November 17, 2006.


This one day conference attracted attendees from a wide range of interest groups (secondary school teachers, careers teachers, TAFE and University academics, government and industry scientists and managers).


The keynote speaker was Professor Charles Daly, Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Food Science, Cork University, Ireland.


View conference program


View Conference presentation powerpoint files.



Dietetics @ Deakin Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 4 November 2006


Volume 3, Issue 1 February 2007


Volume 3, Issue 2 June 2007



Volume 3, Issue 3 September 2007



Read about the recent activities of our students and staff.



Recent Grant Successes

Several staff within the School have been successful in winning internal grant support from the University's CRGS scheme for 2008.
Verity Cleland and Nicky Welch
Russell Keast
Kylie Hesketh and Karen Campbell
Aaron Russell

Well done to all of you and to anyone else who has had success with this scheme


Annual Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HDR Symposium

The Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University hosted their 4th Annual Symposium on 14th and 15th November 2006 at the Burwood campus.


This year's symposium was a great success! Sponsored by Dairy Australia, with gifts donated by Waurn Ponds Estate Winery at Deakin and The Chocolate Box, the Symposium was the ideal forum for our HDR student oral and poster presentations, demonstrating the high calibre of cutting-edge research being conducted in our School.


Over two days, national and international students from Deakin and other universities, including the University of Otago in NZ, participated in the Symposium. Research topics covered ranged from sports training and performance, physical activity, nutrition, obesity and health, promotion of healthy eating and physical activity and food innovations.


Our three keynote speakers gave enlightening presentations:

Professor Sean Strain described research into fish consumption, nutrition and developmental outcomes, while Dr Ross Smith discussed the role of the AFL Research Board.

Finally Mr Matt McGregor gave interesting insights into issues relating to public dissemination of potentially controversial research.


2006 HDR Symposium Program



Food Science and Nutrition Alumni

If you are a past graduate of the Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition or B.App. Sci (Food Science and Nutrition) you may be interested in joining our Alumni.
Food Science and Nutrition Alumni Chapter if you would like to be notified about future events


Parents Jury

Boyd Swinburn, as President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, has teamed up with Diabetes Australia, Victoria and the Cancer Council of Victoria to establish the Parents Jury as an advocacy platform for parents who want to have their say on the nutrition and physical activity environments for children. It started last year with 12 foundation jury members and has now grown to nearly 700 members. In their recent awards for TV advertisements, McDonalds Happy Meal won the Pester Power Award, Kelloggs Coco Pops (with Monica Trapaga) won the Smoke and Mirrors Award for telling only half the nutritional story and (bless them) the Australian Government won the Parents Choice Award for the 2+5 campaign. If you are a parent and you want to add your voice to collective push to improve the nutrition and physical activity environments for kids, then join free of charge at parentsjury.org.au


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