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Exciting new course on offer in 2015!

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

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

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

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

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3 Minute Thesis Finals

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

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

Drinks and nibbles provided following the event

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


Rhiannan and Natalie Given Wings

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

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

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

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


Deakin Smoke Free Survey

In response to the recent implementation of a ban on smoking on all Deakin University campuses, the School of Health and Social Development conducted a survey that asked respondents about their smoking behaviour and their attitudes to smoking and the new policy. The full results can be seen in the illustration below.


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Health Literacy Masterclass

The Deakin University Public Health Innovation Unit has announced a two-day masterclass open to health professionals, managers and executives, health planners and those active in health promotion and community services. The masterclass offers the chance to interact with leading national and international experts who are experienced in tackling the challenges of assessing and responding to health literacy needs, especially of 'hard to reach' groups.

The masterclass is now full, however you can go on a waiting list to attend by contacting hl-training@deakin.edu.au

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How to win the war on drugs?

Dr Matthew Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Public Health was interviewed on Sydney radio station 2UE by Angela Catterns on Tuesday 29 April about the Australian Crime Commission's latest report on illicit drug use in Australia. The interview focused on the dramatic increase in performance and image enhancing drugs being detected at the Australian border. In 2012-2013, there were 10 356 detections of these substances, the highest number on record; overall, a record 86 918 national illicit seizures occurred during this period.

Has the war on drugs been won? Will it ever be won? Dr Dunn says that when you take one drug off the market, people will find others. Australia spends more money on policing drugs rather than reducing the harms.


Success at VicHealth 2013 Awards

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

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

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

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