School of Health and Social Development


Dead Drunk: Lights Out In the Cross?

If you missed Associate Professor Peter Miller's appearance in the film Dead Drunk: Lights Out In the Cross, don't worry - it is available for viewing on ABC iview until Tuesday 29 April.

The film responds to current concerns about Australia's drinking and party culture and the propensity for young men and women for violence, an area that Peter has conducted much research into.

Filmed on a single Saturday night in Kings Cross, the film provides a snapshot of Kings Cross as the new lockout laws are implemented.

Peter also appeared on Dead Drunk: After Hours with Tom Tilley, ABC2's follow up live chat about the issues raised in the program.

Head of School praises staff success

Image: Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, Head of the Health Nature and Sustainability Research Group, recipients of the Faculty Award for Excellence.

Professor Catherine Bennett was pleased to congratulate School of Health and Social Development recipients of Faculty Awards for 2013.

Professor Richard Osborne and his Public Health Innovation team received the Award for Innovation for his work in developing the field of health literacy. He is putting Australia on the map in both Europe and Asia in this field and has a major launch coming up (Ophelia) that the Minister is presenting at. He is also well advanced with an application for a WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Literacy, with strong regional support.

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend and her Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group received the award for Excellence. The HNS Research Group (formerly NiCHE) is led by Associate Professor Mardie Townsend and has recently grown to include a team of academics and postgraduate students in the School of Health and Social Development. Staff include: Mardie Townsend, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Rebecca Patrick, Teresa Capetola, Matthew Ebden, and Justin Lawson and PhD students include: Jonathan (Yotti) Kingsley, Chris Reed, Rona Weerasuriya, Marina Lewis, Sonia Nuttman, and Matthew Ebden.

HNS works in partnership with colleagues in other Faculties and Schools at Deakin and with academics from other universities. It collaborates with a range of external organisations such as, Parks Victoria, Trust for Nature (now The Nature Conservancy), Beyond Blue, Barwon Health, VEAC, Forestry UK, Government departments in Victoria and South Australia and a range of local governments. An exciting new partnership between HNS and Out Doors Inc. has just commenced, with them funding members of HNS to complete an evaluation of the effectiveness of their programs for people with mental illness. To date, HNS (and the former NiCHE) has generated some $750 000 of research funding (including funding of projects led by partners) and has supervised a number of student projects: 15+ Honours, 7+ Masters, and 6 PhD completions, demonstrating the innovative and excellent research completed by the group.

Colour of Youth Conference

School of Health and Social Development academic staff members Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Trish Ritchie have recently been involved on the organising committee of a conference that provides a platform to raise and address issues around same-sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD) young people, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

The Colour of Youth: Embracing Diversity Conference is a day for sharing ideas and resources, and for hearing about good practice.

Topics for discussion include creating a culturally inclusive space, working with emerging communities, and the role of religion among various cultures.

Registration is just $20 and FREE for those under 25 who are full-time (secondary or tertiary) students, or unemployed.
Details of how to register, as well as a Program Agenda, will be available early 2014.

Enquiries: or phone Andrew on 9510 5444

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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