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Poor dental health linked to depression

A recent Deakin University study has found a link between poor dental health and depression.

Using data from a comprehensive health survey of more than 10 000 people aged 20-75 years living in the United States, the Deakin IMPACT Strategic Research Centre researchers found that poor dental health (as measured by the number of dental conditions a person had) increased the likelihood of being depressed.

'Not only did we find a connection between dental health and depression, we also demonstrated that a dose-response exists between the two conditions, meaning that the more dental conditions one had the greater the severity of their depression’, said Deakin’s Dr Adrienne O’Neil.

‘This relationship held true even after accounting for other factors that could potentially explain the association, such as high body mass index and CRP, a protein that is often used as a general marker of inflammation in the body.’

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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).

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

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:


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Deakin Learning Hub students are in full swing

In 2012 Deakin’s Faculty of Health started offering its popular Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dandenong via the Deakin Learning Hub. Students enrolled in this course study online with support from staff at the Hub.

This new initiative provides students in Dandenong and surrounding areas with the flexibility to complete a Bachelor of Health Sciences online, but with access to academic staff who will provide support, advice and guidance via the learning hub. This newly developed community-based learning facility acts primarily as a support service and resource centre for students, and provides a place for students to come together, share ideas and resources and support one another, as well as gain support from staff. Community-based learning links the classroom experience with input from relevant community groups and local industry.

Here is what our students have to say about the course:

Thiong Dit
Knowing he was looking for an opportunity to study health sciences Thiong Alier Dit’s mother was quick to pass on an application form she picked up when she heard that Deakin would be offering its popular Bachelor of Health Sciences through the Deakin Learning Hub in Dandenong.

The course was attractive to Thiong not only because of his interest in the health field, but also because of the convenience of the location of the Deakin Learning Hub. Living nearby means that he can make regular use of the facilities available at the Hub, such as the computer lab, which he finds extremely useful for studying.

‘The computer lab setting is amazing to me and it creates the best atmosphere for studying. We are on level 3 and I like to look out through the window sometimes and see how busy it is in the City of Greater Dandenong’, Thiong said.

Thiong tries to attend the Deakin Learning Hub as regularly as he can to study and connect with other students and staff. The off-campus course delivery with support available at the Hub, means that Thiong is able to fit his studies in with work, family and other commitments.

‘At the time I started studying here in Dandenong, I used to work morning shifts, but recently this changed to afternoon so I am now trying to make a good use of morning hours for my studies, and keep weekends for my family and leisure.’

Ayaan Omar
The flexible nature of the Bachelor of Health Sciences at Dandenong is a real bonus for Ayaan Omar. The off-campus delivery of the course and support available at the Deakin Learning Hub means that she is able to fit studying in around other commitments and study in the way and at the time that suits her.

‘[The course] allows me to be flexible in my study time, because it is available off campus. I live in Dandenong and the Learning Hub is easily accessible. I attend e-live tutorials or if I can’t find the time, I listen to recordings of the tutorials and lectures in my own time. This allows me to balance time for family, gym and other commitments’, Ayaan said.

Ayaan attends the Deakin Learning Hub twice a week to take advantage of e-live tutorials and other facilities and support available. She also gets great benefit from the community engagement seminars offered.

‘I attend the Hub when I have e-live tutorials, which is usually twice a week. At the Hub, there are headphones with a microphone, which makes it a lot easier to participate. You can come in to the Deakin Hub when it’s convenient. The community engagement seminars are very helpful and interesting’.

Once she graduates the course, Ayaan hopes to establish her career as a Health Promotion Officer, working to develop community programs.

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Dr Matthew Dunn awarded grant to investigate the use of emerging psychoactive substances

Dr Matthew Dunn has been awarded funds through the School of Health and Social Development Small Grants Scheme to undertake a project investigating the use and harms associated with emerging psychoactive substances.

The project, undertaken in collaboration with researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW and the University of Tasmania, aims to understand people’s use of emerging psychoactive substances, such as mephedrone (sometimes referred to as ‘meow meow’), including why people choose to use these substances and the harms they may experience.

'There has been a large body of research conducted in Europe and the United Kingdom investigating why people take these substances and the harms that people report experiencing as a result of their use. However, aside from a few small studies, there is relatively little information about the use of these substances in Australia', Dr Dunn said.

Some of the substances being investigated are sold online as legal alternatives to illegal drugs, yet many of these substances are, in fact, illegal in Australia. In Europe and in the United Kingdom the response to these emerging substances has been to make these substances illegal, yet research has shown that this has not seriously dissuaded use.

'In Australia we do not have a good understanding of who is using these substances, and we have no knowledge as to why they are using them. Are they people who are already using illegal drugs, such as ecstasy and cocaine? Are they people who have never used an illegal drug in their life? These are important questions when considering how we respond to these emerging substances, as well as how we design and disseminate education and harm reduction messages to those who may use these substances.'

The findings from this project will contribute to a National Health and Medical Research Council funding submission in 2013.

Dr Babatsikos writes about Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs for Parents: Beyond Protective Behaviours

Dr Georgia Babatsikos of Deakin's School of Health and Social Development recently published a chapter entitled 'Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs for Parents: Beyond Protective Behaviours' in the book 'Child Abuse: Indicators, Psychological Impact and Prevention', edited by Raymond A. Turner and Henry O. Rogers and published by Nova Publications (USA).

This chapter presents some of the findings of her PhD on how Australian parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse, including prevention and early intervention strategies. She presents recommendations for enhancements to prevention programs, which teach parents and caregivers prevention and early intervention skills beyond teaching protective behaviours.

The collection of chapters in this book present current research around child abuse indicators, psychological impact, and prevention. The book can be ordered at a discount online by following the link below.

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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, 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 or 5227 8437.

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Dr Melissa Graham awarded grant to construct a picture of childless women’s health and wellbeing

Dr Melissa Graham was recently awarded a School of Health and Social Development Small Grants Scheme award to undertake an analysis of existing Australian longitudinal data in order to construct a picture of childless women’s health and wellbeing across the life course, specifically in relation to social support as one indicator of social inclusion.

This project will contribute to a program of research on the health and wellbeing of women without children in Australia being led by Dr Graham.

The outcomes of the study will contribute to the development of a longitudinal study of women’s social inclusion and health in relation to childlessness.

While childlessness is a growing phenomenon in many countries, there has been little examination of the health implications in recent decades. The current project will contribute to a National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant to be submitted in 2013 to explore the health and wellbeing of women with and without children, with a specific examination of social exclusion and its health consequences for this population group.

Occupational therapy student presented with prestigious award

The School of Health and Social Development would like to congratulate Rosie Pike (a current fourth-year occupational therapy student) on being awarded the prestigious Australian Unity Award. The Australian Unity Award is a prize for the student in the Faculty who submits the best fourth-year research project relevant to the topic of 'human wellbeing'.

Rosie will be attending a special event to honour all those who have been recognised for their scholarship and their dedication to their studies in November.

Please join us in congratulating Rosie.

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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Faculty of Health global citizens!

Congratulations to a number of students from across the Faculty of Health who were among a select group of students who were recently awarded the 2011 Deakin University Global Citizenship Award. Deakin held its first Global Chitizenship Award ceremony on Thursday 13 October at the Deakin University Melbourne City Campus. Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander; Executive Director Deakin International Mr Rongyu Li and other distinguished guests joined Deakin students and their family and friends to acknowledge and celebrate the significant achievements of the award winners.

Congratulations to the following students from the Faculty of Health who received 2011 Global Citizenship Awards:
Amy Beveridge
Maree Bouterakos
Sharyl Brockett
Luka Campbell
Tegan Cant
Rebecca Court
Claire Henty
Courtney Moule

Deakin’s Global Citizenship Program is aimed at supplementing students’ studies by recognising international activities such as international study experiences, participation in internationally-focused units, seminars on international topics, international internships, international-centred volunteering along with personal reflection and growth.

Global Citizenship Award winners must have achieved at least 100 points of international experience. Each international activity is weighted based on length of time and commitment by the student. A number of the 2011 award-holders have significant international experience, including volunteering in the developing world, significant other domestic/ international internships and semester-long study abroad. These students are leaders within Deakin University and should be commended for their achievements.

Follow the link below for more information about the Global Citizenship Program.

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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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Student wins epidemiology award

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) recently announced their prizes for the Top Introduction to Epidemiology Students. The School of Health and Social Development is pleased to announce that undergraduate student Jennifer Marks has been awarded one of these prizes. Jennifer is currently undertaking the Bachelor of Health Sciences. Congratulations to Jennifer on this excellent achievement.

Deakin Population Health's strong impact at the 11th International Congress on Obesity

Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre sent a strong delegation of researchers to the 11th International Congress on Obesity (ICO), which was held in Stockholm in July. The ICO is held every four years and is organised by the International Association for the Study of Obesity.

Around 2000 international delegates, experts and opinion leaders in the field of obesity and its related conditions attended this year’s event.

Staff from Deakin Population Health delivered more than 30 presentations to the main and satellite conferences, and contributed nearly 20 per cent of papers in the conference’s public health stream.

Among the highlights was a presentation by Alfred Deakin Professor Boyd Swinburn, Chair of Population Health and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin. Alfred Deakin Professor Swinburn reported on the findings of an evaluation of the success of three community-based demonstration projects around the city of Geelong. The research found that community-based interventions aimed at preventing obesity in children appear to work best in those under the age of five.

‘Our results, together with the evidence from other demonstration projects conducted elsewhere,
suggest we should get moving to scale up efforts in the under fives’, Alfred Deakin Professor Swinburn said.

Other presentations by Deakin Population Health staff included:
• Decreasing Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity among an Australian Population of Preschool Children, by Research Fellow Melanie Nichols.
• Romp & Chomp: Improving Young Children’s Eating and Activity Behaviours through an Environmental Intervention in Family Day Care, by Senior Research Fellow Andrea de Silva-Sanigorski.
• Policy Changes to Create Supporting Environments for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating, Which Options are the Most Realistic for Local Government?, by Associate Professor Steve Allender.
• Cost-effectiveness of Surgically Induced Weight Loss for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Modelled Lifetime Analysis, by Senior Research Fellow Catherine Keating.
• Traffic-light Nutrition Labelling and Junk-food Tax: a Modelled Comparison of Cost Effectiveness, by Gary Sacks.

Health student international placements

Deakin University health students are invited to participate in a UniBreak International Health Sciences placement during their university holidays. These placements are tailored towards students studying occupational therapy, public health, exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, and other related areas. Placements provide students with a fantastic opportunity to travel overseas, apply their coursework in practical settings and gain valuable industry experience.

Applications are being taken for end of year placements (departing November 2010 and January 2011).

Please note that Deakin University does not guarantee credit will be granted for placements with this organisation.

2010/2011 Health Science Placements
Students may choose to live and work for four weeks (longer if desired) in Ghana, Cambodia, India and Nepal.

Health placements give students the opportunity to contribute to community health
projects and give something back to host communities. Students choosing to participate
in a health placement would need to be studying a health-related discipline. Health
placements offer invaluable clinical experience and insight into health practice in
resource-poor settings. In most cases, country policy stipulates that students have observer
status only. Students will be supervised at all times by local staff and will not be allowed to perform procedures on patients.

To make the most of this experience, health students must be flexible, self-sufficient and able to
direct their own learning. This may include working in different departments and where possible
placements will match student interests and experience.

Why Antipodeans Abroad?
Antipodeans Abroad is an Australian owned Sydney-based educational and volunteer travel company that specialises in creating high-quality experiential learning placements for school and university. Programs are structured, well-supportive, provide comprehensive risk management and offer unique learning opportunities for students in a global context.

UniBreak Program Information Night
Antipodeans Abroad hold UniBreak Information Nights each month for interested students.

Upcoming Information Night in Melbourne

Monday 2 August
5.30 – 6.30pm (Bookings Essential)
Business Centre
365 Little Collins St
Melways Reference Map 1A, J6
(03) 8676 0365

** Please Register Online at

How to Apply
Applying for a place in the program is easy, simply fill in the Online Application Form

Check out some previous Health Science students on the ground in our UniBreak video at the link below

For more information, please contact Georgia at

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Holistic Health Project

The Holistic Health Project

This research explores students’ perceptions of obesity and body image in order to identify pathways for discussing and promoting body acceptance and holistic health. This is an exciting arts-based health promotion project in collaboration with the School of Communication and Creative Arts within the Faculty of Arts and Education.

A recent qualitative study funded by VicHealth, which considered the course of weight gain, loss and subsequent regain, found interesting and recurring themes from data provided by adult participants via a web-based survey. The findings suggested that a focus on holistic health (not simply weight-loss per se) is required, and that a radical shift from current mainstream approaches is needed to address weight-related concerns to promote healthy eating and active living. If you are a student engaged with the project and wish to access the study’s findings, see attachment.

The aim of this project is to identify and deconstruct the views of a student cohort (in comparison to the community-based sample) in relation to obesity and body image, and further explore the themes emerging of the previous research. The objectives are to:
a) Using previous research as a starting point, gain further insights regarding the social construction and dominant discourses associated with body types and health, as they relate to the self and others.
b) Analyse images generated by the students that contemplate influences that shape identity and to examine the ways in which the body is perceived and experienced.
c) Identify personal and social perspectives on obesity, health and body image.

A balanced and more health-promoting view is currently missing in mainstream discourses on obesity and body image, and so this project seeks input from Arts students to assist with disseminating the research findings that promote a useful view, as well as ascertain what the personal views on obesity and body image are for the student cohort engaging with the project.

By exploring students’ creative expressions of these themes, the findings will further inform future development of The Holistic Health Project, which seek to promote body acceptance via various formats, including audio-visual exhibitions, documentary format, educational toolkits for health promotion and publications such as reports and journal articles.

Principal researchers:
Dr. Shane McIver (
Rasha Tayeh (

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Prestigious ALTC citation for Berni Murphy

Berni Murphy, lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development, was among seven Deakin University staff members to have recently been awarded a 2010 citation for outstanding contributions to student learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. These highly prestigious awards recognise the sustained contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of teaching and learning and the student experience. Congratulations to Ms Murphy on this significant achievement.

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli wins coveted Lambda Award

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli of the School of Health and Social Development recently won a prestigious Lambda Literary Award for her book Love You Two.

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli shared first prize in the bisexual fiction category of the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards, which were presented in New York on Thursday 27 May.

‘I just can’t believe it’, Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli said. ‘Given the quality of all the submissions, it was exciting enough to be nominated’.

The Lambda’s are awarded annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation to works celebrating or exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) themes.

A panel of 87 judges, made up of journalists, authors, booksellers, librarians, playwrights and illustrators, assessed 462 titles, narrowing the pool to 113 finalists from LGBT-specific presses, academic publishers and mainstream publishing houses. Of the 113 finalists, 24 award winners were announced across 23 award categories.

Love You Two (Random House Australia), Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli’s first novel, tackles bisexuality, polyamory, interracial relationships, AIDS, same-sex couples, gay grandparents and teen sexuality.

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.

University Award winners in the School of Health and Social Development

Staff members Helen Larkin, Teresa Capetola, Sonia Nuttman, Rebecca Patrick and Matthew Ebden have all recently received University awards for either their Teaching Excellence, Distinguished Teaching, Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Outstanding Contribution to 'Rural and Regional'.

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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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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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Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health approved for income support through Centrelink

The Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health have both been approved by the Minister for income support through Centrelink. This approval took effect from 27 November 2009

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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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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PhD Scholarships

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MPH Information Night

Are you a health professional wanting to increase your qualifications?
Here is an exciting opportunity to gain an internationally recognized postgraduate degree while studying with four of Victoria’s leading universities.

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Refurbishment complete at the Dennys Lascelles Building at Geelong Waterfront Campus

New facilities for nursing students at the Geelong Waterfront Campus are now available thanks to the major refurbishment of the Dennys Lascelles Building. The official opening ceremony was conducted on Wednesday 10 June by The Hon. Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Senior Victorians.

HSD Honours Info Session

The School of Health & Social Development will hold an Information Session for current 3rd year students interested in an Honours year in 2015. The session will be held in room GA1.29 at Green Wood Park campus between 3 and 4.30pm, Wednesday 3 September. Contact Gary Sacks for more details.

Peter Quail Oration 29 July 2014, 4-5.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSVP Email - Christopher Loughnan

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

3 Minute Thesis Finals

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

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

Drinks and nibbles provided following the event

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

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

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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.

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.

All pumped up: exploring the use of performance and image enhancing drug use

Thursday 10 April 12.30–1.30 pm AEST Melbourne

Performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) have come under the spotlight in 2014 with use by young men being linked to the spate of so-called 'coward punches' in NSW. When we think of PIEDs such as steroids, we think of elite athletes and body builders, but that is no longer the case; they're the substances of choice for those who want to look better or who want to perform harder and faster on the sports field on the weekend. The increase in the use of these substances pose important challenges for a range of sectors, including those in the health and law enforcement fields.

You will need to register to participate in this webinar here

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.

You will need to register to attend this webinar here

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

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.

Helen Larkin wins national award for teaching excellence

Ms Helen Larkin, a lecturer in occupational therapy, was recently acknowledged for her contribution to teaching at the 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Ms Larkin was one of two Victorian recipients to receive the prestigious award at a ceremony held at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Acknowledged for her innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, her world-first, interprofessional education initiative between occupational therapy and architecture students was given particular mention.

Further details of the awards can be found at this link:
Image: Ms Helen Larkin (centre) is joined by Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and Professor Beverley Oliver of Deakin Learning Futures after receiving her award.

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
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

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Agricultural Health and Medicine enrolments now open

Agricultural Health and Medicine 2014


Scholarships available
Cross - Sector collaboration CAN make a difference to farming communities.

Farm men, women, agricultural workers and their families are slowly gaining an awareness of their health, wellbeing and safety risks. Be a part of the change!

“I was very excited to find a course that could combine my knowledge and skills from nursing and my interests in the agricultural industry, and provide me with a solid post graduate qualification.” Mathew Pigram, 2013 scholarship recipient
Clinical nurse specialist, Alice Springs

The Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Health and Medicine H522 is delivered at a postgraduate level through Deakin University, School of Medicine and aims to address the drought of agricultural health knowledge and improve service delivery and professional understanding for farming communities – your communities.

The core unit of Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 will be offered as a five-day intensive in Hamilton, Victoria on February 24th - 28th 2014.

The five-day intensive curriculum will ensure students increase their knowledge about agricultural medicine and co-morbidities, including respiratory health, common cancers and traumatic injuries, issues associated with mental health such as suicide and addiction, as well as external health hazards typical to the industry, such as pesticide and veterinary chemical use. Importantly, students will gain a greater understanding about what is needed for effective health provision in Australia’s agricultural industries.

By studying Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 (as a postgraduate course or a single unit) you will become part of the next generation of agricultural and health leaders (nurses, doctors, veterinarians, farmers and agricultural professionals) who understand the value of multidisciplinary collaboration and can make a difference in rural communities. HMF701 is also the prerequisite for eligible health professionals wishing to become AgriSafe™ clinicians.

Scholarships are now available for HMF701 and are aimed to financially assist people who do not have access to financial support from either their workplace or other funding agencies. Applicants must be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine H522 to be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarship applications close November 24th, 2013.

For further information on how to apply visit

For more information on Agricultural Health and Medicine and scholarships go to or contact Unit Chair, Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby on 03 5551 8533

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

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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

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

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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).

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

3.Cigarette cravings: participants smoking 10+ cigarettes a day
(Geelong and Burwood).
Contact: Katherine Stanley at 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
Victoria 3125.
Tel: +61 (3) 9246 8185

DisabilityCare Australia at home in Geelong

The head office of DisabilityCare Australia will be located at the Geelong waterfront precinct on 43 Brougham Street, before moving to a larger premises in the future. The head office is expected to be up and running by early next year.

Recruitment for head office positions will begin in the next few weeks, with approximately 300 permanent staff members expected to be located at the DisabilityCare headquarters once the scheme is fully rolled out from 2019-2020.

More information on DisabilityCare can be found on their website

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:

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The heart of the matter

Dr Melanie Nichols’ is a Research Fellow with the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, which is part of Deakin Population Health. Dr Nichols has played the lead role in a landmark study into coronary heart disease in Europe between 1980 and 2009. The study has found that death rates from the disease have more than halved in all EU countries since the early 1980s.

An article about Dr Nichols and the study has been published by Deakin’s research team:

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The Art and Science of Knowledge Brokering

The Art and Science of Knowledge Brokering will be presented by Associate Professor Sharon Goldfield and Doctor Jenny Proimos on Tuesday 13 August 2013 from 12pm-1pm at Meeting Room 3, Deakin Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne.

The use of ‘knowledge brokers’ has been suggested as key to bridging the space between public health evidence and policy. This seminar will provide personal insights of what that role can mean in practice.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP early to Ian Muchamore at to ensure your place.

Video conferencing will be available from the following locations:
Melbourne Burwood Campus - B2.20 (Blue Room);
Geelong Waterfront Campus - AD1.122
Warrnambool Campus- D.2.30

Please direct all RSVPs to Ian Muchamore at by Thursday 8 August

Further information can be found on the flyer below

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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:
Thursday 18th July 2013
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, (Drama Theatre)
50 Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

RSVP by 11th July 2013 to

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.

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 or 03 9251 7262.

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 -

Sponsored by:
MIPS, Avant and MDA National

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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:

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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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Congratulations Shane Boney

Shane is a local Bourke and Far West New South Wales Medical Local Aboriginal Health Worker. He has been employed in this position for the past five years.

He has always had a passion for primary health and when he had the opportunity to further his studies at Deakin, he quickly got on board!
'The main reason for completing this course was because I see a lot of my people living with Diabetes and the impacts of having it. I feel as though I can help reduce the numbers through education and programs.'

Congratulations Shane Boney on his successful completion on the graduate certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University.

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Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities

Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities:
Scholarships - open til Friday May 24th - Apply now!

Rural professionals (health, policy and agriculture) are the vital link that enable farming communities to achieve better health and sustainability.

Health, safety and well-being have a major impact on the productivity and sustainability of rural and remote communities. To develop your expertise and understanding of the intersectoral relationships in farming communities, the National Centre for Farmer Health through Deakin School of Medicine is delivering an essential online education opportunity to address the social, environmental, health and policy issues faced by agricultural communities in Australia and abroad.

HMF702 Healthy and Sustainable Agricultural Communities is the second core unit to be offered by the partnership between the School of Medicine at Deakin University and the National Centre for Farmer Health. This unit looks closely at how living in a rural and remote community impacts on the determinants of health. HMF702 aims to provide each student with the knowledge and skills to positively influence sustainability, the high rates of illness, injury and poor health in their agricultural community.

HMF702 is a core unit in the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine and commences July 15th and runs through to October 11th, 2013 with online lectures and activities taking 3-4 hours per week to complete. The best news is that it’s all online!

Ms Amy Fay, a previous student and Program Development Manager – Natural Resource Management, Dairy Australia, said this about HMF702:
“I am an agricultural professional who works in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management research and policy. Crucial to my work is an understanding of all aspects of sustainability, including social and economic drivers. This unit gave me a solid overview of the health and welfare challenges the farming community faces and how these may impact on broader productivity”.

The learning materials we have developed are unique to higher education in Australia with topics including climate impacts on health, natural disaster recovery, rural lifestyle disease, food security, rural health workforce shortages, small-town and distance health promotion, remote health planning and policy, nutrition and exercise, alcohol consumption and roles of rural health and agricultural professionals.

If you work (or have aspirations to work) in agriculture, public health, health promotion, social work, policy, nursing and/or medicine in rural and remote areas then this unit will appeal to you. The unit is offered at a postgraduate level and is an elective for postgraduate qualifications at Deakin University. It is a core unit of the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine H522.

For further information on HMF702 click here.

We would value your participation in this cutting edge course and urge you to enrol within the next 2-4 weeks to secure a place for you or your staff. If you wish to complete the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine you need to enrol in this course.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Applications close Friday 24th May.

For further information on HMF702 or scholarships, please contact the National Centre for Farmer Health website at or call us on (03) 5551 8533.

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

Congratulations to Dr Matthew Dunn

The Sax Institute has awarded to Dr Matthew Dunn for the rapid research review on the performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use.

Read more about Dr Matthew Dunn on his staff profile.

For more information on the Sax Institute visit their website.

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

New White and Yellow Pages cover Warrnambool

Clinical Associate Professor Sue Brumby has been chosen as the White Pages and Yellow Pages cover for the Warrnambool region for 2013-2014 under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy.

Sue is the Director for the National Centre for Farmer Health, a partnership between Deakin University and Western District Health Services. She also oversees Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine, which focuses on building specialist knowledge and skills for those wishing to improve the social, physical and mental health of agricultural communities across Australia.

More information on the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine, including how to apply for the course, can be found at: Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine

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.


  • 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.


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,, Professor Richard Osborne, Chair of Public Health, Population Health Strategic Research Centre Ph. +61 3 924 46999, or Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital Ph. +61 3 95094445,

Closing date: 8 May 2013

Congratulations to Clare Land

School of Health and Social Development student Clare Land has been awarded the Isi Leibler Prize for best University thesis.

The Vice-Chancellor's Prizes and Awards recognise and celebrate our best students, and Clare has been the successful sole recipient of this award for her thesis ‘The Politics of Solidarity with Indigenous Struggles in Southeast Australia’, supervised by Professor Bob Pease. The Isi Leibler Prize is awarded to the student who has submitted a masters or PhD thesis approved over the previous year, in any Faculty of Deakin University, which best contributes to advancing knowledge of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice in any time or place, or to advancing knowledge of multiculturalism and community relations in Australia.

Congratulations to Dr Erin Wilson and Dr Kevin Murfitt

A team from Deakin including Prof Matthew Clarke (Arts), Dr Erin Wilson and Dr Kevin Murfitt (Health and Social Development), and partners Save the Children and in-country Disabled Peoples Organisations, have been successful in the highly competitive AusAID Development Research Award Scheme for a project entitled: "Identifying the needs and priorities of children with disabilities in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea (PNG)".

Knowledge of the needs and experiences of children with disabilities living in Vanuatu and PNG is limited and does not include data collected directly from children themselves. This project will establish a method of data collection to determine the self-reported needs and priorities of children living with disabilities in Vanuatu and PNG. The project involves a multi-staged capacity building approach between PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons (PNGADP), Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association Vanuatu (DPA), Save the Children, and Deakin University. The project also includes a focus on service delivery and policy actions in response to the findings. The project will be undertaken across 2 years with the awarded funding of AUD$ 771,361.

Congratulations to both Dr Erin Wilson and Dr Kevin Murfitt.

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.

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.


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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Invitation to South East Healthy Communities Partnership (SEHCP) Climate Change forum

The State of Victoria faces a number of significant impacts from climate change, such as:

  • Increased frequency and intensity of heat waves;

  • Increased occurrences of fire weather and more intense bushfires;

  • Sea-level rise, coastal erosion and coastal flooding due to storm surges;

  • Inland flooding due to heavy rainfall;

  • Prolonged droughts and less reliable rainfall; and

  • Increasingly variable weather patterns.

    • The impacts of climate change are experienced by individuals and organisations across many different ways. Climate change impacts also vary depending on local and regional social and economic conditions, including population density, the regional importance of some economic sectors, and the level of awareness of climate change issues found among residents, business owners, community leaders and visitors.

      Presenters at this forum will review climate change, its impacts, and what can be done to adapt from individual, organisational and community perspectives.

      Guest Speakers:

      • Professor Helen Ross, University of Queensland

      • Emily Hamilton, Senior Research and Policy Officer, ACOSS

      • Emeritus Associate Professor Rae Walker, La Trobe University

      • Dr Brenda Lin, Research Scientist, CSIRO

      When: Tuesday 20 November 2012

      Time: 9:00am registration for 9.15 start– 1.00
      (followed by a light lunch)

      Venue: The Rehearsal Room, Drum Theatre
      (Dandenong Town Hall), Cnr Lonsdale &
      Walkers Street, Dandenong 3175, Victoria.

      Please register before by close of business on 13 November 2012.

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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 Kate Hills - BAppSc(HealthProm)2005

      In recognition of her outstanding contributions to charitable causes.

      Through her volunteer work, Kate Hills has demonstrated an unwavering and selfless commitment in working with the disadvantaged in our community over the last decade.

      Miss Hills has worked with many charitable organisations including: Salvation Army, Oaktree Foundation, Make Poverty History Campaign, Burnett Institute, Reality NGO (Mumbai, India), Brotherhood of St Laurence, Go for your Life program and the Cancer Council of Victoria. She has also performed volunteer work with orphanages and schools in Thailand and Kenya and worked for the AusAid Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program as a Community Health Education Officer in Indonesia. She worked closely with newly arrived communities during her role as a Health Promotion Officer in Melbourne’s west and is also an English tutor to refugees with the Adult Multicultural Education Service.

      In 2007 Ms Hills was selected as one of Australia’s Brightest Young Minds by the BYM organisation. This is an initiative that brings together young people from around Australia who are passionate about exploring and implementing solutions to current problems in society.

      Ms Hills is currently a Community Development Officer with the City of Greater Dandenong in Victoria.

      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

      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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      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.'

      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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      Community spirit helps inner city families flourish

      Inner Melbourne families, with young children, are found to be more community focused than their outer suburb counter-part families.

      The research, run by researchers in the School of Health and Social Development, shed light on a crucial difference between inner and outer suburb families; inner city families developed community friendships through incidental meetings, where outer suburb families meet friends through organised services, such as a kindergarten or play group.

      ''The inner city women drew quite heavily on their neighbours as a support for helping them to raise their children,'' said Dr Fiona Andrews. ''However, that wasn't the case for the outer suburban women … they tended to draw much more from organised groups to get support.''

      While inner suburbs families relied on public spaces for social interaction, outer families tend to use their car more, which impacted the opportunities for coincidental meetings with neighbours.

      The study also discovered that fathers who lived in inner-city locations were more involved in the care of their children than those in outer areas, due in part to the shorter commute time to and from work.
      ''Outer suburban women had a lot less involvement from their partners and a lot of that had to do with the distance that men had to travel to work,'' said Dr Andrews. ''They often had to leave for work earlier and they got home later, often after children were in bed.''
      The research findings were presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies conference 2012.

      Alliance a prescription for a healthy workforce

      AN Australian-first partnership will work to address local health workforce issues and help Deakin University health students gain practical experience in the field.

      Head of Deakin University’s School of Health and Social Development, Professor Catherine Bennett, said the network would provide the university with direct access to local preventive health measures that would help shape curriculum and teaching practices.

      She said it would also give SWPCP and agency staff the opportunity to influence student learning.

      Senior lecturer from the Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Matthew Ebden said it would benefit both organisations as well as students and the wider community.

      “It will help Deakin to support the region with new graduates with expertise around health promotion,” Mr Ebden said.

      “We will identify, develop and implement projects in key health priority areas and give students an opportunity to pick up real research as part of their studies.”

      Mr Ebden believed it was the first time a university and PCP organisation had co-located and agreed to work in partnership. SWPCP executive member and Timboon District Healthcare Service CEO Wayne Weaire said the arrangement would help the community to address shortages in local health professions.

      The new arrangement aims to improve workforce recruitment and retention.

      SWPCP is now based at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus as part of the three-year pilot program.

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      Health Impact Assessment short course 21-24 June 2011

      This four-day course will enable practitioners to understand how to conduct, commission, review or coordinate future health and social health assessments within a range of realistic work settings. Case studies and activities will be used to develop skills for those in Government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. The principle focus of the training will be on impact assessment methodologies and techniques and their application in policy, program or project contexts.

      Please refer to the link below for registration form and more details

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      US Lambda Literary Award nomination for Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

      Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has once again been nominated as a finalist (top 114/500) in the prestigious US Lambda Literary Awards. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli was shortlisted and subsequently awarded as joint winner in the fiction category of the Awards last year. This year she has been nominated and shortlisted in the Academic/Non-fiction Category.

      The nominated book 'Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools' is published by academic publisher Rowman and Littlefield. 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 now in both fiction and non-fiction categories.

      Dr Lisa Barnett wins prestigious NHMRC postdoctoral research training fellowship

      Dr Lisa Barnett of the School of Health and Social Development has been awarded a four-year NHMRC postdoctoral research training fellowship valued at $290 032. Dr Barnett’s program of research is ‘Understanding the role of motor skill ability and motor skill perception in physical activity behaviour’. She will be supervised by Professor Catherine Bennett (School of Health and Social Development) and Professor Jo Salmon (Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research).

      The research program is an extension of Dr Barnett’s PhD studies through the University of Sydney. Her PhD found that children who have better object control skills (i.e. catching, kicking and throwing) developed into adolescents who were more physically active and fitter, and who also had higher perceived sports competence. Dr Barnett is interested in how socio-ecological factors (e.g. parental and environmental factors) associated with motor skill competence impact on children’s physical activity. Her investigation will focus on children ranging in age from pre-school to adolescence.

      Public lecture and workshop by Professor Nancy Mayo, McGill University

      The Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences in conjunction with the Developing Research Leaders Program invites you to attend a lecture and workshop presented by Professor Nancy Mayo on Tuesday 27 April at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood.

      Professor Mayo is a James McGill Professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University. She is also Research Scientist at the McGill University Hospital Centre Research Institute where she is the head of the Health Outcomes Axis. Professor Mayo’s research focus is on disability from a rehabilitation, health services and epidemiological perspective. Her research has focussed mainly on stroke and the elderly and has included activities such as surveillance, health services optimisation, and clinical trials of rehabilitation interventions. Methodologically, Professor Mayo’s expertise lies in the conduct and analysis of clinical trials and longitudinal studies, and in measurement theory and quality of life research.

      The public lecture ‘Bridging the gap: how complex interventions analysed simply can take you down the wrong path’ will illustrate the complexities of designing and analysing interventions that are individually tailored to patients’ needs.

      The half-day workshop on ‘Application of modern methodological reasoning to designing clinical research’ will outline advances in methodological reasoning and illustrate their application in the modern research proposal. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply a series of methodological frameworks to their own research areas.

      Tuesday 27 April
      9 am – 12.50 pm
      GA1.29 Greenwood Park
      Melbourne Campus at Burwood

      Public lecture
      Tuesday 27 April
      2.15 pm – 3.45 pm
      Lecture Theatre 6 (B.4.12)
      Melbourne Campus at Burwood

      For further information, please contact:
      Professor Richard Osborne
      Chair in Public Health
      9244 6999

      To register for the workshop, please contact:
      Crystal McPhee
      9244 6292

      Creating Sustainable Futures

      Join us in the first cross-faculty, interdisciplinary unit for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students around environmental sustainability.

      The aim of the unit SHD201/301 Creating Sustainable Futures, (offered Trimester 2, at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood) is to provide you with the vision, tools and inspiration to meet challenges such as climate change and peak oil. No prior knowledge of the environment is needed.

      - Creating Sustainable Futures is offered as an elective

      - You will work with students from other faculties

      - You can enrol online via StudentConnect or find out more information via the Handbook through unit search.

      Below are some comments from students involved in the 2009 trial program:

      'It was beyond my that I made such good connections within the group and across faculties...I actually became more passionate about the whole thing and I didn't think it would evoke that feeling in me.'

      'This project inspired me beyond belief, why not give other students the opportunity to see what is really going on in the world and let them get passionate about it.'

      'The overall program was really good. Was planned and implemented by the students and the dedicated Deakin staff. Hats off for arranging a "green snacks" to go along with the subject.'

      Sonia Nuttman
      School of Health and Social Development

      Celebrating partnerships that enhance student learning and build partner capacity

      ‘A key action for building capacity to promote health is for organisations to work in partnership (DHS 2009)’

      On Thursday 8 October the School of Health and Social Development held a partnership forum as part of its broader capacity building strategy to enhance work integrated learning (WIL) within public health / health promotion (PH / HP) courses. The full-day forum, which was held at a local community venue in Manningham, attracted over 80 partners from within the public health / health promotion field. There was an essential mix of industry partners (representing community and women’s health, local government, not-for-profit and charitable organisations) as well as third-year health students, former graduates of the PH / HP courses, the School’s academic staff and Deakin staff from teaching, learning and careers departments.

      The objectives of the day were to:
      • showcase work integrated learning currently undertaken within the PH / HP program, and offer partners an insight to how they may be able to link into WIL opportunities in the future
      • create an opportunity for partner agencies through workshop activities, to share skill and competency areas that the sector consider pertinent to graduate readiness and transition to the PH / HP workforce.

      The highlights of the day were guest speakers Associate Professor Dineli Mathers’ in her role as the Victoria President of the Australian Collaborative Education Network who contextualised the emerging value of WIL in the higher education sector, and Alischa Ross CEO YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against Aids) who spoke about her experience of starting from scratch an organisation built on the
      energy and enthusiasm of volunteers and students on placement.

      There was a strong student presence with presentations by the Deakin Promoting Health Network committee and WIL research presentations by recent graduates Myra Purcell and Ashlee Richmond.

      MC Stephen Bendle from YMCA Victoria facilitated a lively mid-morning panel discussion debate about the opportunities and challenges inherent to WIL partnerships and PH / HP practice. A fresh, healthy and long lunch provided all with an opportunity to celebrate networks and build new relationships. In the afternoon a series of workshops were held around professional development,
      career progression and partnership sustainability. A focus group was also facilitated by a Deakin third-year student who has been developing a WIL toolkit in her work placement unit, HSH303 Health Promotion Practicum.

      The forum evaluation and broader project outcomes report (including a mapping of WIL within the PH / HP degree) will be available in early 2010. Anecdotally, though, the following participant quotes sum up some of the main outcomes of the forum:

      Industry partner: ‘I feel I understand the context of the student placements better as a result of today and I’m motivated to engage further with Deakin’.

      Student partner: ‘I saw in practice today the value of partnership development and why work placements and volunteering can really make the difference when you go for jobs’.

      Academic partner: ‘Today was an acknowledgement of the goodwill that exists and that WIL multiplies the benefits of our curriculum’.

      For further information about the WIL project outcomes please contact: or in the School of Health and Social Development.

      Australian European Public Health Education (AUS-EUPHE) Joint Mobility Project

      The Australian European Public Health Education (AUS-EU PHE) Joint Mobility Project is a three-year project designed to enable public health students and staff to undertake exchange at one of the School of Health and Social Development’s four European partner universities:
      • University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany
      • Kaunas University of Medicine in Kaunas, Lithuania
      • Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
      • University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark

      The first year of the Project has been very successful, with a number of milestones reached. The School received its first two exchange students from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, and the first three public health students from Deakin are currently on exchange studying at
      the University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg. Additionally, three more public health students are preparing to travel to the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg for Trimester 1, 2010.

      Dr Emma Miller and Dr Melissa Graham were the first members of staff to travel under the scheme and have visited each of the partner universities. During these visits each university’s public health programs were explored to identify commonalities and opportunities. These visits also provided the opportunity to explore international research collaborations. The main outcome of the visits was the
      strengthening of the School’s relationship with each partner institution.

      In early October each of the four Australian partner universities (Deakin University, Curtin University of Technology, Flinders University, and Griffith University) along with the University of Applied Sciences and Jagiellonian University in Brisbane met to develop a shared international curriculum on health equity, human rights, social exclusion and cultural competencies for an international public health workforce. The outcome of this two-day meeting was the development of three areas of study for inclusion into Deakin’s public health programs.

      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.

      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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      Teaching awards for Berni Murphy

      Congratulations to Berni Murphy, Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development, on receipt of not just one but three well deserved teaching awards:

      • 2009 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
      • 2009 Vice Chancellors Award for Distinguished Teaching
      • 2009 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year

      Congratulations Berni!

      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

      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:

      For previous newsletter stories on Dr Jenny Veitch visit:

      For previous newsletter stories on Dr Clare Hume visit:

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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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      MPH Information Evening

      Here is an exciting opportunity to gain an internationally recognized postgraduate degree while studying with four of Victoria’s leading universities. For more information please open attachment below.

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      HIA Short Course

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      Jigsaw Symposium

      On the behalf of the HDR Student Support Group Jigsaw, I'd like to take the time to invite you to the upcoming Jigsaw Symposium, which is the first 'formal' activity for the School of Health and Social Development in 2008. The symposium will be held on Tuesday 19th February 4pm-6pm in the Richard Searby Room (hd2.006 - Just past Mista Luca's Resturant). Drinks and nibbles will be available at the conclusion of the presentations.

      It's a chance to celebrate some of the ground-breaking research that our HDR students are carrying out.

      The program will be;

      Symposium welcome (Julia Shelley & Jigsaw Committee)
      Opening address (Prof. Ann Taket, Head of The School of Health and Social Development)


      Erin Hill 'The descriptive epidemiology of hysterectomy for menstrual problems - From Honours to PhD'
      Hayley McKenzie 'Conceptualising a study of the child support scheme for low-income single parents'
      Dionne Holland 'An ‘ecological’ model of program impacts'
      Clare Land 'Decolonising solidarity'
      Emma Bruce 'Evaluation of the Asthma Friendly Schools Program'


      Guest speaker (Prof. Richard Ingleby, Vice Chancellor’s Office)

      Could you please RSVP by 13th February 2008 to Dionne Holland

      We look forward to seeing you there!!

      Dionne Holland

      Health Information Evenings 2008

      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 8 May, 6.15pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X

      Health Sciences and Public Health and Health Promotion
      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 15 May, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X

      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 8 May, 7.30pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X

      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 22 May, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X

      Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Wednesday 21 May, 6.00pm, Building ka3.406

      Warrnambool Campus, Tuesday 20 May, 5.30pm, Building J2.01

      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Wednesday 30 July, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Building I

      Warrnambool Campus, Friday 18 July, 7.30pm, J2.01

      Geelong Waterfront Campus, Thursday 10 July, 6.00pm,
      Percy Baxter Theatre

      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Wednesday 7 May, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 13, Building HE

      Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds
      Tuesday 6 May, 6.30 - 7.30pm
      Lecture Theatre 1

      Ballarat Base Hospital, Drummond Street, Ballarat
      Thursday 8 May, 6.00 - 8.30pm,
      Ballarat Hospital Education and Resource Centre

      More course information on each of these areas will be available at university Open Days
      Geelong Campuses, 10 August 2008

      Warrnambool Campuses, 17 August 2008

      Melbourne Campus at Burwood, 24 August 2008

      For more information please contact:
      Deakin University, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
      Faculty Student Centre
      Phone: 03 9251 7777
      Or visit

      Revolutions for Women

      Final report - Jan Garrard, Sharyn Crawford, Natalie Hakman

      More information about Revolutions for WomenError: File does not exist /var/www/html/health/news/documents/revolutions-for-women-final-report.pdf

      Christmas pudding fundraiser

      It's time again to raise money for the HOPE Project Cambodia, and receive yummy Kings Christmas Puddings in return! 100% of the money raised from the sale of the puddings goes towards HOPE Project activities. In amongst the numerous initiatives the project is involved in, Getting the Kids to School Program is the main focus of the Pudding fundraiser. Last year 26 children received education scholarships and this year we are hoping to increase this number to 40!

      I have attached an order form which you need to complete and return to me in J5.16 on the Burwood Campus (if sending via internal mail please email me first for further details on how to do so safely). All orders and money need to be on my desk by midday on Monday 3rd of December. You can pay by cash (preferred) or cheque (made out to Kipco Pudding Company), but I must have payment at the time of order. Please speak to me if you need another method to pay.

      While we are running this from within the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin, it is not 'our own fundraiser' and we strongly encourage support from other Schools, Faculties, Divisions and external partners. If you not from the School of health and Social Development and have been sent this email we would appreciate you forwarding this on to your colleagues. For those who are not on the Burwood campus you can still order your puddings (previously we have gone through the mailroom with great success).

      Please show this order form around to family and friends and collect outside orders. It will be great to see some large pudding orders, but regardless of how many you order if everyone brought just one pudding we could make a vast difference to the lives of so many in Cambodia.

      And if you don't like Christmas puddings? You can buy them for gifts or we are more than happy to receive a donation to the project.

      For those who haven't been a part of the Christmas Pudding Fundraiser before here is a little information on what HOPE is all about?

      The HOPE Project Cambodia is a community based organisation that works in three villages in Chup Commune Prey Net Preah District Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia. They work with local authorities and the communities to develop sustainable social and economic initiatives that will improve the health and wellbeing of the poorest and most vulnerable families in these communities. The HOPE project is run by two Cambodian women who live and work in the project villages. Liz Hoban (Senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development) is the founder and technical advisor.

      The HOPE Project is involved in a number of initiatives including; providing education scholarships to children; working with artisans to export their work and secure work within Cambodia; the constructions of drilled wells to provide villagers with water for drinking, personal hygiene and domestic use; and coordinating a sewing project to employ and train women to make clothing and others items to sell.

      If you would like more information please let me know.

      I will be distributing orders on the 17th and 18th December. If you are already on leave at this time please let me know I can organise to have it delivered to your home.

      If you have any questions please email me ( or phone (924 46561).

      I look forward to receiving your orders!


      Dionne Holland
      Research Fellow
      School of Health and Social Development
      Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
      Deakin University
      221 Burwood Highway
      Vic 3125

      Phone: 03 9244 6561
      Fax: 03 9244 6261

      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:

      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

      Deakin University & DHS (Barwon South Western Region) Partnership

      Please see the attached brochure for more information and feel free to circulate this to other networks.

      Date: Thursday 22 November 2007
      Time: 4.00-6.00pm
      Venue: Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

      RSVP essential-

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      Victorian Consortium for Public Health

      Are you a health professional wanting to increase your qualifications.
      Here is an exciting opportunity to gain an internationally recognised postgraduate degree while studying with four of Victoria's leading universities.

      More information about Victorian Consortium for Public HealthError: File does not exist /var/www/html/health/news/documents/victorian-consortium-for-public-health.pdf

      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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      Supporting Functional Family

      Supporting Functional Family
      Greg Roberts BSW (Hons) & current Deakin HDR student

      More information about Supporting Functional FamilyError: File does not exist /var/www/html/health/news/documents/supporting-functional-family-relationships.pdf

      A Critical Perspective - Ronnie Egan

      Social Work supervision in Australia - A critical perspective - Ronnie Egan from Victoria University

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      Writers' workshop

      Have you ever thought of writing for publication...

      More information about Writers' workshopError: File does not exist /var/www/html/health/news/documents/writers-workshop2.pdf

      Supporting Functional Family Relationships in Death and Beyond

      Supporting Functional Family Relationships in Death and Beyond.
      Greg Robers BSW (Hons) & current HDR student

      More information about Supporting Functional Family Relationships in Death and BeyondError: File does not exist /var/www/html/health/news/documents/supporting-functional-family-relationships-in-death-and-beyond.pdf

      Masters of Public Health Information Night

      The Master of Public Health course provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct public health research; develop, analyse and implement policy; and to plan and evaluate health services and programs.

      Study full-time or part-time.

      Wed 31 October 2007 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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      Tackling Mental Health Drought Initiatives 2006-2007

      Tackling Mental Health Drought Initiatives 2006-2007

      Produced for the Department of Human Services

      Written by the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Unit in the School of Health and Social Development

      For further information please contact Jenny-Lyn Potter on +61 3 9251 7215 or via email on

      Download Tackling Mental Health Drought Initiatives 2006-2007 report

      Workshop: Introduction to Health Coaching for Health Professionals -Two Day Workshop

      Workshop:Introduction to Health Coaching for Health Professionals -Two Day Workshop

      Venue: Balmoral Receptions, 66 Hyland St (Hamilton Highway), Fyansford, VIC

      Download Two Day Workshop flyer

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