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The School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Professor Trisha Dunning AM was recently added to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women – a significant accolade recognising her exceptional work towards improving the lives of people with diabetes.
With over 150 papers and several books published about diabetes since she became a diabetes educator in 1984, Professor Dunning was made a Member of The Order of Australia for her outstanding contributions towards diabetes nursing.
Professor Dunning is Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health) in the Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery; Director of the Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Geelong; a board member of Diabetes Australia – Vic.; and Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation. Her research focuses on older people with diabetes and end-of-life care, diabetes self-care and health outcomes, holistic approaches to nursing management of people with diabetes, complementary therapies and the management of medicines for the impact on health outcomes.
Professor Maxine Duke, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University said that due to Professor Dunning’s rigorous research, the experience of people living with diabetes has been significantly improved. ‘She is an exemplary role model for novice diabetes educators and budding researchers. The School is extremely proud to count her among our staff’, she said.
Deakin PhD student David Skvarc was recently awarded a Sydney Parker Smith Scholarship for his PhD project examining the use of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as a potential agent to Post-Operative Cognitive Decline in the elderly.
David is being supervised by a team including Dr Linda Byrne from the School of Psychology, Dr Olivia Dean from the School of Medicine and Dr Andrew Marriott at Barwon Health.
The Sydney Parker Smith Scholarship was established in 2007 to honour the memory of Sydney Parker Smith, a Geelong pharmacist who has been described by those who knew him as a humble and kind man who provided support to those in need.
The project ‘Post Anaesthesia N-Acetyl-Cysteine Evaluation trial', or PANACEA, is an exciting collaboration between Barwon Health and Deakin University. PANACEA is a randomized clinical trial examining the effects of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) upon Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD), a common post-surgical condition that has been linked with poorer morbidity and mortality outcomes, and decreased quality of life for the patient.
As part of their Food Service Management placement in their Master of Dietetics program, Stephen Keenan and Claire Saundry put together a calcium flyer for the Geelong Meals on Wheels program.
The flyer includes information on calcium intake requirements for people aged 70+ and will be launched at the Geelong Meals on Wheels Meeting on Tuesday 25 March.
Alfred Deakin Research Fellow Dr Clifford Liongue is using the humble zebrafish to help in the fight against the blood cancer, lymphoma.
The zebrafish has been ideal for Dr Liongue who is examining the genetic underpinnings of lymphoma, with the aim of improving treatment, and perhaps getting closer to a cure.
Based in Deakin’s School of Medicine at Waurn Ponds, Dr Liongue is researching the gene BCL6A and its interaction with the gene STAT5. During blood development, and in general immune function, both genes tightly regulate each other. Misregulation upsets the balance between the two genes, leading to human lymphoma – a cancer that begins in immune system cells and spreads throughout the body in lymph fluid.
Lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer in Australia and the sixth most common form of cancer overall. It has two main types, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin.
For the first time, Deakin’s School of Psychology has been ranked in the top 101–150 departments of Psychology in the world.
In 2013 the School made its first ever entry into the top 200. In just one year since then, it has substantially improved its standing, reflecting the strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research outcomes.
Deakin’s School of Psychology is now the 3rd ranked psychology department in Victoria, after Melbourne and Monash, and the 3rd ranked (after Macquarie and Curtin) outside the Group of Eight universities in Australia.
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: http://www.olt.gov.au/awards
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Andrew on 9510 5444
The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) had great success at the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Awards held on Tuesday 3 December. C-PAN were finalists in two of the nine award categories, and won one of the awards.
Professor Kylie Ball, Professor David Crawford and Dr Sarah McNaughton, in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets, received the VicHealth award for Promoting Healthy Eating. The award was presented by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis.
In addition, Professor Tony Worsley was a member of a team led by RMIT that was a finalist for the VicHealth award for Preventing Harm from Alcohol.