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Exciting new course on offer in 2015!

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

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

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

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

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Nursing and midwifery postgraduate information sessions

Deakin University invites you to visit our Nursing and Midwifery School to hear about our innovative postgraduate degrees at an information session on 9 September 2014.

BURWOOD CAMPUS, 221 BURWOOD HIGHWAY, BURWOOD
Building BC, Level 2
Tuesday 9 September 5–6.30 pm

A short presentation will begin at 5.15 pm after light refreshments. There will be an opportunity to move to breakout rooms with course leaders to discuss specific courses and answer your questions.

We welcome prospective students, clinical educators associated with our programs or enquiring about potential collaborations, and current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) exploring further study opportunities.

To register your attendance at the information session, please email
nursinfo@deakin.edu.au. If possible, an indication of which course interests you would assist us to plan an event that meets your needs.

For more information call 9244 6032.


Fatty results for insensitive buds

Deakin health researchers have found that people who do not taste fat in food are more likely to overeat, adding weight to the growing body of research that points to a connection between fat taste and obesity.

The researchers, who work within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), have found that people who can’t taste the fat in foods eat significantly more at lunch, after having a high fat breakfast, than those who can taste fat.

'These results suggest that the ability to taste fat is linked with the fullness experienced from fat', explained Deakin’s Professor Russell Keast.

He estimates that around 40 per cent of the population could be deemed insensitive to fat.

'Tasting fat is unconscious', he said. 'For our experiments, we used oleic acid, a common fatty acid component of fat, and discovered that obese people were much less likely to taste it.'

He added that researchers have not yet determined whether the reduced sensitivity comes from eating high proportions of fatty food, or because obese people are genetically less sensitive.

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Kevin Sheedy AM to deliver oration

The 2014 Deakin University David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change will be delivered by Kevin Sheedy AM, one of the Australian Football League's most prominent and respected figures.

The distinguished oration honours the significant contribution of David Parkin OAM to Australian society in leadership, sport and education.

At this year's Oration, titled 'Building a game for all Australians', Kevin will reflect on his 46 year involvement in the top echelon of Australian Rules football and his role in promoting a culture of inclusion both on and off the field.

Recognised by many as a football legend; a player and coach over five decades, Kevin has an unsurpassed record of involvement in a 1000 games and eight premierships. His success ratio as a coach is 61.0% with 386 wins, 242 losses and 7 draws. In finals he won 23 games and lost 20. But it's not his impressive career alone that sets Sheedy apart.

As a visionary of sport and social change, having been one of the first coaches to embrace multiculturalism and diversity, open up path ways for refugees, stand as a proud advocate for indigenous players and educate the 'rough diamonds' from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, Sheedy has made football history by pushing football boundaries.

Kevin has received a number of accolades during his career. Among his many accomplishments include the induction in to the Australian Football League's Hall of Fame, made a Legend of the Essendon Football Club and named The Australian Thinker of the Year in 2007.

His continued list of career achievements, combined with his inimitable approach to coaching and cultural education (both on and off the field), positions Kevin as a great leader and mentor.

The David Parkin Oration is a free public event that looks to promote the advancement of public knowledge by exploring the challenges and opportunities for sport to act as a driver of social change. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a truly prominent Australian as Kevin Sheedy shares his insights into building a culture of inclusion through sport.

The oration will take place on Thursday 17 July, 2014 from 5.30 pm at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

Contact Cheyne Brudenell for more information: cheyne.brudenell@deakin.edu.au .


DAA awards Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian credentials to Deakin Staff

The Dietitians Association of Australia has awarded Deakin's Associate Professor Tim Crowe and Associate Professor Sarah McNoughton the Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) credentials. Tim and Sarah are among eight of the country's leaders in nutrition and dietetics to have been recently awarded this title.

Less than two per cent of the DAA membership have been previously awarded the AdvAPD credential.

For more information about Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, please visit the Dietitians Association of Australia website


Rhiannan and Natalie Given Wings

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

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

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

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


Deakin Smoke Free Survey

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


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Health Literacy Masterclass

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

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

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How to win the war on drugs?

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

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


Success at VicHealth 2013 Awards

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

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

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

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