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A new Unit Change Management System (UCMS) for the Faculty of Health has been developed by Health Curriculum and Matt Berends of the Faculty Tech Support Team.
This system has two parts, and is designed for any faculty staff to use:
1. New Request
- To notify Health Curriculum team of changes to unit chairs, campus chairs and assessment panel members, instead of sending an email.
- These notifications are automatically copied to Health DSO Support so they are also aware immediately of Unit Chair changes.
2. Unit Report
- All Health unit offerings (except HDR units) can be reviewed online.
- Staff will be able to run their own Unit Reports by using the download as a CSV function, and then format, sort by trimester, School, unit code, and save as an excel file.
- This report will replace the excel spreadsheet, maintained by Catherine Martinson, located in the share drive:
dean (cifs-m.its.deakin.edu.aufac-hmnbsAdministration) > Course and unit lists > HEALTH UNIT list.
- A web link to UCMS is now available: Health Staff Only> below Useful Links
- The UCMS should be the only report used within the faculty for lists of Unit Chair, Campus Chair/Co-ordinator and Assessment Panels.
- Staff access to the Unit Report should eliminate requests made to schools by HSAS, Health DSO Support Team, etc.
- The Health Curriculum Team is responsible for maintenance of the UCMS, and will update the Unit Report as soon as changes are completed.
- Suggestions for the next UCMS Version update, including a Course Report, are welcome, as are requests for assistance - please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Tony Worsley, Chair in Behavioural Nutrition in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, was recently appointed to the Executive Council of the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) as Vice President, Pacific Region. The IFHE is a United Nations registered non-government organisation that is affiliated with over 100 national home economics and health education organisations worldwide, with a strong focus on food and nutrition. This new role extends Professor Worsley’s interest in nutrition promotion and food education internationally.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
For more information please visit the web page below or contact Catherine Ward on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5227 8437.
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.
The School of Health and Social Development is proud to announce the publication of a new text: 'Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights' authored by Deakin's Professor Ann Taket, Brad Crammond (Monash University) and four Deakin School of Health and Social Development masters graduates, Michaela Adamowitsch, Melika Chiswell, Arjun Singh and Carmel Treacy.
Important links between health and human rights are increasingly recognised and human rights can be viewed as one of the social determinants of health. A human rights framework provides an excellent foundation for advocacy on health inequalities, a value-based alternative to views of health as a commodity, and the opportunity to move away from public health action being based on charity.
This text demystifies systems set up for the protection and promotion of human rights globally, regionally and nationally. It explores the use and usefulness of rights-based approaches as an important part of the tool-box available to health and welfare professionals and community members working in a variety of settings to improve health and reduce health inequities. Global in its scope, 'Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights' presents examples from all regions of the world to illustrate the successful use of human rights approaches in fields such as HIV/AIDS, improving accessibility to essential drugs, reproductive health, women’s health, and improving the health of marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
Understanding human rights and their interrelationships with health and health equity is essential for public health and health promotion practitioners, as well as being important for a wide range of other health and social welfare professionals.
The text is valuable reading for students, practitioners and researchers concerned with combating health inequalities and promoting social justice.
Please join us in congratulating the authoring team.
Further information regarding the text can be accessed via the link below.
Moorabbin Dialysis Centre is making groundbreaking leaps in the treatment of sufferers of kidney disease, becoming the first recorded dialysis unit to incorporate Zumba into its dialysis program.
Confirmed and accredited by Zumba, Seated Zumba, a modified ZUMBA GOLD® program, has been developed so that dialysis patients can participate during their four to five hour dialysis treatment. The program represents a collaboration between Deakin University Southern Health Nursing Research Centre, Moorabbin Dialysis Centre and Angela Limanis, certified ZUMBA GOLD® instructor.
Through the program, Associate Professor Paul Bennett from the Deakin University – Southern Health Nursing Research Centre are helping to improve the physical state of people with kidney disease requiring dialysis sessions. Exercise has been shown to improve physical function, quality of life, muscle condition and dialysis efficacy in patients with kidney disease, as well as decreasing depression, cardiovascular risk and a range of other negative outcomes of kidney disease and dialysis. Although the benefits of exercise for people receiving dialysis are clear, worldwide practices typically don’t incorporate exercise programs.
The work of Associate Professor Bennett and colleagues is exploring the therapeutic benefits of modified Zumba exercise programs for dialysis patients at the Moorabbin Dialysis Centre. ZUMBA GOLD® is a popular Zumba program designed for people with physical limitation and inactive older participants. This specifically designed form of Zumba adapts the Latin and international dance rhythms created in the original Zumba program for older adults, beginner participants and other special populations. Associate Professor Bennett’s team was keen to explore whether ZUMBA GOLD® could be adapted for dialysis patients. The team undertook a feasibility study on whether ZUMBA Gold® was possible during dialysis, receiving feedback from people who took part in a short intradialytic modified ZUMBA GOLD® program.
The team’s work has led to the development and co-patenting of a dialysis exercise machine, as well as several publications and presentations. Results of the current study will be published in the Journal of Renal Care and presented at various national and international meetings.
For further details about the program please contact Associate Professor Paul Bennett at email@example.com
The Deakin University Council has conferred the title of Alfred Deakin Professor to Professor Mari Botti from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. This is an outstanding achievement and an enormous honour. The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is granted by Council to a member of the academic staff of the University in recognition of outstanding, sustained high-level contribution to furthering the aims of Deakin University in relation to research. The School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Faculty of Health are thrilled to congratulate Professor Botti on this well-deserved honour.
Professor Botti joined Deakin University in 1997 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998 and Chair in Nursing at Epworth HealthCare in 2004. For many years Professor Botti combined clinical practice in acute cardiac nursing, nursing education and clinical research. Her specific research and clinical interests are in postoperative pain management; investigation of models of care that encourage patient engagement in their care, safety and wellbeing; and the use of clinical data to improve quality and safety in healthcare.
Throughout her career Professor Botti has demonstrated vision, innovation, leadership and research excellence. She has contributed extensively to the strategic direction of nursing research at Deakin University that is consistent with local, national and international priorities and has led the implementation of successful industry and academic partnerships in nursing research over the last decade. She consults widely in the establishment of research collaborations to improve patient outcomes and increase research capacity in her discipline.
In her current role as Chair in Nursing at Epworth HealthCare and previously, as Director of Nursing Research, Alfred Health, Professor Botti built a strong nursing research profile by leading collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams; publishing research outcomes widely; supervising a large of cohort of PhD, Master and honours students to completion and providing mentorship for early career researchers and health care clinicians.
Professor Botti contributes to the quality and safety activities of Epworth Healthcare and is a foundation member of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre of Deakin University. She established and coordinates the Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Honours) program at Deakin University.
In further service to the profession, Professor Botti is Chair of the Deakin University Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC) and is also a member of the Epworth Healthcare HREC, chairing the Epworth HREC subcommittee for low risk research, and is Deputy Chair of the Health and Social Sciences Committee of the Alfred HREC.
In November 2011, the Faculty of Health ran a highly successful study tour to Vietnam. In late March of 2011 the Faculty successfully bid for a federal government grant of $25 000 to put the study tour in place. Organisers then wrote to all eligible students in undergraduate courses in health sciences, health sciences / arts, health promotion, and social work, and postgraduate students in public health, health promotion and social work. The Faculty received an overwhelming level of interest in the study tour, and 100 applications had to be whittled down to a shortlist of 34 students for interview. Twenty-five students were offered a place on the tour, with 24 of those being able to accept a place.
The students – including undergraduate and postgraduate students from the range of Faculty courses, and including two Koorie students – worked on a written assignment in September and
October before embarking on the tour in late November.
Associate Professor Bernie Marshall, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning); Dr Jan Moore, Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development; and Lyn Golder, Marketing Manager, Faculty of Health, accompanied the students on the two-week tour. Starting in Ho Chi Minh
City, the group then travelled to Danang, Hoi An, Hanoi and also got the chance to visit a rural community in Phy Tho province. During their time in Vietnam the group had a fast-paced and action-packed itinerary, visiting schools, healthcare centres, HIV and drug centres, disability services, a reproductive healthcare centre, the University of Hanoi’s School of Public Health, a Buddhist monastery and other relevant organisations and sites around the country. The group also had the pleasure of viewing traditional Vietnamese dances, and learning to make rice paper rolls at a traditional cooking class, as well as learning about local delicacies during a guided tour of a food
The trip was not without its recreational pastimes also, with many of the students indulging in massages, manicures and pedicures, sightseeing and shopping, and having clothes tailor made. The group even tried their hand at signing at a karaoke bar in Ho Chi Minh City! It was indeed a trip of interesting and wonderful experiences for all.
Bachelor of Health Sciences student Rebekah Bonnamy said, ‘I feel I can now see the raw importance of health promoters in society and this for me would have to be one of the biggest rewards of the entire journey, noticing the real need for passionate individuals in promoting better health’.
Lyn Golder, Marketing Manager said, ‘It was a very different view of Vietnam, which I did not realise was so special until I came back and told the many stories of what we had seen and done. The group
of students and staff were the best I have ever had the privilege to travel with and I thank them.’
The study tour was a wonderful success. Many strong friendships were forged among the students and staff and the Faculty will definitely look to run this highly successful unit again in the future.
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
Convener of the Deakin Medical School’s Nanomedicine Program, Professor Wei Duan has again taken out the Smart Geelong Network’s Researcher of the Year Award, having won the Biotechnology Award in 2008.
He was additionally recognised with the Smart Technology Award for his project developing cancer stem-targeting molecular missiles for smart cancer medicines. ‘I feel very proud to receive
this recognition and it couldn’t have been possible without the contribution of the whole project team’, Professor Duan said.
In a significant achievement this year, the team has created the world’s first cancer stem celltargeting chemical missile, placing them a step closer to creating a medical ‘smart bomb’ that would seek out and eradicate the root of cancer cells.
The project is a collaborative effort between Deakin University’s School of Medicine and Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, the prestigious Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, the Institute of Life Science, Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre and Chemgenex Pharmaceuticals. It has received a total of $700 000 funding from the federal government’s Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
Professor Duan currently holds three national competitive grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
On Thursday 15 December the first cohort of Deakin Medical School students graduated with their Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degrees at Costa Hall on Deakin’s Geelong Waterfront campus.
This was a momentous occasion for 109 students who completed their medical degrees at Victoria’s first rural and regional medical school.
The ceremony was attended by more than 500 family, friends, staff, and clinicians from across the state who contributed to the development of the Deakin medical curriculum and taught the students.
While every graduating student deserves great praise and recognition for their achievements, the outstanding successes of several students were recognised by awards for academic excellence, including
an award for the graduating student with the highest aggregate mark:
• Waltraud Maria Almhofer – E H Embley/Australian Medical Association Prize for Anaesthetics; the Geelong Intensive Care Unit Prize for the Ethics, Law and Professional Development Theme; and the Australian Medical Association Prize as the graduating student with the highest aggregate mark.
• Grant Crawford – Mental Health Prize
• Daniel Christidis – Women’s Health Prize
• Andrew Hely – Royal Australian College of Surgeons Prize for Surgery
• Hugo Lawrie – Geelong Medical and Hospital Benefits Association General Practice Prize
• Laura Elizabeth Maddy – Medicine Prize, and the Royal Children’s Hospital Prize for
• Skye Maria Siskos – The Emergency Medicine Prize
The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is providing sports physiology testing and training advice to a special group of senior executives who are on a mission to raise money for a good cause. Chain Reaction is a corporate bike challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling to ride a 1100 km course in seven days. Since it began in 2007 Chain Reaction has raised over $4.4 million on behalf of its charity partners.
A total of 30 Victorian riders who will take part in the challenge in March 2012 have signed up to participate in sports science assessments offered by Deakin through its partnership with major Chain Reaction charity partner Eastern Health Foundation.
The weekend of 26-27 November saw the first round of rider testing, with individual assessments of key physiological variables such as VO2max, anaerobic threshold, maximum heart rate, peak power and efficiency, and body composition. Lead by Dr Paul Gastin of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Sciences, the assessments provide riders with information on their current physical health status and performance capabilities, and arm them with the information to increase the impact of their training, aid recovery and improve performance.
Dr Gastin commented, ’Sport performance testing is not readily available to the general public, so the riders were eager to participate in individual assessments, reserved only for those at the elite level of sport. The riders showed great determination to push themselves to their performance limits and will no doubt improve over the coming months as they increase their training.’
The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences sees their support of Chain Reaction as an important community and charitable contribution as well as an opportunity to strengthen its partnership with Eastern Health.
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:
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.
The 2011 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were held on Wednesday 26 October in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Presented by Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Super, the annual Awards recognise inspiring nurses and midwives who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
The 2011 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards dinner, which was hosted by ABC Radio announcer Tonya Roberts, showcased the achievements of the short-listed applicants, culminating in the announcement of the 2011 winners. The audience heard from Health Super Chief Operations Officer Ms Carol McKelson-Timmins, Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander, and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Maxine Duke about the significance of the awards and the work of nurses and Midwives in Australia.
A particular highlight of the night was special guest speaker Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. Professor Hickie delighted the audience with his fast-paced, witty and endearing speech, a highlight of which was the story of his 82 year old father who has just graduated from his latest degree – proof that an active and engaged mind fares better.
Clinical Midwife Consultant with Eastern Health, Vanessa Watkins, won the $20 000 major prize. The award recognises Ms Watkins’ outstanding leadership and dedication to midwifery through a project that enhanced maternity care at Eastern Health.
Two award finalists each also received $6000:
• Martin Keogh, Alfred Hospital, for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in a metropolitan health care environment
• Jo Bourke, Barwon Health, for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in a regional/rural health care environment.
Professor Maxine Duke, Head of Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery said, ‘Ms Watkins exemplifies the spirit of the awards and is a role model for midwifery leadership not only within Eastern Health but for all in the profession’.
‘The Eastern Health Expected Pathways of Care for Pregnant Women project Ms Watkins implemented has broken through the hierarchical barriers often experienced between midwives and clinicians to create a model of collaboration that has resulted in improved care of women during and after pregnancy.’
‘The model is based on mutual respect and understanding of the professional roles of each clinician group involved in caring for pregnant women and is being held up as blueprint of practice by other health services in Australia.’
‘Ms Watkins is to be commended for her tenacity in bringing about the changes achieved at Eastern Health that has seen the role of the midwife embedded into clinical care within the hospital’.
You are invited to the 2011 World Diabetes Day Annual Professorial Lecture How many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language? The lecture will be delivered by Professor Trisha Dunning AM, Inaugural Chair Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research Deakin University and Barwon Health, on Friday 11 November at 2 pm at Geelong Clinical School Lecture Theatre.
Please RSVP to Ms Susan Streat
Friday 11 November, 2pm
Light refreshments to follow the lecture
Geelong Clinical School Lecture Theatre
Enter via Kitchener House, Barwon Health (and follow signs)
Ryrie Street, Geelong
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Deakin University and the Faculty of Health have had great success in winning a number of highly sought-after and prestigious grants and awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Deakin’s success in the 2012 round of grants is a terrific improvement on our success in 2011. Our project grants have increased from an 8% success rate in 2011 to a 29% success rate in 2012, with a 433% increase in funding. We are also celebrating a 100% success rate in Research Fellowships, and a 40% success rate in both Early Career Fellowships and Career Development Fellowships.
Deakin’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Lee Astheimer, said, ‘This is superb news! I wish to congratulate the researchers and also the staff at Deakin Research involved in supporting these applications’.
The Faculty of Health’s School of Medicine, and associated research groups, won 11 of the 12 NHMRC Project Grants awarded to Deakin:
Professor Michael Berk – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health, four projects.
Associate Professor Sue Brumby – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health / National Centre for Farmer Health.
Dr Tania de Koning-Ward – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health / Centre for Molecular and Medical Research.
Dr Felice Jacka – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health.
Professor Johnson Mak – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health / Centre for Molecular and Medical Research, two projects.
Dr Sean McGee – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health / Centre for Molecular and Medical Research, two projects.
Click on the link below for more information about individual grants and projects.
A number of staff in the Faculty of Health have been successful in securing highly sought-after National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellowships for 2012.
Congratulations to the following recipients:
Early Career Fellowships
Ms Cathy Mihalopoulos – Population Health Strategic Research Centre
Priority-setting in Australian mental health services: improving the economic evidence base and its relevance to decision-makers.
Dr Lisa Gold – Population Health Strategic Research Centre
Priority-setting in child population health: increasing the effectiveness of population health resources to improve health and quality of life of Australia’s children.
Career Development Fellowships
Dr Sean McGee – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health / Centre for Molecular and Medical Research
Targeting the class IIa histone deacetylases in metabolic disease.
Professor Jo Salmon, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health / Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children’s sedentary behaviour and health.
Professor Jo Salmon – School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health / Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children’s sedentary behaviour and health.
Deakin University has a Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC). The Learning Centre specialises in providing exercise services for people living with, or at risk of, chronic medical disease, injuries or disabilities. The services are provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP), with the assistance of postgraduate students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (H743).
AEPs deliver exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression disorders, cancer, arthritis, respiratory disease and many others. AEPs are able to provide clinical exercise services under Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, TAC, Comcare, DVA and private health insurance schemes.
CELC offers these services to staff, students and the general public. The most common form of referral to CELC services is via a general practitioner (GP), but CELC also accepts other forms of referral, including self-referral. For referred services, the client is bulk-billed (no out-of-pocket expenses) and for self-referred or extended services beyond the life of the referral, the fees are modest.
What do Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) do for their clients?
AEPs help their clients to improve
• function, fitness and energy levels
• clinical status: preventing or retarding the progression or impact of disease, preventing relapse or providing rehabilitation
• quality of life
CELC believes that better outcomes can be achieved by educating and motivating clients to participate in exercise and in the planning of their lifestyle programs, and by enabling them to connect exercise with healthy lifestyle.
More information on Clinical Exercise Learning Centre and AEP Scope of Practice.
AIFST applauds student success in Food, Science & Technology
Some of the country's top food science students were recognised at the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Incorporated (AIFST) Convention, with winners of the Student Product Development Competition and the Malcolm Bird Award being announced.
Student Product Development Competition
The AIFST Student Product Development competition, sponsored by National Starch, was won by Jessica Florence and Afrizal from Deakin University in Victoria with their cheekily titled 'So Chicky' soy-chickpea based crackers. Incorporating chia and poppy seeds, these crackers offer delicious snacking, and claim to be healthier than the majority of wheat based crackers on the market. They are also low in saturated fat at 0.4g per serve.
In response to taste tests, additional chickpea was added during the development phase, providing a unique nutty flavour which increased the consumer acceptance, with 75 percent 'really liking' the product.
A High Commendation for student product development went to Jessica Tanner, Nelson Cheung and Amy Appleton from the University of Western Sydney, who produced The AscendLite Mediterranean Savoury Muffin Bar, a snack designed for people suffering from hypercholesterolemia. The team's primary aim was to develop a delicious snack product that was low in fat, and high in fibre.
The market survey and sensory evaluation confirmed that consumers enjoyed the Mediterranean flavour, combining tomato, basil and parmesan, and also approved of its taste and texture. In addition, shelf life tests concluded the product needed to be sold as a fresh-bake item.
Each year the Student Product Development competition is open to undergraduate student members and is intended to promote professionalism and innovative thinking, while showcasing students’ originality, talent and team skills.
Finalists share in a cash prize and a fully funded trip to the AIFST Convention for a representative of each team, courtesy of National Starch.
During the convention the two product innovations were personally presented to food science and technology industry professionals.
Malcolm Bird Young Members Award Winner
Impressing the judges with her study and presentation on 'Fat Sensitivity: influencers on ingestive behaviour and body weight in humans' was Jessica Stewart from Deakin University.
Jessica has won the prestigious The Malcolm Bird Award which acknowledges young members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity in their profession
For further information about the AIFST, the Malcolm Bird Award and the Student Product Development Competition, visit the AIFST website
Deakin University health researchers have found that people with healthy diets are less likely to have depression and anxiety – not only in Australia but around the world.
In a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine researchers from Deakin University and the University of Bergen analysed data collected from over 5700 middle-aged and older adults from western Norway.
'We found that the higher the dietary quality of these men and women, the less likely they were to be depressed', said Dr Jacka from Deakin University’s Barwon Psychiatric Research Unit based at Barwon Health.
'Increased dietary quality was also associated with less anxiety in women, while those people eating more junk and processed foods were more likely to be anxious. Even after taking into account other demographic and lifestyle factors, these findings persisted.'
Dr Jacka said that similar associations have been shown in Australian women, but not before in Norwegians.
'We are starting to see a very consistent pattern here', she said.
'We have now assessed dietary quality in a number of different ways, in different countries, with different measures of mental health. In each of these studies, the results look very similar. This lends weight to the contention that diet plays a role in depression and anxiety.'
The researchers observed that despite the high disease burden of depression and anxiety, psychiatry lacks an evidence-based message to help people reduce their risk for mental illness.
However, Dr Jacka said this information may contribute to reducing the burden of illness in the community and improve outcomes for people suffering from these illnesses.
'It is important to recognise that the same healthy diets that help reduce risk for heart and other medical diseases may reduce the risk for depression and anxiety', Dr Jacka said.
For the current study, participants filled in detailed questionnaires regarding their normal diets, as well as completing additional questionnaires regarding their mood symptoms. Diet quality was assessed by determining how much and often the participants ate foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrain foods, low fat dairy, fish and non-processed red meats.
Other factors which may be associated with both diet quality and depression, such as income and education, as well as physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, were also taken into account.
Professor Maxine Duke has been appointed Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health, following the appointment of Professor John Catford as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). She will commence in this role on 1 June this year.
Professor Duke has provided strong and effective leadership as the Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and is a valued member of the Faculty Executive. As Head of School she has been responsible for the delivery of Deakin’s innovative nursing programs, which provide excellent outcomes for students and ensure graduates are capable of providing quality patient and client care into the future.
Professor Duke also holds the Chair in Nursing Development at Deakin University and is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Committee.
She previously held the position of Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, and remains a member. She also formerly held the position of Executive Member of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery. Her leadership skills will be invaluable in the Pro Vice-Chancellor role for the several months that it will take to make a permanent appointment.
An Acting Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be appointed in due course.
The Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, presented by Deakin University and Health Super, is an annual national event recognising nurses and midwives making a significant contribution to the profession.
A $20 000 grand prize will be awarded to a nurse or midwife who has demonstrated exceptional leadership that has significantly influenced health care, health policy and/or patient outcomes. This nurse/midwife leader will have made a substantial contribution and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their profession and/or the health industry through their achievements and innovation. The contribution will have advanced professional practice, influenced health policy and promoted quality and patient safety.
Two Leadership in Nursing/Midwifery Finalist Awards of $6000 will also be presented to exceptional leaders in specific locales – the Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in a Metropolitan Health Care Environment award, and the Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in a Regional/Rural Health Care Environment award. These awards will be presented to nurses/midwives who have demonstrated leadership activities beyond that expected of their position. Their leadership activities will have clearly benefited the profession, patients, clients and/or health services.
A further award may be presented should an eligible nurse/midwife emerge who demonstrates exceptional potential for leadership of the profession in research, practice or policy.
Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on 26 October 2011 at the Olympic Room, Melbourne Cricket Ground.
For more information about the awards or how to apply, please click on the link below.
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.
Deakin University’s School of Medicine invites you to attend a medicine information evening to learn more about the graduate-entry, four-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery.
We are holding information evenings at the following locations:
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Tuesday 17 May
Lecture Theatre 13
Ballarat Base Hospital
Wednesday 18 May
Ballarat Clinical School
Ground Floor, Ballarat Base Hospital
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Thursday 19 May
Peter Thwaite Lecture Theatre
For more information
Health – Student and Academic Services
03 9251 7777
Deakin University medical scientists in Geelong have developed an RNA aptamer, also known as a chemical antibody, which targets cancer cells and could revolutionise treatments for patients in the future. This work was published recently in an international cancer research journal, Cancer Science.
Deakin Medical School’s Professor Wei Duan said the development of the new cancer stem cell-targeting aptamer was a world-first because it helped directly deliver drugs to the 'roots of cancer'.
'Cancer is such a devastating disease because current treatments destroy the majority of the cells', Professor Duan said. 'But it is like a tree, you can chop off as many leaves as you like but if you don’t destroy the root it will grow back. The newly developed chemical missile targets the roots of cancer and could ultimately lead to better cancer survival rates and greatly improved quality of life for patients.'
The minute chemical bomb, which was a joint project between Deakin University researchers and Indian scientists, acts like a guided missile, targeting the tumour, binding to the root of the cancer and releasing drugs to attack it. The technology could also help identify cancer earlier because of the tiny size of the weapon.
But the new treatment could take quite a few years before it reaches the oncology clinic, according to Professor Duan. 'It is a long process', he said. 'If everything works well it generally takes 10 years.'
Come and learn more about the range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer at
Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Undergraduate single and combined courses:
• Bachelor of Nursing
• Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery
• Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
• Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Postgraduate courses are available in the following areas: diabetes education, cardiac care,
critical care, emergency care, intensive care, perioperative, midwifery, nursing practice, and nurse
practitioner. Research degrees (masters and PhD) are also available.
We are holding information evenings at the following Campuses:
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Tuesday 12 July
Lecture Theatre 13
Geelong Waterfront Campus
Thursday 14 July
Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre
Friday 15 July
For more information
Health – Student and Academic Services
03 9251 7777
The School of Medicine’s Dr Tania de Koning-Ward has been named among Australia’s top 10 best and brightest researchers by the National Health and Medical Research Council, receiving an Excellence Award on Wednesday 15 December in Canberra.
Recognition in the NHMRC Excellence Awards places Dr de Koning-Ward in the top 10 of the nearly 5000 researchers who applied for NHMRC funding in 2010.
Professor Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the NHMRC said, ‘As the highest ranking applicants in their funding schemes, the 10 researchers have been assessed by their peers as meeting the highest national and international standards for their research’.
Dr de Koning-Ward was recognised for her research aimed at eradicating malaria. A recent discovery by Dr de Koning-Ward and her colleagues identified how the malaria parasite remodels its host red blood cell to enhance its survival and cause the deadly disease.
‘I am truly honoured to receive this award from the NHMRC. It means that I will be able to focus full time on identifying ways to block the pathway the parasite uses to cause malaria. This is an exciting phase in the research as it could lead to new drugs to combat this devastating disease’, she said.
Dr de Koning-Ward said winning the award was also proof that it is possible to balance a research career with raising a family.
‘For six years I gave up full-time research to raise my two children’, Dr de Koning- Ward explained. ‘Being a recipient of this award shows other researchers that if you have a great support network behind you like I did, both at home and work, it is possible to have a fulfilling research career
and raise a family’.
Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Brendan Crotty said the award is a great endorsement of the School’s expanding research profile.
‘I am delighted and very proud that one of our medical scientists has been recognised as one of the top researchers in the country’, Professor Crotty said.
‘In a few short years the School has established a reputation for research excellence that has been underpinned by the success of our researchers in attracting research grants and awards such as this one’.
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) held its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday 8 December, honouring researchers, councils and journalists for their contributions to promoting health and wellbeing.
VicHealth CEO Todd Harper said the award winners had demonstrated outstanding and creative approaches to health promotion and illness prevention over the past 12 months.
‘These awards recognise outstanding achievements and the original contributions being undertaken by VicHealth’s partners to promote good health around the state’, Mr Harper said.
‘Health is usually thought of as treating illness after people become unwell, so sometimes health promotion projects aren’t as widely acknowledged – but they are vitally important. The people who drive these projects are trailblazers whose work will have a positive impact on the community for years to come.’
This year, a special award, the ‘Special Award for Contribution to Illness Prevention Knowledge’, was presented to researchers from Deakin’s Population Health Strategic Research Centre who led a groundbreaking study into how early intervention can save lives and save money for the health system.
The Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention five-year study, led by Deakin Health Economics’ Professor Rob Carter, and Professor Theo Vos from the University of Queensland, involved input from more than130 top health experts who studied the cost effectiveness of a range of illness prevention measures. The study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, is the most comprehensive evaluation of illness prevention measures ever conducted worldwide. The research team assessed 123 illness prevention measures, such as weight loss programs and junk food tax, to identify those that will prevent the most illness and premature deaths and those that are best value for money. The project yielded dozens of recommendations that strongly support more spending on illness prevention, but also warn that not all prevention measures are wise investments. Among the recommendations are taxation on alcohol, cigarettes and junk food, physical activity programs, cheap and effective blood pressure medication, and screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Mr Harper said, ‘This extraordinary body of work was launched at VicHealth in mid 2010 and has no doubt influenced policy and decisions at the highest level about where health dollars are best invested. It is projects like these that really set the bar high for future health promotion activities’.
Also honoured with a special award was Associate Professor Bernie Marshall, Acting Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences. Along with Jane Flentje (Coordinator of Teacher Education at Shine SA), Associate Professor Marshall received the ‘Award for Participation and Skill Development’ for the development of short course Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW). Participation in the PVAW short course contributes to building and maintaining a sustainable approach to primary prevention across the social policy, health, community,
education, workplace, local government, arts and sports sectors. The short course provides the opportunity to strengthen and develop new partnerships between organisations and across sectors to support the planning and implementation of activity to prevent violence against women. With the support of a wideranging field of experts and service providers, Associate Professor Marshall and Ms Flentje built an effective and accessible course curriculum that will underpin workforce development in Victoria in the area of primary prevention for years to come.
At the 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Associate Professor Judy Currey of the School of Nursing and Midwifery was named Deakin University ‘Teacher of the Year’.
Associate Professor Currey received three prestigious awards acknowledging her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning and Deakin University:
• 2010 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
• 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
• 2010 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year
Associate Professor Currey coordinates the postgraduate suite of critical care courses within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She leads the critical care program in partnership with 24 Victorian and NSW health agencies. Associate Professor Currey has worked tirelessly in the development and implementation of these courses and her vision, enthusiasm, collegiality and expertise have led to the rapid growth of the courses (doubled enrolments in 2010), the highest course student evaluation scores in the University, and the introduction of the highly successful Team-Based Learning Program (TBL).
As the Senior Research Fellow in The Alfred / Deakin Nursing Research Centre, Associate Profesor Currey’s research is focused on nurses’ decision-making and managing clinical risk to optimise patient outcomes. Her teaching and learning scholarly work is focused on workforce development in terms of researching educational strategies to improve graduates’ skills, knowledge and attributes as critical care nurses.
Associate Professor Currey is Chair of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses’ Research Advisory Panel, Chair of the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation Research Council, and an editorial board member of Australian Critical Care and Progress in Transplantation.
The Faculty congratulates Associate Professor Currey on these outstanding achievements.
The Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences has been successful in winning two prestigious and highly sought after National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants for 2011.
Particular congratulations goes to Dr Kylie Hesketh, of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, who has been awarded both an NHMRC Project Grant and an ARC Discovery Project Grant for 2011.
Details of the successful Deakin-led projects are as follows:
Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
APP1008879: Dr Kylie Hesketh, Dr Karen Campbell, Professor David Crawford, Professor Jo Salmon, Dr Sarah McNaughton, Dr Zoe McCallum, Dr Adrian Cameron
Assessing Sustainability of Positive Outcomes in a Successful Child Obesity Prevention Intervention: Follow Up of the Melbourne InFANT Program
Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, School of Psychology
APP1009324: Dr Helen Skouteris, Professor Marita McCabe, Professor Jeannette Milgrom, Professor Brigid Kent
A Randomised Controlled Trial to Prevent Primigravid Excessive Gestational Weight Gain and Postpartum Weight Retention
The 2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were held on Thursday 28 October at the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Presented by Deakin University and Health Super, the annual Awards recognise inspiring nurses and midwives who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
The Awards create awareness of the achievements of leaders in nursing, setting a standard to which future leaders in nursing may aspire. The awards also build leadership through research and education, mentoring and role modelling.
The 2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards dinner, which was hosted by ABC Radio announcer Tonya Roberts, showcased the achievements of 16 short-listed applicants, culminating in the announcement of the 2010 winners. The audience heard from Health Super CEO Chris Clausen and Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, about the significance of the awards and the work of nurses and Midwives in Australia.
A particular highlight of the night was special guest speaker, Peter Roberts, Australia’s only musical thanatologist. In this role Mr Roberts plays the harp at the bedside of patients in palliative care to ease their last days and offer relief and peace with their situation. After describing his rather unusual occupation and the pathway that lead him to his true calling, the room of over 250 people fell utterly silent and motionless as Mr Roberts stunned the audience with an almost mystical demonstration on the harp whilst images of premature babies scrolled on TV monitors above.
2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award winners
The Deakin – Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award of $20 000
Awarded to Ms Robynne Cooke
Executive Director of Nursing
The Deakin University Leadership in Nursing/Midwifery Finalist Awards of $6000
Deakin – Health Super Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in an Urban Health Care Environment
Ms Lynne Bickerstaff
Deakin – Health Super Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in a Regional Health Care Environment
Ms Megan Holmes
TLC Aged Care
Deakin – Health Super Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in a Rural Health Care Environment
Ms Therese Cotter
Certificate of Commendation
Dr Andrea Driscoll
Awarded for commendation in her studies towards her PhD
More information about Peter Roberts can be viewed here:
On Wednesday 13 October, Deakin University welcomed the announcement of $5 million federal government funding for new Epworth HealthCare / Deakin medical and research facilities in Geelong.
The announcement by Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, is a much welcomed investment in the growing medical training and research programs in Geelong.
Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan den Hollander said, ‘Our vision at Deakin is to build a world-class health precinct at the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds that will open up health and economic benefits for regional Victoria. [This] funding announcement is a very positive step in realising this vision’.
Deakin has already taken significant steps towards achieving this goal, with the upcoming addition of the REACH (Deakin Regional Community Health Hub) building on the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds. REACH is a $47 million cutting-edge teaching and research facility that will be built next to Deakin’s School of Medicine.
Both these new facilities represent an exciting development for Deakin and the Geelong region and will enable Deakin to expand our health and medical-related courses and research.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia. It currently affects an estimated 1.7 million Australians and is increasing at epidemic proportions. Research has shown that up to 60 per cent of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented through lifestyle modification, such as reducing body fat and increasing physical activity, but developing comprehensive and effective strategies to combat the condition continues to be the challenge for researchers worldwide.
Deakin University and Diabetes Australia – Vic have recently developed a new partnership and established the Australian Centre for Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes. The Centre will undertake enquiry-based behavioural and social research and development to inform best practice and policy in diabetes prevention, management, awareness and practice. The Centre is the first national research centre in Australia and internationally dedicated to investigating the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes, and with a focus on improving the quality of life of all people affected by diabetes in Australia.
Professor Jane Speight is the Centre’s Foundation Director, and Chair in Behavioural and Social Research – Diabetes at Deakin. In her role as Foundation Director, Professor Speight will manage the centre’s staff and resources, and provide managerial and professional leadership to staff and students. In addition to improving the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes and preventing or slowing its onset, she will assist in supporting the strategic directions of Diabetes Australia – Vic and Deakin University. She will be involved in the design and implementation of a program of applied behavioural and social research in diabetes, and provide leadership and support in the design and implementation of education, training and service innovations in diabetes within Australia and internationally.
Professor Speight is a Health Psychologist who was previously the Principal of Applied Health Psychology (AHP) Research, a consulting organisation she founded in 2004. She is also an Honorary Associate Research Fellow at Brunel University, UK. With extensive experience in providing consultancy, research and training services to the public and private healthcare sectors, Professor Speight has substantial experience in diabetes research and was the Principal Investigator of a research project to evaluate psychological processes and outcomes in the dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) trial in the UK, which resulted in substantial government funding.
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)
365 Little Collins St
Melways Reference Map 1A, J6
(03) 8676 0365
** Please Register Online at www.antipodeans.com.au/info-nights.htm
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
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School of Nursing and Midwifery Senior Lecturer, Dr Judy Currey, has been awarded Deakin University ‘Teacher of the Year’.
At the recent 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards ceremony, Dr Currey received three prestigious awards acknowledging her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning and Deakin University:
• 2010 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
• 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
• 2010 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year
Dr Currey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, where she coordinates the postgraduate suite of critical care courses. She leads the critical care program in partnership with 24 Victorian and NSW health agencies. She has worked tirelessly in the development and implementation of these courses and her vision, enthusiasm, collegiality and expertise have led to the rapid growth of the courses (doubled enrolments in 2010), the highest course student evaluation scores in the University, and the introduction of the highly successful Team-Based Learning Program (TBL).
As the Senior Research Fellow in The Alfred/Deakin Nursing Research Centre, Dr Currey’s research is focused on nurses’ decision-making and managing clinical risk to optimise patient outcomes. Her teaching and learning scholarly work is focused on workforce development in terms of researching educational strategies to improve graduates’ skills, knowledge and attributes as critical care nurses.
Dr Currey is Chair of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses’ Research Advisory Panel, Chair of the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation Research Council, and an editorial board member of Australian Critical Care and Progress in Transplantation.
Staff of the School of Nursing and Midwifery congratulate Dr Currey on these outstanding achievements.
Research being undertaken in Deakin’s School of Medicine could hold the key to eradicating cancer cells. The Deakin researchers, in collaboration with scientists in India and Australia, are developing a medical ‘smart bomb’ designed to seek out and eradicate the root of cancer cells. The cancer smart bomb being developed by the team would target and kill cancer-initiating cells and be more effective and cause fewer side-effects than current treatments.
Associate Professor Wei Duan, of the Deakin School of Medicine, who leads the research said ‘Our aim is to develop a safe and novel drug delivery system that hits the cancer at its core, and kills the cells responsible for the resistance to current therapies and the recurrence of the disease’.
‘The success of this project will bring us a step forward in significantly improving the survival rate and quality of life of cancer patients. Our precision-guided cancer therapy will afford reduced side-effects, decreased toxicity to normal cells and increased treatment effectiveness. It also has potential for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease and diabetes.’
The project represents a collaboration between Deakin University’s School of Medicine and Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, along with Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre and ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals.
The federal government’s Australia-India Strategic Research Fund has provided $400 000 in funding over three years, with reciprocal support from the Indian Government.
‘Cancer cells are particularly difficult to kill as they contain so-called cancer stem cells, the root or seed cancer cells that are resistant to drugs’, Associate Professor Duan explained. ‘While current treatments kill the bulk of the cancer cell, the cancer root is not obliterated and can regenerate into a new cancer mass. The aim of our research is to develop a ‘smart bomb’ that can penetrate the cell and release the drugs within the cells, rather than from the outside, and kill the whole tumour, root and all.’
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 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.
Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone has been presented with a Merit Award from the Royal College of Nursing Australia.
The award is in recognition of merit for publication, and recognises Professor Johnstone's demonstrated excellence reflecting the ideals of nursing and professional nursing activities.
Congratulations to Professor Johnstone on her award.
Congratulations to PhD student Alison Spence who has received the Dietitians Association of Australia Research in Practice Award at the recently held Dietitians Association of Australia 2010 National Conference.
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'.
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.
Deakin University's School of Nursing and Midwifery is celebrating with Steve Voogt and Wolf Scheuermann who have recently been endorsed as Nurse Practitioners by the Nurses Board of Victoria. Graduates of Deakin University's Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), Steve and Wolf undertook their clinical program at Northeast Health Wangaratta. Steve is Victoria’s first Nurse Practitioner in Aged Care and cares for older persons across the care continuum, while Wolf has been endorsed as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is largely based in the emergency department caring for patients with mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. There are over 80 000 Registered Nurses in Victoria, only 54 of whom are endorsed as Nurse Practitioners. We congratulate Wolf and Steve on this significant achievement after many years of hard work and wish them every success in their new roles.
In the image:
Mr Wolf Scheuermann
Nurse Practitioner Mental Health
Northeast Health Wangaratta
At its last meeting, the University Council approved the change of name of the School of Nursing to the ‘School of Nursing and Midwifery.’ This change reflects international recognition of midwifery as a separate discipline to nursing and will enable better recognition of the broad suite of courses offered by the School.
To learn more about the range of courses offered by the School, please visit the web site below.
Associate Professor Greg Tooley has been appointed Head of the School of Psychology.
Associate Professor Tooley has provided outstanding leadership to the School over recent years as evidenced by a number of prestigious internal and external awards. He teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the areas of clinical and health psychology and the biological bases of behaviour, and is also an active researcher and supervisor of fourth-year, master, and doctoral students.
Associate Professor Tooley’s research is primarily driven by the evolutionary approach to understanding human behaviour. This approach is underpinned by the idea that human cognition, emotion and behaviour are as much a product of evolutionary pressures as is human physiology. His most recent work has focussed on the relationship between family structure and child abuse and neglect, and gender differences in parenting and sexual behaviour. Associate Professor Tooley also has a strong clinical and research track record in the field of behavioural medicine. He is a Director of the Integrative Health Research Unit with a particular focus on understanding and evaluating treatments for poorly understood conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Tooley on this appointment, and a sincere thanks to Professor Joseph Graffam, who has done and excellent job leading the School over the past four-and-a-half years.
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.Website containing more information on Medical Research Week 4-11 June
The School of Health and Social Development’s Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has recently been announced as a finalist for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards.
Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli, a Senior Lecturer in the area of social diversity and health, was nominated in the bisexual fiction category of the Lambda Awards for her book Love You Two, which is her first novel and tackles bisexuality, polyamory, interracial relationships, AIDS, Same-sex couples, gay grandparents and teen sexuality.
The Lambda’s are awarded annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation to works celebrating or exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. This year’s awards will be held in New York on Thursday 27 May.
‘After taking eight years to write my first novel, it has been so honouring and humbling to be named a finalist and to have the diversity of cultures, sexualities, families and relationships that are our social realities be out there for people to read, understand and affirm’, Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli said.
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 also author of Girls’ Talk, Boys’ Stuff, Someone You Know, and When Our Children Come Out.
Deakin Medical School will hold its 2010 Oration on Monday 12 April at its newly opened Geelong Clinical School, Geelong Hospital.
The Oration Evidence for Straw Breaking a Camel’s Back: Climate Change Effects upon Chronic Disease will be delivered by Dr Aaron Bernstein (MD, MPH), from the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment. Dr Bernstein’s work examines the human health dimensions of global environmental change.
Tours of the new Geelong Clinical School, Geelong Hospital, will be offered from 6–7 pm.
Details of the event
Monday 12 April
Lecture Theatre, Geelong Clinical School, Geelong Hospital
(enter via Ryrie St through Kitchener House)
6 pm refreshments and clinical school tours
7 pm Oration
See attached flyer for more information.
Deakin University’s first cohort of third-year medical students have begun their clinical training in clinical schools in Geelong and Warrnambool. The students have completed the first two years of the Deakin Medical School’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery at the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, and will spend the final two years of their course on clinical placements.
Sixty students have begun full-time clinical placements at Barwon Health in Geelong, where a dedicated training facility at the Geelong Hospital is nearing completion. A further 13 students have commenced placements at the Greater Green Triangle Clinical School in Warrnambool, with this number anticipated to increase to 40 in 2011. The Greater Green Triangle Clinical School will initially be based at South West TAFE until completion of a $3.6 million facility that is part of the South West Healthcare redevelopment.
The students will rotate through a range of medical specialities, from general medicine and surgery to women’s health, children’s health and mental health. They will take advantage of purpose-built facilities including clinical skills laboratories, a range of simulation equipment, computerised mannequins and other sophisticated technology designed to support students in their clinical placements and assist in the recognition and management of complex and critical health problems.
Deakin medical students spend the first two years of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery in the new, purpose-built School of Medicine at the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds. The remaining two years of the course are spent in a range of hospitals, general practices and health care facilities attached to Deakin's clinical schools in Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Box Hill and across Western Victoria.
As Victoria’s first rural and regional medical school, the Deakin Medical School aims to train new doctors who are motivated to pursue careers in rural and regional areas, which will help alleviate the critical shortage of doctors in these regions.
Dr Kylie Hesketh from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is to be congratulated on her recent awards/citations.
* Best oral presentation by an Early Career Researcher at the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Annual Scientific Conference. Kylie's presentation was "Changing maternal views and practices regarding television viewing for young children: mid-intervention outcomes of the Melbourne infant program".
*Finalist (Humanities & Social Sciences), Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards.
Dr Tess Knight and Dr Chris King from the School of Psychology are helping to provide insight into the lives of people with early diagnosed dementia and how they see their futures through a photographic exhibition Memories for safe keeping on display at the Gordon Gallery, Gordon Institute of TAFE.
The project, which is in partnership with St Laurence Community Services and Alzheimer’s Australia, aims to break down the negative stereotypes associated with dementia by raising awareness of the importance of communicating the past, present and future identity of a person living with the disease.
The researchers interviewed nine Geelong residents who had been diagnosed with early dementia. The participants were asked to take photographs of objects, people, places and other subjects they felt were important in defining who they are and who they planned to be in the future. Dr Knight and Dr King discussed the images with the participants, who also used older photographs to discuss and communicate their lives prior to diagnosis.
‘We hope that by drawing attention to how people with dementia maintain their social identity and continue to be involved in making decisions and planning their futures, we will help address negative stereotypes of the disease’, Dr Knight said.
In the past, dementia tended to be diagnosed in the later stages of the disease. ‘These days, an early diagnosis means that people have a sense of control over the disease; they have time to talk about it and deal with it before the symptoms take over’, Dr King said. ‘Early diagnosis provides an invaluable opportunity for people to talk about dementia and plan for the future.’
Memories for safe keeping is on display until 18 March at the Gordon Gallery, Gordon Institute of TAFE.
The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research invites you to attend a presentation by Professor Johannes Brug on evidence-based promotion of healthful eating and physical activity in Europe.
The seminar will be held on Monday 15 February commencing at 4.30 pm at the Cancer Council Victoria office, Drummond Street Carlton.
Professor Brug is Director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, and Professor of Epidemiology at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University.
Congratulations to Professor Caryl Nowson and Dr Sarah McNaughton on their recent nutrition awards. Caryl was awarded the Nutrition Society of Australia Medal and Sarah received the Nutrition Society of Australia Research Award. It was very exciting to witness Caryl and Sarah being recognised by their peers for their research excellence. These awards, from the peak scientific body in nutrition in the country, underscores the quality of the nutrition research currently being undertaken in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.
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
Presented by Deakin University and Health Super, the 2009 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were held on Thursday 29 October at Hilton on The Park, in Melbourne.
The Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards is an annual event that recognises inspiring nurses and midwives who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
These Awards create awareness of the achievements of leaders in nursing, setting a standard to which future leaders in nursing may aspire. The awards also build leadership through research and education, mentoring and role modelling.
The Awards dinner was hosted by entertaining and quick-witted Tonya Roberts, ABC Radio announcer, and featured special guest speaker Beth Wilson, Victorian Health Services Commissioner. Ms Wilson thrilled audience members with her wonderful, wildly entertaining and downright hilarious series of anecdotes and tales, not to mention her vocal rendition of ‘There ain’t no bugs on me’, during which she played a harmonica accompaniment and invited the audience to sing the choruses!
The most anticipated part of the night, however, was the announcement of the Award winners. The wonderful achievements of the nine finalists were showcased before the announcement of the four award winners.
The major award – the Deakin University and Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award – is a $20 000 prize presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the profession and benefited the community by improving health service, delivery, capacity or policy. Three finalist awards of $6000 were also presented to exceptional nurses or midwives working in urban, regional and rural health care.
A huge congratulations goes to the 2009 award winners:
$20 000 Deakin University and Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award
Ms Kath Riddell
Practice Development Manager
Peter James Centre and Wantirna Health
In recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the nursing and midwifery profession and the recipients of health care.
$6000 Finalist award for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in an urban health care environment
Ms Tanya Farrell
Director of Maternity Services
Royal Women’s Hospital
$6000 Finalist award for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in an urban health care environment
Mr Martin Cutter
Infection Control Coordinator
$6000 Finalist award for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in a rural health care environment
Ms Paula Touzeau
South West Healthcare, Warrnambool
Deakin University recognises Health Super as a highly significant and valuable partner that we hope to continue to work with long into the future. We would like to thank Health Super for its generous support of these Awards.
Health Super is an industry super fund dedicated to maximising the retirement savings of those who are employed in health and community services.
For more information about Health Super visit www.healthsuper.com.au
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.
The Nurse Scholarship Program is open for applications on 12 September 2009 and will close on 23 October 2009. The following schemes will be opening:
• Rural and Remote Undergraduate Scheme - for study in 2010
• Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Scheme – for study in 2010
• Continuing Professional Education Scheme for Rural and Remote Nurses – 2009 2nd Round
• National Nurse Re-entry Scheme – 2009 2nd Round
To access the application form or to make an enquiry, contact the scholarships office via email: email@example.com or free call number 1800 11 22 40.
Nominations for the Victorian Government’s 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards are now open. Up to $50 000 in cash prizes will be awarded across eight categories. Nominations should be completed online at www.sport.vic.gov.au and provide an opportunity for the unsung sporting heroes in your community to be rewarded. The Awards are open to private, public or community sector organisations or individuals based or operating in Victoria. Nominators may nominate their own organisation, themselves or a third party known to them.
For more information:
03 9208 3440
Nominations close Friday 16 October.
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.
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.
Nursing students in the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery are learning about caring for women during early pregnancy using the ‘Virtual Maternity Clinic’ (VMC). The VMC is a virtual learning environment developed to complement traditional teaching methods and clinical placements. The VMC uses Deakin Studies Online as a platform and includes video clips, avatars and interactive learning activities related to the health assessment of four women during early pregnancy.
The site aims to better prepare students in the art and science of providing evidence informed pregnancy care and increase their engagement in professional practice during their clinical placements.
The project members include Dr Diane Phillips, Professor Maxine Duke, Dr Cate Nagle, Ms Annie Hepner, Mr David O’Brien (Knowledge Media Division) and Ms Denise Patterson (Eastern Health). Other members of Knowledge Media Division involved in the development of the project include Mr Glenn McNolty, Mr Peter Lane and Mr Ian Fox.
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.
The second intake for the Return to Practice and initial Registration (Overseas Nurses) Course recently completed their 6 week theoretical component at Deakin University and began clinical experience at several hospitals from 13th July 2009. This course has been conducted for many years at Deakin's School of Nursing and Midwifery and is available to formerly registered Division 1 nurses who plan to return to practice, overseas qualified nurses who have permanent residency and nurses who apply from overseas seeking registration in Victoria. Most of these nurses have some years of experience and so are assets to the hospitals who will later employ them as Division 1 nurses.
If anyone is interested in undertaking this course, contact the Nurses Board of Victoria and then apply via Deakin International (for overseas applicants) or the Professional Development Unit (for permanent residents and local nurses returning to practice).
Scholarships for Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner)
available for study at Deakin
The Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Scheme is a Commonwealth
Government initiative to support Registered Nurses (Division 1 and 3) to study to become an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner.
Up to $30 000 per nurse is available.
Preference is to be given to nurses in Rural and Remote areas; however, metropolitan and regional nurses are encouraged to apply.
Details and application form can be found at:
The Victorian Government also offer scholarships:
For more information on Deakin Nursing courses:
03 9251 7777
The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in association with Diabetes Australia-Vic and Deakin YMCA warmly invite you to attend a free public performance and panel discussion on health, preventable disease and diabetes.
Part of National Diabetes Week, this exciting event features a thirty-minute performance of award-winning Australian playwright Alan Hopgood’s Six Degrees of Diabetes, followed by an interactive discussion with leading health experts. Key issues relating to health and disease will be considered, with particular emphasis on management and prevention through exercise, diet and weight control.
Date: Monday 14 July
Time: 6–7.30 pm
Venue: Box Hill Town Hall Whitehorse Road Box Hill
The panel of health experts includes:
Professor Trisha Dunning
Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health)
Associate Professor David Dunstan
Research and Exercise Physiologist
International Diabetes Institute
Dr Ralph Audehm
Program and Services Director
Dr Tim Crowe
Senior Lecturer and Dietitian
Dr Paul Gastin
Senior Lecturer and Exercise Physiologist
For more information see the attached flyer or please contact Amanda at Deakin YMCA: 03 9251 7719, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obesity prevention experts from Deakin University include...
Professor Boyd Swinburn - Professor of Population Health
Dr Peter Kramer and Dr Andrea Sanigorski - Sentinel Site for Obesity Prevention
Dr Marj Moodie - Health Economist
The course is designed for managers and practicioners working in physical activity and/or nutrition promotion including staff from the fields of health promotion, community health and public health, including GP's, dietitians, nurses, teachers and others interested in the area of physical activity, nutrition and the promotion of healthy weight.
For more information about this course please download the flyer from the link below.
Deakin Medicine information evenings
Deakin University is hosting information sessions for students wishing to gain more information about entry into the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery - a 4 year graduate entry program.
All applicants for the Deakin Medicine program are required to sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) as a prerequisite to admission.
The next and only GAMSAT will be held on Saturday 15 March 2008.
To register for the GAMSAT test you must apply before Monday 25 January 2008 for more information on GAMSAT - http://www.gamsat.acer.edu.au
2007 information evenings
Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds
Tuesday 11 December 2007
5.30 - 6.30pm
Building ib level 3 room number 232 (ib3.232)
Monday 17 December 2007
5.30 - 6.30pm
Ballarat University - Mt Helen Campus
Room F301, Building F
Melbourne Campus at Burwood
221 Burwood Highway Burwood
Wednesday 12 December 2007
5.30 - 6.30pm
Lecture Theatre 12 - Building X
At the Medicine and Optometry information evening, you will learn about the undergraduate courses:
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:
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.
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 https://nomad.nrhsn.org.au
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
Dr McCulloch’s research team at the School of Medicine, Waurn Ponds Campus has discovered a novel role for enzymes that reside outside of the cell during a process required for skeletal muscle development and regeneration called myogenesis. Using knockout mice and gene-silencing technology, Dr McCulloch’s team reduced the expression of an enzyme called ADAMTS5 during myogenesis and found that this enzyme’s activity facilitates muscle pre-cursor cell-cell contact, allowing their subsequent fusion into mature skeletal muscle fibers.
'This is a very important discovery because ADAMTS5 is a major drug target for arthritis therapy with pharmacological inhibitors entering Phase III trials,' Dr McCulloch said. 'It is paramount that we fully understand the effect of inhibiting this enzyme, which has roles other than in a pathological context, especially in arthritis patients where the immobilising nature of the disease leads to muscle wasting'. Dr McCulloch’s research describes the possibility of targeting the enzymatic breakdown of a molecule called versican to improve the process of myogenesis during skeletal muscle development and regeneration. Conditions such as cancer cachexia (muscle wasting in cancer patients), muscular dystrophy and sarcopenia (muscle wasting in the elderly) all have impaired skeletal muscle regenerative processes. Thus identifying ways to improve regeneration could ameliorate these effects in those diseases.
Drs. McCulloch and Stupka, and Prof. Alister Ward, also program leaders at the School of Medicine, won a grant from the Financial Markets Foundation for Children in 2010 to investigate the role of ADAMTS5 and its evolutionary related gene family members during skeletal muscle development and regeneration. In collaboration with Muscular Dystrophy Australia, Melbourne, Dr Stupka and Deakin University’s PhD Student Christopher Kintakas (whose HDR Scholarship is funded by Muscular Dystrophy Australia) shared first authorship alongside a multidisciplinary team of researchers on the original research article recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, January 18th edition. 'This is the first manuscript arising from the grant to be published and several others are in various stages of preparation, submission or under revision,' Dr McCulloch said.
Working in collaboration with both Prof. Ward’s and Dr Gibert’s (Metabolic Research Unit, Waurn Ponds Campus) research programs, Dr McCulloch’s team has expanded its recently published observations to examine the effects of silencing the expression of this gene family during skeletal muscle development in the zebrafish. 'This is an important next step, as it will identify how ADAMTS5 mediates skeletal muscle development in a widely accepted vertebrate model of myogenesis.' The zebrafish is a good developmental model that can be easily manipulated to include drug treatments that have the potential to either enhance or inhibit signalling pathways interacting with enzymes such as ADAMTS5 during important biological processes including skeletal muscle development.
Dr McCulloch’s research article can be viewed at the Pubmed URL:
For further information about Dr McCulloch’s program visit:
'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.
ACHPER Victorian Branch invites you to view the 2013 Health, Physical Education & School Sport Conference; Sponsorship and Promotions package. Our premier professional learning event for over 1000 HPE teachers is scheduled for 27-29 November with ample opportunities to be a part of the largest Health & Physical Education conference in the southern hemisphere. Our event also incorporates the 28th ACHPER International Conference with significant educators and researches joining us, strengthening the opportunities for delegates to receive high quality professional learning. Education in Australia is at a defining time
Date: 27-29 November 2013
Location: Monash University, Union Building
For further information, please download the PDF.
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.
A healthy dose of exercise could become a vital ingredient of weight-loss diets and surgeries in the future, as well as offering protection from dementia and progressive brain disorders.
Victorian obesity experts are investigating the impact of intensive exercise on morbidly obese people on diet programs.
It is hoped the study will refocus diets so fat, rather than muscle, is shed. That would make dieting safer by minimising the impact on bone health and other consequences of sudden weight loss.
In a joint project between the Baker IDI’s Clinical Obesity Research group and Deakin University’s Centre for Exercise and Sports Science, 60 obese patients will follow a strict 12-month diet program, with half incorporating activities tailored by an exercise physiologist to see if their efforts are more effective.
For full article by Grant McArthur, please go to the Herald Sun Dose up on exercise.
Participation in this obesity study from, The Centre for Exercise and Sports Sciences (C-ESS), in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, is still open. If you wish to take part or you would like more information, please register your interest with Clint Miller email@example.com or 03 9244 5013.
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.
Recognised for this year's Australia Day Honours List, Adjunct Professor David Parkin, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, feels a little bemused about the recognition.
"I'm a bit embarrassed, I must admit," Parkin said.
"You know in yourself who you are, but to be recognised by others, I'm quite humbled by it."
Read more: Fox Footy expert David Parkin
Parkin's debuted as a player with Hawthorn in 1961.
"I loved it 50 years ago, and I love it today," Parkin said.
"But I reckon it's the most difficult game to play, umpire and coach in the world.
"Players' identities are often based entirely on their ability to kick and catch a footy, and moving on after that can be the most difficult thing."
Parkin focuses on physical exercise at Deakin. His passion is also in raising awareness in prostate cancer. In April, Parkin will ride a 110cc ex-postie motorbike from Perth to Melbourne as part of a group of 25 men completing the Australia Post Male Bag Ride to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
For more information:The Male Bag Ride
Called Deakin On Timor, the newly opened site, is based in the historic Regal Cafe building owned by the city council.
It 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.
“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.
“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.
So 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.
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences PhD Candidate, Penny Oliver, is looking for willing participants who are keen to join a project team Tasting STRAWBERRIES.
It's not all about trying to eat a plethora of strawberries; Penny is conducting sensory evaluation to investigate their flavour profile.
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?
One off room bookings are not available in teaching spaces until mid February 2013. As we near the close of the year and the start of the Trimester 1 2013, it is important to be organised.
Medicine Information Evenings dates are Tuesday 14 May - Geelong Waurn Ponds campus (room to be advised when available) and Wednesday 15 May - Burwood campus (room to be advised when available).
For more information on room bookings, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Medicine Information Evenings, please contact Marketing Manager Lyn Golder.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
Congratulations to Professor Trisha Dunning, on the successful publication of her new book, Diabetes Education: Art, Science and Evidence.
Professor Dunning will be presenting the launch of her new book at the 2012 Annual World Diabetes Day Professional Lecture, on Friday 16 November.
More information on the 2012 Annual World Diabetes Day Professional Lecture
Geelong's reputation as a medical research hub is growing with local Deakin University researchers receiving more than $2 million in federal funding. And it could one day help people with persistent eye infections, along with other medical issues.
Dr Holly Chinnery has been looking at the cornea's immune system for the past seven years, working with mouse eyes to research a persistent inflammatory response that keeps recurring even after an infection has cleared. Similar infections can occur when people wear contact lenses or after surgery and can lead to sight issues.
"I'm trying to find out exactly which parts of the bugs or bacterial viruses causes that ongoing inflammation," Dr Chinnery said. The funding is good timing for the new Optometry program at Deakin's School of Medicine, with the first cohort of students being accepted this year. "This is one of the first grants for optometry at Deakin. So it's really quite exciting," Dr Chinnery said.
Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman said the results of the research projects would make a real difference to people's lives. "This investment will ensure that our local researchers continue to expand the frontiers of health and medical research," Mr Cheeseman said. "Health and medical research is an area where Australia shines. "This investment will support our research community to continue making cutting-edge discoveries that improve the diagnosis, treatment and cure of illnesses that touch all Australians."
Read more about Dr Holly Chinnery
The State of Victoria faces a number of significant impacts from climate change, such as:
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.Website containing more information on Faculty of Health Marketing Reference guide
Deakin University has won 14 awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Deakin was awarded 10 Project Grants, 3 Fellowships and 1 Equipment Grant:
PROJECT GRANTS (10 awards – 2 less than last year )
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.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to community health programs particularly in Australian indigenous communities.
Hannah Gentile works as an Early Childcare and Development Facilitator (Nutrition) with World Vision Australia undertaking challenging yet vital humanitarian work with isolated aboriginal communities in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, specialising in early childhood development and paediatric nutrition.
Working in the communities of Newman, Jigalong and Parnngurr (Jigalong and Parnngurr are both indigenous closed communities), Ms Gentile along with her four other inspirational team members, facilitate for childhood and parental development, skills development, governance and other capacity building programs based around the health and wellbeing of aboriginal children and their parents.
Originally from New Zealand, Ms Gentile worked for several years in the New Zealand public health system on various health intervention programs before graduating from Deakin with her Masters in 2010.
"The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the highest honour that Deakin (via its Council) can bestow upon its academic staff members," said Deakin University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander.
Professor Michael Berk is currently appointed as Alfred Deakin Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, Deakin University, where he heads the Strategic Research Centre for Psychiatry and Epidemiology. He also holds honorary Professorial Research Fellowships at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Department of Psychiatry, the Centre for Youth mental Health and Orygen research Centre, at the University of Melbourne. He currently leads the first episode bipolar program at Orygen Youth Health. He is past President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders and the Australasian Society of Bipolar Disorders.
Read more about Professor Michael Berk
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
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Presentation on the implementation of Communities That Care, and the scaling-up of effective interventions for preventing youth crime and drug use and promoting positive youth development.
Presenter: Brian Bumbarger is the Founding Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Centre (EPISCentre) at the Penn State University Prevention Research Centre, where he leads the dissemination and Implementation (Translational Research) Unit. The EPISCentre is among the world’s first centres dedicated to the study and practice of scaling-up effective interventions for preventing youth crime and drug use and promoting positive youth development. Brian has been involved with Communities That Care in the United States. Brian has worked for over a decade to research and support more than 200 replications of evidence-based programs in trials and natural conditions, focusing on issues of dissemination, high quality implementation, sustainability, and cost-benefit analysis.
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Date and location details:
Tuesday 23 October 2012
11.00am – 12.00pm
Deakin University Waterfront campus
Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Hay Building
1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong 3220
The National HealthFusion team Challenge, which was held in Brisbane on Friday the 31st of August is an exciting competition designed to educate the nation's next generation of health care professionals in collaborative client care. Teams are made up of students across the Health Sciences and in 2012, twelve student teams from universities across Australia and New Zealand competed in the Challenge, hosted by the University of Queensland. The Deakin University team progressed through to the finals along with Monash University and the University of Newcastle, with the Deakin University team named runners up in a very close final. This is only the second time that Deakin has entered this Challenge with a top two finish on both occasions. Monash University took out top place this year.
The team put in a fantastic effort, approaching all the teamwork activities with enthusiasm and professionalism; and presented an excellent management plan for the patient to the expert panel of judges on the day. The students have been preparing for the Challenge for the last 4 weeks in their own time, meeting online using eLive and then face to face when they were able to. This is not an easy task given they represent six different professions, are not all at the one campus, and therefore all have different timetables, placements and study commitments.
The case for the this challenge was an extremely complex one, of a 58 year old lady diagnosed previously with a high grade glioblastoma multiforme.(tumour in the brain) She had many cognitive and physical problems following surgery and radiation therapy. She had recently presented with increasing confusion, unsteadiness and lack of insight. The team developed a very comprehensive management plan for her that demonstrated their commitment to patient centred care and their ability to collaborate as a team.
The students involved were:
Lucy Browne - Occupational Therapy
Laura Prendergast - Psychology
Marta Pearce - Medicine
Audrey Jacoby - Social Work
Emily Orchard - Dietetics
Grace Wagon – Nursing
Very pleasing too was the recognition on the day of the ongoing success of Deakin University's 2011 team , with three of those students presenting papers at the 'All Together Better Health Conference in Kobe, Japan in October which is the premier international Interprofessional Collaboration conference.
The time most of us spend looking at a screen has rapidly increased over the past decade. If we’re not at work on the computer, we’re likely to stay tuned into the online sphere via a smart phone or tablet. Shelves of books are being replaced by a single e-book reader; and television shows and movies are available anywhere, any time.
So what does all this extra screen time mean for our eyes?
Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that like many good eye myths, there is simply no evidence to support this old wives' tale.
With hours on a screen, the muscles of accommodation and convergence can fatigue and give rise to the symptoms we know as eye strain. In my experience, this is one of the most common causes of headache in people who work on screens all day.
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Matt studied Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport Coaching and Administration), now known as the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, at Deakin and graduated at the end of 2001. Matt majored in Sport Coaching.
He is a member of the Australian Football League Umpires Association, as a Field umpire and topped the umpiring department ranking in 2012. He has umpired 195 AFL games and his first was in Round 1 2004. He has umpired 10 finals but this will be his first grand final.
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The Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study is a pregnancy cohort study which will recruit 300 first time mothers in 2012 and, in the first phase of the study, will follow them until their children are 2 years of age. The study is based at the Mercy Hospital for Women and has been developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in mental health, child development, paediatrics and neonatology, genetics, epigenetics and endocrinology. This extensive collaboration entails cross-institutional partnerships with researchers based at Mercy Hospital for Women, the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Leiden University in the Netherlands.
There are many aspects of human reproduction which require further exploration. The manner in which a woman prepares herself for becoming a mother is one of the most crucial and transformative experiences in life. The mother’s health across pregnancy is essential for her baby to have the healthiest possible start to life.
There are many complex transitions and interactions of both a psychological and biological nature which occur for a pregnant woman. These factors include hormonal changes and changes in the way women think about becoming a mother and how a woman reflects on her own prior experience of being a child. The MPEWS study will examine these changes across pregnancy, childbirth and in the early years. We will examine many of the areas of most concern to new mothers such as breast-feeding, infant and maternal sleeping patterns and how the unique relationship between a mother and her infant develops over pregnancy and into the postpartum period.
We are also interesting in how mother’s cope with the stress of pregnancy and how this impacts on the mother’s mood. Research has already shown that around 10% of women will develop post-natal depression. One of the key aims of our research is to understand the wide range of factors that may act to protect a mother against anxiety and depression over this sensitive period, giving more women the chance to experience the joys of motherhood.
MPEWS is very thankful for the financial support offered by beyondblue.
Researchers involved in this study: Dr Megan Galbally (Mercy Hospital for Women), Associate Professor Andrew Lewis (Deakin University), Professor Michael Permezel (Mercy Hospital for Women/University of Melbourne), Professor Marinus van IJzendoorn (Leiden University), Dr Richard Saffery (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Dr Kai Konig (Mercy Hospital for Women), Dr Andrew Watkins (Mercy Hospital for Women), Dr Martha Lappas (Mercy Hospital for Women/ University of Melbourne), Professor Anne Buist (University of Melbourne), Professor Marie-Paule Austin (UNSW), Dr Trevor Norman (University of Melbourne), Dr Nicole Brooks (Deakin University), Karyn Hart (Deakin University), Catherine Bailey (Deakin University) and Rebecca Knapp (Deakin University).
The Western Australia Minister for Mental Health & Disability Services, the Hon Helen Morton MP, has recently launched a report by Associate Professor Keith McVilly (School of Psychology) documenting the impact, effectiveness, & future application of Positive Behaviour Teams (PBTs) in the provision of disability support services in Western Australia.
In 2007 the West Australian Disability Services Commission introduced intensive, family focused ‘Positive Behaviour Teams’ (PBT). The purpose of these teams was to provide assessment, intervention and support to families with a son or daughter, aged six to 25, with challenging behaviour. The behaviour of these individuals included harm to themselves and/or others. Furthermore, the behaviours were of such severity as to give rise to exclusion from school, or other services, or requiring out-of-home placement.
Associate Prof McVilly found that the work of the PBT teams was able to keep people in school and other support services, effectively prevent family breakdown, and reduce the incidence of premature placement of people with disability outside of the family home. Families reported that under the PBT scheme they felt more knowledgeable about their son’s or daughter’s needs, and that they were better resourced to cope more effectively. The PBT service was also found to be cost effective and likely to reduce overall costs to government.
The report is the result of a 2 1/2 year research project, and will provide a national blueprint for services to families supporting a child or young adult with disability and challenging behaviour. (Read his report at:Impact, effectiveness, & future application of Positive Behaviour Teams)
The findings and recommendations of Associate Professor McVilly’s report have been adopted as the model for the expansion of behaviour support and intervention services in Western Australia. Furthermore, the findings have been proposed as a model for behaviour intervention and support services nationally, at time when disability services across the country are struggling to provide effective services to people with disability and complex behaviour support needs.
Emmy Wong and Angela Vivien have recently joined a long line of Deakin food and nutrition students who have won the annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Student Product Development award.
As part of the ‘Product Development and Processing Unit’ which provides students with the knowledge and skills required to develop a new food product from concept to market, Emmy and Angela created a novel snack named ‘Heart Gem’. In considering their target market, desired benefit and the steps involved in product formulation, processing, packaging and marketing, they decided to develop a biscuit and chose Barley Max™ (a new non-GM barley grain) as the primary ingredient.
Shirani Gamlath who coordinates the unit describes the snack, ‘Barley Max™ was combined with soy flour and linseed meal to create a biscuit that was then coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate. The snack provides dietary fibre, resistant starch, isoflavones, omega-3 and flavonoids all of which have shown protective effects against cardiovascular diseases (CVD). With the increasing prevalence of heart disease among Australians, this biscuit was designed to be a healthy snack option with heart health benefits for middle-aged adults who are the most at risk of developing CVD’.
The annual AIFST Student Product Development Competition encourages teams of AIFST student members to develop novel food products and submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals are assessed, shortlisted and two finalists chosen to provide an oral presentation, conference poster and product samples for judging during the Annual AIFST Convention.
Participation in the competition provides the perfect opportunity for students to demonstrate professionalism and innovative thinking, strengthen their links with the industry and professional association and allows food industry representatives the opportunity to spot talented students for potential employment.
Congratulations to Emmy and Angela for winning this prestigious award in 2012. They follow Jessica Florence and Afrizal who won in 2011 with their "So Chicky" soy-chickpea cracker with chia and poppy seeds and Joanne Kennedy and Hayden Thatcher who won in 2008 for their “Glutifree – veggies on the run” a high-fibre baked pumpkin and spinach slice.
Name: Bachelor of Food and Nutrition
Location: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Duration: 3 years of full-time study. Part-time study options are also available.
Prerequisites: VCE units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.
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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.
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.
Three weeks in the Philippines provided a wonderful opportunity for a group of second and third year nursing and midwifery students to enhance their understanding of cross-cultural health and nursing care in February 2012. The tour was designed to link students with policy makers, healthcare workers, health consumers and health agencies in the Philippines. Students also participated in fieldwork and clinical practicum activities during the study tour.
Keeping a reflective journal was a requirement for participation in the study tour. Charlotte Malon, a third-year student at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, shares one of her journal entries:
‘Reflecting on the whole tour I feel like I got so much out of it personally, as well as professionally for my future career as a nurse and midwife. The tour gave me a great insight into the Filipino health system and gave me a great appreciation for cultural differences in healthcare and the importance of cultural sensitivity. I felt my nursing assessment skills, health promotion and patient education skills improved out of sight. I am aware that my confidence in my own knowledge and skills have definitely improved and this has helped me to realise my passion and provided me with motivation to keep working hard and gain as much experience as possible. The challenging times were probably the moments when I learnt the most about myself and others.’
Congratulations to Dr Dan Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Applied Exercise and Sports Science, in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, for his coaching success of cyclist Michael Gallagher.
Michael is a scholarship holder at the Victorian Institute of Sport and Dr Dwyer has been coaching him for about two years. Two weekends ago Michael won the 4 km time trial (the pursuit) at the Para-Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. The result was far from certain as he came second to a new cyclist from China in the qualifying round, but then beat him in the final. Two days later, Michael came third in a dangerous scratch race, after lapping the field twice.
This is a great result for Michael’s campaign to win a gold medal at the London Paralympics. It’s also a great result for applied Sport Science. Dr Dwyer uses many sport science principles and techniques to enhance Michael’s performance and prepare him for competition.
In August and September last year, the Faculty of Health collected donations to go to The Chitra Lane Organisation (www.chitralane.org). Chitra Lane was founded in 1968 in Colombo in Sri Lanka as a school for children with special needs. From humble beginnings when the school started with just two children, it now reaches out to over 2000 children and young adults annually across Sri Lanka, providing much needed services and facilities for the early detection and intervention of disabilities.
The Faculty donated educational equipment, toys stationery and money to go towards Chitra Lane’s special education, language development and creative arts programmes. The donation was a wonderful Christmas present for the many children with special needs that The Chitra Lane School for the Special Child helps across Sri Lanka. The Faculty would like to offer its sincere thanks to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause.
Dr Tania de Koning-Ward, from Deakin University’s Molecular Medicine Research Facility, has received the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.
The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, presented the gold medal to Dr de Koning-Ward at a dinner held by the Australian Society for Medical Research in Melbourne in June.
'This is fantastic news and well deserved recognition of Tania's excellent research in this very significant area', said Deakin's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Lee Astheimer.
Dr de Koning-Ward said she was surprised to receive the honour, which recognised her research dating back 12 years and her supporting role of graduate and postgraduate students.
In 2009, Dr de Konig-Ward's team made a world-renowned breakthrough by discovering the way in which malaria makes red blood cells 'sticky'.
'The $50 000 that goes with this prize will help the team find out more about the process in the hope of creating a vaccine or drug to fight the disease, which kills 800 000 people a year, most below the age of five', she said.
Professor Evelyne de Leeuw of the School of Medicine, along with Drs Hans Lofgren and Michael Leahy of the School of International and Political Studies have edited a recently published book 'Democratizing Health'. Published by Edward Elgar Publishers, 'Democratizing Health' examines the important role of consumer activism in healthy policy in different national contexts. The book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of health policy and sociology, public policy and social movements, as well as those working in health consumer organisations, and interested others.
The official launch of the book in Australia will coincide with the 'Consumers Reforming Health' conference in Melbourne from 18 to 20 July.
For more information about this event, please click on the link below.
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.
Staff at the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) were delighted with the success of the Centre’s inaugural conference, held in October in Hamilton. The Centre was swamped by national and international applications from speakers, which translated into a highly successful event.
The NCFH Director, Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby, said the conference committee was really pleased with the support received for the conference. Speakers and delegates travelled from across the country and as far away as the US, UK and Sweden to attend the conference.
The conference took an in-depth look at the health, wellbeing and safety of farming families, with over 60 presenters covering critical areas such as service delivery, mental health, men’s health, climate variability, chronic disease, allied health, diet and disease, the challenges of social interaction (such as alcohol issues in farming communities), farming families, agricultural health and safety and animal health/human health.
Clinical Associate Professor Brumby said speakers at the conference were selected for their capacity to deliver the most relevant and varied messages to conference participants, arming them with knowledge and positive information to take back to their farming communities, research centres and workplaces, to make a difference.
Production agriculture is recognised globally as one of the most hazardous occupations and the conference’s international key speakers reflected this worldwide issue.
Keynote speakers included the University of Iowa’s Professor Kelley Donham, who spoke on agricultural medicine; UK public health nurse consultant Linda Syson-Nibbs, who spoke on the health and social inequalities experienced by farming communities in the UK; and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Peter Lundqvist and Catharina Alwall Svennefelt, who spoke about injury prevention in agriculture from a Swedish research perspective.
The conference also turned to the stage to help get its message across, with a night at the theatre featuring two comedies by Alan Hopgood AM on the evening of Tuesday 12 October.
These highly enjoyable plays use humour to explore the effects diabetes and prostate cancer have on individuals and their families. Sponsored by Diabetes Australia – Vic and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the plays were followed by a forum with medical professionals so that audience members could ask questions and find out more about the conditions.
National Centre for Farmer Health Inaugural Conference
11–13 October 2010
Hamilton, VIC, Australia
The National Centre for Farmer Health invites health professionals and agri-professionals to provide research, policy practice, personal stories and posters reflecting the themes of its inaugural conference – Opening the Gates on Farmer Health.
The National Centre for Farmer Health represents a partnership between Deakin University and Western District Health Service.
This dynamic conference will be informative, innovative and educational. It will raise awareness and develop strategies to overcome the barriers affecting the rural and agricultural health sector. The program, with both international and national speakers, will cover a broad range of rural health issues, research and government policies.
Keynote speakers include: Dr Margaret Alston, Director, Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) Research Unit, Monash University; Dr Neil Barr, Senior Social Researcher, Department of Primary Industries; Professor John Catford, Dean, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, and Professor of Health Development, Deakin University; Professor Kelley Donham, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of IOWA, USA; Professor Marisa Gilles, Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health and Midwest Public Health Physician; Professor John Martin, Director, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, La Trobe University; Linda Syson-Nibbs, co- founder and trustee of the Farming Life Centre in Derbyshire, UK.
For more information about the conference, registration, and the call for abstracts, please click on the link below.
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
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
To register for the workshop, please contact:
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 expectations...in 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.'
School of Health and Social Development
‘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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com in the School of Health and Social Development.
Professor Trisha Dunning, of Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (Inaugural Chair in Nursing – Deakin
University and Barwon Health), has recently been elected onto the International Diabetes
Federation (IDF) Executive Board of Management as one of 12 Vice-Presidents for the global IDF.
This prestigious three-year appointment is a tremendous acknowledgement and recognition
of Professor Dunning’s contribution and commitment to diabetes clinical practice, education
and research. The appointment also holds particular importance in the recognition of Australian
diabetes education, practice and research at an international level. Professor Dunning’s
appointment to the position has the potential to influence diabetes education worldwide as she
will be chairing the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education.
The International Diabetes Federation is an umbrella organisation of over 200 national diabetes
associations in over 160 countries and represents the interests of the growing number of people
with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the
local to the global level and is associated with the United Nations Department of Information and is
in official relations with WHO and the Pan American Health Organization.
It is indeed timely that Professor Dunning’s appointment to the IDF Executive Board of Management came just before World Diabetes Day on November 14, for which Professor Dunning conducted two local events on Friday 13 November:
• A public Lecture: People, pets and diabetes. Presented by Professor Dunning and local Geelong veterinarian and radio personality Dr Jack Ayerbe at The National Wool Museum, Geelong.
• An annual professorial lecture Self-care: empowering people with diabetes. Presented by Professor Dunning at Kitchener House, Barwon Health.
The Victorian Government 2009 Sport and Recreation Awards were held on Monday 23 November in the Members Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Presented by the Honourable James Merlino, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs, the awards highlight the achievements of unsung sporting heroes in the community and are part of the Victorian Government’s efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
‘The awards present the perfect opportunity for us all to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding efforts of people whose commitment not only keeps the sport and recreation industry in Victoria thriving, but also our local communities, in good and tough times’, the Honourable James Merlino said.
Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences this year were proud sponsors of the Young Person in Sport Award. Professor Rod Snow, Deputy Head of School, presented the award to Amelia Smith in recognition of her outstanding commitment and achievements in netball and netball umpiring.
Please click on the link to see a picture from this event.
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From left: Professor Rod Snow, Deakin University; Ann Castles, Netball Victoria; Kerrie Smith, who accepted the Young Person in Sport Award on behalf of her daughter Amelia Smith; The Honourable James Merlino, Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs; Jeff Disken and Sonia Morey Finalists in the Young Person in Sport Award
School of Nursing and Midwifery staff member Dr Julie Considine is part of the team awarded one of the recently announced NHMRC H1N1 fast-tracked research projects. The aim of these grants is to ensure the Australian Government's response to H1N1 is based on the most up-to-date information available. The aim of the study 'Emergency Department impact and patient profile of H1N1 Influenza 09 outbreak in Australia: A national survey' is to describe the impact and clinical profile of patients presenting to Emergency Departments with flu like illness throughout Australia during the recent H1N1 Influenza outbreak so as to inform future policy, planning and response management.
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.
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.Website containing more information on Master of Social Work to commence January 2010
At the recent AIFST convention, Sara Cicerale from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences was presented the 2009 Malcolm Bird Commemorative Award for young members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity for her PhD research on oleocanthal.
Please join me in congratulating Sara on this outstanding achievement
Study Tour 20 June 09 – 5 July 09
Twenty-eight School of Nursing and Midwifery students have recently returned from a two week study tour to Thailand. The tour was arranged in collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University in Bangkok. The focus of the tour was the Thai health care system with particular emphasis on community health, traditional Thai medicine, Thai culture, society and language. The students undertook visits to a number of health agencies, public and private hospitals in Bangkok and in the provinces, cultural sites, community health centres, the Ministry of Public Health and the Institute of Traditional Thai Medicine. Each Deakin student had at least one Thai buddy nurse assigned to them during their stay, the Thai buddy nurses were members of the Faculty of Nursing English Club and used the opportunity to improve their English language skills.
Included in the tour was a home-stay visit in Samutsonkhram Province where students stayed in a traditional teak house located on the canal and visited the floating markets. In addition to the site visits and lectures the students entertained two groups of elderly citizens with Australian songs and a quiz, learnt a Thai dance did exercise sessions with the Elderly Club members, socialised with their Thai buddies, learnt how to weave with bamboo and experienced traditional Thai massage.
The tour is currently being evaluated and the School is hoping that it becomes an annual event. The feedback to date has been extremely positive from students and staff. The students all indicated that they had learnt a lot about Thailand, the Thai Health Care System, Thai Traditional Medicine, in addition to how to work as a team, skills needed to travel in a group and importantly how to bargain for their shopping in the many markets in Bangkok.
At the recent scientific meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and Nutrition (ISBNPA) in Portugal, Dr Clare Hume received the Early Career Researcher Award for her presentation "Tracking of weight, active and sedentary behaviours over five years: the CLAN study".
Congratulations Clare on this outstanding achievement.
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
The Faculty has recently been successful in winning a number of ARC Linkage Grants. Congratulations to the following recipients:
Dr P Staiger, Professor M Kyrios, Dr N Kambouropoulos, Dr S Gruenert and Ms C Long of the School of Psychology. ‘Improving the retention rate for residential treatment of substance abuse by sequential intervention for social anxiety’
Total funding over two years: $138 548
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
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
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.’
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Deakin University Open Days 2009
Sunday 9th August
10am - 3pm
Sunday 16th August
10am - 2pm
Sunday 23rd August
10am - 4pm
Melbourne Campus at Burwood
Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
The Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences will hold medicine information evenings for students and others wishing to gain more information about entry into the four-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery.
Details for the 2009 medicine information evenings are as follows:
Where: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, ka 3.406
When: Tuesday 5 May, 6 pm
Presenter: Professor Brendan Crotty, Head, School of Medicine
Where: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Lecture Theatre 13 Building HD
When: Wednesday 6 May, 6.30 pm
Presenter: Lyn Golder
Where: Ballarat Base Hospital,Education Resource Centre
When: Wednesday 27 May, 5.30 pm
Presenter: Professor Brendan Crotty, Head, School of Medicine
We congratulate Professor David Crawford, Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, on being awarded the title of 'Alfred Deakin Professor'. This prestigious award is in recognition not only of Professor Crawford's many research successes, but also his longstanding commitment and service to Deakin University.
Professor Crawford joined the Faculty in 1995 as a NHMRC Public Health Postdoctoral Fellow and was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2005. Professor Crawford has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to furthering the University's aims in relation to research. Professor Crawford is one of Australia's most respected researchers in the field of behavioural, social and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity. His work on the epidemiology of obesity and the development and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies for children and adults, is nationally and internationally recognised. He has published more than 150 papers. In the last 12 years he and his collaborators have attracted $8 million in external research funding to support his research program and $1.5 million in fellowships. Professor Crawford is currently the Principal or Chief Investigator in relation to four NH&MRC Grants, one ARC Grant and a grant from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. These grants total $4.52 million.
As well as being a distinguished and successful researcher, Professor Crawford is an accomplished research mentor. He has been awarded a Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education citation for his outstanding contribution to student learning through effective training and mentoring of Higher Degree by Research students in nutrition and physical activity. Professor Crawford holds a Personal Chair at Deakin and he is a Visiting Professor at the EMGO (Public Health) Institute in the Netherlands. He is also the Head of Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Professor Crawford has supervised 13 post-doctoral fellows and 14 PhD students. He is nationally and internationally recognised as a Member of the National Heart Foundations Panel of Experts, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute Performance Evaluation Committee, and the NH&MRC Grant Review Panel (Public Health). He is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity and a reviewer for many leading journals in his field.
Professor Crawford is currently Deputy Chair of the Research and Research Training Committee of the Academic Board.
Deakin University, in association with MLQ International, is offering a non-award online course entitled:
‘Leadership and Organisational Change: Multiple-level Assessment, Coaching, and Development’
The course is equivalent to five learning days delivered over a six-week period.
The course comprises four modules delivered through Deakin’s state-of-the-art online environment for distance education. Features include a range of learning and practice modalities, including:
Moderated eLive discussion sessions and case study reviews.
Personal report assessment feedback and actual facilitation practice.
Audio group review discussions and exploration of practice issues.
Concise training in the Full Range Leadership Model (Bass and Avolio) and six associated multi-level assessments.
Access to extensive reference and practice resource materials.
Progressive assessment and delegate feedback during each module.
The four modules covered in the course are:
1. Understanding Leadership: developing and implementing organisation-wide change.
2. Leadership assessment of individuals and best feedback practice to establish objective evidence-based developmental goals and plans with buy-in.
3. The assessment of ‘shared leadership in groups’ and ‘leadership culture in organisations’ related to outcome performance, coaching and development.
4. The practice of executive coaching: an evaluation framework and case study.
Course dates are as follows:
Enrolment from Monday 9 March
1st round commencement
Module 1: 23 March
Module 2: 16 April
Module 3: 4 May
Module 4: 11 May
To register your interest online, visit: www.mlq.com.au/course_register_online.asp
For further information, contact:
Dr Josephine Palermo
The National Centre for Farmer Health is a new university research, service delivery and education centre that will provide national leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of farmers, farm workers and their families across Australia.
The Centre operates in partnership with Western District Health Service and Deakin University and is based in Hamilton, western Victoria.
Building on an industry-service-government partnership developed through the Sustainable Farm Families program, the Centre will focus on strengthening the human and rural service workforce to address prevention and early identification of diseases and accompanying risk factors that are associated with farming, and to develop timely, appropriate and effective interventions.
The Centre will generate a critical mass of researchers, educators, clinicians and other health workers who will be able to build national and international expertise in agricultural health.
The five core activities of the National Centre for Farmer Health are:
1. Professional training and education
2. Applied research and development
3. Best Practice Clearing House
4. AgriSafe programs
5. Sustainable Farm Families – dissemination of research results
The National Centre for Farmer Health is funded through the Department of Human Services and the Helen and Geoff Handbury Trust.
Ms Susan Brumby
Director National Centre for Farmer Health
PO Box 283
Tel + 61 3 5551 8460
Fax + 61 3 5572 5371
The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences held its 5th HDR Symposium on Friday 28 November. The Symposium was a huge success, with forty-three HDR students from local, interstate and overseas universities presenting their research. All presentations were of a very high standard.
Symposium presenters were grouped in two streams: the Population Health stream, and the Biomedical Health stream. Congratulations to Gina Bilenkij who won the Best Overall Presentation for the Population Health stream, and Craig Wright who won the Best Overall Presentation for the Biomedical Health stream.
Congratulations also to Megan Teychenne and Claire Margerison, and Lisa Barker and Gunveen Kaur who were Highly Commended in the Population Health stream and the Biomedical Health stream respectively.
Deakin has joined with the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) National Identification and Development program as one of twenty registered Talent Assessment Centres around the country. The partnership represents a combined effort to find Australia’s next generation of sport stars.
Aspiring Olympians between the ages of twelve and twenty-five are able to take part in the talent identification screening program that will be held at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood on Friday 19 December. The program will involve testing sessions for athletes who wish to validate their physical performance results generated by the ASC’s online talent identification tool – eTID.
The eTID tool can be accessed online at www.ausport.gov.au/etid . It allows users to assess their sporting potential when they enter results for a series of simple, home-based performance tests and measurements. People who score above average on these tests are encouraged to visit Deakin’s Talent Assessment Centre to have their results verified. Following this assessment, participants may then be invited to take part in the National Talent Identification and Development program.
The Deakin University Talent Assessment Centre will be conducting testing sessions on Friday 19 December at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood. For more information, please phone (03) 9244 6613.
On Friday 31 October the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences held its 9th Annual Fourth Year Research Conference. The theme of this year’s conference – Partnerships for Health – reflects the Faculty’s commitment to the University’s new strategic plan: Delivering Effective Partnerships.
The conference has grown steadily over the past few years to become a very significant event on the HMNBS calendar. With a record attendance of over 435 fourth year research students, supervisors, family members, friends, and potential fourth year students, this year’s conference was a great success and a highly rewarding experience for all.
After a welcome by Professor Joseph Graffam, Deputy Dean and Head of the School of Psychology, Professor John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), gave the opening address reflecting upon the importance of partnerships and the strength of many partnerships that have been forged throughout the Faculty.
As in previous years, the format of this year’s conference resembled that of external, professionally run conferences and allowed the 147 fourth year students to present their research findings to an audience of their peers, family and friends. Students and others were able to network, share their experiences, support peers, learn about exciting work going on in other disciplines within the Faculty, and strengthen their communication and presentation skills in a supportive and familiar environment.
The day’s three sessions of concurrent presentations across twelve venues at Deakin’s Melbourne Campus at Burwood were punctuated by various breaks and networking opportunities. Dr Michael Ackland gave the keynote address, providing food for thought on the topic of ‘Generating Evidence – Research in Public Health’. After all presentations had wrapped up and students were able to take a deep breath the Faculty’s Dean Professor John Catford awarded prizes to the most outstanding presentation in each of the concurrent groups.
Congratulations to all student presenters on a job extremely well done, and a significant year successfully completed!
Associate Professor Kylie Ball of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences was recently awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award.
The Tall Poppy Campaign was established by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to promote the awareness of Australia’s intellectual achievements among the Australian public. The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the achievements of outstanding young researchers in the sciences, including mathematical, physical, biomedical and applied sciences, and biotechnology.
The Awards identify high achievers who demonstrate outstanding professional and personal commitment to their field. Ten Tall Poppy Awards were presented this year, with Kylie being announced the overall winner and Young Tall Poppy of the Year.
Kylie’s research focuses on obesity and its implications for society. She aims to provide a more detailed understanding of the causes of obesity and the best ways to prevent it.
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.
Two Deakin University students are Olympic athletes! Jeff Riseley will compete in the 1500 metre running, and Maddy Hogan will compete in the javelin in the Para-olympics in early September.
Twenty-one-year-old Deakin University student Jeff Riseley will be making his Olympic debut in a matter of days. A promising middle-distance runner, Jeff will compete in the men’s 1500 metres event on Friday 15 August.
After initially not qualifying for the 800 metre event by Athletics Australia’s cut-off date of 4 July, Jeff was given the green light by the Australian Olympic Committee after recording an A-qualifying time in the 1500 metre event in Rome a short time later.
Jeff’s Olympic quest follows an outstanding domestic season in 2007, during which he finished in the top two in every 800 metre race he competed in. Though his early 2008 season has been fraught with injury, Jeff’s strong performances at recent European summer meets set him in good stead for his first Olympic foray.
Good luck Jeff and Maddy!
Click on the link below to view Jeff’s biography on the official Olympic website.
Congratulations to Alison Carver, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, who was recently awarded the Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award.
Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Awards are awarded to Deakin University higher degree by research candidates who produce the best peer-reviewed journal articles. The $2500 travel awards are to be used during PhD candidature for research-related travel.
The research Alison conducted during her PhD candidature (under the supervision of co-authors Dr Anna Timperio and Professor David Crawford) was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Health, which is the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. Alison’s research focussed on the ground-breaking application of a Geographical Information System (GIS) to objectively measure attributes of the local road environment related to road safety and to assess their associations with physical activity among youth.
The Deakin University Leadership in Nursing Awards in partnership with Health Super will be held on Thursday 16 October at the Park Hyatt at the conclusion of the one-day Deakin University 2008 Nursing conference ‘Clinical Leadership in Nursing: Evolving Change in Climate’.
The awards night will be an annual event that recognises nurses who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy. These awards aim to recognise leadership in nursing, setting a standard to which future leaders in nursing may aspire by creating awareness of the achievements of leaders.
The one-day conference ‘Clinical Leadership in Nursing: Evolving Change in Climate’ will showcase knowledge development and knowledge translation research and explore notions of clinical leadership.
The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is holding its 5th annual Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium on Friday 28 November 2008.
The theme for this year is ‘Research perspectives on food, nutrition and physical activity: The sharing of wisdom!’.
The Symposium will be of interest to: health professionals, policy makers, potential PhD students, health researchers, scientists, University staff and others.
The event will provide HDR students with an opportunity to present their Masters or PhD research that is related to the fields of physical activity and nutrition.
There are no registration costs. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
All year levels of candidature are encouraged to participate.
Abstract submission closes on 15 August 2008. (See the attached abstract submission document).
For more information, see the attached brochure or please contact Juliet Sagar on 03 9244 6935, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/ens/currentstudents/hdr.php .
On Monday 14 July the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in association with Diabetes Australia-Vic and Deakin YMCA held a free public performance and panel discussion on health and diabetes.
Held at the Box Hill Town Hall, the event featured a performance of award-winning Australian playwright Alan Hopgood’s Six Degrees of Diabetes, followed by an interactive discussion with leading health experts.
Event organisers were honoured to not only feature Alan Hopgood’s play but to have the man himself starring on the night, along with Mathew King and Hamish Hughes. The highly entertaining thirty-minute comedy played out the pub meeting of three old friends—middle-aged men who have enjoyed a life of excess—and their conversation surrounding their individual journeys dealing with diabetes.
Following the performance, the audience, which consisted of health professionals, students, Type 2 diabetics and interested others, was invited to ask questions and gain advice from expert health professionals. Key issues relating to health, diet and exercise were discussed, with particular emphasis on prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes through healthy eating and exercise.
The panel of health experts included:
Professor Trisha Dunning, Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health), Deakin University
Associate Professor Robin Daly, Principal Scientist, University of Melbourne, Western Hospital
Dr Ralph Audehm, General Practitioner, Program and Services Director, Diabetes Australia-Vic
Dr Tim Crowe, Senior Lecturer and Dietitian, Deakin University
Dr Paul Gastin, Senior Lecturer and Exercise Physiologist, Deakin University.
Many thanks to everyone involved in making the event such a great success, particularly to the expert panel, Diabetes Australia-Vic and Deakin YMCA.
Accolade for Professor Boyd Swinburn
The work of Professor Boyd Swinburn (School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences) has recently been ranked seventh in a list of the fifteen greatest nutrition discoveries since 1976.
Professor Swinburn’s discovery—that obesity is a normal response to an abnormal environment—was the only research in the top fifteen that came from either Australia or New Zealand.
His research represented the first investigation into the role played by the environment in understanding obesity. Previous research had centred on genetic or metabolic abnormalities.
The fifteen discoveries were nominated and ranked at a one-day symposium of nutrition experts held in the Netherlands, and the results were recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Professor Swinburn is one of Australia’s leading public health and obesity prevention researchers and is internationally renowned for his work in preventing obesity in children and adolescents.
He is Chair in Population Health, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention within the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences.
Prior to this, Professor Swinburn was the Medical Director of the National Heart Foundation in New Zealand and an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland.
The Deakin Medical School was officially opened on 1 May 2008 by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Kevin Rudd.Website containing more information on Medical School Officially Opened
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In February Ms Vanessa Brotto and Mr Julian Pearce, from the School of Nursing, were inducted into the College of Distinguished Deakin Educators in recognition of their contribution to outstanding teaching with the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences. Congratulations to both Vanessa and Julian on this great achievement.
The 120 new students were given an orientation to the medical course and the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds—where they will spend the first two years of the program—before classes start on Monday 11 February.
The Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Brendan Crotty, said he was delighted to welcome the first cohort of students to the University.
“This is a very exciting and historic time for the Deakin Medical School,” Professor Crotty said. “A lot of hard work has taken place over the past two years to get to this point of opening the doors to our first medical students.
“We are very proud of the excellent medical education facilities we have built here at Waurn Ponds. The students will commence their studies in one of the most advanced teaching facilities in the country.
“When these students graduate in 2011, they will be well trained to enter general practice and specialist training programs and begin to redress the acute medical shortages in rural and regional areas.”
Deakin University’s School of Medicine is Victoria's first rural and regional medical school and aims to train a cohort of new doctors who are skilled and motivated to pursue a career in rural and regional areas, either as specialists or general practitioners. The course will give special attention to preventing and managing chronic diseases, working in teams, and developing procedural skills which are so important in areas away from the main hospital centres.
The School has enrolled 120 students in 2008 and will build up to 180 students per year from 2013.
Deakin Medical School students will spend the first two years of the program studying in a purpose-built, state of the art building on Deakin's Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds. The last two years of the course will be completed in a range of hospitals, general practices and healthcare facilities attached to Deakin’s Clinical Schools in Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Box Hill.
Australia’s first teaching nursing home will be established in Melbourne this year. Teaching nursing homes developed internationally, largely in the USA from 1985, to improve the experience of student nurses on clinical placements in aged care; and to encourage graduates into the sector by close affiliations between universities and aged care facilities.
The two year project, supported by a $307,000 ANZ trustees grant, is a partnership between Deakin University and Southern Health Nursing Research Centre in Australia. The project is broader and expands on the teaching nursing home
concept, Deakin University professor and project lead professor Bev O’Connell said.
While the teaching nursing home concept is largely based on improving nursing students’ experiences in aged care, the Australian project will also focus on the development and support of existing staff in aged care facilities and develop materials on best standards of practice.
Professor O’Connell said the project aims to raise the profile of aged care and provide professional development for staff in the sector who have been neglected. “Adequate education and training of staff has not been occurring in aged care and it is becoming an isolated sector. It is an
important and complex area that requires development. “Not only do some students have a poor experience on clinical placement in residential aged care, but often we cannot send them to some facilities as we know they will not have a positive learning experience. The staff themselves are not
supported or developed. We cannot just blame the aged care sector we have to invest long term in its development.”
The teaching nursing home will be based at a new 100-bed high and low residential aged care facility in Doveton, Melbourne. In the first eight months materials such as workshop manuals, best practice guides, clinical leadership models and change champions will be developed, followed
by teaching of staff at other aged care facilities and evaluation of resident outcomes. “We will deliver standards of care, exemplars of practice, an easy to use best practice guide resource and develop leaders,” professor O’Connell said.
Aged care staff will be consulted as to areas of weakness in their facilities and for exemplar models of care.
Stage one of the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) was launched by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor David Stokes, on 31 January 2008.
The CRF has been established to provide a much needed state-of-the-art space within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences to support approximately one-third of the School’s conduct of research in a clinical setting. It is a multipurpose area capable of supporting both discrete discipline and multidisciplinary activity.
The School is the Faculty’s top research performer, regularly winning substantial category one and other public sector funding, as well as support from industry and philanthropic trusts. Key research program areas within the School that will use the CRF include musculoskeletal health, healthy ageing, human performance, molecular nutrition and behavioural epidemiology.
The facility will provide a vehicle to further enhance community engagement and support the development of strategic partnerships with industry across the nutrition, allied health and exercise performance spectrum. Industry partners who attended the launch included representatives from Dairy Australia, YMCA, the Geelong Football Club and Eastern Football League.
A proposed stage two of the research facilities will establish rehabilitation and exercise programming space to provide clinical opportunities for postgraduate students and staff. These future clinical facilities will also provide a foundation for the future development of postgraduate studies in clinical exercise physiology (rehabilitation).
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The Bachelor of Nursing offered on the Melbourne Campus at Burwood remains in the Top 10 courses - for 1st preferences and in the Top 10 courses for the 1- 4th preference through the VTAC system.
The International Society for Quality of Life Studies recently voted Deakin’s Professor Robert Cummins Distinguished Quality of Life Researcher.
This recognition is given on the basis of ‘evidence of lifetime and substantial contribution to Quality of Life Research’. Only nine awards in this category have previously been presented. The award was presented to Professor Cummins at the International Society of Quality of Life Studies conference in San Diego in December 2007.
In other staff achievements, Dr Tess Knight was inducted as an inaugural Fellow of the College of Distinguished Deakin Educators in recognition of her contribution to outstanding teaching with the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences. The establishment of the College was announced at the Teaching and Learning Conference in September by Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning, Professor Alan Farley.
Dr Jette Jakobsen, Senior Scientist at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has conducted extensive research in the area of the analysis of vitamins in foods on dietary intake and status. She was a participant in Eu-projects for establishment of reference materials for vitamins (1990-96), member of the European standardisation Committees working group for vitamins since its inception in 1994. For the past 8 years Vitamin D has been her focus and she has participated in the two 'EU Framework V' programs OSTEODIET (1999-2003) and OPTIFORD (2000-2004).
"Vitamin D - Dietary Sources & Bioavailability" will be held at Deakin University, Burwood Campus,
Lecture Theatre 9 (Room N1.04 in Building N)
on Thursday 21st February, 2008 (4pm - 5pm)
No need to RSVP - all welcome.
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!!
Department of Human Services + Deakin University Partnership
Barwon–South Western Region
Strengthening Community Capacity
Friday 14 March 2008
Adams Court, Eastern Park, East Geelong
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 www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs
Robin Daly and Sonja Kukuljan, on behalf on the GENTS project team (Shona Bass, Caryl Nowson, Jo Salmon, Kerrie Sanders and Geoff Nicholson), received the 2007 Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award from the Department of Planning and Community Development, Sport and Recreation Victoria for their research project titled 'The Geelong Exercise and Nutrition Training Study - GENTS Lifestyle Program'.
We have just been advised by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
that the Board of DAA has formally endorsed the accreditation of the Master
of Dietetics. All graduates from the Master of Dietetics at Deakin will be eligible for full membership of DAA and to participate in the Accredited Practising Dietitian program.
PAUL DELLA GATTA, a APA funded Deakin PhD student (supervised by Assoc Prof David Cameron-Smith was awarded the best young investigator award at the 8th International Society for Exercise Immunology meeting in Sendai Japan, Oct 25-27.
His oral presentation titled "Acute resistance exercise markedly upregulates gene expression of key chemotactic factors in skeletal muscle" continues the current theme of work investigating how muscle adapts to exercise, enabling muscle growth and strength gains.
His work has characterised novel factors involved in muscle regeneration that may be altered in older individuals and importantly, can be beneficially modified by exercise training and nutrient ingestion. This theme of work has resulted in 2 very recent grants.
1. Funding through the CSIRO - Flagship Collaboration Fund in the Food Futures Flagship ($100,000), examining a novel biological active extract, identified as a byproduct of current food manufacture that could form a new value-added nutraceutical.
2. An International grant through Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI) the national agency that representing the US Dairy which awarded our group $170,000 for a project to examine how dairy proteins are also beneficial in stimulating growth and muscular repair following exercise in older individuals.
These projects will assist with HDR training and will be used in developing skills, methodologies and quality publications for further National/International grant applications.
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:
Manager, Collaborative Programs & Research
Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
221 Burwood Highway
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee will be the face of Deakin University’s activities in India.
Mr Lee will assist with the promotion of the Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI), which will develop research opportunities in India and Australia, for the benefit of people in both countries.
Mr Lee will also have a key role in shaping a new charitable fund that is part of the Institute. The fund will support working on projects such as setting up water filtration plans and creating better sanitation programs, which will make a difference to the lives of million of Indians.
Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Walker said she was thrilled that Mr Lee had agreed to assist in the promotion.
‘Mr Lee is a highly talented young Australian who, through great dedication and hard work, has achieved an enormous amount in Test cricket,’ she said.
‘Like Deakin, Mr Lee is highly respected both in Australia and India. What we are doing in India is unique. Deakin is the first Australian university to establish its own research institute in India.
‘As Mr Lee said to me when we first met to talk about this partnership, there are similarities between what he has done and what Deakin University is trying to do as we strive to succeed in a highly competitive higher education sector. At Deakin we are absolutely dedicated to working hard to achieve quality outcomes in our research and our teaching. This is not dissimilar to the single-minded determination that he has had so as to achieve as a cricketer.’
Mr Lee said he was excited by the partnership because, as well as being able to assist people in India to improve their education and living standards, many of the research projects would be relevant and advantageous to Australia.
‘There is already a great relationship between Australia and India in cricket and in business,’ the champion fast bowler said.
‘What has attracted me to this relationship with Deakin University is that I am convinced that Deakin is committed to a genuine and equal partnership with India. To be able to exchange research ideas, to have Australian students working in India, and Indian students studying in Australia, is going to help people in both countries.’
Deakin University is also cementing its relationships in India by announcing its support for the iCONGO awareness-building initiative, the RIGHT every WRONG movement.
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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!!
A reunion was held in early March for Food Science and Nutrition Alumni. Past students joined lecturers Stuart Smith, Stuart Johnson and Adel Yousif for a meal and drinks at Michelangelo’s Restaurant in Burwood. Attendees enjoyed an evening of networking and socialising that included meeting new people as well as catching up with old class mates. Everone enjoyed the night and were keen to meet up again. The next gathering that is planned for later this year. Stay posted for further details.
8th Annual Fourth Year Research Conference
TRANSLATING RESEARCH INTO ACTION
Friday 26 October 2007
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, 221 Burwood Highway
See your Deakin email for details regarding your presentation.
On Friday 26 October 2007, approximately 160 fourth year research students will present their research findings in a conference setting. Attendance and presentation at the Conference is a hurdle requirement for all Honours and Fourth Year Research students enrolled in the Faculty.
The purpose of the Fourth Year Research Conference is to showcase the activities of the new generation of researchers in the health and behavioural sciences. The most outstanding paper and presentation in each of the concurrent groups will be awarded a prize.
Online registration will be open soon and details of presentation times will be available one week prior to the Conference.
For further information contact:
Telephone: 924 46341
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Social Work supervision in Australia - A critical perspective - Ronnie Egan from Victoria University
Supporting Functional Family Relationships in Death and Beyond.
Greg Robers BSW (Hons) & current HDR student
Supporting Functional Family
Greg Roberts BSW (Hons) & current Deakin HDR student
Nutrient profiling models have been adopted throughout the world in varying contexts. They aim to value foods according to their contribution to health.
The Obesity Policy Coalition would like to invite you to a Melbourne Forum on nutrient profiling. This free afternoon event will feature a number of prominent speakers. To find out more about the speakers please download the invitation attached.
When: Tuesday 4th September
Time: 1:30 - 5:30pm
Where: 100 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
RSVP by 28th August: email@example.com
please note numbers are limited for this event
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.
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Wed 31 October 2007 6:30pm – 8:30pm
3rd Annual Collaborative Research School for Higher Degree Students in Nursing
Victorian and Tasmanian Deans of Nursing and Midwifery
For participants this Research School will:
Tackling Mental Health Drought Initiatives 2006-2007
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This one day conference, held on Friday, 29 June, at the Burwood campus, aimed to provide health professionals with a summary of the most recent evidence relating Vitamin D to health, the new public health and policy recommendations related to dietary intake, sunlight exposure, lifestyle factors and the latest recent research findings.
The first of the faculty of Health Medicine Nursing and Behavioural Sciences cultural awareness sessions was held on Friday March 30 at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus. This session was organised by the Associate Dean of Research, Professor Sing Kai Lo and involved a visit and presentation by Consul Gao Wei cultural affairs representative from the office of the consulate general of the people’s republic of China. Consul Wei spoke to a group of over 40 people on cultural aspects such as culinary customs, aspects relating to business related communication, and of the friendly and relaxed culture that constitutes modern Chinese Culture. Unfortunately due to technical difficulties the video on Chinese culture could not be shown, however the session worked well as a question and answer forum.
With interest we look forward to the next cultural awareness session which will involve Chinese Tea tasting. Details of the next session are to follow
Deakin University, in association with the Dept of Regional Development Victoria, hosted this conference on November 17, 2006.
This one day conference attracted attendees from a wide range of interest groups (secondary school teachers, careers teachers, TAFE and University academics, government and industry scientists and managers).
The keynote speaker was Professor Charles Daly, Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Food Science, Cork University, Ireland.
The School of Psychology conducts a weekly colloquia series each semester, on both the Geelong campus at the Waterfront and the Melbourne campus at Burwood. There is a wide range of topics covered at these colloquia, and presenters include international researchers, professionals, and Deakin University academics and postgraduate students. For more information please visit the colloquia websiteWebsite containing more information on Seminar programs
Volume 3, Issue 3 September 2007
Read about the recent activities of our students and staff.
Several staff within the School have been successful in winning internal grant support from the University's CRGS scheme for 2008.
Verity Cleland and Nicky Welch
Kylie Hesketh and Karen Campbell
Well done to all of you and to anyone else who has had success with this scheme
The Deakin University Leadership in Nursing Awards program is an annual event that recognises nurses who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
The inaugural Leadership in Nursing Award was presented at a gala dinner with guest speaker Hon Joan Kirner AM on Thursday May 3, 2007.
Workshop:Introduction to Health Coaching for Health Professionals -Two Day Workshop
Venue: Balmoral Receptions, 66 Hyland St (Hamilton Highway), Fyansford, VIC
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The Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University hosted their 4th Annual Symposium on 14th and 15th November 2006 at the Burwood campus.
This year's symposium was a great success! Sponsored by Dairy Australia, with gifts donated by Waurn Ponds Estate Winery at Deakin and The Chocolate Box, the Symposium was the ideal forum for our HDR student oral and poster presentations, demonstrating the high calibre of cutting-edge research being conducted in our School.
Over two days, national and international students from Deakin and other universities, including the University of Otago in NZ, participated in the Symposium. Research topics covered ranged from sports training and performance, physical activity, nutrition, obesity and health, promotion of healthy eating and physical activity and food innovations.
Our three keynote speakers gave enlightening presentations:
Professor Sean Strain described research into fish consumption, nutrition and developmental outcomes, while Dr Ross Smith discussed the role of the AFL Research Board.
Finally Mr Matt McGregor gave interesting insights into issues relating to public dissemination of potentially controversial research.
If you are a past graduate of the Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition or B.App. Sci (Food Science and Nutrition) you may be interested in joining our Alumni.
Food Science and Nutrition Alumni Chapter if you would like to be notified about future events
Boyd Swinburn, as President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, has teamed up with Diabetes Australia, Victoria and the Cancer Council of Victoria to establish the Parents Jury as an advocacy platform for parents who want to have their say on the nutrition and physical activity environments for children. It started last year with 12 foundation jury members and has now grown to nearly 700 members. In their recent awards for TV advertisements, McDonalds Happy Meal won the Pester Power Award, Kelloggs Coco Pops (with Monica Trapaga) won the Smoke and Mirrors Award for telling only half the nutritional story and (bless them) the Australian Government won the Parents Choice Award for the 2+5 campaign. If you are a parent and you want to add your voice to collective push to improve the nutrition and physical activity environments for kids, then join free of charge at parentsjury.org.au
At the annual Vice Chancellor's Awards evening, held at the Waterfront Campus,
staff of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
were recognised in a number of categories.
Congratulations to those staff
members who received the following Awards at the ceremony.
On 8 April 2006 the Australian Government announced that Victoria will get its first rural and regional Medical School at Deakin University. The medical school will offer a graduate entry program for mature-aged students with strong links to regional and rural Australia and will be located on the Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds.
The campaign to establish a Medical School commenced more that two years ago led by the Dean of Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Professor John Catford.
Professor Catford has been working closely with all health services and medical groups across Western Victoria to ensure the proposal would be responsive to regional priorities. The recent strategic alliance with the University of Ballarat has also given additional strength to the exercise ensuring that Victoria’s two leading rural and regional universities are working together to improve leadership in health care.
For up to date information on Deakin Medicine please visit the Medical