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Upcoming event: Mindfulness and how it can assist people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Jeffrey Schwartz is a clinical psychiatrist who has translated classical mindfulness training into a highly successful treatment for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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

Date Thursday 24 October 2013
Time 9.30am-12.30pm
Venue Room Y1.15, Deakin University's Melbourne Burwood Campus
Cost $150 external guest or $100 Deakin staff and students
register online now

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Winners of 3MT competition 2013!

The University finals of the Three-Minute Thesis competition were held in Geelong yesterday 18 July 2013. SENS had two students competing in the Final competition.
PhD student Rebecca Lindberg was the Winner and Kim Anderson was Runner-Up. Rebecca’s thesis presentation focussed on food insecurity in Australia. Kim’s presentation was on the NDRG2 gene alleviating the loss of skeletal muscle.
Rebecca wins $2000 and will now represent Deakin University at the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition at the University of Western Sydney in October. Kim Anderson wins $1000.

You can read about their achievements and watch their presentations at:


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New: Health UCMS

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 ( > 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:

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Prestigious new position for Professor

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.

National Health Fusion Team Challenge

Looking for a relevant and innovative experience prior to graduation?

The National Health Fusion Team challenge will give you the chance to develop your skills in collaborative healthcare practice, represent your University in a prestigious national event and defend Deakin University’s title of National Champions.

The National Health Fusion Team Challenge is a prestigious national extracurricular competition held in Brisbane, Queensland, each year with teams of health students participating from universities across Australia and New Zealand for the national title. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in teamwork and collaborative practice as they work with colleagues from across the Faculty to develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. Teams then present their management plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges on competition day.

Deakin University won the National Competition in 2011, which was a terrific achievement given it was the first year we entered a team in the event. We are now looking for a new interprofessional team of enthusiastic, collaborative, committed, team-orientated students to defend the title in 2012!

Who can take part?
Students in the latter part of their degrees from the following disciplines are invited to apply: medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, clinical exercise physiology, and dietetics. A team of six students will be selected to represent Deakin University in this event.

When will the National Health Fusion Team Challenge take place?
The event this year will be held on Friday 31 August 2012, in Brisbane. The Faculty of Health will cover the cost of your flights, accommodation and transfers.

How will the event be run?
On the day of the event, each team will present their management plan in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. At the completion of all presentations teams will be asked to respond to a series of questions or exercises designed to test their teamwork skills under pressure. During this process the judging panel may question teams about the case or the teamwork processes they used. The team that performs the best over the course of the day is then awarded first place.

How to apply
Applications are now open.

To apply, please email an expression of interest to the Faculty’s Interprofessional Education Coordinator, Catherine Ward, on, stating in 100 words or less, ‘Why I should represent my profession in the National Health Fusion Team Challenge’.

Applications close on Friday 25 May 2012.

More information
For more information please visit the web page below or contact Catherine Ward on or 5227 8437.

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Deakin University wins the 2011 National Health Fusion Team Challenge

On Friday 26 August an interprofessional team of Deakin students won the National Health Fusion Team Challenge, hosted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane. 2011 is the first time Deakin has entered a team in this national event, and the Faculty of Health and the broader University are thrilled with the success our students have had.

The Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is a national extracurricular competition between mixed Interprofessional teams of health students nearing the end of their studies. The event provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. The highlight of each HFTC is the public competition where student teams come together to present their management plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges.

The 2011 event saw Deakin compete with teams from Flinders University, Griffith University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.

Deakin’s winning team was made up of students from across the Faculty of Health: Marguerite Conley (Master of Dietetics), Emily Dalton (Bachelor of Nursing), Paul Dodemaide (Bachelor of Social Work), Radhika Sheorey (Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery), Penelope Watts (Master of Psychology (Clinical)), Vivian Winkler (Bachelor of occupational Therapy).

The students were tasked with compiling and presenting a management plan for a 23 year old man with an acquired brain injury caused by a motor vehicle accident the man had after he had been drinking. Ten months after the accident the man was left with memory loss, epilepsy and reduced motor control, which was leading to falls. He also had increased emotional outbursts, frustration, and lived in a very complex family situation.

The students had a four-week preparation period, during which they met on eLive and in person, and did their own research to come up with a management package for the patient. Health practitioners in the community and several Deakin staff acted as mentors during this period.

On the day of the National Health Fusion Team Challenge, after participating in a series of heats throughout the day, each team presented their management plan in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. At the completion of all presentations each team was asked to respond to a series of timed extension questions or exercises designed to test their teamwork skills under pressure. During this process they were questioned by the judging panel about the case and the teamwork processes they used.

The students’ presentation was extremely professional, well researched and thorough. They were fantastic ambassadors for Deakin University not only in the final event, but also through the course of the entire day. They put in a great deal of preparation before the event and approached it with a high level of enthusiasm, and this was evident in their teamwork skills and the quality of their presentation.

Congratulations also to Mrs Catherine Ward, Lecturer in Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare, School of Psychology. Catherine has coordinated Deakin’s efforts in the Health Fusion Team Challenge.

Left to right in the picture below: Paul Dodemaide, Margie Conley, Vivian Winkler, Penny Watts, Radhika Sheorey and Emily Dalton

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Faculty of Health global citizens!

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

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

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

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

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

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A healthy diet equals a healthy mind

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.

Back-to-back Lambda Literary Awards for Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli of the School of Health and Social Development has once again been awarded a prestigious Lambda Literary Award. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli was shortlisted and subsequently awarded as joint winner in the fiction category of the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards, held in New York in May last year. This year she was nominated and shortlisted in the bisexual non-fiction category, and was announced as category winner at the awards ceremony in New York on 27 May.

The Lambda’s are awarded annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation to works celebrating or exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli’s nominated book Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools is published by academic publisher Rowman and Littlefield. The first book of its kind internationally, it explores the experiences of bisexual students, mixed sexual orientation families, and polyamorous families in schools. It is testimony to Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli’s breadth of expertise and ability to write for multiple audiences that she has received this international recognition in both award categories.

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli is internationally recognised as a leading writer, researcher, lecturer, consultant and activist in the issues of cultural, sexual and gender diversity and family diversity in health and education. Her first book for young adults, Tapestry, explored five generations of her family’s history in Australia and Italy and was short-listed by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli is author of Girls’ Talk, Boys’ Stuff, Someone You Know, and When Our Children Come Out.

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Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research

The Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, within the School of Psychology, is one of Deakin University's Strategic Research Centres.

More than 25% of the global ‘burden of disease’ results from mental and neurological disorders1. This is predicted to rise until 2030. Mental ill health is associated with each of the other six major contributors to the total disease burden as well. In Australia, 55%-60% of people currently in need do not receive mental health treatment2. We are committed to addressing these issues through our research and research training program.

The Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research conducts applied research into the mental health of the general population and the mental health of socially marginalised and disadvantaged groups, emphasising complex conditions of mental ill health and co-morbidity. General population research focuses on mental health and wellbeing of youth and mental health and wellbeing of adults including the aged. Research into the mental health of socially marginalised and disadvantaged groups focuses on people with disability and/or chronic disease as well as prisoners and offenders. Our research addresses issues of co-morbidity, mental health service system performance, treatment efficacy, and individual access and engagement in treatment for various conditions across these population groupings. Research into quality of life is conducted across all these population groupings.

Our objectives are to conduct internationally recognized solutions-focused research that promotes mental health outcomes and to produce high quality trained researchers who contribute to mental health promotion and improved intervention through innovative research into preconditions, treatments, sound practices, and systems analyses. Through internal and external collaborations as well as strong industry partnerships we have built a solid platform for our continuing success.

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NHMRC grant success

The School of Psychology’s Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research – a Deakin University Strategic Research Centre – has recently been successful in winning a prestigious and highly sought after National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant for 2011.

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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

Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

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.

Holistic Health Project

The Holistic Health Project

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

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

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

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

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

Principal researchers:
Dr. Shane McIver (
Rasha Tayeh (

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Deakin University WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and the CO-OPS Collaboration 'Obesity Prevention Short Course'

The next Deakin University Obesity Prevention short course, hosted by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity prevention and the CO-OPS Collaboration of Community based Obesity Prevention sites will conduct their five day course from 28 June to 2 July 2010 at Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus.

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New Head for the School of Psychology

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 4-11 June

Medical Research Week will be conducted from 4-11 June 2010. A Student Research Symposium designed for all Victorian medical research students will be conducted on Thursday 10 June. Three tertiary careers information evenings will also be conducted; Tuesday 11 May, Wednesday 19 May and Wednesday 26 May.

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Memories for Safe Keeping dementia photographic exhibition

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.

School of Psychology staff members win a University Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant

Mr Gery Karantzas, Dr Greg Tooley, Associate Professor Alex Mussap and Ms Susie Macfarlane are developing and evaluating a semi-structured problem-based collaborative learning approach to tutorials. The goal is to assist health and social science students develop Deakin Graduate Attributes associated with working in interdisciplinary teams, increase opportunities for deep learning and develop best practice in on-campus and off-campus tutorial teaching.

School of Psychology staff win Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citations

Congratulations to Dr Greg Tooley, Ms Susie Macfarlane and Associate Professor Alex Mussap on their Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citations for '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'.

These citations are very prestigious and reflect an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of staff.

Rural Allied Health Scholarship Scheme

The Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme is open to individuals with a rural background studying various allied health disciplines. The scholarship provides $10,000 per annum to assist students with accommodation, living and travel expenses for the duration of their studies.

Applications for the 2010 academic year opened on 22nd September 2009 and close on 2nd November 2009.

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Scholarships for Children of Veterans intending Tertiary Studies in 2010

In 2010 the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust will be providing financial assistance for up to 65 students under many different scholarship schemes. All schemes help the selected children in need of the Australian veteran community with the costs of tertiary education. Applications close on 31 October 2009.

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The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few

Wednesday 9 April 12.30-1.30 pm AEST Melbourne

Webinar presented by Associate Professor in Public Health Colin Bell, Deakin University School of Medicine.

In September 2011, UN member states convened for only the second time in history to discuss a health issue. The high-level meeting focused on the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Before the summit in New York, Ban Ki-moon described it as a 'chance to broker an international commitment that puts non-communicable disease high on the development agenda, where they belong'. Countries and UN agencies have already begun responding to the political declaration from the meeting but one of the critical issues is who is the workforce and are they adequately trained?

With insight's into health systems of countries in the Western Pacific from over four years working with the World Health Organization, Associate Professor Bell will give his perspective on building capacity to address NCDs globally and insights into innovations being introduced public health medicine training at Deakin Medical School that will better prepare students for responding to this disease burden.

This webinar is relevant for alumni of Deakin’s School of Medicine and current students plus public health academics and practitioners.

You will need to register to attend this webinar here

Developing and Evaluating Evidence-based Behaviour Change Interventions

Deakin University will be hosting a visit from internationally renowned behaviour change expert Professor Charles Abraham. Professor Abraham is the Professor of Psychology Applied to Health at the University of Exeter in the UK. He is a behavioural scientist with specialist expertise in the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions in range of areas such as smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, physical fitness, diabetes management, weight reduction and more.

Our Centre of Mental Health and Wellbeing and School of Psychology would like to inform of you two upcoming events in which Professor Abraham will present on Developing and Evaluating Evidence-based Behaviour Change Interventions.

1. Seminar
This seminar would suit individuals who would like an overview of current best practice in the area of behaviour change.
Date: Wednesday 5 February
Time: 4 pm – 5.30 pm
Venue: Melbourne Burwood Campus, Deakin University B3.07 (LT 05).

2. Master Class
This master class will suit clinicians and researchers already working in the area of behaviour change.
Date: Wednesday 12 February
Time: 9 am – 12.30 pm
Venue: Melbourne City Centre.

Please RSVP Katharine Woods ( for the master class - it is not necessary to RSVP for the seminar.

We hope you will join us at one of these exciting events.

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Peter Quail Oration 2013

Peter Quail Oration 2013 'Where next for prevention of chronic disease? Scaling up from community based obesity prevention in schools to whole populations'.

Dr Steven Allender, Professor of Population Health and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University presented the 2013 Peter Quail Oration: 'Where next for prevention of chronic disease? Scaling up from community based obesity prevention in schools to whole populations' on Tuesday 22 October at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront Campus. Steve has an ongoing program of research on the burden of disease and obesity prevention. Recent work has seen a particular interest in the emerging burden of chronic disease in developed and developing countries and the possibilities for using complex systems approaches for community-based intervention.

Steve presented a summary covering the first ten years of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and the current program of research relating to the development of novel obesity prevention as well as scaling up from community-based obesity prevention in schools to whole populations.

The Peter Quail Oration was filmed for distribution as a Deakin Cloud link and was well attended and enthusiastically received by a large 80 plus audience.

Presentation (pdf 3.6Mb)

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Exciting new accreditation for School of Psychology

The School of Psychology was recently accredited as a ‘Board-approved supervisor training provider’ by the Psychology Board of Australia. The School was one of only six that were awarded the accreditation across Australia. The School is now accredited to provide full training until December 2018 and will do this in collaboration with DeakinPrime.

Still happy, less healthy?

Victorians are being urged to take realistic actions to improve their health and wellness with the announcement of the Bupa Take Steps for Good Health fun run and walk festival, to be held on the first day of summer. Taking place at Melbourne's iconic Tan Track on 1 December 2013, the event celebrates wellness and kick-starting sustainable, healthy habits with family and friends.

The announcement of the festival comes as social trends research reveals Victorians are just as satisfied with their personal health as they were a decade ago, even though obesity rates continue to rise.

Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), Professor Jane Speight, said a fun run-type event was a great goal for Victorians to work towards.

'Having a goal, such as a fun run or group activity, is a great motivator to encourage people to build better habits and to see how enjoyable a more active lifestyle can be,' said Prof Speight.

'We can see that there is a divide between self-perceptions of good health and the increase in silent risk factors for poor future health, and it doesn't appear to be improving. People receive so many health messages every single day, and we understand that getting started can be a minefield. Moderation is key to making sustainable changes to benefit health, and we're urging Victorians to just get started with one step at a time.'

The Bupa Take Steps for Good Health festival kicks off the first official day of summer this year on Sunday 1 December. The walk/run will be followed by Summer’s Healthiest Picnic with entertainment, games, live cooking demonstrations, healthy living stalls and more.

Please register via the website. The Festival starts from 9am at the Tan track at Royal Botanical Gardens and Tom's Block, Melbourne.

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Where next for prevention of chronic disease

Deakin University, Department of Health and Department of Human Services Strategic Alliance (Barwon-South West) presents the Peter Quail Oration 2013: Where next for prevention of chronic disease?
Scaling up from community-based obesity prevention
in schools to whole populations.

Dr Steven Allender, Professor of Public Health and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, will be the guest speaker at the oration.

The oration will take place on Tuesday 22 October 2013
at the Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus

The oration will be available for live viewing in room B3.03 at the Warrnambool Campus.

RSVP to Christopher Loughnan at

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Allied Health Scholarships

Applications for the allied health component of the 2014 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)and will close 15 October 2013.

There are thee scholarship streams:
Postgraduate scholarship
Continuing Professional Development Scholarship
Clinical Psychology Scholarship

For more information on these scholarships, please visit Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health website

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NOMAD Dinner Discussion Night - Tickets now available

Tickets to NOMAD's dinner discussion night, to be held on 20 September at 6.30pm at Truffleduck, are now available from

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

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Research participants needed for cravings studies

My 4th year thesis students need some help with recruiting more participants, and I’m hoping you might be able to assist. They have all been working very hard on recruitment, but are struggling to get the required numbers and time is running out.

There are three projects, all related to examining the effects on cravings of a range of simple, self-administered techniques.

The research projects and target groups are:
1.Food cravings: participants with a BMI over 30(Burwood).

2.Food cravings: Newish mothers, those who have given birth within the last year(Greater Melbourne).
Nicole and Ruth can do the research at your home if preferred.
Contact: Nicole: 0438 010 459, or Ruth: 0410 534 044

3.Cigarette cravings: participants smoking 10+ cigarettes a day
(Geelong and Burwood).
Contact: Katherine Stanley at with the subject line: Craving Study

How you could help, if willing...

  • to pass this on information to any people you know that might be interested in learning techniques to reduce cravings and happy to be part of the research;

  • in participating yourself, if interested.

If you can help, that would be much appreciated.

Thanks Andrew
Andrew McClelland

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Victoria 3125.
Tel: +61 (3) 9246 8185

Save the date for NOMADs Dinner Discussion Night

Please save the date for NOMAD's Dinner Discussion Night.

The event will take place on Friday 20 September at 6.30pm at the Truffleduck in Fyansford.

More information will be available closer to the date so watch this space.

If you'd like to find out more about NOMAD, please visit their website:

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Congratulations to the winners of our 3MT semi-final!

Congratulations Kim Anderson and Alex Head on winning the Faculty of Health 3MT Semi-Final, held on Thursday 27 June. The standard of presentations this year was extremely high and the judges had a difficult decision selecting the winners. Congratulations also to all the Faculty of Health HDR students who participated in the school heats and faculty semi-final.

Kim Anderson is a PhD candidate in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences supervised by Dr Torie Foletta. Her thesis title is “The regulation and function of NDRG2 in skeletal muscle."

Alex Head is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology supervised by Associate Professor Jane McGillivray. Her thesis title is “The Female Profile of Autism."

The Faculty of Health also encourages you to attend the final of the Deakin University 3 Minute Thesis competition to support Kim and Alex, which will take place on Thursday 18 July 2013.

Deakin University 3 Minute thesis competition Final
Drinks and nibbles provided following the event:
Thursday 18th July 2013
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, (Drama Theatre)
50 Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

RSVP by 11th July 2013 to

Research participants required: Participants for Mother/Child Physical Activity Study!

I am seeking mothers of 12 to 36 month old (1-3 year old) toddlers!

If this is you, I would like to extend an invitation for you to take part in a study that I am currently conducting. To be eligible you must be able to speak/read/write fluent English, be with your child most of the day on at least 4 days/week and your child must be walking independently. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

The Mother and Child Physical Activity (MACPAC) study that we are conducting aims to examine mothers and children’s physical activity across different periods of the day and to identify some of the things that influence young children’s physical activity.

Your involvement would be as follows:

Activity monitors:
We will ask you and your child to wear an activity monitor for one week. The activity monitors are small, lightweight devices that are worn around your waist (over or under clothing) and measure movement. We’ve used these monitors on thousands of adults and children as young as 18-months old in our research institute over a number of years.

We will ask you to fill out an online survey that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This survey will ask for some background information (age, education, etc.), your thoughts about physical activity and some of the things that you do with your child.

Height & Weight:
Finally, we will measure the height and weight of you and your child. These measurements will be done in private by trained research staff and all measurements will be kept confidential.

All participants will receive a $10 voucher for their time.

For more information about the study, please contact Jill Hnatiuk at or 03 9251 7262.

Solutions to obesity in the community

Come join the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)for a free seminar on solutions to obesity on the community. A focus on primary care.

This seminar will endeavour to educate you on consumer's attitudes and beliefs for nutrition and physical activity, address how parents support healthy behaviours and lifestyles and challenges and opportunities in obesity prevention and care.

When and where:
Monday 15 July 2013
Venue: Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Places are limited. Please RSVP by Friday 5 July 2013 to:
Online registration:

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NOMAD Rural Health Careers Day

Brought to you by NOMAD (Deakin), WILDFIRE (Monash) & OUTLOOK (Melbourne) Rural Health Clubs.

Are you interested in a career in rural health? Do you want to know what a career in rural health would involve? Are you keen to learn/practice some clinical skills?

Come along to the Rural Health Careers Day to learn about some of the exciting experiences on offer in rural health, learn some new clinical skills and enjoy a 3 course lunch with fantastic guest speakers.

The day includes:
• A rural career information session for nursing and medical students
• An expo of health organisations to answer all of your questions about rural careers
• A 3 course lunch with fantastic guest speakers
• A clinical skills sessions on plastering and suturing with experienced rural GPs
• A certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants.

Venue - Deakin Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong
D2.194 + D2.193
Book now! Tickets only $10.00

Inquiries -

Sponsored by:
MIPS, Avant and MDA National

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Deakin Life! program

Concerned about your health? Unsure about where to start? Do you just need some help?
The Life! program at Deakin University might be just what you need!
You will receive one individual health coaching session followed by five group sessions to help you with the following areas:

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Stress management

  • Sleep and relaxation

To assist you with your journey, you will:

  • receive a complimentary Life! workbook to guide you through these topics and to help you make lasting changes.

  • receive expert health coaching that is run by trained facilitators who are health professionals

  • information on courses running on campus at convenient times and locations

Limited space available!
This is a free program, funded by the Victorian Government and run by Diabetes Australia – Victoria.
For your eligibility, please take the online test. And if you score a point average of 12 or above, please contact Jacinta Sharpe.
Free Diabetes screening also available for Deakin Staff members and students!!! Contact Jacinta Sharpe for more information.

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Congratulations Shane Boney

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

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

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

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Medical maggots make a comeback

Maggots at Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus will be put to work on Bairnsdale ulcer wounds, to eat away dead flesh and improve healing in a pilot study being developed with Barwon Health.

Deakin microbiologist and researcher Dr Melanie Thomson yesterday said maggot use was just one olden-day remedy that could be employed in the apocalyptic age of antibiotic resistance and superbugs.

From the Geelong Advertiser
Geelong Advertiser - Old therapy may heal wounds

Annual NOMAD wine tour

Deakin University’s rural health club, Nursing, Occupational Health, Medicine and Allied Health at Deakin (NOMAD), are heading on a tour of wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula with lunch at Terindah Estate.

Special guests, Dr Ashraf Takla and his wife, Annalaise, a local GP and radiographer from Boort in north-west Victoria, have been invited to attend to talk about their careers in a rural township.

The bus will depart at 9am on Saturday 20 April from the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. Tickets are limited and are only available to NOMAD members, so make sure you secure your place. For more information on the tour, please contact NOMAD via their Facebook page

New members are always welcome to join NOMAD – please visit their website to find out how:

NOMAD head to the Northern Territory

Congratulations to Simon Hume and Adrian Luscombe from NOMAD, Deakin University’s rural health club, for being invited to participate in the Top End Rural High School Visits Program 2013.

The program takes place in the Northern Territory, running from Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May and aims to promote further education and health career opportunities to high school students via workshops.

NOMAD is Deakin University’s rural health club and is open to students studying in Faculty of Health. More information on NOMAD, including how to join, can be found at

Need Wireless?

'Deakin Open Wireless' is being turned off - connect to Eduroam.

The ‘Deakin Open Wireless’ pilot is now complete, and an evaluation of the service will be done for future wireless solutions.

As a Deakin University student or staff member, use your username and password to connect to Deakin's wireless network, Eduroam - a far superior wireless service. Go on, you're worth it!

Easy to use connection videos available here.

PhD Scholarship in Population Health SRC

Optimising Health Literacy to improve public health across Victorian communities

The research project

The project provides opportunities for the advancement of health literacy - the ability to seek, understand and use health information - within an ARC-funded linkage project. This project will take a fresh approach to health literacy to understand vulnerable members of our community and to develop supports and interventions to enable services to reduce health inequalities. Across eight Victorian organisations a new approach to health literacy is being developed that involves consultations with consumers, practitioners and managers, and advances intervention development and implementation.

The research environment

The project is led by Professors Richard Osborne (Deakin) and Rachelle Buchbinder (Monash University), and Dr Alison Beauchamp (Deakin). The candidate will be based academically within the vibrant and innovative research culture of the Public Health Innovation Unit, Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University. The project team are recognised as international leaders in health literacy and patient education. The team is interdisciplinary, focused on excellence in intervention development and implementation science, and committed to making positive contributions in the community. In partnership with a wide range of stakeholders the team has generated a variety of innovations and tools used both nationally and internationally.

The PhD Scholar

The awardee is expected to use quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to advance the science of developing and testing new public health interventions at both the individual level and at the service level. Potential research areas for the awardee include the development and use of new approaches to health literacy to inform policy and practice and to improve equity of access, health outcomes and reduce social inequalities in health. A realist synthesis approach may also be considered, based on an extensive program of interviews and data collection across contexts.


  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements and must hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master’s degree in a related field with a substantial research component (or equivalent).

  • Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.

  • Candidates with clinical (e.g. occupational therapy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, social work) and other discipline backgrounds (e.g. public health, health promotion, health services research, program evaluation) are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please read the terms and conditions (131 KB) of the award for more details.
To apply, please submit an online application.


The scholarship stipend rate is $29,844 per annum (2013 rate) for 3 years.

For further information

Please contact Dr Alison Beauchamp Ph. +61 3 92446517,, Professor Richard Osborne, Chair of Public Health, Population Health Strategic Research Centre Ph. +61 3 924 46999, or Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital Ph. +61 3 95094445,

Closing date: 8 May 2013

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation

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.

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Dose up on exercise

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 or 03 9244 5013.

Nursing and Midwifery Information Evening 2013

At the Nursing and Midwifery information evening, you will learn about the undergraduate 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 Psychological Studies (formally Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Information Evenings at the following campuses and times:

Friday 31 May
Warrnambool City Centre
165 Timor Street Warrnambool

Tuesday 18 June
Room: I2.05 (LT2)
Melbourne Burwood Campus

Thursday 20 June
Room: d2.193 (Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre)
Geelong Waterfront Campus

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Newly opened Warrnambool city centre

Called Deakin On Timor, the newly opened site, is based in the historic Regal Cafe building owned by the city council.

Warnambool city centreIt includes spaces for meetings for students and lecturers, a functions room, boardroom and corporate lounge. There is on site staff providing course advice and general information.

The University also provides free wi-fi access for students and staff using the adjacent Civic Green.Warnambool city centre

“Imagine our Deakin students scattered across the Civic Green using their laptops courtesy of the free wi-fi,” head of the Warrnambool campus Professor Greg Wood said.

“It contributes to Warrnambool’s vision of being recognised as a smart city and builds on the city’s cultural and education precinct.

Warnambool city centre“Students and lecturers will be able to strengthen connections with our community partners,” he said.

Deakin last had a CBD presence about 20 years ago.

Although the building will no longer be a public cafe it will have coffee facilities for students. It will be staffed by co-ordinator Anna O’Keeffe, part-time co-ordinator Sarah Evans and community relations manager Geraldine Moloney.

Warnambool city centreSo if you are planning a trip to visit Warrnambool or going there for work, pop into the centre and see what it's all about.

Workplace giving

A new initiative for 2012, Deakin hopes to have at least 350 Deakin staff members giving to our community partners or scholarships or research programs through the Workplace giving program.

Have a look at the video. How many staff members do you know?

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The New Deakin VPN

Deakin eSolutions has improved and simplified the way we access IT resources remotely.
When you need to access a resource which is not available, there is the Deakin VPN.
The previous VPN was frequently blocked by hotel firewalls and conference venues becoming unreliable. As a result Deakin has upgraded to a Deakin Secure Access SSL VPN solution.

Your new VPN has been automatically pushed out to your Deakin Desktop. Once it is installed you can connect to the new SSL VPN using your Deakin username and password.

Please note:

For laptops that do not operate with the Deakin Desktop image, the software is available for download via the Deakin Software Library, Apple iStore and Google Play.

The current VPN will be phased out in January 2013.


A help sheet on using the client has been made available here.

Deakin Image Library

Deakin University has compiled images from across the Faculties. You can access this image repository, look through the different libraries and request the use of an image.

Deakin image library

Deakin University's Service Awards

What a fantastic outcome for the 2012 service awards! These awards were presented by our PVC - Health, Brendan Crotty, across the different campuses, in recognition for staff members' years of service and great support to Deakin University.

Awards by area of employment:

PVC's Office - Health
20 years awards

  • Mr John Colley, Administration Officer (Student Advice) within the Health - Student and Academic Services (HSAS) group

  • Associate Professor Bernie Marshall, Associate Dean (teaching and learning)

15 years awards

  • Ms Jane Acopian, Associate Lecturer (Educational Technology)

  • Mr Steve Sawyer, Manager, Collaborative Programs & Research

10 years awards

  • Mr Bill Atasever, Web Team Leader

  • Ms Deanna Errey, Executive Assistant to the Pro Vice-Chancellor

  • Mr Matthew Ebden, Coordinator Barwon and SW REgion Partnerships and Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development

  • Mr Ben Letson, Technical Projects Manager

  • Mr Jamie Mulholland, Technical Officer

School of Health and Social Development
20 years award

  • Dr Jan Garrard, Senior Lecturer

10 years awards

  • Ms Natalie Hakman, Associate Lecturer

  • Dr Elizable Hoban, Senior Lecturer

  • Professor Karen Stagnitti, Personal Chair

  • Ms Rebecca Stockdale, Lecturer

School of Medicine
20 years award

  • Mr Scott Lee, Research Officer

10 years award

  • Professor Alister Ward, Associate Head of School (Research)

School of Exercise and Nutrition
15 years awards

  • Associate Professor Mark Lawrence, Associate Professor

  • Professor Rod Snow, Chair in Exercise Physiology

10 years awards

  • Dr Torie Foletta, Research Fellow

  • Ms Anne Griffiths, Research Officer

  • Mr Brendan Henderson, Technical Officer

  • Dr Anna Timperio, Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery
15 years award

  • Professor Mari Botti, Chair in Nursing

10 years awards

  • Ms Suzanne Coulson, lecturer

  • Professor Maxine Duke, Head of School and Deputy Dean

  • Ms Kerry McNamara, Administrative Officer (PDU)

  • Ms Lauren Mc Tier, Lecturer

School of Psychology
15 years award

  • Professor Martine Powell, Personal Chair

10 years awards

  • Mr Luke Barisic, Lecturer

  • Ms Ann-Marie James, Administrative Assistant

  • Ms Daniele Newton, Casual Research

  • Associate Professor Mark Stokes, Associate Professor

A total of 32 awards for service went to staff members for 2012. This is a great achievement and solidifies the Faculty of Health, as a great place to work within Deakin University.

Dr Bruce Avolio seminar

The School of Psychology would like to invite you to a seminar by international guest speaker, Dr Bruce Avolio.
In this presentation, Dr Avolio will discuss the leadership systems we traditionally have, from the inside out.
Details: Monday 3 December, 10am - 1pm, Burwood Campus, hd3.008.

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Faculty of Health Marketing Reference guide

Not sure of some of the Deakin's style? Or where to find out about templates? Who should you contact for help? You will find helpful information and answers to these questions and more. Please note: You will need an active Deakin staff member log in to view this publication.

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Congratulations to staff awarded NHMRC Funding for 2013

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 )

  • Professor Rob Daly (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences) won 2 awards

  • Professor David Ashley (School of Medicine)

  • Professor Marita McCabe (School of Psychology)

  • Professor John Toumbourou (School of Psychology)

  • Associate Professor Russell Keast (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

  • Associate Professor Jagat Kanwar (BioDeakin)

  • Associate Professor Trish Livingston (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

  • Associate Professor Aaron Russell (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

  • Dr Holly Chinnery (School of Medicine)

FELLOWSHIPS (3 awards – 2 fewer than last year)

Research Fellowship

  • Professor Kylie Ball (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

Early Career Fellowship

  • Dr Jenny Veitch (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)

  • Dr Adrienne O’Neil (School of Medicine)

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Scaling up and developing interventions for young people

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.

To register your place, please follow the link at: Try Booking

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

Associate Professor Lina Ricciardelli is this year's winner

It is with great pleasure that we wish to inform you that this year’s recipient of the College of Health Psychology’s Award of Distinction is Associate Professor Ricciardelli. Lina has sacrificed a great deal of her time and energy to help build the college and health psychology in Australia over a number of years. Below is a summary of just a few of the activities for which Lina is being recognised.
Lina serves as an Associate Professor at Deakin University and has a significant contribution to the teaching of health psychology by co-ordinating one of only four postgraduate courses in health psychology within Australia.
Lina has also made a significant contribution to the advancement of the College of Health Psychologists. She has served as the National Chair of the COHPs for the past 4 years and prior to that served as Chair of the Victorian State Section of the college for a number of years.
During her time as National Chair she has provided inspiring mentorship to the other national executive and state executive members. She led the college through a challenging period of lobbying for health psychology to be included as an area of endorsed practice. Lina has been the instigator of a Handbook in Health Psychology, due to be published in 2013 which comprises chapters almost entirely written by APS Health College members. She is also leading the way in discussions regarding possible outlets for peer-reviewed publications for our College at national and international levels. Lina has also provided inspired leadership in initiating and facilitating the development of the COHP’s best practice guidelines for working with children with obesity.
In addition to the above endeavours, Lina is currently leading the scientific and organisational committees for the inaugural COHP national conference to be held in April 2013. This leadership will result in the promotion of health psychology not only through this inaugural conference, but will also result in the development of templates for organising future COHP national conferences. Moreover Lina has made a significant and long term contribution to health psychology through having co-authored around 100 publications in the area of health psychology.
As such, through her research, teaching and leadership, Lina has made an outstanding contribution towards health psychology within Australia.

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Happiness and its causes

Now in its 8th amazing year and for the first time in Melbourne, Happiness & Its Causes is the world's leading forum examining the varied causes of a happy and meaningful life. Join special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 35+ amazing speakers in a fascinating exploration of human happiness and wellbeing.

If you're interested in exploring the following questions ...
Why are we here? How can we be happy? How should we live?
... then you'll thoroughly enjoy this extraordinary event!

Hear from the world’s leading speakers in science, education, psychology, economics, spirituality and the arts including:
• His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
• Professor Ed Diener, USA, pioneering psychologist and world’s foremost expert on the science of happiness and life satisfaction
• Dr Helen Fisher, USA, renowned anthropologist and leading expert on romantic love
• Professor Carol Dweck, USA, acclaimed psychologist and researcher in the field of motivation
• Linda Lantieri, USA, pioneering educator and expert in social and emotional learning
• Carl Honoré, UK, leading proponent of the Slow Movement and award winning journalist
• Michael Leunig, much loved cartoonist, philosopher, poet, artist and Australian National Living Treasure
• Clare Bowditch, Aria award winning Melbourne singer and songwriter
• Nigel Westlake, one of Australia’s foremost composers


Book before 21 December and save $200 off the full 2 day conference fee and $340 off the full gold pass fee!

PLUS our members and contacts are eligible for a further 10% discount on all fees.

Book online using promotion code ELBM or call (02) 8719 5118 to register and save up to $490.

Note: In addition to the two day conference, there are 9 workshops on offer which are bookable separately or as part of a gold pass. Your 10% member discount applies to all workshops also.

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Results of the Deakin Team in the National Health Fusion Team Challenge

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.

Worldly website gets nominated for global 'Site of the Day'

'Awwwards are the awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world.'

Have a vote for your university and help raise awareness of the efforts of our staff members for creating this site.

Every vote counts. You can register, or vote through your Facebook, Google or Yahoo accounts.

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Mercy Pregnacy and Emotional Wellbeing Study

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).

National Blueprint for Disability Services

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.

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Community spirit helps inner city families flourish

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

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

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

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

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

The Faculty assists The Chitra Lane School for the Special Child

In August and September last year, the Faculty of Health collected donations to go to The Chitra Lane Organisation ( 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.

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Top award for Dr Tania de Koning-Ward

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.

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ARC Grant success for School of Psychology staff

Congratulations to lead investigators and their teams in the Round 1 and 2 ARC Linkage Grants and Round 1 Discovery Grants.

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Faculty teaching staff recognised in Vice-Chancellor's Awards

Congratulations to Berni Murphy from the School of Health and Social Development on receiving not one but three well deserved teaching awards:
* 2009 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
* 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching
* 2009 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year.

Other recipients include:
* Dr Diane Phillips - Teaching Excellence
* Dr Lynne Riddell - Teaching Excellence
* Dr Nicky Konstantopoulos - Research Excellence
* Dr Aaron Russell - Research Excellence
* Dr Karen Campbell - Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher
* Professor Joseph Graffam - Outstanding Contribution to 'People, Culture and Change'

Congratulations to the following staff who were awarded citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
* Associate Professor Bernie Marshall - Creating conditions that nurture and inspire teaching and learning excellence.
* Dr Greg Tooley, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Associate Professor Alex Mussap - Transformation of the teaching approach in the School of Psychology through redevelopment of content, delivery and student and staff engagement into a model of excellence.

Each Citation recognises recipients' contribution to quality teaching and learning, and commitment to improving the overall student experience. Awardees also receive a grant of $10,000 which may be used to advance their work on teaching and learning. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 10 August.

Master of Social Work to commence January 2010

The new course Master of Social Work, H703 is now active, commencing 1st January 2010 having received Council approval at the June meeting. The course will be offered OFF campus only to Domestic and International students.

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ARC Linkage Grant

The following staff from the School of Psychology have recently been successful in winning an ARC Linkage Grant. Congratulations to the 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

Open Days

Deakin University Open Days 2009

Sunday 9th August
10am - 3pm
Geelong Campuses

Sunday 16th August
10am - 2pm
Warrnambool Campus

Sunday 23rd August
10am - 4pm
Melbourne Campus at Burwood

Health Career Week

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Short course in leadership and organisational change

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:

For further information, contact:

Dr Josephine Palermo
Deakin University

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Tall Poppy Award for Associate Professor Kylie Ball

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.

Congratulations Kylie!

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MPH Information Evening

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

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Professor Swinburn’s discovery

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.

Psychology staff achievements

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.

Health Information Evenings 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warrnambool Campuses, 17 August 2008

Melbourne Campus at Burwood, 24 August 2008

For more information please contact:
Deakin University, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Faculty Student Centre
Phone: 03 9251 7777
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Attention students and supervisors involved in Honours, Masters by Coursework and Graduate Diplomas who are conducting human research projects

Attention students and supervisors involved in Honours, Masters by Coursework and Graduate Diplomas who are conducting human research projects
you are required to submit your DUHREC ethics final report / annual report / extension to the DUHREC HMNBS Subcommittee.

The direct web link to the form is:

Final/annual/extension DUHREC ethics report forms are due by November 20 2007. Early submissions would be appreciated.

Please complete the report and forward to:

Steven Sawyer
Manager, Collaborative Programs & Research
Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, 3125

Faculty rowing - 2007 Australian Corporate Head of the River

On Saturday 13 October the Barwon River in Geelong will come alive with corporate crews competing in the 2007 Alcoa Australian Corporate Head of the River, which raises money for Geelong's United Way and Melbourne's Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust to help support health and human organisations.

Two novice crews from the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences have been training hard over 4 weeks and will be competing this year: "Float Your Boat" from Burwood, and "Oarsomely Healthy" from Geelong.

So, come on down to the river to cheer on the Deakin staff and students in this 10th anniversary event: a lot of laughs, a fun family day including food, drinks, water show extravaganza, and fireworks ... to say nothing of the rowing!!

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Seminar programs

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 website

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Deakin University Psychological Society

Deakin University Psychological Society website is full of information about Academic and social functions held by DUPS throughout the year.

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