ARC Linkage Awards for 2004 - Round One

 

Faculty of Business and Law

Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science

School of Health Sciences
School of Psychology

Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Ecology and Environment
School of Engineering and Technology


Faculty of Business and Law

Bowater School of Management


Title: Multimedia effectiveness in boosting entrepreneurial Indigenous microenterprises

A/Prof R Rentschler

2004 : $23,556
2005 : $23,556
2006 : $23,556

Category: 3502 - BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s): Kooemba Jdarra

Summary: This research will address a major challenge facing Indigenous people in rural, regional and metropolitan Australia: How can new media boost Indigenous microenterprises? It will do this by examining how Indigenous peoples are using new media to increase community cohesion, employment, investment and tourism. In conjunction with Industry Partner, Kooemba Jdarra, this project will research and evaluate the impact Indigenous microenterprises have on community development, building theoretical and practical knowledge for cultural and economic sustainability. The outcomes will include a 'best practice' model of Indigenous microenterprises and a map of activity in the area.

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Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Title: Improving Health and Quality of Life with Improved Nutrition in Residential Care Establishments

A/Prof C Nowson, Prof A Worsley, A/Prof HF Jarman, Dr RG Malon

2004 : $78,223
2005 : $96,975
2006 : $95,613

Category: 3212 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s): MG Nutritionals, Herron Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd.

Summary: Inadequate nutrition is a serious issue in residential care establishments. Poor intake of vitamins and minerals is associated with impaired healing, reduced immune function, and reduction in physical and mental capacity. Lack of food choice and access to suitable nutrient-dense foods all contribute to inadequate energy and protein, leading to weight loss and malnutrition. Our industry partners will work with us to enhance the nutrient density of suitable foods. We will establish the efficacy of foods and supplements and develop strategies to implement a sustainable nutrition-enhancing program that can be introduced to improve health in residential care establishments throughout Australia.

School of Psychology

Title: Age Matters: Barriers and solutions to employment of older adults

Dr LS Webber, Dr KM Smith, Dr JC Webb

2004 : $23,556
2005 : $23,556
2006 : $23,556

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s): WISE Employment, Limited

Summary: With an ageing Australian population, research is needed to identify barriers that prevent older people being employed in the workforce. This project aims to identify whether employers use different standards when assessing the employability of younger and older workers and to develop strategies to overcome the use of different standards. This project will provide innovative ways for employers to implement successful strategies for promoting equal opportunity for older workers. Furthermore, this knowledge will assist policy makers and employment agencies. Finding ways to overcome barriers to older adult recruitment is of major significance for Australia's future economy and social well-being.

Title: Subjective wellbeing and depression in Australia: A longitudinal study involving people in remote locations

Dr DJ Mellor, Prof RA Cummins, Dr LA Firth, Dr MA Stokes, Dr SM Chambers

2004 : $45,542
2005 : $46,261
2006 : $47,638

Category: 3801 - PSYCHOLOGY

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s): Australian Unity Ltd

Summary: This project is an extension of the Australian Unity Wellbeing surveys currently conducted as in a partnership between the industry partner and Deakin University. The project will involve the participants of current cross-sectional surveys into a longitudinal study. There are three aims: To investigate the ability of decreased levels of subjective wellbeing to signal depression; To track the normal course of subjective wellbeing recovery following a life event that has caused it to decrease; To monitor the subjective wellbeing of rural-remote Australians. These outcomes will provide further understanding of depression and the wellbeing of Australians living in remote setting.


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Faculty of Science and Technology

School of Ecology and Environment


Title: Conservation of the Little Penguin

Dr CP Burridge, Mr PM Dann, Dr CM Austin

2004 : $23,556
2005 : $23,556
2006 : $23,556

Category: 2707 - ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s): Phillip Island Nature Park

Summary: The Little Penguin is a unique bird of high tourism and community appeal. Unfortunately, Little Penguin breeding colonies are highly susceptible to extinction from localised perturbations. We will provide essential information for the development of effective colony-specific management plans. We will identify colonies of greatest extinction risk by determining the extent that they will be supplemented by immigrants in the event of a decline, and how few individuals produce offspring which in turn go on to reproduce. We will also infer the recent history of colony sizes such that contemporary changes in abundances can be interpreted.


School of Engineering and Technology


Title: Optimization of fuel consumption and vehicle emission by simulating the integrated air conditioning and engine controls

Dr EJ Hu, Dr LY Zou

2004 : $23,556
2005 : $23,556
2006 : $23,556

Category: 2911 - ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

APA(I) Award(s): 1

Partner Organisation(s): Air International

Summary: As public interest on environmental conservation increases, tougher regulations on vehicle emission and fuel consumption will be implemented causing likely further restrictions on fuel consumption while operating the air conditioning system. Currently air conditioning and engine systems are controlled by two separate programs and lack effective communication between each other. This research aims to gain better understanding of the quantitative effects of car air-conditioning systems on fuel consumption and various air pollutant emissions, and develop an integrated simulation tool that links the air conditioning, engine fuel consumption and emission to assist the achievement of optimum vehicle energy and emission management.

Title: Rapid Modelling, simulation and control for automated conveyor systems

Prof S Nahavandi, Dr HM Trinh

2004 : $106,627
2005 : $93,390
2006 : $120,549

Category: 2903 - MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

APA(I) Award(s): 2

Partner Organisation(s): Deneb Australasia Pty Ltd.

Summary: Automated conveyor systems form part of the core infrastructure of Australia's industrial and transportation sectors. New tools and methodologies are required to facilitate an urgent upgrade of these systems in order to combat heightened security risks and remain internationally competitive. Airport baggage handling will be researched, as the conveyor networks are highly complex in terms of control, decision-making and modelling. The proposed simulation framework will allow the development of dynamic routing and distributed control algorithms to improve system robustness, efficiency and throughput. Innovative techniques in conceptual modelling and data analysis will make state-of-the-art simulation technology available for rapid deployment.


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