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Deakin University has won three Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Round 2, 2010 awards. This gives the University an overall success rate of 37% for 2010 funding for Linkage Projects and takes the University total to 13 successful projects for the year.
All three applications were led by members of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences.
The successful teams and projects were:
Dr Patricia M Livingston, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof Kerry S Courneya, Dr Cadeyrn J Gaskin, Prof Mari A Botti, Dr Suzanne Broadbent, Prof Brigid C Kent
The efficacy of a referral and physical activity program for survivors of prostate cancer
Eastern Health, Epworth Healthcare, North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service , Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia , University of Alberta, YMCA Victoria
Although survival rates of prostate cancer are approximately 83 per cent with earlier detection and improved treatment modalities, prostate cancer survivors are at an increased risk of dying from co morbidities, which may be prevented or ameliorated through participation in physical activity. This project aims to establish an effective and sustainable referral and physical activity program to improve the health outcomes of prostate cancer survivors by utilising the influence of clinicians in their delivery of information to patients. This concept of a referral and physical activity program has the potential to translate across all cancer tumour streams to reduce the physiological and psychological burden associated with living with cancer.
A/Prof David J Mellor, Prof Marita P McCabe
Wellbeing in the elderly: the role of respect
Anglican Aged Care Services t/as Benetas
Due to advances in health care, many more Australians are living to old age. It is important to ensure that older people, who comprise a significant proportion of the population, maintain high levels of quality of life (QOL). One of the factors that impact on QOL of older people is the respect afforded to them. This project will determine the issues related to respect for older people in Australia, and produce an evidence based strategy for encouraging Australians to adopt more positive attitudes and behaviours related to increasing levels of respect for older people. It is expected that the project will reduce the level of ageism and enhance the status of older people in Australia.
Prof John W Toumbourou, Prof George Patton, A/Prof Sheryl A Hemphill, A/Prof Eva R Leslie, Dr Peter J Kremer
Strengthening community partnerships to promote adolescent school engagement and prevent problems such as alcohol misuse and violence
Communities That Care Ltd, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
The project will reduce community rates of adolescent school non attendance, adolescent alcohol misuse and antisocial behaviour. Adolescent school exclusion, alcohol use and antisocial behaviour are highly prevalent in Australia, and can be reduced using a variety of strategies that are coordinated at the school and community level. The project will decrease adolescent problems through community improvements in child and adolescent protective influences and reductions in risk influences. Furthermore, the project will equip communities with the capacity to learn how to identify and implement strategies to address the major influences that have the potential to reduce adolescent behaviour problems.