Flinders NT

Innovative health research, education and workforce development in the Northern Territory

Associate Dean: Professor John Wakerman

Flinders NT encompasses the School's activities in the Northern Territory of Australia including Centre for Remote Health and the NT Medical Program. We are recognised internationally for rural and remote health service and workforce development.

Flinders NT also manages several important new Flinders initiatives including

Flinders University has a strategic commitment that Flinders NT activities will be undertaken in close collaboration with Charles Darwin University.

 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <rss version="2.0" xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/" xmlns:wfw="http://wellformedweb.org/CommentAPI/" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:sy="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/syndication/" xmlns:slash="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/slash/" xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" > <channel> <title>Flinders News &#187; News</title> <atom:link href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/category/news/feed/" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" /> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news</link> <description>Latest news from Flinders University</description> <lastBuildDate>Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:04:32 +0000</lastBuildDate> <language>en-US</language> <sy:updatePeriod>hourly</sy:updatePeriod> <sy:updateFrequency>1</sy:updateFrequency> <generator>http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1</generator> <item> <title>First SA-trained optometrists graduate from Flinders</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/17/first-sa-trained-optometrists-graduate-from-flinders/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/17/first-sa-trained-optometrists-graduate-from-flinders/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:08:25 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Australian College of Optometry]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Bendigo]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Berri]]></category> <category><![CDATA[inaugural graduates]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Leeton]]></category> <category><![CDATA[optometry]]></category> <category><![CDATA[placements]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Port Lincoln]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Konrad Pesudovs]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Royal Society for the Blind]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Victor Harbor]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Wangaratta]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Whyalla]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10520</guid> <description><![CDATA[The first ever South Australian-trained optometrists graduated from Flinders University on April 10.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10520"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10522" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/opto-grads.jpg"><img class="wp-image-10522 size-medium" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/opto-grads-300x270.jpg" alt="opto grads" width="300" height="270" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The first cohort of Flinders optometry graduates</p></div> <p>The first group of South Australian-trained optometrists graduated from Flinders University on April 10.</p> <p>Friends and family congratulated the 12 graduates who are all now practising optometrists working in rural and urban settings across Australia.</p> <p>Professor Michael Kidd, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, said Flinders  is proud of its first cohort of optometry graduates, who are now South Australia’s first locally-trained optometrists.</p> <p>“It is wonderful to see so many of our first graduates working in areas of need and ensuring that high quality optometry services are available to people in these rural towns around Australia,&#8221; Professor Kidd said.</p> <p>Foundation Chair and Head of Optometry at Flinders, Professor Konrad Pesudovs, commended the dedication shown by the graduates throughout their studies.</p> <p>“I am immensely proud of Flinders Optometry’s inaugural graduating class. Today is a significant milestone for this group &#8211; they’ve worked incredibly hard over the past five years to meet the rigours of the Flinders double-degree program,” Professor Pesudovs said.</p> <p>Professor Pesudovs said the graduates are already having an impact within the profession and contributing to a range of optometric settings.</p> <p>“More than 50 per cent have elected employment in regional practices, which is a major goal of our program; we have graduates supervising current students, a number pursuing speciality practice and others disseminating knowledge of evidence-based optometry practice among peers,” he said.</p> <p>The graduate optometrists are spread nation-wide, practising in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, the South Australian towns of Port Lincoln, Berri, Whyalla and Victor Harbor, in Bendigo and Wangaratta in Victoria, and in Leeton in New South Wales. Two of the students are practising at the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne and the Royal Society for the Blind in Adelaide.</p> <p>During their studies, each student performed more than 500 eye examinations and, in their final 18 months, participated in a series of six week placements.</p> <p>Their experience was enriched through case-based learning, clinical practice and the placements, which were offered by 54 placement partners in various settings.</p> <p>These included rural and remote locations and covered a variety of practice specialties such as low vision, paediatrics, corporate and independent optometry, as well as ophthalmology and university clinics.</p> <p>The five-year double degree consisting of Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry was established at Flinders University in 2009. Some 200 students are currently studying optometry across five year levels.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/17/first-sa-trained-optometrists-graduate-from-flinders/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/opto-grads-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/opto-grads.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">opto grads</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/opto-grads-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>PhD, 76, shows zest for life, and life-long learning</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/17/phd-76-shows-zest-for-life-and-life-long-learning/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/17/phd-76-shows-zest-for-life-and-life-long-learning/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:46:54 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[American Studies]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[History]]></category> <category><![CDATA[International]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Social and Policy Studies]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[76 years old]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Cherokee Nation]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Graduation]]></category> <category><![CDATA[PhD]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Roderick Essery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10515</guid> <description><![CDATA[While most of his friends were contemplating their retirement years, Roderick Essery was embarking on a life-changing experience at Flinders University.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10515"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10517" style="width: 269px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/PhD-graduate-Roderick-Essery-P1070071.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10517" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/PhD-graduate-Roderick-Essery-P1070071-259x300.jpg" alt="Flinders PhD, Dr Roderick Essery, with his daughters Elaine Dalby and Michelle Rodeh, this week at graduations. " width="259" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Flinders PhD, Dr Roderick Essery, with his daughters Elaine Dalby and Michelle Rodeh, this week at graduations.</p></div> <p style="color: #232323"><span class="lead-sentence" style="color: #231f20">While most of his friends were contemplating their retirement years, Roderick Essery was embarking on a life-changing experience at Flinders University</span>.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Dr Essery, 76, graduated this week with a PhD in Social and Behavioural Sciences (American Studies), making him the university’s fourth eldest PhD graduate in the past decade.</p> <p style="color: #232323">A UK immigrant who spent most of his working life in Adelaide as a new car salesman, Dr Essery only began his tertiary studies at the age of 63 when he enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and history.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Inspired by his two adult daughters, Michelle Rodeh and Elaine Dalby – themselves graduates of Flinders University in 1988 and 1992 respectively – Dr Essery went on to study Honours in American History before taking on the challenge of a PhD on “The Cherokee Nation in the 19th century: racial tensions and the loss of tribal sovereignty”.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Under the guidance of his supervisor, mentor and now close friend, Associate Professor Greg Tobin of the School of International Studies, Dr Essery has dedicated much of his “spare time” over the past decade on researching the historical significance of the Cherokee Indians, one of the largest of the five native American tribes.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“English and history were my two best subjects at school back in the 1950s and I’ve also loved reading, especially about history,” he said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“But I never knew a thing about the American Civil War before this, nor the significant role the Cherokees played.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">A former well-known rugby union referee and <em>Sunday Mail</em> rugby sports columnist, Dr Essery is also well known to many former CBD workers after eight years of running the news kiosk near the GPO on King William St from the late 1980s.</p> <p style="color: #232323">He said that while being a “mature-age” student was naturally a different experience from that of younger generations with a career ahead of them, it was rewarding to achieve academically at any age.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“I am now enthusiastically recommending to both my social club and bowls club that they would benefit by taking up their quills and duplicating my experience,” he said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Some 1680 completing Flinders University students have received their degrees at eight graduation ceremonies this week at the University’s Bedford Park campus.</p> <p style="color: #232323">With his doctorate in hand, Dr Essery now plans to use his research study to write journal articles on the subject.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/17/phd-76-shows-zest-for-life-and-life-long-learning/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/PhD-graduate-Roderick-Essery-P1070071-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/PhD-graduate-Roderick-Essery-P1070071.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">PhD graduate Roderick Essery P1070071</media:title> <media:description type="html">Flinders PhD, Dr Roderick Essery, with his daughters Elaine Dalby and Michelle Rodeh, this week at graduations.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/PhD-graduate-Roderick-Essery-P1070071-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Graduations honour SA&#8217;s top judge and US scientist</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/15/graduations-honour-sas-top-judge-and-us-scientist/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/15/graduations-honour-sas-top-judge-and-us-scientist/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:48:14 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Law]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Chief Justice Chris Kourakis]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders graduates]]></category> <category><![CDATA[geoscience]]></category> <category><![CDATA[graduation ceremonies]]></category> <category><![CDATA[honorary doctorates]]></category> <category><![CDATA[law]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Mr Stephen Gerlach]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor William L Fisher]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10510</guid> <description><![CDATA[Ceremonies at Flinders will see 1680 students graduate and honorary doctorates presented to SA Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and US geoscientist Professor William L Fisher.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10510"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <p><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/small-grad-pic.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-10511" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/small-grad-pic-296x300.jpg" alt="small grad pic" width="296" height="300" /></a>During the April graduation ceremonies that will see some 1680 completing Flinders University students receive their degrees, honorary doctorates will be presented to SA Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and to US geoscientist Professor William L Fisher.</p> <p>Eight ceremonies will be held on the University’s Bedford Park campus this week.</p> <p>The University’s Chancellor, Mr Stephen Gerlach, said that the honorary awards reflect the University’s pride in, and appreciation of, its links with the two eminent recipients.</p> <p>“The award of these honorary doctorates acknowledges two highly distinguished figures with a record of achievement and innovation in very different fields; Chief Justice Kourakis in the law, and Professor Fisher in geoscience and international energy resources,” Mr Gerlach said.</p> <p><strong>Chief Justice Chris Kourakis</strong>, who will receive a Doctor of Law <em>honoris causa</em> in law, grew up in Port Lincoln as the son of Greek immigrants, took a degree in law at the University of Adelaide before completing his articles with the law firm Johnston Withers McCusker, where he worked alongside Elliott Johnston QC, one of the foundation staff of the Flinders Law School. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1982, on completion of his articles he moved to the Legal Services Commission, before joining the independent bar in 1989. He was was appointed a QC in 1997.</p> <p>Returning to public service, he took on the role of Solicitor-General from 2003-2008. Appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2008, he succeeded the Hon. John Doyle as Chief Justice in June 2012.</p> <p>He is recognised as one Australia’s leading law reformers in the area of civil litigation processes and the modernisation of court infrastructure, including the use of technology to make the administration of justice more efficient and accessible.</p> <p>His long and close association with the Law Society of SA includes a term as its President.</p> <p>Chief Justice Kourakis’ contributions to the life of Flinders University have included his delivery of keynote addresses at major conferences and University public lectures, including the Elliott Johnston Memorial lecture, and in Flinders Law School prize-giving and graduation ceremonies. He is a strong supporter of the University’s LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture.</p> <p>In addition to his academic post as the Leonidas T Barrow Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, Professor <strong>William L Fisher</strong> serves on the National Petroleum Council, which advises the US Secretary of Energy. He will receive a Doctor of Science <em>honoris causa.</em></p> <p>A former Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals in the US Department of Interior, Professor Fisher has chaired and served on numerous state and federal advisory boards, as well as committees and boards of the National Research Council of the National Academies, and professional societies. He has served on several corporate boards, both in the US and abroad.</p> <p>He has been president of several professional bodies, and has received numerous awards from academic and industry organisations.</p> <p>Professor Fisher’s research has focused in the areas of stratigraphy, sedimentology, and oil and gas assessment. His introduction of the concept of depositional systems is now fundamental to modern stratigraphy and sedimentology and is the basis for modern resource assessment. He has championed the importance of technology in resource availability and has been a leader in the rethinking of the significance of reserve growth from existing, geologically complex oil and gas fields.</p> <p>Dr Fisher has collaborated with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training at Flinders regarding unconventional natural gas by participating in exchange visits, co-teaching short courses, undertaking visits to major Australian government agencies and lecturing in various Australian states and mentoring staff.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/15/graduations-honour-sas-top-judge-and-us-scientist/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/small-grad-pic-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/small-grad-pic.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">small grad pic</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/small-grad-pic-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Timor-Leste&#8217;s population bubble &#8211; dividend or danger?</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/13/timor-lestes-population-bubble-dividend-or-danger/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/13/timor-lestes-population-bubble-dividend-or-danger/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:34:46 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[International]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of the Environment]]></category> <category><![CDATA[acting Prime Minister Mr Agio Pereira]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Associate Professor Gour Dasvarma]]></category> <category><![CDATA[demographics]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr James Chalmers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr Merve Hosgelen]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr Udoy Saikia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[fertility rates]]></category> <category><![CDATA[nation building]]></category> <category><![CDATA[population growth]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Timor-Leste]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10504</guid> <description><![CDATA[A Flinders demographer says that Timor-Leste's population ‘bubble’ needs strategic investment to turn it into a social and economic dividend.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10504"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10505" style="width: 301px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/East-Timor-kids.jpg"><img class="wp-image-10505 size-full" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/East-Timor-kids.jpg" alt="East Timor kids" width="291" height="292" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Mothers and children in Timor-Leste</p></div> <p>A Flinders demographer this week will tell the government of Timor-Leste that the population ‘bubble’ caused by soaring birth rates after independence in 2000 could potentially lead to an economic dividend for the young island nation.</p> <p>However, Dr Udoy Saikia warned that if Timor-Leste does not respond to its current demographic challenges through adequate investment in human capital in this early stage of demographic transition, then the country is likely to experience increased poverty, environmental degradation and risks of violent conflict.</p> <p>Director of Applied Population Studies program in the School of the Environment, Dr Saikia said that from an already high base of 5.3 during its time as an Indonesian province, Timor-Leste’s fertility rate – the number of births per mother in the reproductive age group – grew after independence to reach an extraordinary average level of 7.8, one of the highest in the world, in 2003. It currently sits at 5.7.</p> <p>Dr Saikia recently completed an updated projection (originally commissioned by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation) of population growth and its implications for the Timor-Leste that suggests that the current population of close to 1.2 million will reach 1.4 million by 2020, and that the increase could double to around ­1.82 million by 2030.</p> <p>Analysis of rapid population growth points to serious issues for Timor-Leste, including social problems associated with potential mass unemployment among the nation’s youth.</p> <p>“We are projecting that at the current rate of growth, 18,000 new jobs need to be created every year for the young population,” Dr Saikia said.</p> <p>He said that given the number of formal jobs created in 2008 was around 400, there is “a big gap”.</p> <p>But given the right government strategies, including disciplined use of its oil revenues to invest in education, Dr Saikia said that Timor-Leste could emulate the social and economic success of South Korea, which had treated its high birth rates as a “demographic dividend” by heavily investing in youth education and training.</p> <p>The Flinders team, which comprises Dr Saikia, Associate Professor Gour Dasvarma, Dr Merve Hosgelen and Dr James Chalmers, was invited to present its findings to the Timor-Leste Government by the acting Prime Minister, Mr Agio Pereira. Mr Pereira was a keynote speaker at two conferences on transitional nations in the Asia Pacific organised by Flinders that were held in Adelaide in 2010 and 2011.</p> <p>“What we are proposing to them is that we will organise a skills program to train local people in survey techniques, so that they can assist us in new research projects on the population, youth bulge and human well-being,” Dr Saikia said.</p> <p>Timor-Leste has already demonstrated its ability to respond to social challenges: Dr Saikia said that faced with a total absence of doctors after independence, the Government negotiated a program with Cuba that has since trained hundreds of East Timorese as GPs.</p> <p>Reducing fertility levels may take longer to address, Dr Saikia said. His field research and focus groups identified a strong cultural belief among East Timorese supporting bigger family size.</p> <p>“If you ask East Timorese women, or their husbands, how many children they would like to have, the answer is almost always six or seven,” Dr Saikia said.</p> <p>“There are, however, some encouraging signs of declining birth rate in recent years, and with the commitment from the Timor-Leste Government as stated in their strategic plan 2011-2030, there is every possibility that the country can transform the current demographic concerns to future demographic dividend.&#8221;</p> <p>“It is highly important that we view the growing young Timorese as an opportunity rather than a burden, as otherwise their unmet aspirations can severely hamper the nation building process.”</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/13/timor-lestes-population-bubble-dividend-or-danger/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/East-Timor-kids-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/East-Timor-kids.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">East Timor kids</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/East-Timor-kids-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Art links prisoners with the outside world</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/10/prison-art-links-with-the-outside-world/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/10/prison-art-links-with-the-outside-world/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 10 Apr 2015 02:30:02 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Criminal Justice]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Law]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide Festival Centre]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Art by Prisoners]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Artspace Gallery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Bali 9]]></category> <category><![CDATA[criminology]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Department of Correctional Services]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders Art Museum]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Jeremy Ryder]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Mr Tony Piccolo]]></category> <category><![CDATA[rehabilitation]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Yunggorendi]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10494</guid> <description><![CDATA[Art by Prisoners – an annual exhibition of works by serving prisoners in SA gaols organised by Flinders PhD student Jeremy Ryder – has its own dedicated space for the first time.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10494"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <p><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/JR-small.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-10495" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/JR-small-300x294.jpg" alt="JR small" width="300" height="294" /></a>Now in its fourth year, <em>Art by Prisoners</em> – an annual exhibition of works by serving prisoners in South Australian gaols organised by Flinders PhD student Jeremy Ryder – has its own dedicated space for the first time.</p> <p>The 70 entries, submitted from all but one of the State’s eight prisons, are currently on show in the Artspace Gallery on the Festival Centre Plaza.</p> <p>The exhibition will be officially opened today (Friday, April 10) by the State&#8217;s Correctional Services Minster, Mr Tony Piccolo.</p> <p>Mr Ryder (pictured), who started the project as part of his PhD, said that the show, and the whole concept of prison rehabilitation, was enjoying heightened public interest as a result of the publicity around the experiences of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran during a decade on death row in Bali.</p> <p>Mr Ryders said he was very aware that rehabilitation was not a matter of “add art, then shake”.</p> <p>But he said that art, as well as changing people’s perceptions of prisoners, does play a cathartic role for those who make it.</p> <p>“By giving them something to focus on, it takes them away briefly from the prison environment: it gives them a mental break while giving them a sense of achievement,” he said.</p> <p>“This is a rare opportunity to put the focus on what they can do, whereas prison puts the microscope on what they have done.”</p> <p>As part of his criminology PhD thesis, Mr Ryder has collected hundreds of responses from the public to the exhibitions.</p> <p>The project is supported by the Department for Correctional Services, the <a href="http://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/">Adelaide Festival Centre</a>, the <a href="http://www.voc.sa.gov.au/">Commissioner for Victims’ Rights</a> and the <a href="http://www.koestlertrust.org.uk/">Koestler Trust</a> in the UK.</p> <p>The works have been judged by staff from the Yuggorendi First Nations Centre at Flinders, the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Flinders University Art Museum, and some are for sale, with the proceeds used to meet the exhibition costs and to support victims of crime services.</p> <p><em>Art by Prisoners</em> is open from 11am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday, and runs until May 10.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/10/prison-art-links-with-the-outside-world/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/JR-small-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/JR-small.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">JR small</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/JR-small-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Placements give teaching students a taste for the country</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/07/placements-give-teaching-students-a-taste-for-the-country/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/07/placements-give-teaching-students-a-taste-for-the-country/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:30:37 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Education]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Burra]]></category> <category><![CDATA[country schools]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders School of Education]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Glossop]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Jamestown]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Naracoorte]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Port Lincoln]]></category> <category><![CDATA[pre-service teachers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor John Halsey]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Roxby Downs]]></category> <category><![CDATA[rural practicum]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Thyne Reid]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Whyalla]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10487</guid> <description><![CDATA[Ten final year pre-service teachers at Flinders have each been awarded up to $5,000 to undertake extended practicums in South Australian country schools.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10487"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <p><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Country-town.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-10488" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Country-town.jpg" alt="Country town" width="252" height="214" /></a>Ten final year pre-service teachers at Flinders who have grown up mainly in the city have been awarded up to $5,000 to undertake extended practicums in South Australian country schools.</p> <p>The students, who are studying to be primary, special education, middle school and secondary teachers, will join schools in Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Burra, Jamestown, Roxby Downs, Glossop and Naracoorte under the Flinders School of Education initiative.</p> <p>Attracting exceptional teachers to country schools and communities is an on-going challenge in Australia, said Professor John Halsey, who welcomed the funding provided by the Thyne Reid Foundation.</p> <p>“This initiative will help to familiarise pre-service teachers with the unique challenges – and also the unique rewards – of living and teaching in the country,” said Professor Halsey, who leads the rural education and communities focus in the School of Education.</p> <p>“Studies show clearly that students who have a country experience prior to graduation are much more likely to view a rural career option positively.”</p> <p>There were 27 applications for the funding, which has been provided by the Thyne Reid Foundation for two years and includes an allocation for evaluation of the experiences.</p> <p>“Thyne Reid has a very long and distinguished philanthropic track record, and their financial assistance stands to make a real difference to the quality of education and the quality of life in rural communities,” Professor Halsey said.</p> <p>The funding is to assist recipients pay for the main costs associated with an extended rural practicum – travel, accommodation while on placement and maintenance of ‘home base/university’ accommodation, meals and day-to-day living expenses, and loss of income from employment.</p> <p>The Flinders initiative builds on a successful pilot extended rural practicum conducted in the Riverland in 2011.</p> <p>As well as encouraging the students to take up country teaching positions when they graduate, the practicums will have numerous “knock-on” effects, Professor Halsey said.</p> <p>He said that other beneficiaries of the program will include country schools and their teachers, through the influx of new ideas, skills and knowledge; individual students and children; country communities; and education systems and departments.</p> <p>“It will also benefit for teacher education staff at Flinders through expanding knowledge of how to optimally prepare teachers for a rural based career,” Professor Halsey said.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/07/placements-give-teaching-students-a-taste-for-the-country/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Country-town-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Country-town.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Country town</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Country-town-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders&#8217; medical course is in excellent health</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/03/top-accreditation-for-flinders-school-of-medicine/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/03/top-accreditation-for-flinders-school-of-medicine/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 03 Apr 2015 01:30:54 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders NT]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Medicine]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Nursing and Midwifery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Accreditation]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Australian Medical Council]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dean of Flinders Medical School]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders Medical School]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders School of Medicine]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Northern Territory Medical Program]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Paul Worley]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[teaching]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10477</guid> <description><![CDATA[Flinders University’s internationally renowned School of Medicine has received the highest endorsement from the national accreditation body for medical education programs.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10477"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10479" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Professor-Paul-Worley_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10479" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Professor-Paul-Worley_FlindersWP-300x261.jpg" alt="The Dean of Flinders Medical School, Professor Paul Worley. " width="300" height="261" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The Dean of Flinders Medical School, Professor Paul Worley, said the accreditation recognised the quality of training at Flinders.</p></div> <p>Flinders University’s internationally renowned School of Medicine has received the highest endorsement from the national accreditation body for medical education programs.</p> <p>The Australian Medical Council (AMC) has granted the University’s medical program a maximum reaccreditation of six years, with the opportunity for this to be extended for a further four years.</p> <p>Flinders University’s Dean of Medicine, Professor Paul Worley, said this achievement recognised the quality environment established by the Flinders School of Medicine in South Australia and the Northern Territory in producing a “workforce of the future” for health professions.</p> <p>“This is the maximum length of reaccreditation in Australia and is not often granted by the AMC,” Professor Worley said.</p> <p>This is the second consecutive maximum reaccreditation granted to Flinders University School of Medicine, which was established in 1975.</p> <p>Professor Worley said the accreditation ensured Flinders domestic students were accredited for the purposes of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, and that international medical students at Flinders would continue to have reciprocal recognition by their respective medical councils.</p> <p>He said the accreditation of the medical program until March 2021 followed a number of innovative initiatives that put the School at the forefront of medical education. Among these were:</p> <ul> <li>The launch of the Northern Territory Medical Program in 2011, which allowed students living in the NT – in particular indigenous students – the opportunity to undertake a medical degree in the Territory</li> <li>The graduation of Australia’s first Doctor of Medicine (MD) medical degree recipients in 2013, replacing the former Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery</li> <li>The implementation of Advanced Studies in the Flinders MD program – a research and scholarship stream integrated across all years of the medical degree</li> <li>Expansion of the Flinders University Rural Clinical School in South Australia</li> <li>Commencement of the Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program, a community-based teaching program in the southern suburbs of Adelaide</li> <li>The establishment of the internationally-renowned Flinders University Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education which is responsible for transforming assessment processes for future medical courses at Flinders and around the world.</li> </ul> <p>“The Flinders School of Medicine is continuing to be at the cutting edge of medical education both Australia-wide and internationally,” Professor Worley said.</p> <p>“We’re extremely proud that the Flinders medical course curriculum is licensed to be taught in an additional six medical schools around the world.”</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/03/top-accreditation-for-flinders-school-of-medicine/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Professor-Paul-Worley_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Professor-Paul-Worley_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Professor Paul Worley_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">The Dean of Flinders Medical School, Professor Paul Worley.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Professor-Paul-Worley_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>New study looks at labiaplasty outcomes</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/02/new-study-looks-at-labiaplasty-outcomes/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/02/new-study-looks-at-labiaplasty-outcomes/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:30:41 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Department of Women's Studies]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[International]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Psychology]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Cosmetic surgery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Female body image]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Gemma Sharp]]></category> <category><![CDATA[genital surgery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Labiaplasty]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Outcomes]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Surgery]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10471</guid> <description><![CDATA[The rising popularity of labiaplasty, or cosmetic genital surgery, among Australian women has prompted an Adelaide researcher to investigate the outcomes of this surgery.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10471"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10473" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Labiaplasty-illustration_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10473" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Labiaplasty-illustration_FlindersWP-300x229.jpg" alt="PhD researcher Gemma Sharp is looking at the outcomes, and why, women have labiaplasties. " width="300" height="229" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">PhD researcher Gemma Sharp is looking at the outcomes of, and the motivation for, labiaplasties.</p></div> <p style="color: #232323"><span class="lead-sentence" style="color: #231f20">The rising popularity of labiaplasty, or cosmetic genital surgery, among Australian women has prompted an Adelaide researcher to investigate the outcomes of this surgery</span>.</p> <p style="color: #232323">A national online survey being conducted by Flinders University PhD student researcher Gemma Sharp is one of the first studies to consider the emotional and psychological effects on women who have undergone the procedure.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of the folds of skin surrounding the vulva.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Ms Sharp said she hoped to discover “real stories” about women’s experiences before and after surgery which could provide a greater insight into the effects of labiaplasty on self-esteem, body image, and romantic and sexual relationships.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“There is very little post-surgery outcome information available, especially for Australian women,” Ms Sharp said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“The aim of the survey is to find out what happened to these women who had a labiaplasty – did the surgery meet their expectations and what were the effects on their self-esteem, sexual relationships and quality of life,” Ms Sharp said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“I think it is really important that we have as much knowledge and information available as possible so prospective labiaplasty patients and their health practitioners can decide whether labiaplasty is the most beneficial form of treatment.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">Ms Sharp, one of only a small number of researchers to focus on labiaplasty, has previously studied the factors influencing women’s consideration of this type of cosmetic genital surgery.</p> <p style="color: #232323">This research, published last year, found that there were numerous influences on women’s consideration of labiaplasty, including exposure to pornography, pressure from romantic partners and relationship dissatisfaction.</p> <p style="color: #232323">According to the latest Medicare figures, the number of women having labiaplasties in the public health system more than tripled in Australia in the past 15 years, from 444 in 2000 to 1,427 in 2014.</p> <p style="color: #232323">However Ms Sharp, who has an Honours degree in Psychology, said the real number of women opting to have a labiaplasty would be far greater because many opted for surgery through the private sector.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Ms Sharp is looking for women aged 18 years and over from throughout Australia who have undergone a labiaplasty to share their experiences and participate in the online survey.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“It could be that having the surgery was the best thing they’ve ever done, or it may not have been such a positive experience,” she said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“No matter what the outcome, I want to hear their stories so this information is available to help other women who are considering this surgery.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">For more information or to participate in the survey, visit <a style="font-weight: 600;color: #57aac2" href="http://bit.ly/1BN6uBi">http://bit.ly/1BN6uBi</a></p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/02/new-study-looks-at-labiaplasty-outcomes/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Labiaplasty-illustration_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Labiaplasty-illustration_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Labiaplasty illustration_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">PhD researcher Gemma Sharp is looking at the outcomes, and why, women have labiaplasties.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Labiaplasty-illustration_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders environment student wins Channel 9 award</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/01/flinders-environment-student-wins-channel-9-award/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/01/flinders-environment-student-wins-channel-9-award/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:25:33 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Science and Engineering]]></category> <category><![CDATA[International Relations]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of the Environment]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Awards]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Channel 9 Young Achievers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[environment]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Saskia Gerhardy]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Winner]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10465</guid> <description><![CDATA[Flinders University student and environmentalist Saskia Gerhardy is among the South Australian winners of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10465"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10467" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10467" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP-300x260.jpg" alt="Saskia Gerhardy won the environment category of the Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards. " width="300" height="260" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Saskia Gerhardy won the environment category of the Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards.</p></div> <p style="color: #232323"><span class="lead-sentence" style="color: #231f20">Flinders University student and environmentalist Saskia Gerhardy is among the South Australian winners of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards</span>.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Ms Gerhardy, studying her second-year of a degree in conservation and biodiversity, was announced the winner of the Flinders Ports Environment Award for her outstanding achievements in promoting conservation.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“This award really means a lot to me, that what I’m doing is making a positive difference,” Ms Gerhardy said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“We live in a time where environmental issues are being swept under the carpet, but now is when we need to start acting on problems. I want to help solve these problems by not just making a difference myself, but also by encouraging other young people to do the same.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">Ms Gerhardy, who growing up on her family’s Willunga property always cared for small native animals and birds, has dedicated herself to rescuing orphaned, injured or sick animals and helps with local programs to monitor endangered animals.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“I was always very passionate about animals and always liked looking after them from a really young age,” said Ms Gerhardy, 19, whose parents are also environmentalists.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“I’ve always loved being outdoors and I guess when you’re really young, you don’t realise there’s so many environmental problems going on.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">Ms Gerhardy said she planned to donate her $1,000 prize money towards a “cool environmental” excursion for the youth group she operates in Willunga, Youth and Community in Conservation Action (YACCA), which nominated her for the award.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“They are such amazing kids with so much knowledge and passion for the environment,” she said.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“I want to give them the best environmental education and experience possible, so there’s no better way to put the money than into securing their future so they can help protect the future for our planet.”</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/04/01/flinders-environment-student-wins-channel-9-award/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Saskia Gerhardy_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">Saskia Gerhardy won the environment category of the Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/04/Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders addiction researchers warn of &#8216;silver tsunami&#8217; for aged care</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/31/flinders-addiction-researchers-warn-of-silver-tsunami-for-aged-care/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/31/flinders-addiction-researchers-warn-of-silver-tsunami-for-aged-care/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:08:29 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[addiction]]></category> <category><![CDATA[baby boomers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Drugs and alcohol]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Grey Matters Conference]]></category> <category><![CDATA[National]]></category> <category><![CDATA[National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Ann Roache]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10458</guid> <description><![CDATA[An ageing population increasingly using alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medicine means testing times lie ahead for alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10458"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10460" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Professor-Ann-Roche_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10460" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Professor-Ann-Roche_FlindersWP-300x261.jpg" alt="NCETA Director, Professor Ann Roache. The Centre is hosting the national 'Grey Matters' conference next week. " width="300" height="261" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">NCETA Director, Professor Ann Roache. The Centre is hosting a &#8216;Grey Matters&#8217; national conference in Adelaide tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April).</p></div> <p style="color: #232323"><span class="lead-sentence" style="color: #231f20">An ageing population increasingly using alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medicine means testing times lie ahead for alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia, say researchers from Flinders University’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)</span>.</p> <p style="color: #232323">These are among the issues being addressed at NCETA’s national ‘Grey Matters’ conference in Adelaide tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April).</p> <p style="color: #232323">Professor Ann Roche, NCETA Director, said current international estimates indicating the number of older people with alcohol and other drug problems, or requiring treatment for a substance use disorder, will more than double from 2000 to 2020, are likely to be reflected in Australia.</p> <p style="color: #232323">In addition to the alcohol and drug treatment issues, Professor Roche warned that a wide range of other physical and mental health side effects which will also have to be dealt with.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“It’s not just about the numbers,” said Professor Roche. “Older people’s bodies don’t deal with alcohol and other drug use as well as younger people.</p> <p style="color: #232323">When older people seek treatment for their problems they often also have a range of other physical and mental health issues. This can complicate their care.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“There are three groups of older people who have alcohol and other drug problems in later life. The first group we call ‘the maintainers’, who have used substances for long periods of time without getting into difficulties.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“As they age, this use catches up with them because their bodies can’t cope.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“Then there are the ‘reactors’ who start problem use in older age in response to stressful events such as bereavement, job loss, marital breakdown or social isolation.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“The third group, ‘the survivors’, have had substance use problems for a long time and have reached older age.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“We also expect to see older people seeking treatment for different patterns of substance use problems, with an increasing number needing help as a result of their use of illicit drugs and prescribed medicines such as opioid pain killers and sedatives.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">Professor Roche said that these trends would require significant changes to how Australia provides alcohol and drug treatment services in the future.</p> <p style="color: #232323">Substance use problems among older Australians, and their implications, are to be the focus of a national Conference in Adelaide on 1 April 2015, at the Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia.</p> <p style="color: #232323">The <a style="font-weight: 600;color: #57aac2" href="http://nceta.flinders.edu.au/general/news/grey-matters-national-conference/"><em>Grey Matters National Conference: Responding to Alcohol and other Drug Problems among Older Australians</em></a> will feature nationally renowned speakers.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/31/flinders-addiction-researchers-warn-of-silver-tsunami-for-aged-care/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Professor-Ann-Roche_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Professor-Ann-Roche_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Professor Ann Roche_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">NCETA Director, Professor Ann Roache. The Centre is hosting the national 'Grey Matters' conference next week.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Professor-Ann-Roche_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders staff honoured by new Academy of Health and Medical Sciences</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/30/flinders-staff-honoured-by-new-academy-of-health-and-medical-sciences/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/30/flinders-staff-honoured-by-new-academy-of-health-and-medical-sciences/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:57:00 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders NT]]></category> <category><![CDATA[International Relations]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Medical Devices Partnering Program]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Biological Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Medicine]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Nursing and Midwifery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Academy of Health and Medical Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Canberra]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Inducted]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor David Watson]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Julio Licino]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Karen Reynolds]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Michael Kidd]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Sussan Ley]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10448</guid> <description><![CDATA[Several Flinders University staff were among the inaugural fellows inducted into the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), ]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10448"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <p><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Australian-academy_FlindersWP_1.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-10453" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Australian-academy_FlindersWP_1.jpg" alt="Australian academy_FlindersWP_1" width="103" height="109" /></a>Several Flinders University staff were among the inaugural fellows inducted into the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), which was opened by Federal Minister for Health, Sussan Ley,  last week.</p> <p>The Flinders staff, including <a href="http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/julio.licinio">Professor Julio Licinio</a>, <a href="http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/karen.reynolds">Professor Karen Reynolds</a>, <a href="http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/david.watson">Professor David Watson</a> and <a href="http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/michael.kidd">Professor Michael Kidd</a>, joined 112 other inaugural Fellows representing a range of disciplines in health and medical research being inducted in Canberra.</p> <p>The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Academy is a newly established learned Academy which aims to be an importantpart of the health and medical scientific and policy landscape of Australia.</p> <p>The Commonwealth Department of Health, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and several Australian universities all contributed to its development, which also included consultations with a range of other key organisations in Australia and internationally.</p> <p>The Academy has been established under the presidency of Professor Ian Frazer AC and the patronage of Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE.</p> <p>Professor Michael Kidd, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, and President of the World Organization of Family Doctors, said the Academy would provide expert evidence-based advice and advocacy that would benefit all Australians.</p> <p>“The establishment of the Academy is an important advancement in the strong history of health and medical research in Australia,” said Professor Kidd.</p> <p>“As well as highlighting achievements by our nation’s leading health and medicine researchers, the Academy will provide expert independent scientific assessment of issues relevant to the health of all Australians, and provide independent advice to the Australian Government on issues relating to evidence based medical practice and medical research.</p> <p>“The work of the Academy should ensure that Australians will continue to enjoy the highest possible standards of medical care, based on sound research.</p> <p>“An important feature of the Academy is that the Fellows will be expected to mentor and support the next generation of our nation’s clinician researchers.</p> <p>“This will ensure that Australia continues to foster the development of new health and medical researchers whose important work will benefit our nation and the world through the work they carry out throughout their careers.”</p> <p>You can find more information on the Academy <a href="http://www.aahms.org/">here</a>.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/30/flinders-staff-honoured-by-new-academy-of-health-and-medical-sciences/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Australian-academy_FlindersWP_1.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Australian-academy_FlindersWP_1.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Australian academy_FlindersWP_1</media:title> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Canva entrepreneur to share insights with NVI at Tonsley</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/26/canva-entrepreneur-to-share-insights-with-nvi-at-tonsley/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/26/canva-entrepreneur-to-share-insights-with-nvi-at-tonsley/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:07:22 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Cameron Adams]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Canva]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Design]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Entrepreneurs in Conversation]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Matt Salier]]></category> <category><![CDATA[New Venture Institute]]></category> <category><![CDATA[NVI]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Program]]></category> <category><![CDATA[software]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Success]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Tonsley]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10438</guid> <description><![CDATA[Putting away his designing shoes for an evening, Cameron Adams, co-founder and Chief Product officer of Canva, is coming to Adelaide to share his entrepreneurial insights.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10438"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10441" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Cameron-Adams_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="wp-image-10441 size-medium" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Cameron-Adams_FlindersWP-300x259.jpg" alt="Cameron Adams_FlindersWP" width="300" height="259" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Cameron Adams has developed the design program Canva into a multi-million dollar enterprise.</p></div> <p>Taking off his designer&#8217;s hat for the evening, Cameron Adams, co-founder and Chief Product officer of <a href="https://www.canva.com/about">Canva</a>, is coming to Adelaide to share his entrepreneurial insights.</p> <p>Mr Adams will be presenting at a business information and networking event run by the <a href="http://nviflinders.com.au/category/tonsley-park/">New Venture Institute</a> at Flinders University on Tuesday March 31.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs in Conversation, a speaker series which began in 2013 with the launch of the New Venture Institute (NVI), aims to unite entrepreneurs from across Adelaide and Australia to share their entrepreneurial journey, taking an intimate look at their feats, failures and personal journeys.</p> <p>NVI Director Matt Salier said he was excited about the event, which showed the potential for Australian businesses to achieve fantastic international success.</p> <p>“Cameron’s story is one that highlights what can be achieved by an Australian start-up, taking success to the global stage,” said Mr Salier.</p> <p>Born of an idea at the dining room table, Canva started as simple concept with a big vision – to create a platform that makes graphic design amazingly simple.</p> <p>Built around drag and drop functionality which is free to use, the program is revolutionising graphic design.</p> <p>Within 13 months of launching, it had 870,000 users and was being used in over 200 countries.</p> <p>With plaudits such as the “most exciting start-up in Australia at the moment” and “has the ability to be Australia’s first ‘Unicorn’ company (company valued a $1bn)”, Canva has attracted millions of dollars in investments from all over the world, including from Silicon Valley.</p> <p>“The New venture Institute is about creating the opportunity to exercise entrepreneurial flair and to explore innovative thought,” said Mr Salier.</p> <p>“It’s not just about creating businesses, but about really working with entrepreneurs and learning what it is to take an idea through to fruition.</p> <p>“Having Cameron share his story is a fantastic opportunity for us to help fuel the entrepreneurial community.”</p> <p>The event will take place Flinders University&#8217;s new Tonsley precinct, which is designed to be a hub for innovation, growth and learning.</p> <p>Tickets are $25, or $15 for students. For more details or to book, please visit the NVI <a href="http://nviflinders.com.au/events/">website</a>.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/26/canva-entrepreneur-to-share-insights-with-nvi-at-tonsley/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Cameron-Adams_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Cameron-Adams_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Cameron Adams_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Cameron-Adams_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders environment students lead Channel 9 Young Achievers</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/24/flinders-environment-students-lead-channel-9-young-achievers/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/24/flinders-environment-students-lead-channel-9-young-achievers/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:59:06 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Science and Engineering]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of the Environment]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Biodiversity)]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Channel 9 Young Achievers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Patrick Taggart]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Saskia Gerhardy]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10428</guid> <description><![CDATA[As a young girl growing up on a rural property south of Adelaide, Flinders student and Channel 9 awards finalist Saskia Gerhardy, was always caring for sick and injured birds or small animals.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10428"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10430" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Young-Achiever_Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10430" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Young-Achiever_Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP-300x300.jpg" alt="Saskia Gerhardy, pictured, and Patrick Taggart are finalists in the Channel 9 awards. " width="300" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Saskia Gerhardy, pictured, and Patrick Taggart are finalists in the Channel 9 awards, the winners of which will be announced on Saturday.</p></div> <p>As a young girl growing up on a rural property south of Adelaide, Flinders University student Saskia Gerhardy was always caring for any sick and injured birds or small animals she discovered.</p> <p>It’s not surprising, therefore, that Ms Gerhardy, who is in the second year of a <a href="https://www.flinders.edu.au/careers/degree/biodiversity-and-conservation.cfm">Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Biodiversity)</a>, was destined to become a leading young conservationist.</p> <p>She is one of two Flinders University students to be chosen as finalists in this year’s Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards in the environment category.</p> <p>Patrick Taggart, a Biodiversity and Conservation Honours student, is also among the four finalists to be considered by a judging panel for the award, to be announced this Saturday (28 March).</p> <p>Ms Gerhardy, of Willunga, dedicates herself to rescuing orphaned, injured or sick animals and helps with local programs to monitor endangered animals.</p> <p>She also leads a group of high school-aged environmentalists in Willunga, encouraging them to be active in local environmental projects, and has recently been appointed as a school services officer at Willunga Primary to co-ordinate and deliver an EnviroKids program.</p> <p>“I was always very passionate about animals and always liked looking after them from a really young age,” said Ms Gerhardy, whose parents are also conservationists.</p> <p>“I think I first started when I was a little girl with caring for a tiny chick, before taking in other animals.</p> <p>“I’ve always loved being outdoors and I guess when you’re really young, you don’t realise there are so many environmental problems going on.</p> <p>&#8220;As I got older though, I gained a greater awareness of the damage that had been done to the Earth and I just wanted to be a part of finding solutions.”</p> <p>Mr Taggart’s interest in native fauna and flora also started at a young age. He remembers that he always liked to “get his hands dirty” and uncover creatures in the bush.</p> <p>“Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a dad who worked in the field of conservation. I would regularly head out with him on research trips so I was exposed to the amazing wildlife and environments Australia has to offer,” Mr Taggart said.</p> <p>“I always remember wanting to hold and touch animals and plants that I was shown, and I was always turning over logs or rocks for creatures while out on bush walks or around home.”</p> <p>Mr Taggart, who is from Victor Harbor, has aspirations to pursue a career in the field of environment, conservation and sustainability after completing his PhD.</p> <p>He has already received a number of environmental awards and scholarships and has spoken at schools, Rotary Clubs and Flinders University on current threats impinging on Australia’s unique flora, fauna and ecosystems.</p> <p>The Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young South Australians up to 28 years of age.</p> <p>Joshua Morony, a Flinders University software engineering graduate and mobile application and website developer, is  also a finalist, in the online category of the awards, which will be announced at the Hilton Adelaide.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/24/flinders-environment-students-lead-channel-9-young-achievers/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Young-Achiever_Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Young-Achiever_Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Young Achiever_Saskia Gerhardy_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">Saskia Gerhardy, pictured, and Patrick Taggart are finalists in the Channel 9 awards.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Young-Achiever_Saskia-Gerhardy_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders SimTools to enhance medical training experience</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/23/flinders-simtools-to-enhance-medical-training-experience/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/23/flinders-simtools-to-enhance-medical-training-experience/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:07:41 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Science and Engineering]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Medical Devices Partnering Program]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Medicine]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Nursing and Midwifery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr Cyle Sprick]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[medical devices]]></category> <category><![CDATA[medical students]]></category> <category><![CDATA[SimTools]]></category> <category><![CDATA[simulation]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Training]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10413</guid> <description><![CDATA[A suite of diagnostic simulation tools has received expert help from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10413"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10416" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/SimTools_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10416" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/SimTools_FlindersWP-300x261.jpg" alt="The new SimTools can be used with an actor as well as a mannekin. " width="300" height="261" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The new SimTools, which look and act like real instruments, can be used with an actor.</p></div> <p>A suite of diagnostic simulation tools has received expert help from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).</p> <p>With funding from the South Australian Government’s Medical Technologies Program, ‘SimTools’ received up to 250 hours of research and development assistance from the MDPP, modernising the software and providing a baseline for customised medical scenarios.</p> <p>Developed by Dr Cyle Sprick, Director Simulation Unit at Flinders University, ‘SimTools’ is a suite of multiple replica diagnostic simulation tools that provide realistic feedback for training medical practitioners.</p> <p>As <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp7shqITAs4&amp;feature=youtu.be">reported on by the Seven Network</a> last weekend, the  initial SimTools suite of devices – which includes a stethoscope, glucometer, thermometer, pulse oximeter and ECG/defibrillator – act and function like real medical devices by providing simulated information on vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.</p> <p>Negating the need to purchase manikins separately, SimTools can be used with actors or on any existing manikins.</p> <p>Dr Sprick said the devices are controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth, allowing teachers and assessors to create any desired medical scenario.</p> <p>“We can simulate deteriorating or compromised vital signs to replicate ‘real’ patient scenarios, giving trainers greater ability to teach medical students and healthcare workers,” Dr Sprick said.</p> <p>“With a simple swipe of the finger using an Android tablet, the trainer can control the vital signs of the diagnostic tools while another tablet displays the vital signs as they would appear in a real environment.</p> <p>“To the student, the devices appear to function like the real thing.”</p> <p>Flinders MDPP Director, Professor Karen Reynolds, said the South Australian Government’s Medical Technologies Program is enabling the MDPP to help to bring the SimTools product closer to market.</p> <p>“SimTools provides the first all-in-one package, with multiple individual simulated diagnostic tools that can be controlled wirelessly by one single control system,” Professor Reynolds said.</p> <p>“The research and development assistance from the MDPP has taken the product a step closer to commercialisation by modernising the software interface and undertaking app development, which has created a better, more reliable interface with increased functionality.&#8221;</p> <p>The team are currently exploring opportunities for commercialisation.</p> <p>You can also watch the Seven Network&#8217;s news report on the SimTools <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp7shqITAs4&amp;feature=youtu.be">here</a>.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/23/flinders-simtools-to-enhance-medical-training-experience/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/SimTools_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/SimTools_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">SimTools_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">The new SimTools can be used with an actor as well as a mannekin.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/SimTools_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders researchers issue groundwater warning on World Water Day</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/22/flinders-researchers-issue-groundwater-warning-on-world-water-day/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/22/flinders-researchers-issue-groundwater-warning-on-world-water-day/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:30:02 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Science and Engineering]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of the Environment]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Teaching and learning]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[groundwater]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Groundwater reserves]]></category> <category><![CDATA[hydrogeology]]></category> <category><![CDATA[National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Craig Simmons]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor Okke Batelaan]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[World Water Day]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10405</guid> <description><![CDATA[Flinders University ground water researchers are using World Water Day 2015 to promote the importance of Australia’s vast groundwater reserves.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10405"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <p><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/WWD_en.png"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-10410" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/WWD_en-300x200.png" alt="WWD_en" width="300" height="200" /></a>Flinders University ground water researchers are using World Water Day 2015 to promote the importance of Australia’s vast groundwater reserves.</p> <p>Since it was first declared in 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly marked 22 March as a &#8220;World Day for Water”, a new water theme is highlighted each year.</p> <p>This year’s theme is Water and Sustainable Development, and researchers at Flinders’ <a href="http://www.groundwater.com.au/">National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)</a> are working hard to raise awareness.</p> <p>Ninety seven per cent fresh water on Earth is groundwater, supplying half of the world’s drinking water and 43 per cent of the water used to irrigate crops.</p> <p>However, groundwater depletion and pollution are enormous and demanding global issues -  highlighted by UNESCO reports which show that global groundwater extraction is approaching 1000 km<sup>3</sup>/year (over 13 times the annual flow over the entire Niagara Falls) and showing no signs of slowing.</p> <p>“It is the resource that sustains, but groundwater continues to be both a major challenge and opportunity for us in Australia and internationally, and will only become more valuable in the future,” said Professor Craig Simmons, Schultz Chair in the <a href="http://www.flinders.edu.au/science_engineering/environment/">Environment</a> at Flinders University and NCGRT Director.</p> <p>Professor Simmons said he was particularly concerned by apparent public apathy caused by what he described as a ‘hydro-illogical cycle’.</p> <p>That cycle, according to Professor Simmons, is a process of changing public perception which begins with drought, prompting public awareness, leading to concern and panic, but which, unfortunately (once rain returns), returns once again to apathy.</p> <p>“There are many challenges we continue to face across water policy, management, research and education,” said Professor Simmons.</p> <p>“I am concerned that we appear to have entered the apathy part of the ‘hydro-illogical cycle’, and this is a very dangerous place for us to be, especially with so many water challenges in Australia.”</p> <p>Professor Simmons warned that time was running out for Australia to be ready for the beginning of the next ‘cycle’.</p> <p>“The next drought is on its way, and it is a case of when and not if,” he said. “Vital ecosystems are supported by water, mining and energy production are linked with water, and our water resources face the potential to be impacted by climate change.</p> <p>“We cannot be complacent. We must make sure that our water reform agenda does not wax and wane as droughts come and go or as political parties change.”</p> <p>Professor Okke Batelaan, Strategic Professor of Hydro(geo)logy at Flinders University and Dean, School of the Environment, Flinders University, also called for increased awareness, and said people need to better understand how to manage water.</p> <p>“We are doing a lot to raise awareness about water in the environment, conducting research related to groundwater and also working to better understand and manage water as part of an integrated, whole of water-cycle, approach,” said Professor Batelaan.</p> <p>“Research projects in our School and the NCGRT involve partners from research agencies, universities, government and industry both in Australia and overseas, and many students are studying water related topics both in our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs, and doing Masters and PhD’s by research as well.</p> <p>“We would encourage everyone to get involved in World Water Day and to think about how each and every one of us can make a difference. Water is the most precious thing we have and we must value and protect it for the generations to come.</p> <p>“The opportunities to make a difference and have an impact continue to be enormous.”</p> <p>In Australia, groundwater provides more than 30 per cent of Australia’s total water consumption and generates national economic activity worth in excess of $34 billion a year in support of agricultural, mining and industrial development.</p> <p>Groundwater is front and centre in many of Australia’s pressing, contemporary national problems, including the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) Plan, securing the Great Artesian Basin, the role of groundwater in urban and rural water security, the impacts of unconventional gas and hydraulic fracturing on groundwater, mining and groundwater, proposals for the future development of Northern Australia, Australia’s agricultural competitiveness, and the impacts of climate change on groundwater.</p> <p><strong>To find out more about World Water Day, go to </strong><a href="http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday">http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday</a></p> <p><strong>More information about Flinders University’s groundwater and water research and training is at  </strong><a href="http://www.groundwater.com.au/">www.groundwater.com.au</a></p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/22/flinders-researchers-issue-groundwater-warning-on-world-water-day/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>1</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/WWD_en-150x150.png" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/WWD_en.png" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">WWD_en</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/WWD_en-150x150.png" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Forensics and fibreglass research win funding</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/20/forensics-and-fibreglass-research-win-funding/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/20/forensics-and-fibreglass-research-win-funding/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:48:46 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Science and Engineering]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Biological Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics]]></category> <category><![CDATA[bacteria]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Catalyst Research Grants Program]]></category> <category><![CDATA[crime scenes]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr Shanan Tobe]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr Youhong Tang]]></category> <category><![CDATA[fibreglass]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Forensics]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Forensics SA]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Minister for Science and Information Economy]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Ms Gail Gago]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Professor David Day]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10406</guid> <description><![CDATA[Flinders research projects that hold the promise of improvements to crime scene forensics and longer life for fibreglass pipes have won funding of $60,000 from the State Government.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10406"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <p><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dr-Tang.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-10409" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dr-Tang-300x271.jpg" alt="Dr Tang" width="300" height="271" /></a>Two Flinders research projects that hold the promise of improvements to crime scene forensics and longer life for fibreglass pipes have won a total of $60,000 from the State Government.</p> <p>Dr Youhong Tang (pictured) and Dr Shanan Tobe were among five South Australian early career researchers to share in $135,000 of funding announced by Minister for Science and Information Economy Gail Gago as part of the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund &#8211; Catalyst Research Grants program.</p> <p>“This program is important in supporting young researchers to remain in South Australia. The grants help researchers build their skills and relationships with relevant industry while helping them to find solutions to complex and significant problems,” Ms Gago said.</p> <p>Dr Tang, from the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, will receive $30,000 to work with RPC Pipe Systems to produce a range of lightweight, high-strength fibreglass pipes, improving durability in harsh conditions.</p> <p>Dr Tobe, from the School of Biological Sciences, will receive $30,000 to work with Forensic SA to develop a test that will improve identification techniques linking microbes found on a person’s hand to evidence in a criminal investigation.</p> <p>“These are outstanding young Flinders researchers engaged in solving real-world problems,” said Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Day.</p> <p>The successful recipients were selected by an independent panel made up of representatives from each of South Australia’s three universities.</p> <p>For more information on the Catalyst Research Grants, please follow the <a href="http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/science/premiers-research-and-industry-fund/catalyst-research-grants">link.</a></p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/20/forensics-and-fibreglass-research-win-funding/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dr-Tang-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dr-Tang.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Dr Tang</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dr-Tang-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Flinders nutritionists help West Adelaide FC eat like champions</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/20/flinders-nutritionists-help-west-adelaide-fc-eat-like-champions/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/20/flinders-nutritionists-help-west-adelaide-fc-eat-like-champions/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:08:23 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Nutrition and dietetics]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Andrew Marks]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Channel 7]]></category> <category><![CDATA[dietetics]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Eat Like Champions]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[health sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Jason Porplyzia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[launch]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Menu]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Nutrition]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[West Adelaide Football Club]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10398</guid> <description><![CDATA[West Adelaide Footballers will eat like champions this season thanks to nutrition and dietetics researchers at Flinders University.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10398"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10400" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/West-Adelaide-FC_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10400" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/West-Adelaide-FC_FlindersWP-300x260.jpg" alt="West Adelaide players tuck in at their menu launch last night. " width="300" height="260" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">West Adelaide players tuck in to their Flinders University developed menu last night.</p></div> <p style="color: #232323"><span class="lead-sentence" style="color: #231f20">West Adelaide Footballers, including former Adelaide Crows star Jason Porplyzia, will eat like champions this season thanks to nutrition and dietetics researchers at Flinders University</span>.</p> <p style="color: #232323">In a first of its kind project for the SANFL, experienced Flinders sports dietitian Dr Kathryn Jackson and final year Dietetics and Nutrition student, Annabel Murphy, have collaborated with West Adelaide to provide tailored nutrition that will help them achieve the best results possible on the pitch.</p> <p style="color: #232323">West Adelaide Football Manager Andrew Marks said he hoped the new menu, which is being served up by club chef Greg McKeever and was launched at West Adelaide last night (19-3-15), will give his players the edge in the upcoming season.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“It is becoming common amongst AFL clubs to hire a full time chef to provide their players the appropriate meals that are of benefit to improve their performance,” said Mr Marks.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“The SANFL, being the second best league outside of the AFL, is always looking to replicate AFL ideas in our semi-professional setting.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“Our players train after work and during preseason every night of the week looking for the edge over their opponents.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“It’s for that reason that we have worked with Flinders University, and MGM – the group which leases the West Adelaide Football Club Bistro – to develop the ‘Eat Like A Champion’ initiative.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">Jason Porplyzia, who returned to West Adelaide after ten seasons at the Adelaide Crows, said his experience at the highest level had shown him the importance of good nutrition for player performance.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“An important aspect of being a professional athlete is making sure you take care of your body,” he said. “To encourage this we need to ensure players have the best education and can make great choices in regards to their diet and nutrition requirements.</p> <p style="color: #232323">“This important step for any aspiring player is made considerably easier through initiatives like ‘Eat Like A Champion’.”</p> <p style="color: #232323">Dr Jackson said the project had given Ms Murphy valuable real life experience in food service, while also learning how to apply the principles of sports nutrition.</p> <p style="color: #232323"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGF_bXAHnUw&amp;feature=youtu.be">Click here to Watch Network 7&#8242;s news report on this story last night. </a></p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/20/flinders-nutritionists-help-west-adelaide-fc-eat-like-champions/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/West-Adelaide-FC_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/West-Adelaide-FC_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">West Adelaide FC_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">West Adelaide players tuck in at their menu launch last night.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/West-Adelaide-FC_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>Unique study gives people with dementia their say</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/18/unique-study-gives-people-with-dementia-their-say/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/18/unique-study-gives-people-with-dementia-their-say/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:30:11 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Medicine]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Nursing and Midwifery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[dementia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Repatriation General Hospital]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10386</guid> <description><![CDATA[A unique study which actively seeks to capture the opinions and choices of people with dementia is being conducted in SA by researchers from Flinders University and the Repatriation General Hospital.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10386"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10390" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dementia-pic_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="wp-image-10390 size-medium" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dementia-pic_FlindersWP-300x261.jpg" alt="Dementia pic_FlindersWP" width="300" height="261" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The INSPIRED study will ask those with dementia to share their experiences and opinions to inform future care. Photo: Shutterstock</p></div> <p>A unique study which actively seeks to capture the opinions and choices of people with dementia is being conducted in SA by researchers from Flinders University and the Repatriation General Hospital in partnership with major aged care facilities across Australia, including Helping Hand in SA.</p> <p>The <em>Investigating Services Provided in the Residential care Environment for Dementia in Australia (INSPIRED</em>) study will determine the cost of residential aged care for people with dementia.</p> <p>It brings together researchers, consumers and aged care providers to provide evidence-based information for innovative new models of care and/or funding to be developed to emphasise consumer-directed care and more effective and efficient service provision.</p> <p>Currently, there is very little accurate information about the cost of providing quality care for people with dementia or related cognitive decline.</p> <p>With an ageing Australian population and increased pressures on aged care services, it is critical to get a better understanding of these costs in order to assist in future care planning efforts of service providers and government policy makers.</p> <p>Through one-on-one interviews with consumers, the study is examining the variation in current aged care services, differences in resource use, quality of care, choice of care, and quality of life associated with different models of care.</p> <p>“The study is a rare one in that it does not exclude people on the basis of being cognitively impaired; on the contrary, INSPIRED is designed to include these people,” said Professor Maria Crotty, Director of Rehabilitation at Repatriation General Hospital, and team leader of the INSPIRED Study.</p> <p>“Participants in our INSPIRED study at Helping Hand had a wide range of cognitive abilities and even those with moderate cognitive decline were able to participate in the data collection for the study with the assistance of a family member or carer,” said Professor Crotty.</p> <p>The INSPIRED study, funded through the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC), has already been piloted in South Australia with CDPC industry partner, Helping Hand.</p> <p>Residents of two of Helping Hand’s largest aged care facilities have been involved in interviews about their quality of life and quality of care, and the aspects of residential care they value most.</p> <p>Information about the model of care provided in these facilities and the cost of providing this care has also been collected.</p> <p>The researchers are now planning to undertake the same research with the remaining CDPC industry partners, HammondCare in NSW and The Brightwater Care Group in WA.</p> <p>When this is complete, the INSPIRED team will conduct comparisons of these differing care models and costs, resulting in a robust economic evaluation of dementia care in residential aged care facilities.</p> <p>This work will then inform future policy and program management decisions in relation to the models of care and funding provided by the Commonwealth to people with dementia and their families.</p> <p>The CDPC is a $25 million partnership between the government, academics, industry partners and Alzheimer’s Australia.</p> <p>The vision of the CDPC is to co-create and synthesise knowledge that changes policy, systems and practice, improving the lives of people living with dementia and cognitive decline.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/18/unique-study-gives-people-with-dementia-their-say/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dementia-pic_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dementia-pic_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Dementia pic_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Dementia-pic_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>The hopes, fears and realities of weight loss surgery</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/17/the-hopes-fears-and-realities-of-weight-loss-surgery/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/17/the-hopes-fears-and-realities-of-weight-loss-surgery/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Tue, 17 Mar 2015 01:49:53 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Medicine]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of Nursing and Midwifery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[bariatric surgery]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Darlene McNaughton]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Department of Public Health]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Gastric band]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[weight loss]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10392</guid> <description><![CDATA[The statistics tell us that rates of gastric banding and other weight loss surgery are rising steeply, yet very little is known about the experiences of people who undergo it.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10392"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10395" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Darlene-McNaughton_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="wp-image-10395 size-medium" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Darlene-McNaughton_FlindersWP-300x261.jpg" alt="Darlene McNaughton_FlindersWP" width="300" height="261" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Flinders University&#8217;s Dr Darlene McNaughton.</p></div> <p>The statistics tell us that rates of gastric banding and other weight loss surgery are rising steeply, yet very little is known about the experiences of people who undergo it.</p> <p>A research project led by Flinders University is looking to interview people who have lap-band and other forms of bariatric surgery, both before and after their procedures, in order to understand their motives and expectations, experiences of surgery and changes to their quality of life over time.</p> <p>Dr Darlene McNaughton of the Department of Public Health at Flinders said that weight-loss surgery is growing in popularity around the world, including in developing nations, as well as in Australia. There were just over 300 such procedures performed in Adelaide in 2001; in 2013 the figure was more than 1400.</p> <p>Men, who are often resistant to dietary and weight-loss programs, are also turning to surgery in growing numbers.</p> <p>“Surgery is becoming a much more palatable and much more available option for people with regards to weight loss, but it has its problems and its limitations,” Dr McNaughton said.</p> <p>The qualitative study adds a second “wing” to ongoing research: Flinders researchers are already involved in a quantitative study of weight loss surgery with clinicians and hospitals, which is providing data about the number and nature of the procedures being undertaken, and is also allowing surgical outcomes to be tracked over time.</p> <p>“What we don’t know is what people’s actual experiences of it are,” Dr McNaughton said.</p> <p>“Does it change their lives, does it change their lives in positive ways and what are the things that are not so positive about it, and how are they feeling about it?”</p> <p>As well as gaining a perspective on weight loss surgery through the patient’s eyes, the research aims to improve the range, availability and adequacy of services to provide information, intervention and support.</p> <p>Long waits for the limited places for surgery in the public system are also attended by a demanding medical process to “qualify”, Dr McNaughton said, adding another factor that builds on hopes and fears.</p> <p>The project will interview people during the three months leading up to their surgery, covering issues such as mobility, social life and perceptions of body size</p> <p>“We want to find out what their quality of life is like before the surgery, then we speak to them at three months, nine months and 12 months following surgery, and probably at the two year mark.”</p> <p>Dr McNaughton said the two years around surgery could see major changes, but also great variations, in the amount and types of food consumed, as well as losses in body weight.</p> <p>“It’s a surgical intervention, and while bands can be removed, the other surgeries that are becoming increasingly popular are permanent. With obesity highly stigmatised in Australia, we want to know what the surgical option is doing for people.”</p> <p><strong>Anyone interested in participating in the research should phone 0488 551 747.</strong></p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/17/the-hopes-fears-and-realities-of-weight-loss-surgery/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Darlene-McNaughton_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Darlene-McNaughton_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">Darlene McNaughton_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/Darlene-McNaughton_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> <item> <title>New research shows white sharks use sun to hunt prey</title> <link>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/13/new-research-shows-white-sharks-use-sun-to-hunt-prey/</link> <comments>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/13/new-research-shows-white-sharks-use-sun-to-hunt-prey/#comments</comments> <pubDate>Fri, 13 Mar 2015 01:14:21 +0000</pubDate> <dc:creator><![CDATA[Marketing and Communications]]></dc:creator> <category><![CDATA[Business and Community]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Corporate]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Faculty of Science and Engineering]]></category> <category><![CDATA[News]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Research]]></category> <category><![CDATA[School of the Environment]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Adelaide]]></category> <category><![CDATA[American Naturalist]]></category> <category><![CDATA[diving]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Dr Charlie Huveneers]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Flinders University]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Hunt]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Ocean]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Prey]]></category> <category><![CDATA[SAHMRI]]></category> <category><![CDATA[South Australia]]></category> <category><![CDATA[Sun]]></category> <category><![CDATA[White Sharks]]></category> <guid isPermaLink="false">http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/?p=10380</guid> <description><![CDATA[White Sharks – the world’s largest predatory fish – have the impressive ability to follow the direction of the sun to hunt their prey, new research from Flinders University reveals.]]></description> <content:encoded><![CDATA[<abbr class="unapi-id" title="flinders10380"><!-- &nbsp; --></abbr> <div id="attachment_10383" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/White-shark_March_FlindersWP.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10383" src="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/White-shark_March_FlindersWP-300x260.jpg" alt="Dr Charlie Huveneers found that white sharks approach with the sun behind them. " width="300" height="260" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Dr Charlie Huveneers found white sharks approach with the sun behind them. Photo: Shutterstock. </p></div> <p>White Sharks – the world’s largest predatory fish – have the impressive ability to follow the direction of the sun to hunt their prey, new research from Flinders University reveals.</p> <p>The study, published in <em>American Naturalist</em>, and <a href="http://youtu.be/mVUytIk0Xso">reported on national TV this week</a>, is the first of its kind to empirically show that White Sharks can exploit the sun when approaching baits by positioning the sun directly behind them.</p> <p>The research – led by Flinders shark ecologist Dr Charlie Huveneers – observed more than 950 hunting approaches by 44 different sharks in South Australian waters over</p> <p>30 days, finding that White Sharks strategically approached their prey with the sun directly behind them more often than from other directions.</p> <p>The sharks were attracted to the research boat using standard berley and tuna, enabling investigations of unrestrained wild sharks.</p> <p>Lead author Dr Huveneers said that on sunny days, sharks reversed their direction of approach from the east in the morning to the west in the afternoon, but approached the bait from no specific direction on overcast days.</p> <p>“The sharks’ approach direction did not correlate with other potential behavioural drivers, such as the boat or wind direction which could affect the dispersal of the odour trail, therefore supporting our hypothesis that sharks can track the position of the sun and use this cue to coordinate their approach,” Dr Huveneers said.</p> <p>Dr Huveneers said the sun-tracking strategy has a number of potential advantages, including improving prey detection and reducing sun glare.</p> <p>“Sharks might use the sun to increase the contrast between their prey and the surrounding water, making prey easier to see.</p> <p>“By approaching prey with the sun behind them, they could also be reducing any disabling glare from the sun.”</p> <p>Dr Huveneers said future studies will focus on understanding the differences in predation strategies between individual sharks, and why some sharks used this sun-tracking strategy more than others.</p> <p>You can see Channel Nine&#8217;s national news coverage this week of Dr Huveneers&#8217; research <a href="http://youtu.be/mVUytIk0Xso">here</a>.</p> ]]></content:encoded> <wfw:commentRss>http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2015/03/13/new-research-shows-white-sharks-use-sun-to-hunt-prey/feed/</wfw:commentRss> <slash:comments>0</slash:comments> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/White-shark_March_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> <media:content url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/White-shark_March_FlindersWP.jpg" medium="image"> <media:title type="html">White shark_March_FlindersWP</media:title> <media:description type="html">Dr Charlie Huveneers found that white sharks approach with the sun behind them.</media:description> <media:thumbnail url="http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/files/2015/03/White-shark_March_FlindersWP-150x150.jpg" /> </media:content> </item> </channel> </rss>
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