Stories in 2013
Health E-News from the Dean
15 March 2013
Thirty four Masters in Clinical Psychology students commenced their placement in the UC Psychology Intern Clinic recently. They will be working directly with clients and facilitating group programs. The UC Clinic is now recognised in the community as an important resource for many people who require psychological assessment and intervention; it is pleasing indeed to see the way the student clinic has developed over the past 4 years.
UC Health received considerable media coverage in the Narooma News-- the University of Canberra’s Mobile Health Clinic was in Narooma offering free consultations to people in the fields of pharmacy and nutrition. The Mobile Health Clinic provides the opportunity for final year students to gain experience in their field of expertise before finishing their degree while providing treatment and care for patients who may have limited access to some health services. The mobile clinic is staffed by students and their qualified professional supervisors. Students spend 20 weeks in total doing clinical placement. While the mobile health clinic was here the students had the opportunity to spend time at the Lighthouse Surgery, visit Bermagui on Thursday morning and spend time in some local pharmacies.
1 May 2012
This week we received the very welcome news that our collaborative HHF4 bid (Health and Hospitals Funding Round 4) had been successful.
The collaboration is led by Southern General Practice Network (soon to be the South-East Medicare Local), in partnership with ANU and the University of Canberra. It provides infrastructure (largely physical but some relating to e-health functionality) funding for clinical consulting rooms, group rooms, student-led clinics and simulated learning environments, in places which are in close proximity to local hospitals. The sites are in Bega, Moruya and Cooma and include accommodation for students (and on occasion staff) who are working in the region. The synergies among clinical service delivery, clinical training and research are a key.
The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Tanya Plibersek announced the $31 million to fund new health facilities in personal media stops at Moruya, Bega and Cooma on Tuesday. These facilities (as they are purchased and built) will provide a valuable base for the high quality clinical training we are doing in the region, as many of our regional sites are not well equipped with teaching and training rooms, or low cost accommodation.
22 July 2013
Federal MP, Dr Andrew Leigh, launched the ICTN Simulated Learning program recently in Nursing & Midwifery (click here for more details).
Assistant Prof.Jamie Ranse was interviewed for the careers section of 'Nursing Careers Allied Health'. The article outlines some of Jamie’s research pertaining to disaster nursing in Australia and the need for all nurses to have some awareness of their potential roles in a disaster. Read the article here.
Jamie has also been invited as an expert on the World Health Organisations Virtual International Advisory Group on Mass Gatherings. This group provides expert health advice to the WHO regarding major planned and spontaneous events internationally. Some of Jamie's work regarding mass gatherings can be found here.
Dr. Eileen Petrie, Dr. Gylo Hercelinskyj, Mrs.Dale Lilley and Mrs. Cathy Spencer represented Nursing and Midwifery at the Australian College of Nursing Health (ACN) Expo in Sydney. Nursing’s PG courses were a particular focus and included a YouTube clip of Prof. Mary Cruickshank discussing the benefits of Post Graduate study at UC. Watch the clip here
17 June 2013
Dr Laurie Grealish and Prof. Mary Cruickshank recently travelled to Thailand to teach students in the Faculty of Public Health at Naresuan University, Phitsanoluk, Northern Thailand. The student cohort, enrolled in the Master of Health Services Management, consisted of 12 doctors and 8 dentists and the focus of the teaching was on leadership development for primary health care managers and practitioners. They also met with the University President and the Dean and Associate Deans from the Faculty of Nursing concerning a potential student exchange program and will be visiting UC in June to have further discussions and to meet with the Vice Chancellor and the Thai Ambassador.
Assistant Prof. Jamie Ranse is going to Naresuan University in June at the invitation of Prof. Phudit, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, to lecture on Disaster Nursing and to have further discussions regarding collaborative research. Prof. Phudit and colleagues visited the University of Canberra last October where they met with the Vice Chancellor, the Thai Ambassador, and the Nursing & Midwifery Disciplines.
17 June 2013
Following on from a successful visit to Tonga in March to discuss the development of Nursing courses and student and staff exchanges, Emily Molan and Prof. Mary Cruickshank were recently invited to the Tongan Embassy for discussions with Princess Angelika Tuku’aho’, the Ambassador for Tonga. The Nursing Discipline is currently in negotiations with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Tupou Tertiary Institute (TTI) and the Director of the Public Hospital in Tonga as they are keen to establish a partnership with the University of Canberra. The proposed partnership will include 1) offering a 1+2 Bachelor of Nursing model, 2) short courses across several health specialties offered in the intensive and online modes, and 3) off-shore/online postgraduate Nursing courses. A second visit to Tonga is planned for July where a team of UC nurse academics and specialised clinicians from the ACT Health Directorate will deliver an intensive short course in acute care that spans critical care, intensive care and emergency nursing.
17 June 2013
Dr Basseer Jeeawody and Kath Sainsbury recently attended the 37th Anniversary of the UAE Armed Forces Unification Day at Parliament House. The Nursing Discipline currently has students from the UAE enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing and the Defence Attache, Brigadier Staff Pilot Abdulla Alhashmi, invited the Nursing lecturers to attend the event.
Staff and students of the Disciplines of Nursing and Midwifery participated in the International Congress of Nurses which was held in Australia for the first time since 1964. The Melbourne conference included a symposium facilitated by Prof. Mary Cruickshank, which showcased the partnership between UC and ACT Health in the creation of two Clinical Chairs (Midwifery & Mental Health) and related research and teaching activities. The Chief Nurse of the ACT, Ronnie Croome, and the Director of the Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice, Prof. Violeta Lopez, spoke highly of the partnership and its beneficial contribution to ACT health and research. Faculty of Health papers and sessions included Deborah Davis, Daniel Nicholls, Laurie Grealish, Sally Ferguson, Holly Northam, Gylo Hercelinskjy, Catherine Hungerford, Trish Kench, Rhonda Wilson and Jackie Lea. Gylo Hercelinskyj and Daniel Nicholls were interviewed for a Swedish nursing website. The interview addressed the paper’s key theme of critical thinking for nurses in examining their assumptions about themselves and confidence in developing ongoing practice in an interdisciplinary context.
17 June 2013
Nutrition and Dietetics was strongly represented at the recent Dieticians Association of Australia conference. Assistant Prof. Rachel Bacon was one of 6 invited plenary speakers. Her topic, ‘Clinical Education – from beds to buses’, highlighted our innovative fieldwork practices within the Faculty.
Nutrition & Dietetics staff presented 6 of the 71 oral presentations at the conference (Tanya Lawlis, Cathy Knight-Agarwal, Gabrielle O’Kane, Jane Kellett, Lauren Williams and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student Scott Fischer). Jane also had a research on malnutrition attracted attention in radio, television, and print media. This story appeared in the Canberra Times. Tanya’s work on allergy policies in schools has also been in demand with the media.
17 June 2013
Assistant Prof. Gabrielle O’Kane organised a visit from Dr Jennifer Wilkins recently as part of the UC Distinguished Visitor Program. Highlights of her visit are:
UC High School Kaleen ‘Super Garden’ workshop
This activity related to the possible development of a ‘Super Garden’ at UC High School Kaleen that would enable nutrition and food sustainability topics to be embedded across the whole school curriculum. It aimed to consider ways in which students from different faculties across UC could become involved in research topics related to food security, food sustainability and other related topics that could involve Design and Education students. Dr Wilkins’ expertise in ‘farm to school’ projects helped the group to consider current assets at the school, what activities would come out of the Super Garden and who needs to be involved. There were over 30 attendees from a range of organisations, such as Canberra Organic Growers’ Society, ACT Health, National Heart Foundation, ACT primary schools and high schools as well as UC academics and the UC Sustainability officer, Beth Mitchell. It was also attended by Shane Rattenbury, ACT MLA. A follow-up meeting with members of a core steering committee is planned for 6th June 2013 with plans to develop governance procedures and short term activities for developing the Super Garden.
Localising the food system for sustainability
There was a public lecture held on Thursday 30th May at the Ann Harding Centre for 80 guests (photo above centre). This was supported by the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) futures project, CeRAPH and the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). There was interest from a range of disciplines across the university and professionals from government and non-government organisations.
3 May 2013
Nutrition and Dietetics students recently volunteered at the Special Olympics Centenary Games held at the Australian Institute of Sport from 5-7 April. This was a huge event that involved 300 competitors. The students assisted with delivering lunch to the athletes, as well as assisting the Special Olympics Australia dietitian in taking anthropometric measurements from each athlete and providing some basic nutrition education. This was an excellent experience for the students, and their help was much appreciated by Special Olympics Australia (we had some very nice emails). Thank you to Kristy Parsons for her generosity in undertaking the co-ordination work; it was much appreciated by the Special Olympics team.
15 March 2013
Josie Reeves, a second year OT student has been published in the Journal of Occupational Science. This was from an assignment last semester. The top three essays were submitted; one student has signed a copyright form and the other submission is still under review. Congratulations to Josie and her fellow students.
18 February 2013
Congratulations to three students in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program who have received awards for their entries in the ACT Government's Life's Reflections competition. The Prize and Awards Ceremony, held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery on 18 February, was opened by Minister for Ageing, Shane Rattenbury MLA. Associate Professor Alison Wicks also received an award, for Outstanding Contribution. In her unit Occupational Therapy for Older Adults, students completed an assessment task which involved submitting some photographs to the Life's Reflections competition. A total of 42 photographs from UC students will now be displayed in the Glass Floor Exhibition space at the Canberra Centre from 24 February to 3 March. Sarah Reid and Melanie Waite received commendations in the age friendly city category and Jung Chung won third prize in the open category.
14 February 2013
We received excellent informal feedback on the Master of Occupational Therapy accreditation visit. We already hold provisional accreditation, but this next stage of accreditation was required for our first graduates (completing in Sem 1 2013) to be registered as occupational therapists. The formal letter is ‘in the mail’ and we expect some conditions as is normal for a new program. The Accreditation team were very positive about quality of the teaching team, our sessional staff, the support from the Faculty, the resources and infrastructure available (including the Teaching and Learning Centre).
15th February 2013
- New Degree just what the doctor ordered
- 'Remove the grey area in sports medicine': UC Pharmacy Head
- Chemicals offer ray of hope to sun worshippers
1st February 2013
Earlier this month, Prof Gabrielle Cooper, Dr Greg Kyle and Sheryn Ringland hosted 32 Year 12 students as part of the National Youth Science Forum. The students learnt about pharmacy practice at UC and made creams in the pharmacy practice labs. Many were keen to keep UC in mind for their future university. And while on th topic, we have now 26 acceptances for the new B Pharm; a good outcome given the very late accreditation approval we received in December 2012.
9 November 2012
Record snow season for SouthCare helicopter team For those that missed Gordon Waddington on the big screen, ABC TV aired a research story on snow injuries during the Australian snow season.
22 July 2013
Students in the Masters in Clinical Psychology program have conducted another successful program of Goodbye Bully, a program developed by Dr Pam Connor and students in the clinical program to develop resiliency in young persons who have been the recipients of bullying.
17 June 2013
Psychology research work led by Dr Stuart Cathcart into the way we feel pain has attracted the interest of the Canberra Times. For more information about the project and/or to register your interest click here.
Dr Vikki Knott recently presented as part of an Advanced Seminar series at the School of Psychology at the Southern Cross University. Her seminar was entitled, Reducing disparities in cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders via novel methods for communicating cancer concepts and processes. Vikki also discussed the University of Canberra’s involvement in the NHMRC Centre for Excellence, known as, Discovering Indigenous Strategies to Improve Cancer Control Outcomes via Translation and Training (DISCOVER-TT).
A live video recording from the Coffs Harbour campus enabled students from other campuses,located in Lismore and on the Gold Coast,to watch and participate in a discussion. Further details, including access to the video recording, are available here.
Vikki has also secured a consultancy (value $13,500) for the preparation of a manuscript involving qualitative research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco control.
9 November 2012
Joan Corbett is promoting a “twilight event” in November on behalf of PANDSI – Post and Ante Natal Depression Support & Information Inc in Canberra as a volunteer member on the Board of Management. The event has an opening address by Kate Carnell, CEO of Beyond Blue and a speech by Dr Megan Galbally, Chief Investigator of the Mercy Pregnancy Emotional Wellbeing Study. It will be a great evening at $80 including dinner. Proceeds go to PANDSI’s program of local support and information. You can obtain more details or RSVP for the event through the link in the Twilight Seminar flyer.
20th to 22nd February
We hosted the first Faculty Residential Research School of 2013 for our HDR students (thank you to Dr Gylo Hercelinskyi), and celebrated the commencement of the Nurse Practitioner (Research) Professional Doctorate at UC with an event to welcome the first cohort of students into the program. Dr Jan Taylor gave a wonderful talk reflecting on her personal research journey, and we thank Professor Nick Klomp for opening the event with both enthusiasm and insights in to the doctoral experience.
Better Balance for Australian Ballet School Dancers
UC Researchers collaborating with colleagues from Victoria University and the Wingate Institute in Israel are working with the ABS to reduce lower limb injury in ballet. Previous research by the UC members of the group has developed new tools for assessing proprioception which is the body's sense of movement. This new technology has been shown to be able to predict who is more likely to get injured in sport and movement related activity. The project team are using a UC developed tool to measure how sensitive dancers are to detecting small dynamic movements of the foot and ankle. This work particularly focusses on the effects of footwear in insulating the body from information about the surface that an individual stands on. Poor movement sensitivity has been shown to result in more chance of movement errors resulting in a loss of balance and higher injury risk. The current project will use the new testing approach to look at the possibility of improving information that the dancer receives through the ballet shoe (the design of which have remained unchanged since the 1600s!) by changing the texture of the inner lining of the shoe with specially developed inserts. In pilot trials Janet Karin from the ABS reports that the dance students have found the new inserts "extremely effective" for increasing the sense of movement control in the lower limb during dance training.
Research Week From 20 – 22 February 2013
The Faculty will be holding it's the first Research Week for 2013 from 20-22 February. The research residential school will again feature the work of our Higher Degrees Research Candidates and guest speakers from around the ACT and nationally. The event will be themed using the Faculty's three research themes which are:
- Better care in and between services
- Healthy and sustainable communities
- Keeping people healthy across the lifespan
18 May 2013
Kate Pumpa and Disa Smee (Sports Studies) and Liz Turner (Faculty of Health Clinic) were invited speakers at the Dragons Abreast Conference held in Canberra on Saturday 18th May. Kate presented her research into the efficacy of resistance training in women with breast cancer related lymphoedema; Disa on enhancing cognitive function and maintaining bone density through exercise; and Liz on physiotherapy interventions for women with lymphoedema.
15 March 2013
Sport Studies Head of Discipline Associate Professor Allan Edwards is participating in the National Touch Football Titles in Coffs Harbour this week. Allan is a member of the ACT Men’s Masters team and is an example of lifelong sport participation. He is a former representative Rugby player and has a Gold Medal in Touch competition from the World Masters Games as well as National Titles.