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International students set to make a splash at CSU

Friday 26 Aug 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is pleased to announce that it will welcome its first intake of international students at Port Macquarie in 2017.

Vice-Chancellor of CSU Professor Andrew Vann is also pleased to announce 20 new scholarships which will be available to international students studying at CSU in Port Macquarie.

"I am excited to welcome international students to our new campus in the coastal city of Port Macquarie in New South Wales for 2017," Professor Vann said. 

"Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie offers students a world-class experience in state-of-the-art teaching facilities and innovative learning spaces, all alongside the opportunity to be part of a friendly and vibrant community of students and academics."

The Vice-Chancellor's Port Macquarie International Scholarships are valued at $20,000 and $10,000, and are available to commencing full-time international students studying any CSU course delivered at Port Macquarie. Applications are open until 30 September 2016.

Head of Campus for CSU in Port Macquarie and Pro-Vice Chancellor, International Education and Partnerships, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said welcoming international students to the campus would benefit both the University and the wider community.

"For international students an Australian study experience is not just about getting a qualification but also about immersing themselves into our lifestyle, culture and workforce in order to have a meaningful experience.

"We are thrilled that Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie will gain international students from next year as we've seen from our other campus cities the benefits that flow through to the community, including gaining new long-term residents who contribute to the cultural and economic vibrancy of the region. And for the students we can't wait share with them the wonderful location, climate and lifestyle that is Port Macquarie, not to mention our new campus facilities."

From Session 1 2017 CSU in Port Macquarie will have the following courses available to international students: accountingadvertisingbusiness studiescriminal justiceclinical practice (paramedic)exercise and sports sciencegraphic designmedical radiation sciencepublic relationspsychologysocial science (psychology), outdoor recreation and ecotourism, and social work.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Heather Cavanagh.

CSU study looks at tennis elbow

Thursday 25 Aug 2016

People suffering from a condition commonly known as tennis elbow are being invited to take part in new research at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

The study, by Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) student from CSU in Albury-Wodonga Mr Charlie Shepherd, (pictured) aims to gather more information about the condition to contribute to the development of new treatments.

Not confined to tennis players, tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylalgia, is degeneration of the tendons of the elbow caused by overuse of the arm, forearm or hand.

Mr Shepherd said, "Tennis elbow can be a chronic, painful condition as well as debilitating for those who suffer from it.

"It can also be hard for health professionals to establish if there are improvements in the patients they are treating for the condition.

"It's currently unclear whether commonly used clinical outcome measures for tennis elbow, such as grip strength, are valid for determining the improvements in the condition."

The study is being supervised by lecturer in physiotherapy in the School of Community Health Mr Tim Retchford and Wodonga physiotherapist and CSU graduate Mr Nathan Mobbs.

Participants in the study must be aged between 18 and 60 and have tennis elbow in only one arm.

They must be able to attend a 30-minute session at the University's Community Engagement and Wellness Centre at Thurgoona or Personal Best Physiotherapy in Wodonga to complete a questionnaire and have measurements of their muscle strength taken with a handheld device called a dynamometer.

Further information about the study is available by sending an email to: charlie.h.shepherd@gmail.com

CSU offers its Bachelor of Physiotherapy at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie. Read more here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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The study, Validity and Reliability of Clinic Outcome Measures for Lateral Epicondylalgia: A Comparative Longitudinal Study has approval from CSU Human Research Ethics.

Mr Charlie Shepherd is a 4th year Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) student from Pambula on the NSW south coast. 

He is available for interview with his lecturer Mr Tim Retchford at 9.30am Friday 26 August at the University Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, building 715, corner of Leahy Avenue and Ellis Street at Thurgoona. Contact CSU Media.

CSU hosts meetings with top NSW judge in Bathurst

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016

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The new Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will host meetings between a senior figure from the NSW courts, local law professionals and CSU students.

On Wednesday 24 August, the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal of NSW, will meet with the Central West Law Society at an informal evening event hosted by CSU. Then on Thursday morning 25 August at 9am, the ground breaking judge will address students in the new law degree at CSU.

"Her Honour Justice Beazley has enjoyed a remarkable career in law, she is a real change-maker who is an inspiration to our students," said Associate Professor Alison Gerard, Director for the Centre for Law and Justice.

Justice Beazley will address the students for one hour in Room 223, Building 1292 at CSU in Bathurst at 9am on Thursday 25 August before preparing to officially open the Centre and the new CSU laws degree at 11am.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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For pictures with Justice Margaret Beazley, AO, during the student lecture and interviews and pictures after the lecture, contact CSU Media.

The official opening will be held in Room 223, Building 1292 at CSU in Bathurst. Please park in Carpark P7 off Village Drive and follow signs to the event.

Japanese students’ cultural visit to CSU Wagga Wagga

Friday 19 Aug 2016

Photo of Charles Sturt UniversityA group of engineering students from Iwate prefecture in northern Japan arrives at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga for a week of cultural exchange and English language enrichment from Monday 22 to Friday 26 August.

Mr David Gilbey, adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, has organised the visit and program with Professor Yoshihiko Hatakeyama of the National Institute of Technology Ichinoseki (NITI).

"The aim of the program is to give Japanese students an understanding of Australian university life by staying on campus, and provide them with a range of experiences of life and culture in and around Wagga Wagga," Mr Gilbey said.

"Highlights will include touring and using some of the specific facilities at Charles Sturt University as well as visits to museums, art galleries, the botanic gardens, saleyards, shopping, farm and factory visits at Junee and Wantabadgery. It is intended that this exchange program will motivate and focus the students' study of and skills in English by designing short language tasks that arise out of their experiences here."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Mr Gilbey thanks the Head of the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor Wendy Bowles, and staff of the School for their support of the exchange program.

Details of the week-long exchange program at CSU in Wagga Wagga include:

Monday 22 August:

Afternoon: On campus orientation at CSU in Wagga Wagga including visits to student accommodation, the library, Ngungilanna, the School of Communication and Creative Industries, and Oral Health.

Tuesday 23 August:

Morning: Visit to Wagga Wagga Museum and Art Gallery for activities and visit to ABC Riverina studio.

Afternoon: Lessons on campus at CSU including writing reports, making presentations and undertaking Q and A.

Wednesday 24 August:

All-day:  Field trip to Junee including sightseeing, visit to Junee Liquorice and Chocolate Railway Square, Broadway Museum, and the Rail and Transport Museum Followed by farm experience in the afternoon with bush tucker and Australian poetry.

Thursday 25 August:

Morning: Orientation activity in Wagga Wagga city centre then saleyards.

Afternoon: Lessons on campus at CSU including writing reports, making presentations and undertaking Q and A.

Evening: Cooking experience including buying cooking materials in a supermarket under guidance; preparing a meal at Mr Gilbey's residence, and enjoying a farewell party with Faculty members.

Network for physiotherapy students

Wednesday 17 Aug 2016

An initiative to help prepare physiotherapy students for professional life will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Thursday 18 August.

Final year Bachelor of Physiotherapy students will meet with practitioners, including physiotherapists working in public hospitals and private practice in the central west of NSW.

Lecturer in physiotherapy Ms Kerstin McPherson said, "This is an opportunity for our students to meet with real local physiotherapists to hear stories of transition into professional practice."

The evening will be held in room 224, School of Community Health, building 1014 from 4.30pm to 7pm.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four-year program offered through the University's School of Community Health in Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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Intensive stuttering treatment on the border

Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

A program run through the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Speech Pathology Service in Albury-Wodonga will give adults who stutter greater access to an intensive treatment close to home.

The week-long program from Monday 12 September is targeted at the one per cent of adult speakers who stutter.

Speech pathology lecturer at CSU's School of Community Health, Dr Lisa Brown said intensive programs can have a significant impact on speech in a short period of time.

"The intensive format enables in-depth speech training, practice and mastery of techniques used to speak without stuttering," said Dr Brown.

"People can typically achieve stutter-free speech by the end of the third or fourth day of treatment, and use the rest of the week to practice speaking without stuttering in a variety of situations to boost their confidence using the techniques.

"Intensive treatments are not typically offered by public health services and can be very costly when offered through private speech pathology services.

"Charles Sturt University is the only university providing intensive treatment in a regional setting."

Dr Brown recently completed her PhD on stuttering treatment methods. Read more here.

The program will be delivered by final-year Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology students, supervised by Dr Brown.

"Delivering intensive stuttering treatment provides students with significant experience working with adults who stutter within a short period of time," said Dr Brown.

"Many of our graduates will go on to work in regional and rural areas, away from specialist metropolitan services and this will help them to better serve adults who stutter wherever they go."

The program will run from Monday 12 September to Friday 16 September with an initial assessment before the treatment and two follow up sessions.

Bookings are essential and the cost is $300. Contact the CSU Community Engagement and Wellness Centre on (02) 6051 9299.

While the program is aimed at adults, adolescents aged between 15 and 18 years can also contact Dr Brown to discuss their suitability for this treatment.

Media Contact: Emily Malone and Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Media can interview Dr Brown and speech and language students on Wednesday 17 August at 12:30 pm at the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

Photo: Inside CSU's Community Engagement and Wellness Centre at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

CSU students win logo design competition

Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

Two local graphic design students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) have won a design competition aimed at creating an effective logo for an upcoming youth literary festival to be held in Port Macquarie next year.

Mr Michael Jurss and Ms Kseah Cowan are currently completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts & Design (Graphic Design) at CSU in Port Macquarie , and were given the opportunity to participate in a real-life brief for LitFest2444. As a result, they secured a $200 gift voucher and a certificate of acknowledgement.

LitFest2444 is the brainchild of St Agnes Parish Schools' teacher librarians, Karen Bale (St Joseph's Regional College) and Suzanne Penson (MacKillop College), who wanted to increase literacy skills, as an employable skill into the future, whilst celebrating up and coming Australian authors of youth literature.

"The winning design from Michael and Kseah features a lighthouse with a pen nib at the top, radiating light beams in the dark. To us this symbolises the way in which the festival aims to guide local youth towards a future full of hope and prospect, through literature," said Karen Bale.

The CSU students teamed up after discovering how their preferred skill areas, in fine arts and digital design, complemented each other. They also credited their study in being able to meet the brief.

Mr Jurss said, "Our lecturer was really supportive and opened up the opportunity for us to engage with the competition, to learn about collaborating in a real world situation. This also gave us the chance to strengthen our negotiation skills; important to remember when working for others, as opposed to just expressing yourself creatively. We are certainly excited about seeing the logo on promotional material."

The festival has also received funding through the CSU Community-University Partnership (CUP) Program and has assisted in securing high quality speakers and presenters to share their ideas and experiences with local youth.

LitFest2444 will be held in May 2017 at MacKillop College and will be open to all secondary students across the Port Macquarie Hastings local government area.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for more information.

Looking after the aged at Albury-Wodonga

Tuesday 9 Aug 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga is looking after the aged – particularly its trees.

To help maintain the health of existing large trees on the campus, CSU students and staff will be planting around 400 native grasses and shrubs underneath them.

CSU in Albury-Wodonga Campus Supervisor, Mr Richard Overall said "By re-establishing Indigenous under storey grasses and shrubs, birds and insects that are drawn to these plants will also help control diseases in the older trees."

The annual Tree Planting Day at CSU in Albury Wodonga commences at 10am on Wednesday 10 August and runs until 12.30pm.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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CSU students and staff planters will meet between building 670 (the CSU Dental and Oral Health Clinic) and Thurgoona Drive to commence the planting event at 10am. For interviews and pictures, meet Mr Richard Overall and leading CSU ecologist Associate Professor David Watson at the planting site.

Hugh Mackay lecture: The search for meaning - with or without religion

Tuesday 9 Aug 2016

Author and social researcher Dr Hugh Mackay AO will examine the thorny issue of how we find meaning and purpose in our lives when he delivers public lectures in Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga this month.

The latest in the CSU Explorations Series, Dr Mackay's lectures will discuss the themes from his new book, Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion.

 He'll explore the changing role of religion in Australia and the ways we search for spiritual direction in a society where traditional religious faith and practice are in sharp decline.

"While our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a sense of meaning remains as strong as ever," Dr Mackay said.

In the lectures, he'll identify some of the factors that have driven people away from organised religion, and examine the rise of the "spiritual but not religious" movement.

Dr Mackay is an honorary Professor at CSU and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 1995 recognising his contribution to our understanding of Australian society during his long career as a psychologist and social researcher.Beyond Belief is his seventeenth book.

The lecture at CSU in Albury-Wodonga will be held from 6 pm on Monday 15 August at the CD Blake Auditorium, building 751, room 104, near car park 2, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive in Thurgoona.

The lecture in Wagga Wagga will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday 16 August at the CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross Street in Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Emily Malone and Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

To arrange an interview, contact CSU Media.

National challenge for CSU paramedicine students

Monday 8 Aug 2016

Paramedicine students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will test their skills in medical and trauma scenarios at a national competition in Melbourne this month.

Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) students Ms Elizabeth Phillips and Mr James Collins have been selected to represent CSU at the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP) University Challenge on Friday 19 August.

The third-year students from CSU in Bathurst have been spending several hours per week practising for the undisclosed simulation challenge, involving manikins in two scenarios, an oral presentation on a professional topic, and a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation challenge.

They'll compete against students from nine other Australian institutions for the title of ANZCP University Challenge Champions.

Associate lecturer in pre-hospital care, Ms Amanda Hlushak, who will accompany the students to Melbourne, said, "This is the first time Charles Sturt University students have participated in this Challenge.

"It is a chance to showcase the students' skills and knowledge attained during the last three years, in a competition again the other universities.   

"Over the past few weeks, I've been working with them to enhance their scenario management through leadership and communication."

CSU offers the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) through its School of Biomedical Sciences at Bathurst and Port Macquarie, as well as through CSU online.

The ANZCP is a peak professional body representing paramedics in Australia and New Zealand.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The ANZCP University Challenge will be held at Rydges on Swanston in Melbourne as part the ANZCP Conference 2016 on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August.

The media is welcome to see CSU students training from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday 9 August and Thursday 11 August in the Clinical Simulation Centre, building 1455 near car park 26, Ordnance Road, CSU in Bathurst. Contact CSU Media.

Student Elizabeth Phillips is from Canberra and Mr James Collins is from Blayney.

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