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Does stretching help relieve people with diabetes?

Friday 1 Jun 2018

* Simple regular stretches can help physical status and well-being of people with diabetes

* Research project seeking adults with Type 2 diabetes and living in Albury-Wodonga to test stretching program at home.

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) health researcher is investigating the benefits of simple stretching exercises to relieve aches and pains for people with diabetes.

Honours student Mr Rod Burgess is seeking residents from Albury-Wodonga aged over 18 years who have Type 2 (Age Onset) diabetes to take part in his research project based at Thurgoona.

“We know that diabetes can thicken and stiffen the tissues in the body and so affect a person’s quality of life as they become less flexible. This can change the way a person moves and causes them more harm,” said Mr Burgess, who is in his final year of physiotherapy with the CSU School of Community Health.

“We know exercise can benefit people with diabetes, however some people cannot or choose not to exercise.

“We are now investigating if even a small amount of stretching and exercise can have positive medical effects for people with diabetes, as well as how they feel.”

Mr Burgess is now seeking participants to take part in his research project in their homes to assess the impact of gentle exercise on their disease.

After completing an initial health check and questionnaire with Mr Burgess at the CSU Community Engagement & Wellness Centre, participants will be asked to gently stretch muscles in their legs and ankles at home for 10 minutes in each session, with three sessions per week over a six-week period as part of the study.

“Muscle stretching is easy and safe to do and may possibly improve or delay some of the damaging effects of your diabetes. Participating in the project could help you, and hopefully other people with diabetes, to relieve some symptoms of this crippling disease,” Mr Burgess said.

For further information or to participate in the research project, call the Community Engagement & Wellness Centre (CEW) on 6051 9299 or email Ahcrecep@csu.edu.au, at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Ellis Street, Thurgoona.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU health researcher Mr Rod Burgess.

Mr Burgess is supervised by Associate Professor Paul Tinley and Dr Louise Pemberton.

Mr Burgess will be available for pictures and interviews at 10 am on Monday 4 June in the CSU Community Engagement & Wellness Centre, Ellis Street, Thurgoona (parking in carpark P7).

Low-income households lead power saving, at a cost

Friday 1 Jun 2018

* CSU research finds low-income households leading Albury community, using 70 per cent less electricity.

* Low-income households suffer in health and well-being being unable to afford higher electricity costs, making heating and cooling homes a real problem.

* ‘Powering Down’ project sharing hints and tips from project on World Environment Day (5 June).

Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers have found that low-income earners lead the Albury community in power saving, but at a cost.

“Some low-income households are using 70 per cent less electricity than similar households in Albury. But they are using far less power than they need out of financial necessity,” said social researcher Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, who led the ‘Powering Down’ project based in the northern suburbs of Albury.

“High electricity costs are making heating and cooling homes a real problem, especially for those with health conditions.

“Some people are spending winter days in bed and summers taking repeated cold showers or baths. As a result, their wellbeing and quality of life are suffering,” Dr Masterman-Smith said.

Funded by NSW Environmental Trust, the Powering Down project has supported low-income households to live better using less electricity. Residents have shared their knowledge and tips on reducing electricity use and have received help with the upfront costs of energy efficient appliances.

“Project participants have much wisdom to convey on striking a balance between living well and powering down for the planet and the hip pocket,” Dr Masterman-Smith said.

“For example, one resident tried the little-known hack of placing bubble-wrap on her north facing windows. It’s a cheap and easy form of double glazing. She ended up being one of our energy efficiency competition winners.”

To provide further assistance for low-income households in Albury, the project team will hold a free ‘Bring Your Electricity Bills’ day on World Environment Day, Tuesday 5 June, running from 9am to 3pm, at the Salvation Army Hall, corner of Union Road and Corella St, Lavington.

The event is supported by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Albury City Council, the Salvation Army and the Global Village Co-op.

“Friendly staff will be on hand to discuss energy assistance vouchers, no-interest loans, hardship programs, service complaints, financial counselling, affordable efficient appliances, independent advice on suppliers, efficiency tips, and much more,” Dr Masterman-Smith concluded.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews and pictures with Dr Helen Masterman-Smith and Dr John Rafferty before and during the ‘Bring Your Electricity Bills’ day (on World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June).

Calling stroke clients for BEST study

Thursday 31 May 2018

* Call for stroke patients living in southern NSW to take part in an ‘at home’ rehabilitation project.

* Geographical distance from health services can make it difficult for patients in regional NSW to access outpatient services once they have been discharged from hospital.

* Project participants and carers will have access to extensive support materials and phone support for 12 weeks.

* Participating clinicians will also receive support as part of the project.

Have you had a stroke in the last six months and live in or near Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga? Do you experience cognitive or upper limb difficulties?

A research team supported by Charles Sturt University (CSU), Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Albury-Wodonga Health are looking for participants to test a program over 12 weeks that assists patients in their recovery from the debilitating effects of stroke.

Participants and their carers will have access to the Best Evidence for Stroke Therapies (BEST) website that can help stroke patients to regain some or all of their capabilities before the stroke occurred.

Project leader Dr Melissa Nott (pictured left), an occupational therapy lecturer with the CSU School of Community Health, is part of the team that developed the BEST website.

“The website is a one-stop shop for helpful resources including 'step-by-step' guides, information and instruction sheets and videos, home activity records and goal setting worksheets.

“On the same site, clinicians such as occupational therapists and speech pathologists can access 'how-to' videos, implementation checklists and evidence summaries to help them implement and evaluate their stroke-related care of patients, working as a team with the stoke patient.

"We wanted to provide all the information that would be needed by both patients and clinicians so that clinicians feel more confident to implement the National Stroke Guidelines and that patients receive the best quality care," said Dr Nott said, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

"Geographical distance from health services can make it difficult for patients in regional NSW to access outpatient services once they have been discharged from hospital. This website offers an alternative way to ensure all patients can access the highest quality rehabilitation."

See 'Cheryl' from Wagga Wagga as she tells her story on the importance of a team approach to her rehabilitation after a stroke.

The program incorporates use of the BEST website (pictured right) with phone coaching and training for clinicians to help stroke patients drive their own recovery from home over 12 weeks, supported by the research team.

The BEST website has been trialled and refined since 2017, and we are now ready to expand its use across areas covered by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Albury-Wodonga Health.

“Positive results for this expanded trial will have application for rehabilitation services across regional Australia and for patients living in isolated circumstances.”

To apply to join the BEST project or for further information, contact Ms Tana Cuming on 02 6051 9266 or email bestresearch@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews in Albury-Wodonga with Dr Melissa Nott.

Research partner Dr Shannon Pike with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District is available for interviews in Wagga Wagga. Contact Ms Sally Druitt on (02) 6933 91781 or email Sally.Druitt@health.nsw.gov.au to arrange interviews with Dr Pike.

See the BEST website here.

CSU: $100,000 in community grants open to the region

Friday 20 Apr 2018

* CSU launches its $100,000 Community-University Partnerships grants program for 2018.

* Up to $20,000 available across five different categories to support our regions.

* Launch at CSU in Albury-Wodonga today. Online applications here.

* Grants for projects across arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous and discretionary grants for community initiatives.

Grant money totalling $100,000 is now on offer from Charles Sturt University (CSU) for local communities following the launch of the 2018 Community-University Partnerships (CUP) grant program.

Head of Campus at CSU in Albury-Wodonga Dr Jennifer Munday said, “The University is offering $100,000 in grants as an investment in the development of our regions.

“Members of our local communities are encouraged to apply for the funding to support their local community groups and activities.

“There’s funding from hundreds of dollars, up to a maximum amount of $20,000 in each grant category,” Dr Munday said.

CUP grants are across five separate categories across arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous, as well as discretionary grants to support small community initiatives.

Launching in Albury-Wodonga today, CSU also welcomed successful recipients from last year’s program to congratulate them on their success and for them to share with the community how they spent the grant they received.

One of those was the Albury Public School Parents and Citizens Association which received funding through the CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program.

The Association’s Ms Justine Parer said, “The grant allowed the P and C to host an evening barbeque and picnic at the School for families early in the year.

“Approximately 180 people attended the event and we received warm feedback from many of those who let us know that they had met new people in the School community.”

Dr Munday said, “Given that winter is just around the corner, we’ve opened the 2018 grant program with the Rural and Regional Sports Development round first and the other grant programs will open in a rolling fashion throughout the year.

“Charles Sturt University has a long and proud tradition of supporting our communities. The CUP initiative is all about the University supporting groups and organisations in Albury-Wodonga and the surrounding region in achieving the goals,” Dr Munday concluded.

Background

Grants are available from five different categories. The CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program, CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program, CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program and CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program.

Online applications are now open for the 2018 CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program, with the other programs to follow. Further information, application packs and program guidelines can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

The 2018 CUP grants program was launched at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Friday 20 April.

Photo: Guests gathered for the launch of the 2018 CUP Grants Program at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

Albury school students working on CSU treatment program

Thursday 29 Mar 2018

- Albury students working in CSU award-winning grey treatment system at CSU.

- Students will prepare a case for Council consider water recycling systems for Albury housing estate developments.

- Project between CSU and Department of Education to equip local students with skills to address local environmental challenges into the future.

Year 9 students from three Albury high schools will seek to show how Mother Nature can work with land development to clean up waste water in our region.

On Tuesday 3 April, 60 students from Albury, Murray and James Fallon high Schools will test and investigate the award-winning grey water treatment system used at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

“During their visit, the students will use various equipment to test waste water from storm water drains, kitchens and wash basins in campus buildings,” said project coordinator and lecturer with the CSU School of Education, Mr Paul Grover.

“This waste water has been treated and purified through a series of carefully designed settling ponds, and is then stored in dams on the campus for re-use on campus,” Paul Gover said.

At 10am, the students will be briefed on how the wetland system works by Dr John Rafferty from the CSU School of Environmental Sciences. They will then, in conjunction with their science teachers, don waders to use water-testing equipment in the field in the CSU David Mitchell Wetlands and filtration ponds until 2pm.

“Using the evidence they gather, the students will prepare a case for AlburyCity and propose that Council consider water recycling systems for new and established housing estate developments,” Mr Grover said.

Mr Grover noted that the project is part of a partnership between CSU and the NSW Department of Education.

“The project provides high school students with real-life issues to investigate and prepare solutions and present these to local interest groups, in this case the Council and land developers,” Paul Grover said.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Paul Grover who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. Interviews with Mr Gover during the student visit to the CSU David Mitchell wetlands, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona, at 10.30am on Tuesday 3 April.

Lift to be launched at CSU in Albury-Wodonga

Thursday 22 Mar 2018

Seeking to assist people with restricted movement has led to a significant renovation at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

A specially designed lift has been fitted in the five-storey Gordon Beavan Building at the Thurgoona site to improve access throughout the building for people of all abilities.

Built in the 1980s, the building’s previous lift could only stop at the first, third and fifth floors.

“The new lift now services all floors, and allows people with restricted movement, including wheelchair access, to all parts of the building,” said Mr Stephen Butt, Executive Director of the CSU Division of Facilities Management.

“Providing compliant and appropriate access for staff and students to all buildings is a priority for Charles Sturt University. This project is part of our ongoing improvement program across the University.”

The new lift and other modifications including an exercise room will be officially launched by Dr Jennifer Munday, Head of Campus at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, starting at 10am on Friday 23 March in the Gordon Beavan Building, CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Ellis Street, Thurgoona.

The formal launch will be followed by a morning tea.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Jennifer Munday who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, or Mr Stephen Butt who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

CSU helping people age well

Wednesday 21 Mar 2018

Are you aged 60 years or over and looking to maintain or improve your brain power or physical strength?

Academics from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga are looking for participants in their ‘Ageing Well’ program which aims to enhance older people’s physical and cognitive abilities.

Participants will have access to allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists, who will support and supervise CSU students to deliver the weekly program.

Project coordinator and occupational therapist Dr Melissa Nott said, “Healthy ageing is more than increasing the number of life-years without disability. It’s about creating an opportunity for older people to actively participate in the everyday functional tasks that give their life meaning and value.

“We know that keeping active later in life brings incredible benefits for older people, in mental and physical wellbeing.”

Dr Nott, from the CSU School of Community Health, believes that working in community groups also enhances social connection and reduces feeling of isolation for older people.

“This project provides an opportunity for Charles Sturt University students to work in partnership with older people to assist them while gaining skills for their future careers as health professionals in regional areas.

“We are also keen for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 50 years to take part in the program.”

Participants will sign up for a one-hour session each Thursday for 10 weeks. The sessions will involve individual and group activities from Thursday 19 April 2018.

The program will be held in the Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre, Ellis Street, at CSU’s Thurgoona site.

For more information and to sign up for the program, contact Dr Nott on (02) 6051 9246 or send an email to ageingwell@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

A media event announcing the project will be held with project coordinators Dr Melissa Nott and Dr Kristy Robson at 10am on Thursday 22 March in the Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre, Ellis Street, on the CSU site at Thurgoona.

For interviews at other times with Dr Nott or Dr Robson, contact CSU Media.

Harmony Day moves to the beat in Albury

Friday 16 Mar 2018

The drums of harmony will beat at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga next Tuesday 20 March to celebrate national Harmony Day.

Pupils from Wodonga Primary School will demonstrate their Japanese Taiko drumming skills as part of the celebrations, which will be held between 11.30am and 1pm.

Taiko is a very active and dramatic form of drumming developed in Japan from the 6th century.

Other activities for CSU students to help celebrate Harmony Day include games, crafts and a competition with flags from around the world.

“We want to spread the Harmony Day message that ‘everyone belongs’,” said CSU event coordinator and student liaison officer, Mr Lee Elliott.

“With almost half of Australians born overseas or having a parent who was, we want to show our students that diversity is what brings us together as a community, including here in Albury-Wodonga.”

Harmony Day activities will be held in and around the Gums Café at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Mr Elliott, who is based in Albury, contact CSU Media.

Albury launch for writing handbook

Tuesday 6 Mar 2018

A leading education researcher at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will launch a new book this week that recognises that young writers need support from a very early age.

Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie in the CSU School of Education located in Albury-Wodonga is the lead editor of the book and either wrote or co-authored 6 or the 13 book chapters in Understanding and supporting Young Writers from Birth to 8.
The book explores what it means to be a young child learning to write in the 21st Century.

“Writing has possibly eclipsed reading as the critical literacy skill for children to learn,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The book fills a gap in literacy education, and provides practitioners such as early childhood and primary school teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively support young children as they learn to write.”

The book will be launched by one of the NSW Directors of School Education in Albury, Dr Brad Russell, and CSU’s Head of the School of Education, Associate Professor David Smith.

Teachers, educators and interested members of the community from both sides of the border have been invited to the afternoon event. The launch will be hosted by the Albury Library Museum and sponsored by the local chapter of the Australian Literacy Educator’s Association.

In addition, the launch event will be attended by other co-authors of the book, who are all based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, as well as some of the children who took part in research and provided pictures for the book.


  • Event details
    Where: Albury Library Museum, Kiewa St, Albury
    When: starting 4.30pm on Thursday 8 March

Read and hear further details here on the book Understanding and supporting Young Writers from Birth to 8.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

As well as attending the launch, Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, is available for interviews between 9 and 10am on Thursday 8 March through CSU Media.

Free lecture celebrates our universal right to communicate

Monday 5 Mar 2018

A free public lecture celebrating the universal right to be able to communicate and the 20th year of speech pathology at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will be hosted by CSU in Albury-Wodonga next Wednesday evening, 7 March.

Award winning educator and CSU Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition Sharynne McLeod will present the lecture titled Communication as a Human Right, which will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Professor Sharynne McLeod has a long association with the CSU speech pathology program which commenced 20 years ago as part of the CSU School of Community Health in Albury. Professor McLeod is now with the School of Teacher Education in Bathurst.

Professor McLeod has also dedicated her life to upholding Article 19 of the UN Human Rights convention, which states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

As part of the lecture, Professor McLeod will present her own work in this area.

The free lecture will be held on Wednesday 7 March, starting at 6pm. It will be held in the CD Blake Lecture Theatre (Building 751 Room 104), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

Refreshments will be provided after the lecture.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

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