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POETs gather for final meeting

Thursday 11 Feb 2016

An international research team investigating how children and their parents handle starting or changing school is meeting for the eighth and final time in Albury next week.

Hosted by Charles Sturt University’s education professors Bob Perry and Sue Docket, the Pedagogies of Educational Transitions (POET) group, with researchers from Australia, Iceland, New Zealand Scotland and Sweden, will share research, policy and practice about the transition to school for all involved. The group will be officially welcomed to Albury on Tuesday evening 16 February by Albury City at the MAMA regional art gallery in Dean St, Albury.

On Wednesday 17 February, winners will be announced in the POETry competition which reflects on the entrants’ own experiences in starting school. POETry has attracted entries from as far afield as Scotland and Iran and all entries will be published in the next edition of Studio, an Australian poetry and fiction literary journal, which will also be launched at the announcement.

The 30 researchers will have the chance to participate in the City2City Walk Run before moving to Canberra next week for a large international conference on transition in early education.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU team leaders Professor Sue Dockett from CSU's School of Education and Professor Bob Perry from CSU's Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), contact CSU Media.

Research grants open to regional communities

Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is encouraging community organisations to apply for grants of up to $2 500 as part of the Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Program to address their needs for expert assistance. The small grants program is part of the University’s Community-University Partnerships (CUP) program and is open for applications until Monday 29 February 2016.

The Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Program provides registered community organisations in CSU’s regions with the opportunity to initiate a research project of relevance to their community or region.

Applications involving Indigenous community organisations or Indigenous issues will be given particular consideration. The project must involve a CSU researcher, academic, or postgraduate or honours student and lead to a publication, report or submission.

Estimated funding for the Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Program is up to $25,000 across all CSU campus communities. Guidelines and the online application are available from the CSU website.

Media note: CSU Heads of Campus are available for interview regarding the CSU CUP Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Program. Please contact CSU Media to arrange an interview with your local Head of Campus.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Men get tested

Friday 27 Nov 2015

The importance of early detection to ensure men live longer and healthier lives will be highlighted by staff and students in the podiatric medicine program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga on Monday 30 November.

The message of early detection for men is being endorsed by the University's Associate Professor Paul Tinley, clinical educator Mr Brent Smith and 4th year Bachelor of Podiatry student Mr Matthew Bence.

At CSU's Community Engagement and Wellness Centre from 11am, the trio will push the men's health message during a 'shave off' of their moustaches grown over the last month as part of the Movember campaign.

The annual global campaign highlights prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. 

Associate Professor Tinley said, "It's important men talk about their health and their concerns with their health practitioners. 

'"Men's futures will be much brighter if there is early detection of cancers like prostate cancer with a blood test. Men get tested.  

"As health professionals, podiatrists see a lot of older men with foot health problems. We often see patients for 30 minute appointments and therefore can share valuable information and support their needs.

"We are educating podiatrists to have the skills in a whole range of health concerns including diabetes, cancer, and men's and women's health issues."

The Community Engagement and Wellness Centre is a valuable addition to the Albury Wodonga community with podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy students learning through working in real life clinics. 

The clinics are open to the public. For appointments, telephone (02) 6051 9299.

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

Media Note:

CSU's Associate Professor Paul Tinley, clinical educator Mr Brent Smith and Bachelor of Podiatry student Mr Matthew Bence will 'shave off' their moustaches from 11am on Monday 30 November at the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, building 715, Ellis Street, Thurgoona (behind Thurgoona Plaza).

The media is invited to attend the 'shave off' for interviews and photos. For further details, contact the Centre on (02) 6051 9299. 

Photo: (from left) Student Matthew Bence, Associate Professor Paul Tinley and Brent Smith.

Academic integrity scrutinized in Albury this week

Monday 16 Nov 2015

Judith Gullifer 2015Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga is hosting the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity (7APCEI) from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 November, in collaboration with La Trobe University, Wodonga.

Conference co-convenor and senior lecturer in the CSU School of Psychology Dr Judith Gullifer (pictured) said the conference theme and focus is 'Crossing the borders: new frontiers for academic integrity'.

"Universities are alert to the potential for cheating by contemporary students following recent publicity about students paying online services to provide university assignments," Dr Gullifer said.

"Academic integrity is vitally important, and policies and practices are under increasing pressure to keep up with new technologies. There has been an explosion of opportunists working in the online cheating industry, while at the same time there are shifts in understanding in today's society about plagiarism, copying, and appropriation.

"The broader educational integrity of universities is itself being scrutinized. This has been particularly highlighted in recent reports regarding the recruitment of international students and the exploitation of sessional teaching staff."

For more information please go to www.7apcei.com or enquire to contact@7apcei.com

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Judith Gullifer. Dr Gullifer is on the conference organising committee and is the conference co-convenor with Dr Ruth Walker (University of Wollongong) and Associate Professor Julianne East (La Trobe University).

Conference keynote speakers include Dr Robert Waldersee (NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption); Mr Anthony McClaren (new CEO of TEQSA); Associate Professor Jay Phillips (CSU School of Indigenous Australian Studies); Dr Tracey Bretag (editor of the International Journal of Educational Integrity, University of South Australia); and Dr Jason M Stephens (FutureLearn Academic Integrity MOOC, University of Auckland).

The conference will include special events and will be opened by a representative of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). It will include a special Turnitin event hosted at La Trobe University's Wodonga campus. The 7APCEI conference also overlaps with 2015 CSU Ed Week learning and teaching conferences.

Papers at the conference will consider a range of topics that address the new frontiers of academic integrity policy and practice, including:

*    the changing landscape of academic integrity

*    challenges to quality assurance in higher education

*    risk, corruption, whistle-blowing and educational integrity

*    new educational technologies and academic integrity

*    the uncharted frontiers of academic misconduct

*    embedding academic integrity into the curriculum

*    open, distance or transnational education and academic integrity

*    real-world implications of academic integrity and the professional capabilities

*    the gaps between academic integrity and research integrity

Australian Association of Gerontology launches rural chapter

Thursday 5 Nov 2015

Twenty-one years of gerontology education for health care practitioners at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will be celebrated when the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) launches its Albury-Wodonga chapter next week.

The free event at La Trobe University in Wodonga on Wednesday 11 November will feature presentations from a leading international researcher and showcase local initiatives. Local people interested in ageing are invited to attend.

CSU and La Trobe University are partnering the AAG for the launch of the rural chapter and invite new members.

AAG is Australia's national body promoting research and education in ageing. It links professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing and connects them with each other and with members of the community to help them collaborate and exchange information on ageing.

Lecturer in gerontology at CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ms Robin Harvey said, "We invite everybody involved in aged care locally, and those interested in ageing research, to come along, bring their experience and join the conversation about building age-friendly rural communities in the Border region and around the world."

Professor Mark Skinner, founding Director of the Trent Centre for Ageing and Society at Trent University in Canada, will deliver the keynote address titled 'Voluntarism and age-friendly rural communities'.

Professor Skinner's research focuses on the importance of volunteers in building age-friendly communities. He will report on research undertaken in Canada, Ireland and locally in north-east Victoria in conjunction with researchers from the John Richards Initiative (JRI) at La Trobe University.

Chair of Rural Aged Care Research at JRI Professor Jeni Warburton said, "This event is a great opportunity to showcase research conducted locally, and to reflect on the similarities and differences between other countries and rural north-east Victoria."

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, (02) 6933 4565

Media Note:

Media and the public are invited to attend the two-hour event which starts at 5pm Wednesday 11 November at Lecture Theatre, building 6, La Trobe University, University Drive, Wodonga, Victoria, South Entry.

Youth flourish at regional forum

Thursday 5 Nov 2015

The views of over 400 primary school students on sustainability and social justice will come together at Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Friday 13 November.

The students and their teachers will gather from seven primary schools in Albury Wodonga to put the finishing touches to their Youth Action Statement for a Sustainable Future, whichthey will present to local community and CSU dignitaries on Saturday 14 November at the Flourish festival to be held at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

The statement showcases the students' concerns and answers for current environmental and sustainability problems. Community members can also show their support by signing the Statement during the festival.

"The Statement contains the ideas of local primary school students about 16 leading sustainability problems and solutions which the students discussed and voted on during their visits to Charles Sturt University," said team leader of the Learning Communities project, Dr John Rafferty.

Learning Communities team members have also worked with the students and their teachers to produce artworks and displays regarding various sustainability issues, from community gardens to the 'tiny house' movement. These will also be on show to their families, friends and the wider community during the Flourish festival.

Flourish culminates the year-long Learning Communities project run by CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society, and is also the final event of the 2015 Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Week.

"During the free fun of Flourish, we will present music for all tastes and have guest appearances from the Sea Shepherd, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Animals Australia, Earthworker from Melbourne and Edgar's Mission from Lancefield, as well as local sustainability champions," Learning Communities team member, Dr Helen Masterman-Smith said.

 "There will be lots of opportunities to celebrate how some of the region's best students are contributing to a sustainable community in Albury-Wodonga."

More information on Flourish is available here including the full program and list of partners and guests. Go to Facebook for the latest news on Flourish.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, (02) 6933 4565

Media Note:

Drs John Rafferty and Helen Masterman-Smith are members of the Learning Communities team and available for interviews about the Regional Youth Forum and the Learning Communities project.

Contact Mr Wes Ward on mobile 0473 017 483 or email learningcommunities@csu.edu.au  to arrange interviews and pictures.

Members of the Learning Communities team will only be available for interviews between 12noon and 2pm on Thursday 12 November at the Gums Cafe, CSU in Albury-Wodonga. Media can only get pictures of the lunchtime action at 12.30pm during the student forum on Friday 13 November in front of the Gums Cafe, CSU in Albury-Wodonga, or as students alight from buses around 10am.

The Learning Communities project is funded by the Federal Department of Education's Higher Education Partnership Pathways Program.

Time to Flourish in Albury-Wodonga

Tuesday 3 Nov 2015

Community, art, sport, music, video, education and the environment will all be celebrated at Flourish, the festival for sustainable communities, on Saturday 14 November.

Flourish is the culmination of the year-long Learning Communities project run by Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Institute for Land, Water and Society. It is also the final event of Albury Wodonga Sustainability Week 2015.

Learning Communities team members have worked throughout 2015 with nearly 1 000 high and primary school students from around Albury-Wodonga and North East Victoria to produce videos, art, displays and community activities that showcase the students' concerns and answers for current environmental and sustainability problems.

Project leader Dr John Rafferty said the festival showcases fabulous ideas that highlight the value of higher education in helping create sustainable communities.

"A feature event at Flourish will be the public presentation of a Youth Action Statement for a Sustainable Future to local community dignitaries by representative students from local primary schools. Community members can also show their support by signing the Statement during the festival.

"The Statement contains the ideas of local primary school students about 16 leading sustainability problems and solutions which the students discussed and voted on during their visits to CSU," Dr Rafferty said.

The statement was developed using democratic and consensus principles learnt during earlier visits to CSU in Albury-Wodonga by Years 5 and 6 students from eight primary schools located in Albury- Wodonga and surrounding districts.

The students are also preparing displays and activities on aspects of sustainable communities that reflect their future career options, which will be presented to their families and the wider community during Flourish. More information on Flourish here

Go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/flourishfestival/ for the latest news on Flourish.

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

Media Note:

CSU's Drs John Rafferty, Helen Masterman-Smith and Marie Sheahan are members of the Learning Communities team and available for interviews about Flourish and the Learning Communities project. Contact Mr Wes Ward on mobile 0473 017 483 or email learningcommunities@csu.edu.au to arrange interviews and pictures. Media are invited to attend the Flourish Festival from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday 14 November at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

The Learning Communities project is funded by the Federal Department of Education's Higher Education Partnership Pathways Program.

Photo: Whinny the Muttabuttasaurus will make a special appearance at Flourish.

CSU supports chess moves in Albury-Wodonga

Tuesday 3 Nov 2015

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host a chess challenge for school students in Albury-Wodonga on Wednesday 4 November.

Up to 100 primary and secondary school students from around the region are expected to attend the inaugural CSU Albury-Wodonga Schools Chess Challenge from 9am to 2pm. 

Two perpetual trophies will be presented to the winning students by Director of the CSU Division of Student Administration Mr Matthew Evans. CSU is also sponsoring the cost of the entry fee for students as part of the Head of Campus small grants program.

"Charles Sturt University recognises that chess teaches students to apply knowledge and solve problems in a dynamic way and we believe that these students will be the ones that engage with universities and solve our regional challenges in the future," Mr Evans said.

The Challenge is being facilitated by Tim Broome, Events Manager, Chess Kids.

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

Media Note:

The media is invited to attend the Charles Sturt University Albury Wodonga Schools Chess Challenge from 9am to 2pm on Wednesday 4 November in rooms 114 and 115 in building 754, CSU at Thurgoona.

Educating the next generation of allied health professionals

Friday 30 Oct 2015

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will showcase the education of the next generation of health science and allied health professionals on Monday 2 November.

Federal Assistant Minister for Science, The Hon Karen Andrews MP, will join local

MP and Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, The Hon Sussan Ley, on a tour of the University's Centre for Community Engagement and Wellness, a purpose built primary health care facility for key allied health professions.

Head of the School of Community Health at CSU in Thurgoona, Associate Professor Megan Smith, said "We are particularly looking forward to the Ministers' visit, as their portfolios of science, health and aged care align well with the work we are undertaking at the facility".

Open to the public for consultation and treatment for a range of health conditions, the Centre is part of CSU's School of Community Health which provides training opportunities in a team-based clinical environment for podiatry and physiotherapy students.

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

Media Note:

Head of Campus at CSU in Albury-Wodonga will welcome Minister Ley and Assistant Minister Andrews to the University from 9.30am on Monday 2 November.

The Federal Ministers will meet Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess and CSU allied health students during a tour of the Centre for Community Wellness and Engagement (building 715 is located on the corner of Leahy Avenue and Ellis Street, Thurgoona) from 9.40am.

Vision opportunities will occur during the tour, with interviews available during a morning tea with CSU staff and students at 10.15am. All media welcome to attend.

OT students under the umbrella

Monday 26 Oct 2015

The broad scope of occupational therapy (OT) as a key health profession will be on display during the annual conference at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

Class of 2015 OT studentsThe final year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students from the University's School of Community Health are hosting the conference, Under the Umbrella: The Scope of OT from 8.30am to 5pm on Thursday 29 October.

As part of their four-year degree, 29 students are involved in the event and will speak on topics about which they're passionate. The conference is open to local health practitioners as well as the wider community. 

The conference will cover topics such as upper limb assessment and interventions, paediatrics, issues facing new graduate OTs, mental health and rural practice. Keynote speaker is Ms Leah Wiseman, Senior Occupational Therapy Manager with Albury Wodonga Health.

The 20 minute student presentations will be delivered from 10am in the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, building 715, Ellis Street, near car park 8 and the Clinical Skills Centre, building 667, Bromfield Circuit, near car park 8.

The conference is being held during OT Week 2015 from Sunday 25 to Saturday 31 October. The occupational therapy students at due to graduate from CSU in December.

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

Media Note:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students Ms Maddi Amos is available for comment on mobile 0478 071 058 along with fellow student Ms Abbey Philpott on mobile 0488 547 613. 

There will be a morning tea break from 10.40am to 10.55am and a lunch break from 12.40pm to 1.25pm. A program is available from CSU Media.

Photo Caption: Final year occupation therapy students get ready for the annual conference

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