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Mental health for CSU students in Albury fair

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Well Fair PosterActivities to promote good mental health will be highlighted to students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga this week.

The Well Fair week is designed to show how simple actions and behaviours can help people maintain a healthy outlook on life all year round.

CSU lecturer and Endorsed Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health Mr Hamish Alker-Jones said research has shown that connecting to others, giving, being active, taking notice of surroundings and continuous learning all help people stay healthy mentally.

"Belonging to something, in this case the University and the wider community, promotes interactions and leads to support.  This leads to connections to others that maximise resilience and provide help when it is needed," said Mr Alker-Jones, who is with CSU's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health.

The first event, an active fun run for student and staff teams, will be staged around the campus, commencing at 4.30pm on Tuesday 13 September.

CSU students will then be encouraged to maintain healthy behaviours during a Well-Fair on Thursday 15 September from 11.30am to 1.30pm, in and around the sports and recreation space at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. The fair will feature live music, a bucking bull and petting zoo.

Students will also be encouraged to make new connections, as they will be joined at the fair by 50 international students and staff from the University's Melbourne Study Centre.

A Trivia Night will be held at the G on Thursday night from 7pm.

In the spirit of giving, donations will be collected during the week's activities for Beyond Blue.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

To organise interviews and pictures with Mr Alker-Jones before and during the events, contact CSU Media.

Better Parks for People survey

Wednesday 7 Sep 2016

CSU researcher Dr Rachel WhitsedA survey has been launched to find out what Albury residents think about their recreational parks and spaces.

The study is part of the Better Parks for People project, a partnership project between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and AlburyCity with funding through the NSW Government's Liveable Communities Grants.

AlburyCity Mayor Councillor Henk van de Ven said, "There are more than 460 hectares of parks and reserves in our local council and they're a valuable resource for the whole community.

"The Better Parks for People project is a great idea but we need residents to have a say and express their views through the survey.

"Please help us further develop these great spaces," he said.

Researcher Dr Rachel Whitsed, from CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society, (pictured) says the 'Have a Say' survey aims for improved understanding of how and why people, and in particular those aged over 65 years, use parks.

"The project team will then develop a spatial park planning tool. This tool will be used by AlburyCity and other local governments to better plan current and future parks, but first we need to know what residents think makes a great park."

Surveys can be completed online at the AlburyCity offices and LibraryMuseum in Kiewa Street, Lavington Library, or at a Council Community Centre.

The survey is available here. It closes on Friday 30 September 2016.

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

Media Note:

Dr Rachel Whitsed is a lecturer in spatial sciences in the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. For interviews contact CSU Media.

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:

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

Media Note:

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.

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.

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.

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

Media Note:
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.

Bedlam project and exhibition revisits Beechworth’s history

Thursday 28 Jul 2016

Jenni MundayA unique project and exhibition that explores the history and impact of a former mental asylum in Beechworth, in north-east Victoria, has opened at the Albury City LibraryMuseum.

Dr Jennifer Munday (pictured), senior lecturer and researcher in the Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Education in Albury-Wodonga and one of the curators, said the project titled Bedlam: living with a mental asylum in town has collected narrative data and artefacts for several years which now feature in the exhibition Up Top: A Sense of Place for Mayday Hills Hospital.

"Bedlam is an applied theatre, history and arts project that helps audiences and participants reflect on the multiple perspectives that co-exist around a significant site within community," Dr Munday said.

"Mayday Hills Hospital, the former Beechworth mental asylum, referred to as 'Up Top' by locals, has been an iconic presence in the North East Victorian community for more than 140 years," she said.

"Since the mental asylum opened there in 1867 approximately 9 000 people lived and died there during its 128-year history.

"One of the central aims of the Bedlam project is to investigate senses of place, along with the living memories of those who have in some way experienced the site.

"The re-organisation of Mayday Hills throughout its history, and its subsequent closure as a mental asylum, meant changes in the way the community, health services, and patients lived their lives.

"This project aimed to activate the voices of those touched by their experiences of Mayday Hills, and to provoke a community dialogue about both the history of Mayday Hills and its ongoing presence in the community."

Dr Munday said, "One way of achieving this objective is the inclusion of a Story Booth in the LibraryMuseum exhibition where visitors can record their memories of visiting, working or having connections to Mayday Hills."

Up Top: A Sense of Place for Mayday Hills Hospital was officially opened at 2pm Saturday 23 July by Professor Bruce Pennay, and will be exhibited until Sunday 25 September and throughout the Write Around the Murray Festival. Find out more about the project here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Jennifer Munday.

The project is a collaboration with history academic Dr Emma Kearney from Western Sydney University and Albury City Council, which received two small Community-University Partnership grants from CSU for the project. The data gathered in this project will provide a range of oral history material and artefacts for ethnotheatre and other creative works, and for curators and archivists in order to create an historical record of people's lived experiences of Mayday Hills.

Physiotherapy student games

Friday 15 Jul 2016

Physiotherapy students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga and Orange will this month meet in the NSW Central West for an inaugural sports competition.

The first ever CSU Inter-Physio Games will take place in Orange from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July.

Money raised during the weekend will go towards Cerebral Palsy Alliance. 

Organised by the University's physiotherapy student associations from Albury-Wodonga and Orange, the weekend will see the students compete against each other on Saturday in netball, basketball, touch football, ultimate frisbee and soccer.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann is due to attend the event on Saturday as well as a social function for the students at the Hotel Canobolas from 7pm on Saturday 23 July. On behalf of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Mr Rob Martinez will talk about the impacts of physiotherapy within communities.

On Sunday, the students will take part in a Pilates introductory course run by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Mr David Ternes said, "In addition to further developing the skills of the students, the event is being organised to introduce a 'friendly' rivalry between the two campuses."

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four year program at CSU in Albury-Wodonga and Orange.

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

Media Note:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Mr David Ternes is available for interview about the CSU Inter-Physio Games. Contact CSU Media.

Photo: Third year physiotherapy students Ms Bronte Glasby (left) with Ms Hannah Hart from CSU in Orange.

Foot health and mobility focus for National Diabetes Week

Monday 11 Jul 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students are tackling some major issues for diabetics - foot health and mobility - head on at Albury-Wodonga.

As part of their podiatry and physiotherapy degrees with the School of Community Health, CSU in Albury-Wodonga students provide clinical and preventative advice to clients of all ages, including people suffering the debilitating effects of diabetes.

"National Diabetes Week highlights the needs of the many people who suffer with diabetes," said Mr Brent Smith, clinical educator with the University's Community Engagement and Wellbeing Centre, or CEW.

Diabetes causes substantial damage to feet through poor blood circulation and damaged nerves, as well as mobility problems with increased weight caused by reduced kidney function. At its extreme, complications can lead to limb amputation.

"At the CEW, the podiatry students are supervised by experienced professional staff to provide clinical care for diabetic clients, as well as comprehensive diabetes screening and preventative education services," Mr Smith said.

"In addition, physiotherapy students help people with diabetes and musculoskeletal issues to remain active and mobile, keep good health and reduce related health problems.

"Importantly, the CEW provides services that benefit the students as well as clients, who are helping train the next generation of health professionals who will be vital in treating this disease as the incidence of diabetes continues to rise in Australia and worldwide."

The CEW now also provides speech pathology clinics and services to the residents of Albury-Wodonga. To book an appointment, call the CEW on (02) 6051 9299.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews and pictures with clinical educator Mr Brent Smith and the CEW at work, a media event will be held at the CEW, Ellis Street, Thurgoona, on Tuesday 12 July starting at 11am.

See more on National Diabetes Week here.Fact: Did you know over 4,400 limb amputations are carried out in Australia each year due to complications caused by diabetes?

Frogs lure trainee biologist from PNG

Thursday 7 Jul 2016

Dillian Nason from PNGExpertise in frogs and managing frog diseases has brought Ms Dillian Nason from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga.

The biologist, who is an intern with PNG's Institute for Biological Research, is learning methods to help her identify new species of frogs from the New Guinean 'cloud' forests.

These methods will also allow her to diagnose the deadly chytrid fungus disease, which is the greatest threat to cold-climate frogs worldwide.

Dr Andrew Peters, from the CSU School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, said PNG is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and depends heavily on local agriculture and wildlife for food, culture and tourism.

"PNG is home to seven million people who are heavily dependent on agriculture and wildlife, but its capacities to investigate and manage animal health is among the lowest of any country," Dr Peters said.

"To address this shortage, the School has now trained nine PNG scientists in animal health, including Ms Nason, in addition to educating one of PNG's first female veterinary students."

Ms Nason is currently completing an Honours degree in Biology with PNG's University of Goroka.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

In Wagga Wagga, contact CSU Media for interviews and pictures with Ms Nason and Dr Peters on Friday 8, Monday 11or Tuesday 12 July.

For interviews and pictures with Ms Nason and Dr Peters in Albury-Wodonga, meet at 1pm on Wednesday 13 July at the School of Environmental Sciences (building 760), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

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