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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.

Spotlight on education in the future of NE Victoria

Tuesday 7 Jun 2016

Charles Sturt University will host a forum focused on the future needs for education and skills training at its Regional Study Centre in Wangaratta this week.

The forum will feature leading futurist and strategist Dr Peter Ellyard, who will assist community and industry leaders across the region and representatives from CSU and Goulburn Ovens TAFE to discuss future trends, priorities and needs for education across North East Victoria.

"Dr Ellyard is a prominent futurist and strategist, known for his challenging and inspirational ideas on shaping the future," said coordinator of the invitation-only event and manager of CSU's Regional Study Centre, Ms Ilena Young.

"As our global society becomes more interdependent and interconnected, we need to come together to prepare for the challenges of keeping pace with fast moving regional changes.

"The afternoon forum is a collaborative opportunity to consider the future of North East Victoria, and the education and skills that we will need to support a thriving and sustainable community."

The forum will run from 1pm to 6 pm on Thursday 9 June at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Road, Wangaratta.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews and pictures with Dr Peter Ellyard and Ms Ilena Young, contact CSU Media.

Major benefactor honoured in Albury scholarship ceremony

Tuesday 17 May 2016

The memory and generosity of two passionate advocates for regional higher education will be honoured at this year's major scholarship ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

The annual ceremony, starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18 May, celebrates the academic achievements and endeavours of current students enrolled in business, education and science courses at CSU in Albury-Wodonga in the CD Blake Auditorium at Thurgoona.

This year, the event will hold special significance as CSU Foundation Trust welcomes the receipt of a bequest of over $3 million from Carole and Stan Droder.

Other new donors presenting prizes at this year's ceremony include the Westpac Corporation and the Rand-Walbundrie Football Club.

They will be joined by other local businesses and organisations in presenting scholarships to deserving students to assist them in their studies.

CSU Foundation administers over 300 scholarships annually, 39 of which will be awarded at the Albury ceremony.

CSU Foundation recognises that by giving rural and regional students in Australia fair access to higher education, CSU can develop professionals who have experience in regional areas and further afield, which will help them to maintain and develop healthy local economies and vibrant communities.

This year across all campuses, CSU will award more than $1.2 million in scholarships to help students reach their full potential.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

The 2016 CSU Foundation Scholarships ceremony will be held in the CD Blake Auditorium (751-104), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona. After the formal event, scholarship recipients and their parents and friends will join donors and CSU staff for refreshments in the Gums Cafe.

Preparing better teachers for high school classrooms

Thursday 5 May 2016

Mr Paul GroverCharles Sturt University (CSU) is partnering with James Fallon High School in Albury to investigate new ways of preparing new teachers for the rigors of high school teaching.

Five third-year students enrolled in education degrees at CSU in Albury-Wodonga are taking part in the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Framework funded by NSW Government.

The CSU students, who are specialising in mathematics, science, social science and English, have been immersed in the high school since March this year, observing different classes and participating in wider school activities. This prepares them for their formal six-week practicum with classes at James Fallon High School supervised by experienced teachers.

The CSU students were selected from their expressions of interest, which CSU education lecturer, Mr Paul Grover, hopes will better prepare new teachers for the complex life of high school teaching.

"High school teaching requires new teachers to understand the way a whole school operates each day, and the wide variety of school activities students are involved in each term," Mr Grover said.

The partnership between CSU and James Fallon high School is one of 11 across NSW, with only one other project being carried out in regional NSW.

"We have the chance to demonstrate how inland high schools can welcome and invigorate prospective teachers to explore the teaching profession by understanding the real world of a regional high school," Mr Grover said.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Framework project for Albury will be launched at 11am on Monday 9 May at James Fallon High School, Fallon St, North Albury, by NSW Member for Albury, Mr Greg Alpin.

JFHS Principal Ms Jenny Parrett, CSU Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle, CSU education academic and project coordinator Mr Paul Grover, and participating CSU students will be available for interviews and pictures.

Border community getting fitter for good cause

Thursday 17 Mar 2016

Physio class at the CEWAlbury-Wodonga residents of all ages can help address the health problems facing regional Australia while getting fitter for life.

Over the next 10 weeks, physiotherapy students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga will offer classes in spinal health for participants of all ages, and strength and balance for seniors, at CSU's Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre.

Program coordinator Ms Rebecca Piazza said that the classes provided important practical experience for the final year students as they prepare to embark on their physiotherapy careers.

"Many of our students are from rural backgrounds, and are likely to continue to care for those living in regional Australia," Ms Piazza said.

"These community exercise groups are one way we educate and nurture these students in their role as 'health ambassadors' for their communities."

In the Smiling Spine program, students supervised by qualified staff, will help participants strengthen their backs for good spinal health, or to recover from previous injuries.

CEW Centre at ThurgoonaThe group class will run from 1 to 2pm each Monday, starting Monday 21 March, and will incorporate pilates, yoga stretches and swiss ball exercises.

Students will also help seniors who have previously fallen or suffer from muscle weakness, walking problems, or poor balance, in the Falls Prevention Class.

The class will run from 11am to 12 noon each Monday, starting Monday 21 March, and will include exercises to improve strength, balance, fitness, endurance and awareness.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

To book a place in a class starting Monday 21 March, contact the reception at the CEW on (02) 6051 9299 or email ahrecep@csu.edu.au. Each class session will cost $10. The CEW is on Ellis St, Thurgoona, behind the Thurgoona Plaza.

For interviews with Ms Rebecca Piazza on this program, contact CSU Media.

Ghostology the anthology

Monday 7 Mar 2016

Image from Ghostology by Craig Dent.

A collection of poems by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) education graduate to be launched this week provides a glimpse of life, journey and death in regional Australia.

Ghostology, an anthology of works from 1990 to 2009 by Mr Craig Dent, showcases poetry and photography from Mr Dent's residencies, publications, exhibitions and music projects, with several funded by the Australia Council.

The book will be officially launched at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Thursday 10 March by the Head of Campus, Ms Julie Cleary. It will be available in print and in electronic-book format at the launch.

During the opening, CSU education student Laura Vogel will perform a poem, 'Joy of a Million Suns', from Ghostology, which highlights a journey within family. The poem is dedicated to Mr Dent's sister and is based on their upbringing in Thurgoona which was a rural area before Albury grew to include the modern suburb of Thurgoona.

Raised in Thurgoona, Mr Dent has worked in regional creative industries since 1990 in Albury, Dubbo, Southern Riverina and North East Victoria, as well as Canberra. He majored in English in his CSU teaching degree from which he graduated last year, and compiled Ghostology while completing his course.

Mr Dent is now assisting high schools in the Southern Riverina and North East Victoria to provide advanced education in creative writing to their students. He uses Ghostology to inspire students to reach their greatest potentials in writing for their senior studies.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Mr Craig Dent will be available to the media for interviews and pictures before and after the launch of Ghostology at 11am on 10 March in the CSU Learning Commons building, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona. Ghostology is sponsored by Kwik Kopy Albury.

Future of speech pathology in regional Australia

Friday 4 Mar 2016

The future of speech pathology services in regional Australia is the discussion topic for a public forum to be hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Tuesday 8 March.

Titled a ‘Conversation about the future of speech pathology’, panel members have been drawn from various domains of speech pathology practice in Albury-Wodonga including CSU, Albury Wodonga Health, disability services, and private practice.

The forum is an opportunity for public discussion that will become part of the national Speech Pathology Australia project, ‘Speech Pathology 2030 – making futures happen’, which aims to guide the profession for the next 15 years.

Event organiser Dr Chris Plant said the discussion aims to address the aspirations, dreams, concerns, and goals for the future of the speech pathology profession, and will include local clinicians and CSU students enrolled in the University’s speech pathology degree.

To attend the event from 5.30 to 8pm at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, please register here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

The forum will be held in room 104 in building 751, Learning and Teaching Hub, CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona, from 5.30 to 8pm on 8 March. For interview and pics before or after the event with CSU event coordinator Dr Chris Plant (based in Albury), or for interviews with CSU's international language expert Professor Sharynne McLeod (based in Bathurst) who will also be on the panel, contact CSU Media.

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