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Volunteers needed for a sleep and appetite study

Thursday 13 Oct 2016

The search is on for middle-aged men to take part in a new study at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst investigating the relationship between sleep, exercise and appetite.

PhD student Ms Penelope Larsen from the University's School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health is heading up the new sleep and appetite study.

"Exercise is strongly believed to be a key promoter of sleep quality and quantity and a driver of energy intake and expenditure," said Ms Larsen.

"I am examining the effects of exercise, both low and high intensity on sleep quality and quantity and how that relates to appetite-related hormones and eating behaviour.

The second part of my research will examine the impact of the timing of exercise that is morning or evening and its effect on hormones and eating behaviour."

Ms Larsen said all volunteers need a medical clearance from a general practitioner prior to taking part and a pre-exercise medical health questionnaire would also need to be completed.

"Participants will need to attend the exercise laboratories at CSU in Bathurst for 5x 1.5 hours sessions which includes a baseline testing session and 4 acute exercise trials," said Ms Larsen.

They will also be equipped with a take-home polysomnography (PSG) unit to record sleep quality and a diary to record sleep, diet and physical activity.

To be eligible to apply, participants need to be:

  • Men aged 35-60 years of age
  • Exercising less than 150 minutes per week
  • Not been diagnosed with sleep apnoea
  • Not a current smoker, or a smoker who has quit in the past 12 months
  • Not currently being treated for dental diseases
  • Free from current illnesses such as the flu
  • Not on medication for appetite control or weight less
  • No known medical conditions or medications that affect sleep quality and or quantity
  • Not engaged in work or recreational activities that significantly alter sleep patterns such as shift work
  • Be available during October and November 2016

Ms Larsen said it is also important that participants know they can withdraw from the study for any reason at any time, without explanation.

For further information on being involved in the study, contact Ms Larsen via email: or mobile 0423 911 625.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 69332207

Media Note:

Ms Penelope Larsen is in the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health at CSU in Bathurst. She is available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

The research has the approval of the Charles Sturt University's Human Research Ethics Committee.

Photo: PhD student Ms Penelope Larson from CSU in Bathurst.

CSU Engineering students to head for Cambodia

Monday 26 Sep 2016

Engineering students Michael Todd (left) and Kevin AugCharles Sturt University (CSU) engineering students will develop their humanitarian engineering skills by working with Australia's least developed neighbours, Cambodia, thanks to a partnership between the federal government and international charity Engineers Without Borders.

With financial support announced earlier this year through the  New Colombo Plan initiative, over $120,000 will be available over three years to support CSU engineering students to travel to and work in Cambodian communities.

 "This support will enable our students to apply skills and knowledge from their engineering studies to real-world situations in humanitarian engineering contexts," said coordinator of CSU's engineering course, Ms Andrea Goncher.

"It also reinforces important attributes we want our students to display: to be able to engage with people and communities, and to display social entrepreneurship.

"In addition, Engineers Without Borders will facilitate the program using their experience in managing volunteers and in-country partnerships in the Indo-Pacific regions."

The initiative will be launched during an evening event hosted by CSU Global Manager, Dr Shevahn Telfser, on Wednesday 28 September at CSU in Bathurst.

The support is part of $380,000 CSU is due to receive under the New Colombo Plan, which will be administered by CSU Global.

In previous years, students from CSU courses such as dental science and oral health, agricultural science, physiotherapy, business studies, occupational therapy, speech pathology, environmental sciences, psychology and creative arts have taken part in overseas studies through CSU Global.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

The event to celebrate the launch of the next phase of the New Colombo Plan at CSU will run from 5.30pm until 7pm on Wednesday 28 September in the Engineering Building, CSU in Bathurst.

For interviews and pictures with CSU staff before, during or after the event, contact CSU Media.

See recent examples of overseas visits by CSU students through CSU Global here and here.

Annual SPRUNG Festival at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 20 Sep 2016

The two-week season of the student-led 2016 SPRUNG Festival at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst opens tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

The annual SPRUNG Festival is driven by and features the work of final-year theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Seven productions will feature over eight nights at two University venues; the Ponton Theatre and the Creative Hub.

The Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony parade for the family from 6pm at the Ponton Theatre. The parade includes fire, drumming, characters from the shows and large-scale puppets.

Lecturer in theatre/media, Mr Dan Aubin said, "I am amazed at the passion, creativity and effort of the students. The entire Festival is created and organised by them; from the shows to the design and marketing. All the productions are original. We are interested in creating the new.

"The stories they tell give us insight into their view of the world at this interesting time in history."

The first week of the Festival showcases satirical theatre, The Bachelor Wants You!; a modern comedy mystery, The House of Eden; and a comedy play on women on TV, The Glory Days.

Shows during the 2nd week include Clara Jane, a view of indigenous women in the 20th century through dance and dialog; a sci-fi comedy on relationships and death in The Glass House; Relax, a short film giving a modern take on perceptions versus reality; and The Shift, a farcical comedy on 'that time of the year'.

A special feature of this year's event is the 'Women of theatre/media' forum from 10am on Friday 23 September. Theatre/media women graduates return to CSU in Bathurst for a panel discussion on the current climate and future of the theatre and performance industries.

The SPRUNG Festival runs until Saturday 1 October, and online bookings are recommended.

Program details and bookings can be made here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU Amazing Race donation to Riding for the Disabled

Thursday 8 Sep 2016

Representatives of Charles Sturt University (CSU) will present a cheque for funds raised by the 2016 CSU Amazing Race to a charity in Bathurst on Monday 12 September.

The proceeds of the annual CSU Amazing Race event are donated to a different local charity each year. In 2016, the Riding for the Disabled Association is the beneficiary of $5 400 raised by the second event staged at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 30 March.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "The Amazing Race is an integral part of our social responsibility and our community engagement as a university campus. By mobilising our staff and students to raise funds for important community projects that focus on the less privileged and vulnerable members of our community we help them attain their goals by supporting some of their sustainable projects. It gives me great pleasure to see these children have the facility and opportunity to participate in what they love doing — riding. I thank all the staff and students who participated in the 2016 Amazing Race, and congratulate the winning teams."

The CSU team that raised the most ($1 360) was 'Out of the Grange', comprised of Sharon Sandry, Catherine Gordon, Natalie Nixon, Olivia Wyborn, and Alyce Tree.

The team that won the physical competition on the day was 'Librarians from Another Planet', consisting of Annette Goodwin, Andrew Press, and Karthik Babu.

Professor Anyanwu acknowledged the role of former Head of Campus Professor Jo-Anne Reid who hosted last year's event and was central to the organisation of the 2016 Amazing Race.

The CSU donation will be presented at 3.30pm Monday 12 September at Riding for the Disabled in Bathurst, Research Station Drive, behind Carenne School, Browning Street, Bathurst.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

In 2015, funds raised by the Amazing Race were donated to Daffodil Cottage cancer support unit in Bathurst.

CSU hosts meetings with top NSW judge in Bathurst

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016

Justice Margaret Beazley 250x150

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

Media Note:

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.

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.

Indigenous students to gain leadership tips at CSU

Wednesday 3 Aug 2016

Indigenous school students in Bathurst will attend a special leadership event at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst as part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day on Thursday 4 August.

Approximately 42 Indigenous students from every school in Bathurst will attend the leadership day organised by the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) at the Wammarra Indigenous Student Centre (ground floor, building 1292) at CSU in Bathurst.

Co-convenor of the event and lecturer with the CSU Centre for Law and Justice Ms Annette Gainsford (pictured) said, "This is an example of Charles Sturt University's commitment to and involvement in advancing Indigenous education in regional Australia. Elders, junior AECG members and their parents, teachers and University staff will attend the event."

The day will start at 11am with a Welcome to Country and Yarning Circle with Elders. Discussions about Aboriginal cultural leadership with the Bathurst Wiradyuri will follow, then a barbeque lunch at Wammarra with informal yarning with Elders, junior AECG members, parents of the junior AECG members, teachers and CSU staff.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The Biggest Estate on Earth – CSU public lecture

Friday 22 Jul 2016

Bill GammageThe next Charles Sturt University (CSU) Exploration Series free public lecture will examine the true nature of the Australian landscape in 1788.

The lecture by  Emeritus Professor Bill Gammage, AM, from the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra will discuss the subject of his book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia (2011), at CSU in Bathurst on Monday 1 August and at CSU in Dubbo on Tuesday 2 August.

"Much of the landscape of Australia at the time of British colonisation in 1788 was not natural but made," Professor Gammage (pictured) said.

"Using illustrations, this public lecture will sketch how Aboriginal people, including Wiradjuri, managed land at the time Europeans arrived. People allied with fire and no fire to distribute plants, and used plant distribution to locate animals, birds, reptiles and insects. Country was carefully arranged to give every species a preferred habitat according to Law, while resources were made abundant, convenient and predictable," he said.

Light refreshments and book sales/signings (book cost $35, cash only) will follow both public lectures.


The Biggest Estate on Earth public lecture will start at 6pm Monday 1 August in room 223, building 1292, Panorama Avenue, Charles Sturt University; follow the event parking signs to car park P7.

For more information contact Ms Tarah Syphers, Regional Relations Assistant on (02) 6338 4645 or


The Biggest Estate on Earth public lecture will start at 6pm Tuesday 2 August in lecture theatre 422, building 902, Tony McGrane Place, Charles Sturt University in Dubbo.

For more information contact Ms Melissa Britnell, Regional Relations Assistant on (02) 6885 7370 or

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02 ) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Emeritus Professor Bill Gammage, AM, teaches and researches in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. He grew up in Wiradjuri country, and was an ANU undergraduate and postgraduate before teaching history at the Universities of Papua New Guinea (1966, 1972-6) and Adelaide (1977-96). He wrote  The Broken Years about Australian soldiers in the Great War (1974),  An Australian in the First World War (1976),  Narrandera Shire (1986),  The Sky Travellers on the 1938-39 Hagen-Sepik Patrol in New Guinea (1998), and  The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia (2011). He co-edited the  Australians 1938 volume of the Bicentennial History of Australia (1988), and three books about Australians in World War 1. Professor Gammage was historical adviser to Peter Weir's film  Gallipoli, and to several documentaries. He served the National Museum of Australia for three years as Council member, deputy chair and acting chair, and was made a Freeman of the Shire of Narrandera in 1987, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in 1991, and an AM in 2005.

Local justice experts provide legal experience

Friday 22 Jul 2016

Bathurst justice forum 2016 peopleThree Bathurst justice experts have laid their experiences before at least 200 law students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) to help them learn about punishment and the state in the Australian legal system.

On Wednesday 20 July, Bathurst magistrate Michael Allen (left), Bathurst defence lawyer Shane Cunningham (right) and the police crime commander for Chifley region Acting Sergeant Colin Crome (centre) faced probing questions as part of an interactive panel for CSU students who are aiming to become police officers, social workers, psychologists and lawyers.

Over two hours, the panellists addressed the questions of 80 students in Bathurst on the goals and strategies of punishment, particularly from the viewpoint of regional Australia.

Bathurst justice forum 2016 forumPanel coordinator Dr Kath McFarlane, who is a senior lecturer with the newly established Centre for Law and Justice at CSU, said the students in this subject were investigating, "How we punish, why we punish and the consequences for society if we get it wrong.

"The panellists provided unique perspectives on the practice and administration of various aspects of the criminal justice system, and exposed students to practical views and experiences they would not otherwise encounter," Dr McFarlane said.

In recognition of the 150 students enrolled in the subject across Australia via distance education, Dr McFarlane has also made the forum available as an audio file to students who were unable to attend in person.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 For copies of pictures with the panellists and for interviews with Dr McFarlane, contact CSU Media.

2016 BATS season at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 5 Jul 2016

Theatre symbolsThe Bathurst Arts and Theatrical Society (BATS) will present a winter season of performances at the Ponton Theatre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in mid July.

BATS consists of 41 mostly second- and third-year CSU students studying the Bachelor of Communication (Theatre Media) at the School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst.

Marketing and publicity coordinator for BATS Ms Jana Vass said, "The ten dollar a ticket three-in-one BATS Winter 2016 program consists of two short plays (Love and Information, and Mr Melancholy), and a short film (Filioque). This is value for money.

"BATS is open to students from various degrees and we encourage everyone from different disciplines to be creatively involved with positions in the individual production companies."

Love and Information is written by famous playwright Ms Caryl Churchill and is directed by Ms Sacha Slip. It is about finding love and connection in the age of information, and the influence these two things have on modern life. This is an 'open text', free of specific characters and stage directions, told in a series of vignettes that allow insight into the lives of strangers.

Mr Melancholy is directed by Mr Hudson Emery and explores solitude and sorrow through innocence and silliness. It is written by Mr Matt Cameron and is set at a broken lighthouse on a beach where three hermits, Enzo, Margot and Ollie, have their lives changed when Dolores, a run-away clown who desires to be taken seriously, washes up on shore. The production design and performances present a surreal parable of solitude and sorrow that explores the human condition through laughter, disputes and tears.

Filioque is a short film written by Mr Jack Bowden and directed by Mr Jordan Russell, both second-year theatre media students, which presents a humorous examination of religion. It is a black comedy about a priest and the devil arguing about religion and life after death.

The three-in-one program starts at 7pm on Thursday 14 July and runs for three nights finishing on Saturday 16 July at the Ponton Theatre (building 1434) at CSU in Bathurst.

Tickets are $10 each for all three productions, and can be pre-purchased through TryBooking, or can be purchased at the door.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

For any other media enquiries please contact either Ms Jana Vass on 0478 931 589 or Ms Lucy King on 0468 614 864.

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