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New businesses to get boot camp in Bathurst

Thursday 9 Mar 2017

Professor Mark MorrisonResidents in the NSW Central West with ideas for innovations can learn the latest in startup and innovation strategy at a 'Starting a Business' boot camp to be held in Bathurst in March.

Hosted by CenWest Innovate, based at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, budding entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators will gain an understanding of agile planning, creating a minimum viable product, proof of concept development, ideas validation, risk mitigation, business modelling and more during the two day workshop.

"A major challenge for new entrepreneurs is developing products that customers will want to buy, will be competitive in the market, and generate enough cash flow for their business to remain viable," said CenWest Innovate director, Professor Mark Morrison from the University's School of Management and Marketing.

"New businesses need to be able to develop and test their ideas in the market in a way that helps refine their product or service and reduces the costs of not getting it completely right the first time.

"This boot camp aims to overcome some of these issues."

The free boot camp will be led by Troy Haines, CEO of theSPACE in Cairns, who will share his ideas on the fundamental processes of effectively 'Turning Ideas into Reality' to invigorate and inspire a start-up business community in the NSW Central West.

The boot camp will run from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 24 March and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 25 March.

To enrol or find out more information, contact Ms Marie-Christine Sweeney at CenWest Innovate on telephone (02) 6338 4503, or send an email.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews on the 'Starting a Business' Boot Camp, contact CSU Media.This workshop is part of CenWest Innovate program from Charles Sturt University and proudly supported by the NSW Department of Industry. See more on CSU Events

CSU Dubbo hosts CUP grant morning tea

Thursday 23 Feb 2017

CSU DubboCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will host a morning tea on Friday 24 February to launch the CSU Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants for 2017 and hear from three organisations that received grants last year.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the University distributed eight $1 000 grants to organisations in Dubbo and the region in 2016.

Applications for grants in two categories in 2017 open on Monday 27 February, with other categories opening later in the year.

"We've invited the successful 2016 recipients back and have asked them to give a two-minute presentation describing their projects," Ms Maginnis said.

"It's always wonderful to hear about how the organisations advance their projects and to know that Charles Sturt University is contributing to the practical advancement of organisations and endeavours within the city and the wider region. I look forward to meeting and speaking with the representatives of these groups."

The organisations include Marathon Health / Headspace Dubbo, and Wee Waa High School, both awarded CUP grants under the Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Development Program, and

Dubbo and District Pre-school, which was awarded a grant under the Rural and Regional Education Development Program.

The Administrator of Dubbo Regional Council, Mr Michael Kneipp, and Council's Director of Community Services, Mr David Dwyer, will also attend the morning tea.

The morning tea is at 10.30am Friday 24 February in the Multipurpose Hall (building 920) at CSU, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Other groups to receive CSU CUP grants in 2016 include the Dubbo Koori Interagency Network; Peak Hill Preschool Kindergarten; Condobolin High School; Condobolin Preschool; and PCYC Dubbo.

The 2017 CUP grant categories opening on Monday 27 February are CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, and CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program.

Subsequently, the CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program opens on Monday 3 April; the CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program opens on Monday 1 May; and the CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program has two opening dates – 'Summer' on Monday 1 May, and 'Winter' on 4 September.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Cathy Maginnis, Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo.

O Week for new students at CSU in Dubbo

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Cathy MaginnisA Commencement Ceremony, cultural tours, meet and greets, and a barbeque lunch are all part of the start of Orientation Week (O Week) for more than 90 new students commencing at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Tuesday 21 February.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo, Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured), said O Week allows new students to become familiar with their surroundings and to meet new friends while learning how to navigate the University before classes commence for all students on Monday 27 February.

"O Week plays an important role by allowing students the opportunity to meet academic staff who will be teaching them and familiarise themselves with the campus and their schedules without pressure," Ms Maginnis said.

"I look forward to welcoming new students and their families to the University at the Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday. It marks the start of their degree and the beginning of a journey of lifelong learning. This is cause for celebration and pride for this achievement.

"Enrolments at the University in Dubbo continue to grow, with nursing attracting the largest cohort of new students (30+), followed by social work and teacher education.

"The new-look campus is very student-centric with contemporary learning spaces and furniture, as well as study areas and quiet spaces. We welcome the community to engage and share these spaces with us. There will be a new café and courtyard to relax and socialise in, and new areas for support staff to assist students. The University recognises the need for flexibility to assist with students' busy lives, so a 24/7 area will be available for students to access to assist them with their learning journey.

"I also encourage CSU online students living in and around our campus to use its newly-completed amenities and support staff."

At the Commencement Ceremony, Wiradjuri Elder Uncle John Hill will do the Welcome to Country. There will be brief addresses by the Administrator of Dubbo Regional Council, Mr Michael Kneipp, followed by President of the Dubbo Student Representative Committee and Bachelor of Nursing student Ms Mikaela Dart, and O Week coordinator and Bachelor of Education student Ms Alice Barber.

The CSU in Dubbo O Week schedule is:

Tuesday 21 February

9.30am to 10am Commencement Ceremony, followed by Market Day from 10am to noon, then the Student Representative Council welcome barbeque lunch, and campus tours during the afternoon, a mature age students meet and greet forum, and then ten pin bowling and pizza from 6pm.

Wednesday 22 February

School welcomes, introductions, and courses information sessions throughout the day. In the evening, a trivia night and barbeque from 6pm in the Multipurpose Hall.

Thursday 23 February

More courses information sessions. For nursing students there will be a treasure hunt from 10.45am, and a Q&A session with current students at 2pm. There will be an Open Forum at 3pm, and from 6pm barefoot bowls at the Dubbo Bowling Club.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Cathy Maginnis, Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo.

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Dr Kath McFarlaneA senior researcher from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst has called on NSW policy makers to reassess whether prison sentences are the best way to handle low-level crime after yesterday's riot at Bathurst Jail.

"The riot brings to mind some of the problems that 40 years ago, led to the Nagle Royal Commission into the infamous Bathurst Jail riots of 1974," said Dr McFarlane from the University's Centre for Law and Justice.

"Allegations of prison overcrowding are hardly surprising, given NSW has never had so many people in jail.

"We know that jail often makes people worse and doesn't add to community safety. The vast bulk of people don't need to be in jail.

"Addressing prison sentencing and reducing overcrowding would also help relieve pressure to extend the Bathurst jail over the next five years, which will only add to the huge financial burden for NSW taxpayers."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 Contact CSU to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane at CSU in Bathurst.

Seventy-eight students to graduate at CSU in Dubbo

Wednesday 7 Dec 2016

Cathy MaginnisMore than 240 family members and friends will celebrate the graduation of approximately 78 students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Friday 9 December.

Graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science will receive their awards at the 11am ceremony at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, 155 Darling Street, Dubbo.

Newly-appointed Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo, Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured), said, "All of us at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo can't wait to celebrate the achievements of all our 2016 graduates. We also look forward to welcoming our graduates' friends and families and the community to celebrate this special event. All our graduates can take great pride in their achievements, and we wish them well as they enter a new chapter of the lives."

Graduating students of distinction include nursing graduate Ms Sophie Board who was born and bred in Dubbo but now lives in Gilgandra. She will be the fourth member of her family to graduate from CSU in Dubbo, and the third to graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo. In 2007 her mother Corrina graduated from nursing and her sister Lucy graduated in 2011. Her other sister Keera graduated from CSU in Dubbo with a Bachelor of Education in 2011. Ms Board has been accepted for a new graduate nursing position at Dubbo Base Hospital starting in February 2017.

Dubbo local and nursing graduate Ms Jocelyn McKay served as Student Representative for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health; on the Dubbo Student Committee; and on the Dubbo Campus Environment Committee. She has a new graduate position starting in 2017 in the NSW Health Remote Rotation Program where she will transition through up to four remote health facilities which will give her a great perspective on the health challenges facing remote communities.

The Occasional Address at the graduation ceremony will be delivered by Professor Jeannie Herbert, AM, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education and Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies at CSU.

The CSU graduation ceremony will start at 11am Friday 9 December at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, 155 Darling Street, Dubbo NSW.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

New Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo

Monday 5 Dec 2016

Cathy MaginnisCharles Sturt University (CSU) has announced a new Head of Campus for CSU in Dubbo.

Ms Catherine Maginnis (pictured) is the new Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo until the end of November 2017.

Announcing the appointment Director of the CSU Office of Government and Community Relations, Mr Peter Fraser, said, "I congratulate Ms Maginnis on her appointment and look forward to working with her to advance the University's community engagement program."

"Ms Maginnis is currently a lecturer and academic advisor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health in Dubbo, and has extensive ties to the community of Dubbo and a long history of engagement and work in the community health sector. Her commitment to the Dubbo region is evident in her teaching at the University, her engagement with various sectors of the health community, and her ongoing research collaborations."

Ms Maginnis moved to Dubbo for her high school years and left to pursue her nursing education. She worked in different nursing roles focussing on child, family and midwifery, and continued her education while working and having a family. She returned to Dubbo in 2001 to commence work as a nursing lecturer at CSU in 2002.

"I am passionate and committed to providing higher education to the Dubbo and surrounding communities, and I have been very engaged with the health and education sectors for many years," Ms Maginnis said.

"I am proud to work at Charles Sturt University and offer opportunities for our community to gain qualifications and education. The re-development of the University in Dubbo will offer modern, student-friendly environments to learn and network for students, staff and the community. I look forward to representing the University in the Dubbo and regional communities, and encouraging others to study at and use the wonderful facilities at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo."

Mr Fraser also said, "I would like to thank former Head of Campus Professor Jeannie Herbert for her dedication to the leadership of the Dubbo campus, and for providing valuable input and insight into the University's community engagement with the Dubbo region."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with new Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

Major refurbishment at CSU in Dubbo

Friday 25 Nov 2016

Upgrade at CSU Dubbo 2016Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo is undergoing a $2.5 million refurbishment and upgrade of facilities to improve student learning facilities and amenities.

CSU campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said, "These works form the second stage of the review to revitalise student spaces at the heart of the campus.

"The approximate cost of the work is $2.5 million and local building contractors and trades have been engaged on the job.

"The refurbishment of the Learning Commons is to be done over the summer break to minimise any possible inconvenience to students, and the work will be completed by the end of February 2017 in time for the start of the new academic year."

The upgrade program at CSU in Dubbo includes:

1. Providing 24/7 access to the whole of the Learning Commons area (includes Cardax and CCTV upgrades);

2. Improving the Learning Commons to enhance student amenity and provide quiet study spaces; this includes an additional quiet study room, a new parent and multi-faith room, and a staff kitchen, as well as two new flat-floor flexible teaching spaces fronting onto the courtyard;

3. Relocating learning spaces away from the entry to the Learning Commons and providing an open plan Student Central and Library Services 'welcome' point at the entrance to the campus;

4. Providing a café in the main space adjacent to the Learning Commons, which incorporates a kitchenette for students to use 24/7;

5. Relocating the existing computer lab to become a shared space with the Learning Commons (i.e. accessible 24/7);

6. Improving the courtyard for casual seating and learning environments.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Bart Sykes. The images shows an artists depiction of some of the redevelopment work at CSU in Dubbo.

CSU Engineering students to head for Cambodia

Sunday 25 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.

Personalised learning for nursing students in Dubbo

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

A final year nursing student has spoken of the personalised learning environment she is experiencing while studying at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo.

Bachelor of Nursing student Ms Jill Carnell said, "Our class sizes at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo are small. There's between eight and 12 students in lectures and tutorials, and we all get along well together.

"It gives us the advantage of having a personalised learning environment, and we have a lot more time to go through the subject matter and study it closely.

Her comments come as a nursing information session for prospective students will be held at CSU in Dubbo from 6pm on Tuesday 13 September.

Ms Carnell said, "We form good relationships with our lecturers, making the study environment much more enjoyable and relaxed.

"The lecturers have time to spend on us, they help us brush up on some of the things we might be hazy on and make sure we understand.

"Basically, we're really able to put a foot forward on our learning because there's more time for us to go through the content."

Ms Carnell from Dubbo says she is motivated to pursue a career in nursing by a desire to care for people at some of the most vulnerable points in their lives.

"Whatever the reason someone is in hospital, I want to make the process easier for them and their family, and I want to be there for them the best way I can.

"I also love the science in nursing, including learning about medication and different medical procedures and treatments and how they work on the body.

"It's fascinating to be a part of something that is constantly evolving and changing with the sole purpose of making life better for people."

The CSU student says a highlight of the nursing degree has been the range of hospitals offered to students for their workplace learning.

"I've had the privilege of doing some clinical placements in major tertiary hospitals, and it's made me really appreciate both sides of nursing: the nursing that comes with hospitals with 1 000 beds and specialist services, and the nursing that comes with a 30 bed hospital and the on-call doctor.

"It's helped me see the different demands that the different environments place on nurses.

Her advice to prospective nursing students includes a need to understand what they're undertaking.

"Nursing is learning for life because the field is forever changing. "

"You need to be passionate and determined, and you need to know how to de-stress."

Ms Carnell has applied for a new graduate position at Dubbo Base Hospital, and she'd eventually like to work in trauma and critical care for the Rural Flying Doctor Service or the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. 

The CSU nursing information session will hear from current nursing students and graduates, health administrators, and lecturer from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

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

Media Note:

Bachelor of Nursing student Ms Jill Carnell and lecturer in nursing in the School of Nursing, midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo, Ms Cathy Maginnis are available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Nursing students deliver glasses gift to Thailand

Monday 25 Jul 2016

Reading glasses and sunglasses donated to Charles Sturt University (CSU) have found new homes in remote villages in northern Thailand.

They were hand delivered by nine Bachelor of Nursing students and their CSU lecturer Ms Cathy Maginnis while they were on an international work placement for their course focused on primary healthcare, health education and health assessments.

The final year students from CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, and Wagga Wagga arrived in northern Thai city of Chiang Mai for a quick acclimatisation to the new culture including the hustle and bustle of the night markets and endless traffic stream of motor bikes, push bikes and tuk tuks.

They went on a walking tour and visited local temples to learn about the Thai culture and customs.

The CSU group then travelled for four hours by mini-vans from Chiang Mai into the mountainous region of Kallayaniwattana (Watchan) to the students' accommodation in the grounds of Watchan Hospital.

Each day, the group travelled by 4WD with hospital staff to remote villages to set up mobile health clinics in local schools.

Ms Maginnis, from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo, said, "Being the rainy season we experienced torrential downpours daily and roads being damaged by the volume and force of the water. The 4WD vehicles were an essential part of accessing remote villages.

"This alone was an adventure and we were able to take in the most breath taking scenery along the routes.

"Once in the villages, we assisted hospital staff in assessing and providing health care and supplying pharmacy."

The students also delivered health promotions to school students, including education about hand hygiene, teeth cleaning and the Healthy Eating Pyramid.

"We distributed and did basic visual acuity testing for more than 300 reading glasses and sunglasses donated by our local communities in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Albury-Wodonga," Ms Maginnis said.

"These had an immediate and long lasting benefit for the villages. It was very emotional to watch the expressions of the villagers change as their vision improved."

The nursing students also brought donated supplies of toothbrushes and toothpaste, loom band kits, stickers, slinky and toy cars as well as pens and book marks for the children.

Ms Maginnis said, "These villages have limited access to health care and education and live simple lives while working extremely hard, for long hours, labouring in the fields, planting and harvesting a variety of crops such as rice, corn, strawberries, coffee beans and a variety of nuts and caring for their livestock.

"We also did home health visits and delivered health care while getting firsthand experience of village life and immersing ourselves in the Thai culture.

"It was both humbling and a privilege to be able to provide health care to the different villages and to be welcomed and immersed in the Thai culture.

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

Media Note:

The international work placement was supported by CSU Global, an initiative to provide students with international study experiences.  

It ran from Saturday 18 June and Sunday 3 July 2016.

It was part of the Bachelor of Nursing subject NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child Adolescent and Family Health.

OPSM supported the CSU students to test, repair and grade the glasses and provide glass cases, information and products for the children.

Photo: CSU nursing students on a home visit with local health officials in a village in northern Thailand.

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