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Women in regional trades: have your say on the Border

Wednesday 3 Oct 2018

* CSU researchers investigate shortage of women in trades in Border region

* Business and industry consultation in Albury-Wodonga on Friday 12 October

* A range of trades to be examined, and all welcome to contribute

A lack of skilled workers in traditionally male-dominated trades has become a major problem in regional Victoria and NSW, and a team of Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers is investigating how women can help address the problem.

The team is holding a half-day Women in Regional Trades consultation at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Friday 12 October to address the problem with the region’s business and industry community.

The CSU Women in Trades team is led by Dr Donna Bridges from the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and comprises Dr Stacey Jenkins, Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, and Dr Larissa Bamberry from the CSU School of Management and Marketing.

“We are inviting representatives from industry, government and education providers to help us understand more about the recruitment and retention of women in the ‘traditional’ trades in regional NSW and Victoria,” said Dr Bamberry, pictured left.

“We particularly want to talk about targeting regional skill shortages in trades; understand and learn about removing barriers to women’s recruitment and retention in these trades; understand more about women who thrive and are successful in the trades; and learn how to better support young women to find trade careers and stay in regional Australia.

“We’ll focus mainly on the automotive, construction, electrical, horticultural, agricultural and plumbing industries in the region, however representatives from other industries are welcome to join us.”

The team has previously held similar events in Bathurst and Wagga Wagga, and is now particularly keen to hear from business owners and industry and training leaders on the Border and in North East Victoria.

The consultation are part of a research project aimed at retraining and growing the trades in regional Australia. Read more here

See more here.

Event details

When: 12 noon to 3 pm, Friday 12 October 2018.

Where: Room 106, Building 754, CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona, NSW.

RSVP to Ms Elizabeth Wulff on email or mobile 0400 326 084, or Dr Larissa Bamberry on email or phone (02) 6051 9843.

Free lunch and afternoon tea are provided on the day.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Larissa Bamberry, who is based in Albury-Wodonga, or Dr Donna Bridges, based in Bathurst, contact CSU Media.

Waiting for speech pathology: CSU research

Thursday 13 Sep 2018

Are you concerned with the time it takes for your child to get speech pathology services in the Goulburn Valley?

Charles Sturt University (CSU) doctoral student, Mrs Nicole McGill, is seeking your help in exploring how to best support children and families who are waiting for speech therapy.

“Children in the Goulburn Valley often wait up to 12 months to see a speech pathologist in the public system, and they can miss out on the benefits of early detection and intervention for speech and language difficulties,” said Mrs McGill, who also lives and works in the region as a speech pathologist.

In her research study, Mrs McGill is investigating the effectiveness of offering speech pathology assessments earlier for children aged between three and six years, rather than waiting up to 12 months for an assessment by a speech pathologist.

“As part of the study, we offer an assessment, a report, and a 6-month follow up assessment for eligible children while they are on the waiting list for speech therapy.  This means families can find out how well their child’s speech sounds and language skills are developing, far sooner than they usually would at the community health centre.

“We acknowledge that people on waiting lists for health care, including speech pathology, can experience feelings of stress, uncertainty and powerlessness. We want to know what the experience is like for families and how we can best support children and families while they wait for speech therapy.”

“We are looking for children aged between three and six years whose parents are concerned about their speech or language development. This may include children who are hard to understand and have difficulty producing clear speech sounds, or children who have trouble putting sentences together and following instructions.”

Mrs McGill noted, however, that there are some children who are not eligible to participate in her study.

“Children with complex communication and developmental needs or diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder or a diagnosed hearing loss are not eligible to participate in the research,” she said.

“And children must live within the Goulburn Valley Health catchment area, which includes Shepparton, Tatura, Numurkah, Euroa, Murchison, and Nathalia.”

To take part in the study, please call Ms Catherine Teskera at Community Health Speech Pathology, Goulburn Valley Health, on 1800 222 582 to make a referral. Enquiries can also be directed to Mrs Nicole McGill via email Recruitment for this study closes on 30 September.

The assessments as part of this study are completed at the community health centre in Shepparton.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mrs Nicole McGill, who is based in Shepparton, Victoria.

Read a past story on the project here.

Photo of Nicole McGill by Kellie Crosier Photography.

CSU Green tackles e-waste at Wangaratta STEM Careers Expo

Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

* CSU exhibits at STEM Careers Expo at the Galen Catholic College Stadium in Wangaratta on Wednesday 15 August

* CSU Green champions ‘e-waste’ as a valuable resource, to deflect harmful materials from landfill

* CSU is committed to reducing waste across the University from all sources including e-waste

The environmental problem that is electronic waste (e-waste) will be on show at a Charles Sturt University (CSU) display at the National Science Week STEM Careers Expo event in Wangaratta on Wednesday 15 August.

Coordinator for Partnerships with CSU Green Ms Michelle Wilkinson said, “We will show that old televisions, computers, and mobiles are a waste problem that needs solutions from science, as well as by changing people’s behaviours.

“While this so-called ‘e-waste’ has valuable resources that can be extracted, it can also be a source of harmful materials that takes up valuable space in landfill sites.

“This is a problem across Australia. For example, in the year to June 2018, nearly 80,000 old televisions were delivered to the Albury Waste Management Centre, and over 41,000 were disposed of in Wodonga. At the same time, nearly 40,000 old computers and mobiles were delivered to the two centres.”

Ms Wilkinson said that CSU is committed to reducing waste across the University from all sources, including e-waste, and like many regional businesses e-waste is a large proportion of its waste stream.

“Our display at the Wangaratta event will highlight to high school students and the wider community that we have to stop seeing superseded and disposed electronic devices as ‘waste’ and start seeing them as a source of resources, creativity, and even business opportunities! And we can do this through creative science,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“While Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) courses are often responsible for generating e-waste, they can also produce solutions, and Charles Sturt University wants to be part of the solution.”

Ms Wilkinson will attend the CSU Green display as part of the STEM Careers Expo which starts for high school students at 12pm on Wednesday 15 August in the Galen Catholic College Stadium in Wangaratta, and at 4 pm for the whole community.

The display will also include information about STEM courses at CSU, including agricultural sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences, information technology, mathematics, and engineering.

Media Contact: Jessica Mansour-Nahra, 0447 737 948

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Green's Ms Michelle Wilkinson.

Home-based mindfulness program to alleviate PTSD symptoms

Wednesday 8 Aug 2018

  • * Researchers are looking for at least 40 participants to test if mindfulness practice can alleviate symptoms of PTSD
  • * Each year 1.5 million Australians are diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD
  • * Participants will undertake a one week home-based mindfulness program to determine the effect on PTSD symptoms

A research team led by a Charles Sturt University medical researcher will assess the effectiveness of mindfulness practices such as breathing practices and self-compassion to alleviate the symptoms of a debilitating mental health issue.

“Each year 1.5 million Australians are diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,” Said research team leader Associate Professor Herbert Jelinek.

“Current approaches for treating symptoms of PTSD include cognitive-behavioural therapies and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and stress-inoculation training which uses controlled breathing, muscle relaxation and positive self-talk.

“Recently, mindful emotion labelling has demonstrated benefit for PTSD. Even brief mindfulness interventions over one week seem likely to foster improved wellbeing and reduced PTSD symptoms.

“We want to put these claims to the test in a scientific trial.”

Professor Jelinek is collaborating with Monash University researchers Mr Darius Rountree-Harrison and Dr Dominic Hosemans for the study, which is aiming for at least 40 participants aged over 18 years old, at least 20 of whom were diagnosed with PTSD in the past year and 20 without PTSD.

Each participant will receive free mindfulness training in two one-hour sessions over the course of two consecutive weeks.

Participants will learn simple skills that can be easily applied in daily life to help manage the symptoms of PTSD. They will also be in a draw to win a $150 Westmead shopping voucher.

For more information on or to participate in the PTSD study, contact Herbert Jelinek on 0427 681 754 or email, or Darius Rountree-Harrison on 0421 821 978 or email

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Herbert Jelinek.

This study has received approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee, number 11313.

MyDay showcases CSU courses to future students

Thursday 21 Jun 2018

  • * 180 high school students expected for MyDay at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Wednesday 27 June
  • * Free MyDay event is a great start to preparation for university

Senior high school students from across NSW will attend a MyDay at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga on Wednesday 27 June to explore a range of courses and future study options.

CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katie Trebley said, “With around 150 students currently registered, we can expect about 180 students plus parents to attend the MyDay.

“Students who have registered come from NSW and Victorian high schools, from as far as Bendigo and Echuca to Dubbo, as well as local schools across Albury-Wodonga.

“The students who attend MyDay can learn about the courses we offer at Charles Sturt University in Albury-Wodonga as well as general information about university and study. This free event is a great start to university preparation.

“Parents are also welcome to attend most sessions to learn more about courses and study at Charles Sturt University.”

Courses to be explored by the students include accounting and business, environmental science and outdoor recreation, podiatry, occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy, gerontology, leisure and health, and teaching and education.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katie Trebley.

Registrations commence at 9.30am in the Gums Café, CSU in Albury Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona. The event runs across the campus from 10 am to 2.30 pm.

Course for ageing well in North East Victoria

Tuesday 1 May 2018

> CSU is offering a short course on strengthening community capacity to support ageing people in North East Victoria.

> Nearly one-third of people in the Ovens-Murray region are currently aged over 60 years.

> Course aims to help community account and prepare for an ageing population in the region.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Department of Health Human Services Victoria (DHHS) have created a program that will help services and community members develop the skills to effectively address community needs for an ageing population.

"The course aims to support participants to think innovatively to develop a liveable and inclusive community for older people, while fostering partnerships between course participants and colleagues and relevant agencies,” said CSU Wangaratta Regional Study Centre Manager Ms Ilena Young.

“In the Ovens Murray region, people aged 60 and over account for 32 per cent of our community,” said DHHS Director for Eastern Division (2017), Ms Sandy Austin.

“More people over 60 live, work, learn and contribute to our community than any other group in the region,” Ms Sandy Austin said.

The course consists of four modules, each running face-to-face for two days.

During the course, participants will learn how to:

> Understand and interpret various social models of ageing;

> Examine the social determinants of health in ageing;

> Analyse choices and options available to older adults;

> Create social policy for age friendly communities;

> Develop individual and structural healthy ageing opportunities; and

> Develop systems necessary to support this work.

DHHS have put forward funding to support scholarships which reduce the cost by 50 per cent.

The course totals eight days in all, with the first two-day module commencing at 9am on Thursday 24 May, at the CSU Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Rd, Wangaratta.

Successful completion of the course and the associated assessment tasks can give participants one subject credit towards the CSU Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Master of Gerontology.

Media Contact: Wes Ward , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Wangaratta Regional Study Centre Manager, Ms Ilena Young, contact CSU Media.

See online brochure for details on and application for the course.

CSU helping people age well

Wednesday 21 Mar 2018

Are you aged 60 years or over and looking to maintain or improve your brain power or physical strength?

Academics from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga are looking for participants in their ‘Ageing Well’ program which aims to enhance older people’s physical and cognitive abilities.

Participants will have access to allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists, who will support and supervise CSU students to deliver the weekly program.

Project coordinator and occupational therapist Dr Melissa Nott said, “Healthy ageing is more than increasing the number of life-years without disability. It’s about creating an opportunity for older people to actively participate in the everyday functional tasks that give their life meaning and value.

“We know that keeping active later in life brings incredible benefits for older people, in mental and physical wellbeing.”

Dr Nott, from the CSU School of Community Health, believes that working in community groups also enhances social connection and reduces feeling of isolation for older people.

“This project provides an opportunity for Charles Sturt University students to work in partnership with older people to assist them while gaining skills for their future careers as health professionals in regional areas.

“We are also keen for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 50 years to take part in the program.”

Participants will sign up for a one-hour session each Thursday for 10 weeks. The sessions will involve individual and group activities from Thursday 19 April 2018.

The program will be held in the Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre, Ellis Street, at CSU’s Thurgoona site.

For more information and to sign up for the program, contact Dr Nott on (02) 6051 9246 or send an email to

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

A media event announcing the project will be held with project coordinators Dr Melissa Nott and Dr Kristy Robson at 10am on Thursday 22 March in the Community Engagement and Wellness (CEW) Centre, Ellis Street, on the CSU site at Thurgoona.

For interviews at other times with Dr Nott or Dr Robson, contact CSU Media.

Albury launch for writing handbook

Tuesday 6 Mar 2018

A leading education researcher at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will launch a new book this week that recognises that young writers need support from a very early age.

Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie in the CSU School of Education located in Albury-Wodonga is the lead editor of the book and either wrote or co-authored 6 or the 13 book chapters in Understanding and supporting Young Writers from Birth to 8.
The book explores what it means to be a young child learning to write in the 21st Century.

“Writing has possibly eclipsed reading as the critical literacy skill for children to learn,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The book fills a gap in literacy education, and provides practitioners such as early childhood and primary school teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively support young children as they learn to write.”

The book will be launched by one of the NSW Directors of School Education in Albury, Dr Brad Russell, and CSU’s Head of the School of Education, Associate Professor David Smith.

Teachers, educators and interested members of the community from both sides of the border have been invited to the afternoon event. The launch will be hosted by the Albury Library Museum and sponsored by the local chapter of the Australian Literacy Educator’s Association.

In addition, the launch event will be attended by other co-authors of the book, who are all based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, as well as some of the children who took part in research and provided pictures for the book.

  • Event details
    Where: Albury Library Museum, Kiewa St, Albury
    When: starting 4.30pm on Thursday 8 March

Read and hear further details here on the book Understanding and supporting Young Writers from Birth to 8.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

As well as attending the launch, Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, is available for interviews between 9 and 10am on Thursday 8 March through CSU Media.

Public lecture on rights and innovation for older workers

Thursday 8 Feb 2018

Older workers in Australia are facing a ‘Catch-22’ situation.

“Workforce trends and government policy tell us we will need to work longer before achieving a well-earned retirement,” says Head of Campus at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga, Dr Jennifer Munday.

“At the same time, many older workers report experiencing discrimination in their search for jobs.”

Dr Kay PattersonThe federal Age Discrimination Commissioner, The Honorable Dr Kay Patterson, AO, will address this dilemma and present some solutions in a free public lecture titled ‘Older Workers - Rights, Innovation and Inclusion’.

This free event will be held as part of the University’s Exploration Series at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday 13 February.

“We invite the people of Albury-Wodonga and surrounding areas to meet Dr Patterson and hear about how we might resolve this dilemma,” Dr Munday said.

Dr Patterson will also discuss innovative opportunities for promoting the rights of older workers and creating an inclusive and productive workforce for Australia.

Event details:

When: 6pm - 7pm, Tuesday 13 February (followed by light refreshments)

Where: CD Blake Auditorium (Building 751, Room 104), CSU in Albury-Wodonga,
off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona

Parking: Car Park 2

About the Exploration Series

The Explorations Series brings speakers from diverse disciplines to CSU campuses to share the latest ideas, thinking and opinions on contemporary social, scientific and cultural issues.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Advice for parents on university options

Monday 18 Sep 2017

Parents of Year 11 and 12 students looking for guidance on the next steps for their children on their path to a university education can meet with representatives from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga on Thursday 21 September.

"We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to attend university if they want to," said the coordinator of the CSU Parent Information evenings, Ms Katy Fardell.

"A degree can open up a world of possibility for a person's future career, community, and personal development.

"Parents play an important role in helping their child make that choice by providing advice, guidance and support as they consider their options as they approach the end of their schooling.

"That's why Charles Sturt University is giving parents the opportunity to get first-hand information about studying at the University," Ms Fardell said.

"From applying, pathways and costs, to scholarships, accommodation and support, these events help parents help their child prepare for university."

In addition, the NSW University Admission Centre will also attend the Albury event to explain the ATAR score that their child receives after the Higher School Certificate exams, how it is calculated, and the university preference system.

The free CSU Parents Information Evening will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the Stanley A Room in the Commercial Club Albury, Dean Street, Albury. Please register to attend here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Ms Katy Fardell, contact CSU Media.

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