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Students organise inaugural paramedicine research conference

Friday 15 Sep 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) paramedicine students have organised the inaugural 'Dare to Know' student research conference in Bathurst on Saturday 16 September.

Lecturer in paramedicine in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Bathurst Mr Lyle Brewster said, "This is the inaugural paramedicine research conference and it aims to promote to students early in their careers the idea of doing research.

"The students have done an amazing job organising the conference.

"They have found the speakers, organised venues on campus, arranged to pay for travel and accommodation for the guest speakers, have built and maintained the website, devised and issued advertising, liaised with University staff, and have organised the catering."

The speakers include international academics such as Professor Peter O'Meara who will speak about 'The emergence of paramedicine as a profession', and leading professional paramedics such as Mr Mark Palaitis who will speak on 'The impact of paramedic research in NSW'.

Among CSU paramedicine student speakers at the conference are third-year students Mr Jeremy Benson and Ms Milly Sonter-Kelso who will speak about 'AEDs on drones'.

The Dare to Know conference is from 9am to 5pm Saturday 16 September in the large lecture theatre, building 1292, at CSU in Bathurst.

Find out more at the conference website.

Connect via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DareToKnow2017/?ref=br_rs and Twitter https://twitter.com/D2K2017

For more information contact organiser Ms Lana Plews on 0455 500 548, or email Dare2knowbx@gmail.com

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
To arrange interviews contact organiser Ms Lana Plews on 0455 500 548

Online survey for sheep producers

Thursday 14 Sep 2017

There's a call for sheep producers to take part in a survey as part of research to better understand and improve animal health and biosecurity practices.

The research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) senior lecturer, Dr Marta Hernandez-Jover (left).

"This short online survey aims to build our knowledge about Australian sheep producers, their aninmal health management, and attitudes towards surveillance for emergency animal diseases," Dr Hernandez-Jover said.

"We also want to investigate how sheep producers can be better supported to improve on-farm profitability and animal health management, through innovative communication and extension approaches.

The confidential survey is available online here and will take producers about half an hour to complete. Those taking part will go into a draw to win one of 20 $50 retail gift vouchers.

Postdoctoral researcher Dr Jennifer Manyweathers said, "Information from this study will contribute to current research on biosecurity and disease surveillance.

"Our aim is to build producer-led and partnership based animal monitoring systems so that Australian livestock industries are more reliant and prepared for an outbreak of emergency animal disease."

This research is part of a wider Rural Research and Development for Profit integrated project to improve surveillance, preparedness and return to trade from emergency animal disease incursions using foot and mouth disease (FMD) as a model. Read more here.

Producers can take part in the survey here.

Media Contact: Emily Malone , 0439 552 385

Media Note:

The survey is supported by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme, and by producer levies from Australian FMD-susceptible livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) industries and CSU, leveraging significant in-kind support from the research partners. 

The research partners for the wider project are the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), CSU, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA).

To arrange interviews, contact Graham Centre communications officer Ms Emily Malone 0439 552 385 or email emalone@csu.edu.au

This research has been approved by Charles Sturt University's (CSU) human ethics research committee.

The Graham Centre is a research alliance between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Mentoring program to foster young scientists

Monday 11 Sep 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD students have taken a break from their own research to mentor primary school students from Wagga Wagga in a science education program.

The students from the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains (FGC) are working with Year 5 students from Mater Dei Primary School as part of the MyScience program.

Over the past three weeks the FGC students have been working with groups of primary school children to design and carry out an experiment related to energy.

PhD student Mr Stephen Cork said, "The MyScience program does a great job at hands on teaching core scientific principles of seeing a problem, defining a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis by changing one variable and controlling other variables, then measuring and reporting the findings. It is also a privilege to be able to give students real life exposure to people who have chosen science as a career."

The program will culminate in an expo at the School on Tuesday 12 September where the students will showcase their experimental results.

Mater Dei Year 5 classroom teacher Mr David Enever said, "Most students have loved taking charge of their own investigations, under the watchful eyes of their Functional Grains Centre mentors. Some have come up with some really creative investigation ideas linked to improving the production of renewable energy."

PhD student Ms Michelle Toutounji has enjoyed her role as mentor and is looking forward to the expo.

"I hope that I have planted seeds of imagination and enthusiasm for scientific investigation.  The future of the next generation of scientists looks bright," Ms Toutounji said.

Funded by the Australian Research Council, the FGC is an initative of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

Media Contact: Emily Malone , (02) 4439 552 385

Media Note:

The MyScience expo will be held from 2pm to 3pm on Tuesday 12 September in the Year 5 classroom at Mater Dei Primary School, 63 Gregadoo Road in Wagga Wagga. To attend contact Graham Centre communications and web officer Emily Malone on 0439 552 385 or email emalone@csu.edu.au

The MyScience program was founded in 2006 to support primary school teachers and students in conducting authentic scientific investigations.

Supporting educational aspirations of people with disability

Friday 8 Sep 2017

People living with disability are looking to higher education as a path to engaging with meaningful activity in their community, particularly in regional areas. But can our regional universities support these aspirations?

Researchers from five universities including Charles Sturt University (CSU) are currently investigating the experiences of people with disability who aspire to complete a university course in regional Australia.

The research team is now calling for people with disability in regional areas from Wangaratta in Victoria to Port Macquarie in NSW to share their experiences of higher education, particularly those:

  • currently at high school in Years 10 and 11 and who are interested to go to university; and,
  • mature aged people who  haven't been to university but are interested in study.

Clare Wilding"We want to interview volunteers from regional communities to understand their perceptions of higher education. We are investigating the barriers for people with disability in undertaking a university course," said CSU researcher Dr Clare Wilding.

"The uptake of higher education by people with disability is lower in regional areas than for their city counterparts," Dr Wilding said.

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people with disability are more likely to have lower levels of educational attainment. Furthermore, data from the bureau showed that there are more people aged 15 to 64 years living with disability in regional areas – around 18 per cent - than those living in major cities, which is 13 per cent. So we should see a higher proportion of students with disability from regional areas attending university."

"However, only two per cent of people with disability living in Australia's regional or remote areas are currently studying in higher education, compared with four per cent in a major city.

"We want to find out why this pattern is happening, and how universities, governments and the community can address the problem," she said.

As part of the project, the researchers have already surveyed and interviewed students with disability who are currently enrolled in regional universities.

"Through this research, we hope to improve access and participation in higher education by regional people with disability, particularly those from a low socio-economic background," Dr Wilding said.

The upcoming round of interviews will be conducted using media to suit the volunteer participants: by telephone, instant messaging, Skype, email or face-to-face. People wishing to participate should contact Ms Kate Freire on (02) 6051 9355 or email kfreire@csu.edu.au.

The researchers aim to complete and analyse the interviews before the end of 2017, and report final recommendations to the Federal Department of Education by the middle of 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Interviews with project researcher Dr Clare Wilding are available through CSU Media.

The research project, titled "Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability", is funded by the Federal Department of Education.

The project has been approved by the CSU Human Ethics Committee, project number H17124.

Other partners in the project are Federation University in Victoria, and University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University and James Cook University in Queensland.

The Red Cross needs CSU blood

Friday 8 Sep 2017

Blood donor cardCharles Sturt University (CSU) students and staff will be doing their bit to support the life-saving work of the Australian Red Cross when its mobile blood donation van is at CSU in Bathurst on Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 September.

CSU student liaison officer Mr Scott Hatch said, "Donating blood is one of the great modern life-saving gifts, and our students have been outstanding in stepping forward to contribute to the Australian community in this way. According to the Red Cross, in 2017 Charles Sturt University students made 768 donations and saved 2 300 lives. That's a significant contribution to our communities."

Mr John Feist, NSW/ACT Community Relations Officer with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service praised CSU students when he recently visited CSU in Bathurst. Mr Feist presented student representatives with a plaque acknowledging their donations over several years, and the 142 donations that gained them second place in the 2017 CSU Student Blood Donation Challenge.

The Red Cross mobile blood donation van will be outside the CD Blake Auditorium (the gym), building 1220, at CSU in Bathurst on Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 September.

To make an appointment phone the Red Cross on 131 495.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU-Community sports grants available

Thursday 7 Sep 2017

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnerships (CUP) Rural and Regional Sports Development Program (Winter round) opened for applications from Monday 4 September.

The Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said the CSU CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program provides registered community and sporting organisations with the opportunity to request a grant of up to $1 000.

"The Community University Partnership program builds capacity and aspiration through partnership and support for local organisations," Professor Anyanwu said.

"The aim of these grants is to encourage and support young people to participate in community sports, and can assist young rural sportspeople or teams to attend events, or provide equipment to assist to meet the cost of participation in sports programs. I look forwards to receiving submissions from teams and organisations within the Bathurst region."

The CSU CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program has a total of $25 000 available for allocation across all CSU campus communities. Applications close on Monday 2 October, and the guidelines and online application are here.

Applications should be submitted to the local CSU Head of Campus at hocbathurst@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Vice-Chancellor to thank life-saving CSU students

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017

Professor Andrew Vann.The life-saving actions of three Charles Sturt University (CSU) students on a football field in Orange last month will be formally recognised by Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (pictured) on Friday 8 September.

CSU paramedic students, Mr Andrew Fraser and Mr Jack Keppel, and CSU nursing student, Ms Emma Curtin helped save the life of Orange City Lions rugby union coach Mr Steve Hamson when he suffered a heart attack at the start of a game on Saturday 5 August.

Along with Registered Nurse Ms Wendy Baker, the trio used a defibrillator to revive Mr Hamson, who will also attend the morning tea hosted by Professor Vann at CSU in Bathurst.

"The staff and students of Charles Sturt University are proud that our paramedic and nursing students were able to render emergency, life-saving assistance," Professor Vann said.

"It demonstrates that the University truly does produce job-ready graduates with practical, hands-on skills who daily make a difference to the lives of individuals and to our communities.

"I commend Andrew, Jack and Emma, and thank them and all our students who give substance to the University's ethos of 'yindyamarra winhanganha'; the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in."

The morning tea will be held at PULSE Café, building 1414, at CSU in Bathurst at 11am, Friday 8 September.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
The media is invited to attend the morning tea at CSU in Bathurst on Friday 8 September. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Athlete doping rules need radical overhaul: CSU public lecture

Thursday 31 Aug 2017

Julian SavulescuA visiting Oxford professor will argue in a dynamic new public lecture series at Charles Sturt University (CSU) that the zero tolerance method of controlling doping in sport is not working and anti-doping efforts continue to fail athletes and fans.

The free public lecture by renowned Oxford University bioethicist Professor Julian Savulescu (pictured) is the first in the 'How to Live Well' themed Exploration Series to be held at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 13 September.

Professor in Philosophy in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Suzanne Uniacke, said that under the 2017-22 University Strategy 'Our Communities', a series of public lectures will explore questions about the nature of the well-lived life and a world worth living in.

"The 'How to Live Well' Series aims to promote reflection and critical engagement on fundamental issues that are part of the University's stated ethos and contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of our campuses and their wider communities," she said.

Professor Uniacke explained that Professor Savulescu's public lecture topic, 'Doping in Sport, and Human Enhancement', will challenge conventional thinking in his examination of whether we should accept performance enhancement as part of sport, and focus instead on harmful practices, or practices which are against the spirit of sport.

"Professor Savulescu will argue that the zero tolerance method of controlling doping in sport is not working, and that on recent evidence the anti-doping effort is continuing to fail athletes and fans," she said.

"He asserts that from a practical policy viewpoint, we should consider another approach to reach the goals of a level playing field and will argue that enhancement per se is not against the spirit of sport, and that a radical overhaul is needed."

A discussion will follow about some of the ethical issues of human enhancement more generally.

This 'How to Live Well' Series free public lecture is from 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 September in room 223, building 1292, at CSU, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst; follow the event parking signs to car park P7. Register for catering purposes here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.


Professor Julian Savulescu has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. He has degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy, and leads a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award on Responsibility and Health Care. He directs the Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He co-directs the interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in collaboration with Public Health, Psychiatry and History.

In 2017, Professor Savulescu joined the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, spending four months per year there as Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, and Melbourne University as Distinguished International Visiting Professor in Law.  He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in 2014. Read more at http://news.csu.edu.au/events/bathurst/explorations-series-bathurst-doping-in-sport-and-human-enhancement-professor-julian-savalescu?RVX9LgoARA6hVRAE.99

CSU students’ blood donations save lives

Tuesday 29 Aug 2017

CSU blood donations Bathurst 2017Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst have tallied the second highest number of Red Cross blood donations across the state as part of a unique life-saving blood drive.

From March to July, CSU campuses in Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, Albury-Wodonga, Orange, Dubbo, and Goulburn competed to see who could save the most lives through blood donations in the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's inaugural Charles Sturt University Blood Challenge.

Student Liaison Officer at CSU in Bathurst Mr Scott Hatch said, "With young people the least likely to give blood on an ongoing basis, their donations have helped secure blood supplies over the critical winter months.

"The students in Bathurst made 142 donations, saving 426 lives, but were beaten by the much larger student population at the University in Wagga Wagga, where students made 348 donations.

"I applaud all our students at ten campuses and study centres who made a total of 768 donations during the Challenge, collectively saving more than 2 300 lives."

Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Mr John Feist congratulated all the students involved in the Charles Sturt University Blood Challenge.

"We hope their example will encourage other students and the wider public to join the cause and give others a second chance at life," Mr Feist said.

"We also urge all the students to continue donating blood despite the Challenge being officially over, as the need for blood never stops."

Mr Feist recently visited CSU in Bathurst to present a plaque to Mr Hatch and student representatives Mr Josh Buttenshaw, Ms Danielle Kenny, Ms Clare Porter, and Mr Brad Rushby.

The Charles Sturt University Blood Challenge is part of the Blood Service's Red25 program, a unique movement in which groups and organisations around Australia unite to save lives through blood donation. To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo shows the Red Cross's Mr John Feist presenting the plaque to CSU's Mr Scott Hatch and students (left to right) Mr Josh Buttenshaw, Ms Danielle Kenny, Ms Clare Porter, and Mr Brad Rushby.

Tournament of Minds engages regional school students

Friday 25 Aug 2017

The annual day-long regional Tournament of Minds competition for school students from Year 5 to Year 10 will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Sunday 27 August.

Dr Denise Wood, acting Director of Learning Design and senior lecturer in the Division of Learning and Teaching said the tournament involves problem solving and creative thinking activities appropriate to the students' ages. Dr Wood liaises each year with the Regional Director, Ms Annette Welch, to host the event at CSU.

"Parents, families and children all come to watch them perform in their chosen discipline," Dr Wood said.

"The event has taken place at the University in Bathurst since about 2008, and it is amazing to have so many students and families here on campus making use of the facilities.

"Current Charles Sturt University students will be involved in judging the activities."

The event organisers expect approximately 300 students, parents, families and teachers to attend.

Students will compete to solve problems in four discipline areas: language literature, social sciences, science technology, and engineering mathematics. All the performances will be in the Mansfield Building (building 1411) in various tutorial and lecture rooms. The performances continue throughout the day, with a final presentation at 3.30pm.

"Teams nominate one area and have worked on the solution to the given problem in that area for the last six weeks," Dr Wood said.

"On the day they also compete in a spontaneous problem solution where they have to work together in a limited time to come up with an answer. Their discipline area solution is presented in a 10-minute performance, which they present in a three metre square. All their props, costumes and bits and pieces have to be made by them. The script will have been written by the team, and they will have had no outside support in completing their solution."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Denise Wood.

The Tournament of Minds is in the Mansfield Building (building 1411) adjacent to the CSU library and central quadrangle at CSU in Bathurst from 8.30 am to 4pm on Sunday 27 August.

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