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CSU research to enhance aged and disability service delivery

Thursday 9 Feb 2017

John Rae and ALO volunteersA Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is working with Accessible Living Options (ALO) in Bathurst to improve services for people who are aged and/or have a disability.

Dr John Rae, a researcher and senior lecturer in health services management in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Bathurst, said his research with ALO comes at an important time in the evolution of services delivery in Australia.

"Aged and disability services in Australia are undergoing massive changes, including aged care reforms and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The project is timely because creativity at an organisational level is going to be even more important," Dr Rae said.

"This project aims to understand why ALO is so creative, based on the fact that in 2015 they received a Best Practice Award for Innovation in providing frail aged people with a mix of social activities who live in rural, remote and very remote areas. ALO has a philosophy of problem-solving using creativity to overcome obstacles such as isolation and transport issues. As well, their Executive Officer, Ms Cheryl Keogh, recently received a leadership award titled Most Inspirational Women Award 2016.

"In my research I use art. I interview staff or other relevant personnel, make paintings for them and take the artwork back to them to probe deeper. This process works well to discover hidden elements of people's and organisations' creative capacities."

ALO provides services to people who are frail aged or have a disability, and who live in Bathurst and surrounding region, Oberon, Blayney, Greater Lithgow, Kandos, Rylstone, and into the Blue Mountains to Katoomba.

Dr Rae is pictured (second from left) with some of the 10 ALO volunteers he met on Monday 6 February to initiate the research process with ALO.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr John Rae.

Workshop addresses export opportunities for North Coast agribusinesses

Thursday 9 Feb 2017

Agribusiness firms on the NSW North Coast that want to make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan and Korea can gain more information on opportunities on offer in an education program run by the Charles Sturt University Centre for Customs and Excise Studies.

The program includes a workshop being run next week in Port Macquarie, which concentrates on market opportunities, provides technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market, and provides advice on how to best to manage their supply chains, so that producers retain maximum value in their businesses.

Brent JuratowitchThe program will be led by CSU senior lecturer Mr Brent Juratowitch, and will run from 9am to 4 pm on Wednesday 15 February at CSU in Port Macquarie, MacInnes Rd, Port Macquarie. He will be accompanied by presenters from the private sector with relevant experience in claiming FTA market benefits.

Mr Juratowitch said topics covered include market selection, market trends, product classification, tariffs and duties, valuation, regulations, supply chain management, and how to participate in Authorised Economic Operator schemes.

"The workshop is part of a six-week program that also includes online business forums, mentoring and tailored advice," he said.

"Once enrolled, a participant can access an online platform containing FTA fact sheets, business guides and other materials. They can then review this material in their own time and can contact presenters with specific questions relating to their business.

"The one-day program is subsidised by the Australian Government and supported by the Export Council of Australia. The full cost to participants is $100 which includes all the materials, workshop, business advice and mentoring. Participants can enroll online inthe FTA program.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Mr Brent Juratowitch, contact CSU Media.

For further information on the FTA program, call CCES on 02 6272 6300 or email.

The story of Indigenous Elder Aunty Joyce Hampton

Monday 6 Feb 2017

Menindee GirlThe story of an Aboriginal Elder that reflects the experiences of her generation will be discussed at a book launch in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 9 February.

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD student Mr Bernard Sullivan said the story of Ngiyampaa woman Aunty Joyce Hampton is told in her book, Menindee Girl: The story of my life.   

"At the book launch at the Wagga Wagga City Library, Aunty Joyce, and collaborators Deb Evans, Nives Zalokar and myself will discuss the way we created the book which was a key creative project in my PhD research," Mr Sullivan said, "My research explored a culture-centred way of working which fosters deep engagement and respect. It is a methodology that emphasises a researcher's responsibility to those who share their knowledge with them.

"Aunty Joyce's book shows how, despite moving off her Country, she remains strongly attached to it, and immersed in her culture. Working together, over three years, we arranged her unique prints, drawings and historical images with contemporary photos by Nives Zalokar and myself. The result vividly describes her deep connections to place and people. Her clear and simple words lead us on the journey. Her hand is in the design of every page, laid out in a beautiful full colour large format book.

"It's been a great honour to come to know Aunty Joyce, her family and the values she lives by," Mr Sullivan said, "In the book, Aunty Joyce demonstrates her cultural strength and enriches the identity of her family, her community, and the understanding of the wider society. One of the most enjoyable things was seeing Aunty Joyce give copies to each of her grandchildren."

Menindee Girl: The story of my life will be launched at 6pm Thursday 9 February at Wagga Wagga City Library. Bookings on (02) 6926 9700 or wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with PhD student Mr Bernard Sullivan.

The image shows the cover of Menindee Girl: The story of my life designed by Bernard Sullivan based on a weaving by Aunty Joyce Hampton.

CSU poet takes place in national poetry prize

Friday 3 Feb 2017

Lachlan BrownAfter being selected as one of nine finalists in a major annual national poetry competition, a Charles Sturt University (CSU) lecturer has been announced in the top three.

Dr Lachlan Brown (pictured), senior lecturer in English literature in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga, gained the third prize in the Overland 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Prize for his poem, 'Self-division: little song selections'.

Dr Brown said, "Judith Wright was such an influential Australian poet, and I am profoundly moved every time I teach her poetry in my Australian literature classes at Charles Sturt University. To have placed third in the Overland prize that bears her name is an absolute honour.

"The Overland prize also values experimentation, the pushing of poetic limits. I'm grateful that these prizes exist to encourage emerging poets who are trying new ways of writing."

The third prize is valued at $1 000.

"Studying contemporary literature and poetry is important because it challenges us to think differently about the world around us," Dr Brown said.

"Good poetry offers us language at its most potent, as it jags across the surfaces of everyday experience. I'm so often impressed by the originality and brilliance of the students in my poetry classes here at the University."

Dr Brown has won or placed in numerous prestigious poetry prizes and has had his poems published in many journals. This includes winning the Sydney University Henry Lawson poetry prize, the Macquarie Fields poetry prize, and the Hermes best poem award. He has also been shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted and commended in the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize.

His poems have appeared in journals including Cordite, Mascara, Heat, Rabbit, Southerly, and Etchings. His first volume of poetry, Limited Cities, was published by Giramondo in 2012 and was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award.

Dr Brown's second book of poetry, The Surface of Your Lunar Inheritance, explores his Chinese-Australian heritage and is due to be published by Giramondo in 2017.

A summary of the nine finalists in the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Lachlan Brown.

Photo credit: The photo of Dr Lachlan Brown is by Arda Barut.

A CSU graduate, Mr Derek Motion, won the Judith Wright poetry prize in 2009. He is a former director of Booranga Writers' Centre in Wagga Wagga, and is the current director of Western Riverina Arts.

CSU hosts parent information Sessions

Wednesday 1 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting a series of free information sessions in 2017 designed for parents and carers of high school students in regional NSW.  

The Information Nights will provide a one-stop-shop for parents interested in finding out university study options for their children in the years ahead.

They'll be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Commercial Club Albury on Tuesday 21 February, in Orange Ex-Services Club on Wednesday 22 February, Bathurst Panthers and Wagga Wagga Commercial Club on Thursday 23 February.

Further sessions will be held later in the year in Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Wangaratta, Parkes, Lithgow and Mudgee..

Parents will be able to meet with Student Advisors, ask questions about study options, the many pathways into university, the help available for higher education costs and the benefits of university study.

The Information Nights will also provide details of what parents can expect during Year 12.

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will also be present at a number of these events to discuss the UAC admissions process.

Register here for one of the Parent Information Sessions or to find out more information.

A CSU Parent Information booklet to help with the transition to CSU is also available here.  

Further information about studying at CSU is available on the CSU Future Students Facebook page.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews about the Parent Information Sessions.

Major student accommodation facility for CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 30 Jan 2017

Student accommodationWith ever-increasing demand for courses in Port Macquarie, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is due to open a residential facility for 250 students for the beginning of Session One in February 2018.

Located next to the Port Macquarie campus, three accommodation buildings will initially provide 112 rooms that include a bedroom with desk and ensuite bathroom for each student, communal lounge rooms and kitchens, and access to student recreational areas in a separate building.

Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said the University was excited to be able to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at Port Macquarie including science, health, paramedic, business and social welfare.

"The accommodation is an important addition to the services on offer at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, particularly for prospective students from outside the local area," said Professor Cavanagh.

CSU will lease the facility from Sydney-based Chase Property Investments, which is working with commercial builder Intelligent Building Systems International, from Brisbane, to complete the planned facility which is due to total 250 beds by February 2018.

The next academic session for students attending the Port Macquarie campus is due to commence with Orientation Week from Monday 20 February.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, contact CSU Media.

Architectural images of the planned student accommodation buildings are available from CSU Media, with credit to 'Intelligent Building Systems International'.

Each level of an accommodation building will include a kitchen and a communal lounge room.  Initially there will be two two-storey buildings providing 32 beds in each building, and a three-storey building providing 48 rooms. There will be a separate Student Hub building providing recreation facilities.

CSU will employ full-time staff and senior students to provide pastoral care and leadership for the new student residents.

Getting the buzz on pollinating insects in Albury

Monday 30 Jan 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) scientists will be paying particular attention to birds and pollinating insects in Albury streets over the next few months.

Honey bees aren't the only pollinatorsThe researchers will be conducting a survey of the native birds and insects that pollinate gardens to investigate the impact of urbanisation.

Ecologist from CSU's School of Environmental Sciences, Dr Dale Nimmo said, "As Albury is expanding and its population is increasing, it's important to understand how this impacts biodiversity, including those species that occur in the heart of the city."

The project, which will have CSU researchers walking Albury's streets in search of native birds and pollinators, is part of a wider study looking at the best way to grow regional cities while minimising the impact on biodiversity.

"To help protect biodiversity in cities as they expand, there are two options. 'Land sharing' happens when people are spread thinly in low-density 'leafy' suburbs, which allow species to occur within urban areas" Dr Nimmo said.

"On the other hand, 'Land sparing' dedicates some areas for high density housing and other parts for large-scale biodiversity conservation, such as nature reserves".

"We want to see if the best way to conserve our biodiversity is land sharing, land sparing or a combination of both."

The project will look at birds and pollinator insects as these two groups of animals can respond differently to urban environments.

Ecologist from CSU's Institute for Land Water and Society, Dr Manu Saunders said, "There've been very few studies done on pollinator insects in Australia's urban areas. But urban gardens can actually be great habitats for native bees and other pollinator insects, provided they have lots of different flowers and low pesticide use." 

The research has been funded by a CSU Sustainability Research Seed Grant, through CSU Green and the WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund.

The bird and pollinator surveys will run from January until mid-2017

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

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Dale Nimmo from CSU in Albury-Wodonga. He is due to go overseas from Saturday 4 February.

New study into shared-care parenting

Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is seeking the personal stories of Riverina parents involved in sharing the care of their children, post-separation.

Ms Ruth Bailey, a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga, is undertaking the study as part of a PhD into shared parenting after separation.

"I want to hear the stories of parents from the Riverina area who are or have been in any kind of shared-care parenting arrangement, since 2007," Ms Bailey said.

Changes introduced in Australia in 2006 aimed to encourage parents who are separating, or have already separated, to share the care of their children in ways that involve more equal time and activity with both parents.

Ms Bailey said, "It was hoped that this approach would be fairer and, generally speaking, be better for children.

"The existing research about this change doesn't tell us in very much detail about the personal, first-hand, every day, emotional and practical realities of this in people's actual lives.

"Parents involved in my study will need to do a one-on-one interview with me. It will focus on their particular story and experience of family separation and shared parenting. The interview will be recorded.

"Confidentiality is paramount so all names, places or any other identifying material will be changed.

"I hope my PhD will draw out any lessons about shared-care parenting after separation that might be useful for researchers, policy makers, post-separation services, practitioners and parents."

Anyone interested in participating in the study should email Ms Bailey directly on ibailey@csu.edu.au.

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

Media Note:

Ms Ruth Bailey is a lecturer in social work and human services in the University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is available for interviews. Contact CSU Media.

Her PhD has ethics approval of the CSU Human Research Ethics Committee.

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.

CSU celebrates second graduation in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Dec 2016

The second cohort of Charles Sturt University (CSU) students from Port Macquarie will celebrate their graduation during ceremonies at The Glasshouse on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December.

Highlights of the ceremonies include:

3pm Monday 19 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Ms Anna Wilson and Ms Danae Weaver will both be awarded Bachelors of Social Work and will receive the Lila Kirilik Social Action Memorial Prize, awarded to students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for demonstrated merit in a professional field and achieving a social action outcome that benefits disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Mr Richard Rogers will be awarded a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) and in 2017 will begin be studying the Associate Degree in Policing Practice at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn as a stepping stone to joining the NSW Police Force.

The occasional address will be delivered by Ms Kate Wood-Foye, Mid North Coast local, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Rydges Group and regular columnist for Focus Magazine. Ms Wood-Foye is also the Co-Founder and Chair and Events Manager of the national youth leadership event 'Luminosity Youth Summit' which is held in Port Macquarie and provides young people the opportunity to be inspired and excel in their chosen careers through 'dangerous ideas' for success.

9:30am Tuesday 20 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Lecturer at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Jennifer Cox will be awarded her PhD, Australian Nursing Students' Infection Control Knowledge and Perceptions: Exploring the Role of Microbiology Education and Clinical Placement Experiences. Infections acquired while in hospital are a major cause of patient death across the globe and Dr Cox's research has provided new insight into the role of microbiology education and the influence of clinical placement experience on nursing students' infection control practice. Read more about her research here.

Ms Hannah Stack will be awarded a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic). Earlier this year Ms Stack was awarded the John Overton Award from peak professional body, the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP). Read more on CSU News here.

Ms Erika Williamson and Mr Nathan Ross will also be awarded Bachelors of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and in 2017 will both be travelling to London to take up positions with the London Ambulance Service.

Mrs Amanda Hammond will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging). She has recently accepted a permanent position as a radiographer at Port Macquarie X-Ray.The occasional address will be delivered by Mr Stewart Dowrick, Chief Executive Officer of Mid North Coast Local Health District and Board Committee Member of Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 0429 217 026

Media Note:

CSU Senior Public Relations Officer Polly McDougall will attend the graduation ceremonies. For media interviews please come to the VIP registration desk at The Glasshouse 32/40 Clarence Street Port Macquarie. For further information, contact Polly on 0429 217 026.

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