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Understanding hamstring and groin injuries

Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

BasketballA Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is part of a team investigating hamstring and groin injuries in basketball, to improve injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

Mr Luke Donnan from CSU's School of Community Health in Albury-Wodonga, is part of the team led by the University of Newcastle, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport, Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence, and La Trobe University.

The researchers will study top male Australian basketball players over three years to determine the different mechanical factors involved in hamstring and adductor, or groin, muscle injuries.

"Even with the significant advances in sports medicine over the past 20 years, hamstring and groin injury rates haven't changed a great deal in that time," Mr Donnan said.

"This study aims to increase our understanding of why these injuries are occurring, both the immediate causes but also the factors that may contribute to future injuries of those muscle groups.

"My research has focused on hamstring injuries in Australian Rules football players and in this study we will be performing very similar research on the same body part, just with a different sporting group.

"The results from this study will allow for a number of direct comparisons across the two different sporting codes."

The study received over $390 000 in funding from a strategic partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and General Electric (GE) Healthcare that aims to address injuries affecting NBA players and everyday athletes.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Luke Donnan at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Ellis Street, Thurgoona, on Wednesday 22 March.

The HAMI Study: Investigating Hamstring and Adductor Myotendinous Injury Risk Factors in Basketball is a collaboration between UON, AIS, Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence, La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University.

The Challenge is on in Bathurst

Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

Engineering students Ms Georgia Sonter and Ms Aldrex CondinoHigh school students from around the NSW Central West region will battle it out in a science and engineering 'Olympics' at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 23 March.

More than 250 Year 10 students from as far as Lithgow, Oberon and Orange are taking part in this year's Science and Engineering Challenge, hosted by CSU.

"This competition encourages our brightest prospective brains in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to pit their abilities against themselves, the clock and each other in a series of challenging activities that run all day," said CSU Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay.

 "It encourages high school students to follow their STEM passions by providing real-world problems to hone their skills. We show them that STEM underpins our modern society, and a career in these fields is a way for them to make a difference in the world."

The Science and Engineering Challenge, which runs from 9am to 2.30pm, is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with the Bathurst community, various Rotary Clubs across Central West NSW, and sponsors.The event will be held in the University gymnasium, off Panorama Ave at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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Professor Lindsay will be available for interviews and pictures with science and mathematics teachers from around the NSW Central West region at 11am on Thursday 23 March in the CSU Gymnasium (building 1220, near Carpark P4) at CSU in Bathurst.

For interviews with CSU Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay, contact CSU Media.

CSU celebrates Harmony Day

Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will celebrate Australia's cultural diversity with a Harmony Day event on Friday 24 March.

The celebrations will coincide with a two-day visit to regional NSW by approximately 200 international students from the CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March.

They will join CSU students in Wagga Wagga for Harmony Day from 11.30am to 1pm on Friday at The Hub.

Organised by the University's Office for Students, the event will include a barbeque, music, a large map for students to locate their country of origin, free cupcakes, Henna hand tattooing, and an Indigenous artefact display.

International student liaison officer Ms Jacquie Blomfield said, "The Office for Students hopes to see the Harmony Day event grow and involve staff and students across Charles Sturt University, and allow all to appreciate our diverse culture."

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

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The students from the CSU Study Centres in Melbourne and Brisbane will arrive at CSU in Wagga Wagga at 9am on Thursday 23 March for a Welcome to Country. They will also tour CSU facilities ahead of participating in a range of sports from 2.30pm including soccer, badminton, basketball, tennis, and swimming. Further information is available from CSU Media.

The Harmony Day at CSU in Wagga Wagga will be held from 11.30am to 1pm on Friday 23 March at The Hub, building 20, near car park 5, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

World Social Work Day marked in Wagga Wagga

Monday 20 Mar 2017

Therese Jones MuttonCharles Sturt University (CSU) academics and local social workers will celebrate World Social Work Day on Tuesday 21 March at a special dinner in Wagga Wagga.

Lecturer in social work and human services in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ms Therese Jones-Mutton (pictured) said, "Social workers are passionate advocates for a more socially-just Australia, and nationally the Australian Association of Social Work is promoting the difference social workers make to society.

"Locally, the World Social Work Day celebration is being organised by the Wagga Social Work Network which is now its third year of operation. We feel it is important to highlight the value of social work to society on this significant international day."

In 2017 World Social Work Day highlights the theme 'Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability', which relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Ms Jones-Mutton, who is also an organising committee member of the celebrations in Wagga Wagga, said, "The Wagga Social Work Network is a network of professional social workers and social work students. Its aim is to network, share information, participate in continuing education, and mentor and support students coming into the profession."

At the Network dinner on Tuesday night the audience will hear an address by leading international guest speaker, Professor Tiina Silvasti. She is Professor of Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.CSU offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Social Work and Human Services, read more here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Ms Therese Jones-Mutton is a lecturer, social work field education coordinator and manager of work place learning for the social work discipline in CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Registrations have closed for the Wagga Social Work Dinner at 6.30pm Tuesday 21 March at the Function Room at the Town House, Margan Street Wagga Wagga.

The dinner organising committee is Ms Therese Jones-Mutton (CSU), Mr Aaron Morison (Intereach), Ms Taryn Humphries (Anglicare), and Ms Kathleen Gaisford (a CSU graduate).

Guest speaker Professor Tiina Silvasti from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, has studied the social consequences of structural change in agriculture and cultural models that organize farmers' way of life, covering also gender and environmental issues. Her recent research interests lie in food system studies, particularly in food security in the first-world context, and food aid delivery in wealthy Western countries. Besides publishing articles in scientific journals, both in Finnish and in English, she has written two books (in Finnish) and co-edited nine books (two in English).

First writer-in-residence for 2017

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

Rajith SavanadasaA new writer-in-residence at the Booranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will present two events in March.

The Centre's Creative Director Ms Kathryn Halliwell said Melbourne author Mr Rajith Savanadasa (pictured) will present a public reading on Thursday 23 March, and a writing workshop on Saturday 25 March.

"It is with great pleasure that Booranga Writers' Centre welcomes Rajith Savanadasa as our first writer-in-residence for 2017," Ms Halliwell said. "We feel privileged to have such a talented young writer sharing his work with us through the upcoming author reading, and Booranga writing workshop.

"I encourage all in the region who are interested in writing and literature to attend his public reading and the writing workshop."

Mr Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. He runs Open City Stories, an oral history project documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne and is working on the next phase of it. He is currently working on a follow-up to his debut novel Ruins which has recently been longlisted for the Australian Literary Society 2017 Gold Medal award. Mr Savanadasa was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013, the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013, received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014, and was part of the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program in 2014.The March events will be held:

Thursday 23 March, 5pm to 7pm

Public reading at the Museum of the Riverina at the Historic Council Chambers, corner of Morrow and Baylis Streets, Wagga Wagga. All are welcome to this free event, with refreshments provided.

Saturday 25 March, 2pm to 4pm

Writing workshop at the Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive at CSU in Wagga Wagga. All are welcome. The workshop is free to members of Wagga Wagga Writers' Writers Inc. and $5 for non-members.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Kathryn Halliwell and Mr Rajith Savanadasa.

CSU public lecture film screening tells refugee story

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

ConstanceA special free film screening will be the first 2017 Explorations Series public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday 29 March.

The screening of Constance on the Edge, about a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, has been organised by the CSU Centre for Law and Justice in collaboration with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group.

Centre Director Associate Professor Alison Gerard said, "Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, attempting ─ often against the odds ─ to create a home in Wagga Wagga. It reveals their courage and resilience, as they strive to reconstruct their own lives and enrich others along the way.

"We don't often hear the stories of those who arrive on our borders seeking freedom from persecution and their challenges navigating a new life in Australia. This film is a humanised account of these struggles and the Centre for Law and Justice is proud to partner with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group to present this to the University and wider community.

Constance and family"Within the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminal Justice degrees, Charles Sturt University builds the technical expertise of students in law and criminology, but also showcases, through examples such as Constance on the Edge, the human impact of law and policy. We produce graduates that are adept at understanding different complexities so they may innovate and problem-solve effectively, leading change within their communities."

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "Constance on the Edge was produced in Wagga Wagga, and it is our story. We are all Constance. We are all struggling every day, trying to balance our past with our present, trying to meet our family obligations, trying to meet our societal obligations, and trying to make contributions to our society, and hoping to be welcome within our communities."

The screening begins at 6.30pm and will be followed by a 'Question and Answer' panel, then light refreshments. More information about the film can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The photos show Constance and her family.

The Explorations Series public lecture film screening will be in building 1292, room 223, at CSU in Bathurst from 6.30pm (doors open 6pm) until approximately 8.45pm, followed by Q&A and light refreshments.

Follow event parking signs down Village Drive on the CSU campus to P7 and follow balloons to the lecture theatre in building 1292.

Wellness and Wellbeing Expos at CSU

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

More than two and a half thousand people are expected to attend Charles Sturt University's (CSU) 2017 Wellness and Wellbeing Expos this month.

The Expos are being held at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga from Tuesday 14 to 30 March.

Organisers' Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe said that through happier, healthier and more satisfied staff and students, the University hopes to foster a productive and resilient environment.

"Charles Sturt University recognises and values the importance of staff and student wellness and wellbeing and aims to adopt a holistic approach to the treatment of workplace health and safety," Ms Tuineau said.

"Workplace research shows that problems of a personal nature can and do have adverse effects on work performance, work satisfaction, study, health and feelings of wellbeing."

The Expos will give attendees the opportunity to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services offered to them by CSU as well as other service providers in local communities.

Information available at the Expos includes mental health; diabetes; physical activity; financial stability; security; literacy and superannuation; student services and support; student study skills support; stress management and prevention; caring for the elderly; alcohol and drug awareness; relationships; time management and lifestyle balance; nutrition and fitness; women's and men's health and smoking cessation.

The event also includes hearing checks, free massages and flu vaccinations.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students at CSU has received a boost with sponsorship from Gallagher, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper and nlc.

Media Contact: Jo Mazzocchi , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Ms Lisa Tuineau (0412 533 598) ltuineau@csu.edu.au or Ms Melissa Lombe (0427 833 530) mlombe@csu.edu.au 

The Wellness and Wellbeing Expos will be held at CSU in Port Macquarie Tuesday 14 March; Goulburn Thursday 16 March; Albury-Wodonga Monday 20 March; Wagga Wagga Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March; Dubbo Monday 27 March; Orange    Tuesday 28 March; and Bathurst Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March.

Photo: Masseur Ms Taryn Boyd from Knead 2 Unwind at the Wellness and Wellbeing Expo at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 22 March

New poetry book launched in Wagga Wagga

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Poetry book launchA new book of poetry by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD graduate and former director of CSU's Booranga Writers' Centre was launched at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Saturday 4 March.

The Only White Landscape, the second collection of poetry by Dr Derek Motion (second from right in photo), has been published by Australian poetry imprint Cordite Books (2017). It presents a series of poems that use the specific landscapes of regional NSW as a lens to investigate personal change.

"I'm really excited to see this book out in the world," says Derek Motion. "It's my second collection and it's particularly great this time to have been supported by Cordite Books, one of Australia's most reputable publishers of contemporary poetry."

The Only White Landscape was officially launched by Mr David Gilbey, poet and adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

"Like the shaman-poet of ancient times, Derek Motion creates something out of nothing, using words to mediate between chaos and existence, speaking an imperfect, centrifugal, sometimes incomprehensible language," Mr Gilbey said. "Derek has said his poems are an 'assembly point' and his non-conclusive riddling is spell-binding."

Dr Motion now lives in Narrandera and works as a Regional Arts Development Officer, but grew up in Wagga Wagga where he studied creative writing has English (Honours) degree from CSU, going on to successfully complete a PhD at CSU on the 'poetics of failure' in Australian poetry. During this time Dr Motion worked as Director of the Booranga Writers' Centre and published his first collection of poems, Lollyology (2012).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo by Kathryn Halliwell; left to right - Cordite CEO Mr Kent MacCarter, senior lecturer in English and poet Dr Lachlan Brown, Dr Derek Motion, and Mr David Gilbey.

The Only White Landscape cover was designed by Ms Alissa Dinallo, with the illustration by Ms Lily Mae Martin.

Workshop to address agribusiness opportunities around Canberra

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Brent JuratowitchAgribusiness firms in the Capital Region that want to make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan and Korea can gain more information in a Charles Sturt University (CSU) education program.

The program including a workshop being hosted by CSU's Centre for Customs and Excise Studiesconcentrates on market opportunities, provides technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market, and provides advice on how to best to manage supply chains, so that producers retain maximum value in their businesses.

The workshop, being led by CSU senior lecturer Mr Brent Juratowitch, will be held from 9am to 4 pm on Wednesday 15 March at CSU in Canberra, 10-12 Brisbane Ave, Canberra. 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."

Participants can enroll online in the 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 send an mail.

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.

Community placements for CSU criminal justice students to shine

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Criminal justice student 2016

Workplace learning in communities is a vital part of professional education in Charles Sturt University's (CSU) undergraduate courses, including the criminal justice degree at CSU in Bathurst.

"It is vital that students receive this experience to hit the ground running when they receive their degrees. We want them to put their knowledge into practice. This continues the University's status as having the highest graduate employment rate in Australia," said lecturer Lisa Coates with CSU's Centre for Law and Justice.

"For example, one of our students, who graduated last year from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, helped prepare for and attended an entire criminal trial as part of her placement with Ireland Killen Lawyers in Bathurst. This experience is invaluable on a resume."

In 2016, 71 students were placed in 66 locations around NSW and the ACT with 32 different organisations, ranging from NSW Community Corrections and Juvenile Justice to Barnardos Australia. In 2016, CSU was also the first Australian university outside of ANU and University of Canberra to place students with ACT Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Aid (ACT).

In addition, this year the ACT Law Courts in Canberra will offer a student placement to CSU, the first-ever placement in criminology offered by the Court and the first to a non-ACT university.

To assist such a dispersed student group during their placements, Ms Coates has developed a Workplace Learning Resource website, which will serve CSU students from Bathurst and Port Macquarie  as well as those studying through CSU online around Australia.

"With students placed as far as Taree, Lake Macquarie and Griffith across regional NSW to inner-city Sydney, this website is an interactive resource for students to prepare, inform and support them during their placements.  It will also assist them in transitioning into graduate working life," Ms Coates concluded.The new resource website will be launched with final year criminal justice studies students at 1pm on Monday 13 March at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU lecturer Ms Lisa Coates, contact CSU Media.

The official launch of the Workplace Learning Resource website for final year students in the Criminal Justice program at CSU will be held from 1pm in Rm 324, Building 1412, CSU in Bathurst, Panorama Ave, Bathurst.

Read more on CSU's top ranking for graduate employment here.

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