Events archive

Prevalence of childhood obesity in Vietnam and China.

Michael Dibley
Eligibility:
Faculty staff and HDRS*
Date:
Wednesday 28 July 2010
Time:
1-2pm (a light lunch will be provided)
Speaker: Associate Professor Michael Dibley, School of Public Health &
Dr Nguyen Hoang Doan Trang, Pham Ngoc Thach University, Vietnam
Venue:
Room 436, Teachers College A22
RSVP:
Email lesley.crawford@sydney.edu.au

Dr Trang will describe a cohort study of risk factors for adolescent overweight and obesity which has been conducted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 2004 to 2010. She will also present some of the key findings especially those related to physical activity.

Associate Professor Dibley will present data from consecutive China Health and Nutrition Surveys conducted in nine provinces from 1991 - 2006 to examine trends in overweight and obesity in both rural and urban populations.



Exploring youth health issues by examining social networks

Liaquat Hossain
Eligibility:
Faculty staff and HDRS*
Date:
Monday 21 June 2010
Time:
1-2pm (a light lunch will be provided)
Speaker:
Associate Professor Liaquat Hossain, Faculty of Economics, University of Sydney
Venue:
Room 438, Education Building A35
RSVP:
Email lesley.crawford@sydney.edu.au

This research network seminar will begin with an overview of social network analysis research and will be followed with a brief discussion of the social network and personal network research related to child and adolescent health issues.


An uneven playing field: the politics of advantage in sport and physical education

C Palmer
Eligibility:
Faculty staff and HDRS*
Date:
Thursday 25 February 2010
Time:
12.30-1.30pm (bring lunch)
Speaker:
Dr Catherine Palmer, University of Durham
Venue:
Room 551, Education Building A35
RSVP:
Not necessary

Abstract

In countries such as Australia and the UK there are few ideas that enjoy such widespread and uncritical acceptance as that which promotes sport as an even playing field; a democratic, inclusive, egalitarian environment in which the only barrier to participation is simply an unwillingness to ‘have a go’. Indeed, the common rhetoric of sport is that it brings individuals and communities together, it highlights commonalties and it bridges cultural and ethnic divides.

This paper challenges this unproblematic use of such rhetoric in relation to sport in Australia and the UK. It tries to do three things:

  1. problematise the rhetoric of inclusion;
  2. highlight social and structural inequities in sport and physical education, with particular attention to poverty, age, disability, sexuality, religion and ethnicity;
  3. consider the politics of advantage in debates about inequities and exclusion. That is, to begin to explore the ways in which unchallenged power, prestige and entitlement contribute to the reproduction of such inequities.

While the focus of the paper is largely on sport and physical education, it is hoped that the key arguments developed are of relevance to those engaged in social policy and practice debates more broadly.

Dr Catherine Palmer is Reader in Sport and Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, UK. Her current research interests include globalisation and sport and social policy; conceptual, methodological and policy- related issues of drinking and sport; sport and social exclusion; the politics of advantage; and place and identity among newly arrived refugee communities.

She will be with the faculty as a visiting fellow until the end of March. She is based in Room 2A 13, Education Annex A36, and can be contacted on ext 136 86 or . Please feel free to drop by or get in touch.



Book Launch: Sport in the lives of young Australians

Thursday 15 May 2008, 5.30pm

Staff Common Room, Education Building

The YSH Research Network aims to encourage the publication of high quality research books by its members. Several staff published books last year and the network is happy to announce a book launch. Dr Richard Light will launch his book, Sport in the lives of young Australians published by Sydney University Press.


Indigenous sport and education: the Lloyd McDermott Indigenous Rugby Development Program

Thursday 29 May 2008, 3–5 pm: Mr Tom Evans

Tom Evans from will present on the development and aims of the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Program for Indigenous Youth. The Lloyd McDermott program aims to provide better opportunities for young Aboriginal men to achieve in rugby union while, at the same time, encouraging better educational outcomes for them. His presentation will cover some of the history of the program, its successes and the challenges it faces.

A Brief History of the Lloyd McDermott Program
In 1991 a group of concerned with the poor representation of Aboriginal men at the most elite levels of rugby when compared to AFL and rugby league Rugby enthusiasts set out to address this problem. They agreed that this could be achieved through increasing the number of young Aboriginal men (years 10, 11 & 12) participating in rugby union. A trust was established called the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Trust (LMRDT) to further the above aspirations. The Trust set about to conduct on an annual basis a Rugby training camp to expose potential players to the requisite skills and fitness required at a senior level. At the first ever camp at the Army Barracks North Head near Manly Sydney 15 players attended.

The program is now wide spread and involving 100s of players each year. From Darwin to Melbourne young Aboriginal boys and girls are participating in our activities. In 2005 over 500 U16 year old boys played in Lloyd McDermott events and the program has tried to improve educational outcomes through rugby.


Forum on Youth Sport and Health in Australia

In November the YSH Research Network will convene a one-day Forum on Youth Sport and Health in the Faculty. The forum will comprise presentations by invited speakers from within Australia and overseas and by researchers within the network based at the University of Sydney. Presentations will address issues in youth sport and health including issues including presentations on club based sport, school-based physical education, physical activity and obesity, sport and body image, youth culture, sport and gender and indigenous sport.


Presentation by Dr Caroline Fusco, University of Toronto

Caroline Fusco

Eligibility:

Date:
Time:
Venue:

Speaker:

RSVP:

Faculty staff and HDRSs*

Wednesday 15 July 2009
1pm (a light lunch will be provided)
Room 459, Education Building (A35)

Dr Caroline Fusco, University of Toronto

to Kellie Burns k.burns@edfac.usyd.edu.au


The Youth Sport and Health Research Network welcomes Dr Caroline Fusco from the University of Toronto.

In this presentation, Dr Fusco will overview two of her recent research projects and invite discussion around these two initiatives.

  1. I don’t like to see people who don’t take care of themselves in my school spaces”: Urban Youth’s Discursive and Geographical Constructions of Health and PLAY (Place, Activity, Youth)

  2. Project BEAT: Qualitatively exploring ‘ways of seeing’ active school transport (AST)

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