Australia's largest health research facility showcases pioneering research

23 October 2009

Sydney University's Faculty of Health Sciences, Australia's largest health research and education facility, will showcase its world leading research at celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary on Saturday 31 October 2009.

The one day Health Sciences Symposium will showcase recent breakthroughs in areas such as obesity treatment, ehealth and patient safety, healthy work/life balance and cancer rehabilitation presented by senior academics from the faculty. With more than twenty five presentations on the day, selected highlights include:

  • Play to Combat Child Obesity: Professor Anita Bundy looks at the importance of playground design in combating the growing problem of childhood obesity;

  • The Work Life Battle: Professor Philip Bohle investigates the impact of flexible employment and variable working hours on work-life balance and discusses the importance of control over working hours on overall health and wellbeing;

  • Ehealth and Patient Safety: Professor Johanna Westbrook explores the benefits and risks of replacing traditional paper information systems in hospitals with computers;

  • Communicating with people with brain injuries: Associate Professor Leanne Togher shares some of the techniques she developed to educate 10,000 Australian criminal justice workers on how to communicate effectively with people who have brain injuries following road accidents.

  • Exercise and Breast Cancer: Associate Professor Sharon Kilbreath champions exercise as a form of treatment and rehabilitation for long-term problems associated with the invasive nature of breast cancer treatment. In doing so she also challenges many of the beliefs held by survivors of the disease.

For the full schedule and registrations visit the Anniversary website.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, said 'The ground-breaking work conducted by our specialist research teams has an enormous impact on the heath and quality of life of our community. The Symposium gives us a platform on which to take this research out to the people that ultimately benefit from it.'

The day of celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Cumberland Campus will be officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, with an address by The Honourable John Aquilina, MP, and will also be attended by the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence.

The local community has also been invited to attend along with current students and graduates, with activities throughout the day including a performance by the Alexandria Park Community School Indigenous Dance Group and demonstrations from 'The Rollers' Australian Men's Basketball team, and Guide Dogs Australia.

Where: University of Sydney Cumberland Campus, 75 East Street Lidcombe

When: 1pm Saturday 31 October 2009

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