2009 News archive

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December 2009
Health Systems and Global Populations Research Group   View Summary
14 December 2009
health systemsNew Faculty Research Group
A World First For Better Communication Outcomes   View Summary
14 December 2009
brainWorld-first research - made possible by the creation of revolutionary new technology - has the potential to radically improve rehabilitation efficiencies for the overwhelming number of people worldwide who survive a traumatic brain injury.
Early career researcher receives grant from Ramaciotti Foundations   View Summary
10 December 2009
Dr Nathan JohnsonFaculty of Health Sciences' researcher, Dr Nathan Johnson has been awarded a $50,000 grant to enable him to continue his outstanding biomedical research.
Health Symposium Success   View Summary
9 December 2009
symposiumAmidst the fantastic celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Cumberland Campus on October 31, visitors were treated to the Health Sciences Symposium.
Physiotherapy alumnus named 2009 Young Tall Poppy   View Summary
9 December 2009
tall poppy logoFormer staff member and alumnus of the Faculty, Dr Julie Redfern has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to research by being awarded a winner of the 2009 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for NSW/ACT.
Report on homecare workers facing occupational hazards    View Summary
4 December 2009
work and healthResearch led by Philip Bohle, Professor of Work and Health at The University of Sydney has found that self-employed homecare workers face significant workplace hazards and have no industrial safety net despite their vital work with troubled youth, the disabled and the aged.
Launch of new disability and rehabilitation research program    View Summary
3 December 2009
HandsThe University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences today announced the launch of a new research program aimed at promoting high quality research and information on disability, rehabilitation and health, and providing leadership in research and education in this area.
November 2009
Taking a close look at exercise performance in the heat   View Summary
27 November 2009
julian periardJulien Périard, a third year PhD student, gives an insight into his thesis.
Prashanth Brings Home Bronze   View Summary
16 November 2009
awardDiagnostic radiography student Prashanth Sellathurai has returned from representing Australia at the 2009 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, after winning a bronze medal in the Pommel Horse.
30th Anniversary highlights film   View Summary
16 November 2009
30thDid you miss the Faculty 30th Anniversary celebrations at Cumberland Campus on Saturday 31 October?
Health Sciences takes a walk for World Stroke Day   View Summary
3 November 2009
Walk for Stroke DayThe Faculty did their bit for World Stroke Day on Thursday 29 October by taking a lunchtime walk to promote the role of physical activity in stroke prevention and management.
Health Science Reunion draws crowds in Western Sydney   View Summary
3 November 2009
Amabassador on Registration boothOver 1000 guests converged on Cumberland Campus on Saturday 31 October to celebrate the Faculty of Health Sciences 30th Anniversary at the Campus.
October 2009
Australia's largest health research facility showcases pioneering research   View Summary
23 October 2009
child's playSydney 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.
Faculty of Health Sciences 30th Anniversary at Cumberland Campus   View Summary
22 October 2009
30 yearsOn Saturday 31 October, 2009 the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences will be throwing open its doors to Sydneysiders to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Faculty at the Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe.
Language discloses the art of deception   View Summary
7 October 2009
lying researchFaculty of Health Sciences' Phd student Gina Villar and Dr Joanne Arciuli are investigating linguistic cues to deception. Some of their findings, recently reported in the Herald Sun, indicate that language behaviours such as the use of 'um' can help distinguish truth from lies.
BMRI scientists awarded High Performance Preclinical Image of the Year   View Summary
6 October 2009
Imaging thumbnailResearchers from the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute have been awarded the Siemens High Performance Preclinical Image of the Year for cutting edge work in the development of small animal imaging technology.
September 2009
New master's degree takes a passion for exercise to the next level   View Summary
30 September 2009
matthew dwyerWith weight issues and obesity affecting one in two Australian adults and Type 2 diabetes now one of the leading causes of death in Australia, the potential of exercise strategies to address the growth in chronic disease and maintain a fit and healthy population is undisputed.
The man for the job   View Summary
21 September 2009
michael dunneWhile a ratio of one man to twenty women may sound like something that would grab the attention of many males, Michael Dunne was not aware of the female dominance of the speech pathology workforce before commencing study.
E-health investment boosts health informatics careers   View Summary
18 September 2009
health informaticsIf someone had told you 20 years ago that we would all have individually controlled electronic health records that we managed ourselves by 2012 you wouldn't have believed them. But this could be the reality in Australia if the recommendations of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission are adopted
Making the switch; from policeman to diagnostic radiographer within 2 years   View Summary
14 September 2009
diagnostic radiographyGone are the days of a 'career for life,' with the average person today predicted to change careers an average of three to five times during their lifetime. For some it's not an overly significant shift, but for Chris Slattery a move from policing to diagnostic radiography meant he was in for a bit of a change.
Hilltop Road Primary School on the Walkway to Health   View Summary
11 September 2009
walkway to healthOn August 27 and 28, a team of FHS Students and Ambassadors visited Hilltop Road Primary School in Merrylands to run an exciting series of presentations and interactive activities focusing on exercise and nutrition.
Innovation in disability employment services highlights vital role of rehabilitation counsellors   View Summary
2 September 2009
Rehabilitation counsellorThe Federal Government's $41 million innovation fund which focuses on innovative solutions for disadvantaged job seekers coupled with a growing focus on social inclusion, is set to increase demand on the services of rehabilitation counsellors.
August 2009
Usyd scientist leads the way on new findings on exercise and ageing   View Summary
20 August 2009
Older man with trainerSydney University's Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh has forwarded the recently updated Position Stand on Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults.
Upcoming communication in autism workshop   View Summary
11 August 2009
children whisperingDr Joanne Arciuli from the Discipline of Speech Pathology and Disability & Community Faculty Research Group is co-hosting an externally funded workshop on communication in autism from August 24 - 25 in Sydney.
Establish your career in Asia with the PM's Australia Asia Endeavour Awards   View Summary
11 August 2009
asia on world globeThe Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Awards are a unique opportunity to undertake international study and research related to your Australian degree, as well as gain international work experience through an internship or work placement, building your professional network in Asia.
David Copperfield conjures therapeutic magic at the University   View Summary
7 August 2009
david copperfieldGlobally-renowned magician David Copperfield will visit the University of Sydney this Saturday August 8 to help launch a program that uses magic to encourage therapeutic rehabilitation among the disabled and handicapped
Brain injury patients to benefit from new collaboration on communication   View Summary
3 August 2009
MRI of brainA/Prof Leanne Togher and Dr Kirrie Ballard join a distinguished team of researchers in the establishment of a Centre for Clinical Research Excellence focusing on the loss of communication following acquired brain injury.
July 2009
Health Sciences' graduate receives OT Australia National Research Award   View Summary
30 July 2009
awardOccupational Therapy graduate and current PhD student, Jennie Brentnall has received the 2009 OT Australia National Research Award for Undergraduates.
From grassroots to the United Nations - Repeat presentation   View Summary
29 July 2009
grassrootsAssociate Professor Jane Latimer From grassroots to the United Nations - Health researchers supporting Indigenous Australians
From grassroots to the United Nations - Repeat presentation   View Summary
29 July 2009
grassrootsAssociate Professor Jane Latimer From grassroots to the United Nations - Health researchers supporting Indigenous Australians
The ICF: a unifying framework for human functioning and rehabilitation research   View Summary
21 July 2009
Prof StuckiThe Faculty of Health Sciences was pleased to have the opportunity to host a lecture by Professor Gerold Stucki on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 on the ICF: a unifying framework for human functioning and rehabilitation research
Australian Stuttering Research Centre launches new website   View Summary
17 July 2009
Australian Stuttering Research Centre logoThe Australian Stuttering Research Centre at the University of Sydney has launched a new website.
Work on the experiences of cancer patients and professionals awarded   View Summary
10 July 2009
Radiation TherapistDr Alex Broom has won the Institute of Social Sciences' prize for the Best 2008 University of Sydney Published Research by an Early Career Researcher.
University Academic Calls For Bipartisan Approach To Indigenous Healthcare   View Summary
10 July 2009
Aboriginal FlagA continued lack of consistency towards Indigenous healthcare policy by Australia's major political parties is having dire long-term consequences for remote community residents, according to a top academic.
Researchers visit American Board of Radiology in USA   View Summary
3 July 2009
MIRS staff visit Louisville, USAProfessor Patrick Brennan and Warren Reed from the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Faculty Research Group recently travelled to Louisville, USA to gather data on image interpretation at the invitation of the American Board of Radiology.
Investigating the future of mobile computing in health care   View Summary
1 July 2009
Medical kitProfessor Robert Steele has been elected as Vice Chair of the premier international mobile computing research association - Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMOBILE.
June 2009
30th Anniversary Celebrations   View Summary
29 June 2009
30th Anniversay logoTo celebrate 30 years of Health Sciences we are hosting a series of public events to engage and inform all those fascinated by health.
Hoc Mai Scholarship program for Allied Health Students   View Summary
29 June 2009
Megan travelled to Hanoi as part of a clinical placement scholarshipIn November 2008, speech pathology student Megan Haas, travelled to Hanoi as part of a clinical placement scholarship.
Health and Early Childhood Internship pilot gives students exposure to Indigenous Health   View Summary
29 June 2009
Aboriginal childThe new internship project, developed by Indigenous Community Volunteers, will give a group of final year students the opportunity to spend up to two months in Aboriginal Medical Services and schools across NSW.
Cumberland alumni recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours   View Summary
22 June 2009
crownOur alumni have been recognised for their leadership in Health Sciences in the June 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Low back pain studies on ABC Health Report   View Summary
22 June 2009
physio studentsDr Manuela Ferreira, Research Fellow from the Faculty of Health Sciences was interviewed on ABC Radio National's Health Report about her research into when and why patients seek intervention for low back pain.
Students fill gap in speech therapy services in Broken Hill   View Summary
22 June 2009
Speech Pathology studentsSpeech Pathology students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney are currently completing the faculty's first clinical placement in schools in Broken Hill.
African orphanages benefit from OT graduates' dedication   View Summary
12 June 2009
Michelle and childIt is common to be struck by a feeling of helplessness when thinking about problems such as world poverty, where it can feel like one person cannot make a difference. OT graduates Jillian Hull, Michelle O'Sullivan and Tegan Davies have proven the opposite.
Project Ilypa: on the road to success    View Summary
12 June 2009
RoadOver the past two weeks, we have had more success than we had collectively over the past 10 months - including an interview on the Alan Jones Morning show!
Project Ilypa: Turning passion into action   View Summary
2 June 2009
Project Ilypa logoA group of Health Sciences' students document the ups and downs in their quest to raise money to tackle hearing loss in the classroom.
Students take initiative on Indigenous Health   View Summary
1 June 2009
IHIGA group of students from various disciplines were recently inspired to form the Indigenous Health Interest Group.
Students take initiative on Indigenous Health   View Summary
1 June 2009
IHIGA group of students from various disciplines were recently inspired to form the Indigenous Health Interest Group.
May 2009
Faculty of Health Sciences 2009 Alumni Awards announced   View Summary
27 May 2009
Alumni Awards logoAnnounced on Thursday 21 May at the Faculty's Prize night, the winners are....
University access program addresses Indigenous health shortfall   View Summary
26 May 2009
Brianna DennisA University of Sydney program designed to foster the development of Indigenous allied health professionals could play a crucial role in addressing serious welfare issues within aboriginal communities.
Project Ilypa to help children suffering from Otitis Media   View Summary
22 May 2009
project IlypaHelp the estimated 35-75% of Aboriginal children in remote communities who suffer from Otitis Media.
Project Ilypa to help children suffering from Otitis Media   View Summary
22 May 2009
project IlypaHelp the estimated 35-75% of Aboriginal children in remote communities who suffer from Otitis Media.
Government plans to lift pension age    View Summary
15 May 2009
Budget 09Research Professor of Ageing and Health, Hal Kendig comments on the Government's decision to raise the pension age to 67 by 2023.
'Transition' makes the transition easier for International students   View Summary
12 May 2009
Mentor and mentee on the Transition programFourteen student ambassadors mentored 22 international students in this year's Transition International student mentor program.
Student Ambassadors tackle weighty issue   View Summary
8 May 2009
Weighing scalesOn Monday 16 March, four Student Ambassadors from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) formed a working party to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in Primary Schools.
Award for lung cancer imaging expert   View Summary
1 May 2009
lung scan SPECT/CT The Faculty's Associate Professor Dale Bailey has been awarded the ANSTO Nuclear Medicine Award for the Best Scientific Paper.
April 2009
Health Sciences' student to represent University at AC21 World Forum   View Summary
30 April 2009
Melissa GloverIn an exciting opportunity, third-year diagnostic radiography student Melissa Glover will travel to Germany to represent the University at the Academic Consortium 21 3rd Student World Forum in June.
The right chords   View Summary
6 April 2009
Student is speech pathology labAsk a speech expert who has the best voice on radio and you're in for a surprise.
March 2009
Alex Croak: an all round high achiever   View Summary
30 March 2009
Alex croak diving The thought of competing at multiple olympic games for different sports, is almost unfathomable to most of us. However, it was achieved by Cumberland's very own Alexandra Croak
Are you interested in Indigenous Health?   View Summary
30 March 2009
Indigenous artworkThe Faculty of Health Sciences supports a range of activities and resources which can help students gain a better understanding and appreciation of Indigenous health issues.
Alex Croak: an all round high achiever   View Summary
30 March 2009
Alex croak diving The thought of competing at multiple olympic games for different sports, is almost unfathomable to most of us. However, it was achieved by Cumberland's very own Alexandra Croak
It's time to get serious about eye-injury in children   View Summary
12 March 2009
Orthoptics Awareness Week posterThe University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Orthoptic Association of Australia and The Children's Hospital at Westmead is calling all parents to take heed of Orthoptics Awareness Week's message — 'Eye Play Safe' — which aims to promote the awareness and prevention of eye injuries in children.
It's time to get serious about eye-injury in children   View Summary
12 March 2009
Orthoptics Awareness Week posterThe University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Orthoptic Association of Australia and The Children's Hospital at Westmead is calling all parents to take heed of Orthoptics Awareness Week's message — 'Eye Play Safe' — which aims to promote the awareness and prevention of eye injuries in children.
Activity Based Therapy may prove key to spinal cord recovery    View Summary
5 March 2009
FES bikesThe Faculty of Health Sciences' Rehabilitation Research Centre is integral to a recent grant of over $5 million from the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative and the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Authority.
Activity Based Therapy may prove key to spinal cord recovery    View Summary
5 March 2009
FES bikesThe Faculty of Health Sciences' Rehabilitation Research Centre is integral to a recent grant of over $5 million from the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative and the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Authority.
February 2009
O Week at Cumberland   View Summary
27 February 2009
Student with orientation bagIt was a busy week for the Faculty last week as we held orientation for our new undergraduates, GEM students, Specialist Master's and higher degree research students all in the one week!
The Learning Revolution - where to from here?   View Summary
18 February 2009
Learning Revolution flagTo ensure that we continue to lead in our field, at the conclusion of 2008 the Faculty embarked on a Learning Revolution with the aim of enhancing the learning experiences of our students by further renewing curriculum, as well as developing the knowledge and capabilities of our staff in contemporary educational practices.
The Learning Revolution - where to from here?   View Summary
18 February 2009
Learning Revolution flagTo ensure that we continue to lead in our field, at the conclusion of 2008 the Faculty embarked on a Learning Revolution with the aim of enhancing the learning experiences of our students by further renewing curriculum, as well as developing the knowledge and capabilities of our staff in contemporary educational practices.