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December 2011
The Sydney Committment on Disability Research   View Summary
16 December 2011
Shore of Life by Bernard FranckEndorsed by participants at the World Report on Disability: Implications for Asia and the Pacific symposium last week, the Sydney Commitment on Disability Research declares a strong way forward for research that will address the recommendations of the world report.
Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Award Winners for 2011   View Summary
7 December 2011
Staff awardsFHS Teaching Awards committee met on the 21 November to determine this year's winners
Sydney hosts International Symposium on the World report on disability   View Summary
4 December 2011
Shore of Life by Bernard FranckThought leaders and policy makers in the disability field from throughout Asia and the Pacific will come together at the University of Sydney on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December to discuss a way forward for the region in response to the first World report on disability released in June this year by the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
Philippines Consulate General at the University of Sydney   View Summary
2 December 2011
meeting with Phillipines Consul GeneralProf. Stephanie Short and research team from our faculty recently met with the Philippines Consulate General.
Supporting people with disabilities to transition to retirement   View Summary
2 December 2011
Aged lady in poolA new resource designed to help older people with a disability to make the transition from work to retirement is a key output of a translational ARC Linkage Research Project led by Associate Professor Roger Stancliffe in collaboration with the Australian Foundation for Disability.
Ten student scholarship opportunities secured for FHS Abroad!   View Summary
1 December 2011
FHS Abroad grantsThese grants will be available to students across all disciplines participating in FHS Abroad in 2012.
November 2011
PhD Student Endeavour Research Fellowship success   View Summary
24 November 2011
Endeavor AwardsPhD student Samantha Warhurst has been selected to receive a 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship to commence a four month study program in Hong Kong.
Healthy ageing is the key, says expert   View Summary
14 November 2011
healthy ageingDeep-seated ageism is at the core of our culture and at the heart of an unproductive government approach to healthy ageing, says Professor Hal Kendig, Director of the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit
October 2011
Latest edition of SYDNEY Health Sciences out now   View Summary
31 October 2011
Alumni Magazine octThe new edition SYDNEY Health Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences' magazine for alumni and friends is now available
Making a healthier Australia: Sydney expertise leads national funding round    View Summary
24 October 2011
lab imageThe groundbreaking work of University of Sydney health and medical researchers has been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in a major announcement of government funding.
Ride to Work Day 2011   View Summary
21 October 2011
Paul Halstead Ride to Work DayOver 40 Cumberland campus students and staff participate with more than 45,000 Australians on Ride to Work Day 12 Oct 2011
Celebrating unique abilities   View Summary
16 October 2011
DubboThe Daily Liberal profiles our Australian Leadership Award fellows recent visit to Dubbo and surrounging districts to learn more about Australia's approach to community-based rehabilitation for people with disabilities living in rural and remote areas.
Improving early detection of breast cancer   View Summary
5 October 2011
radiologist viewing x-raysThe University of Sydney, in partnership with BreastScreen NSW and Ziltron, has developed a pioneering web-based program to monitor the performance of radiologists in detecting and diagnosing abnormalities in breast X-rays.
Child Health experts to develop new Healthy Kids Check   View Summary
4 October 2011
kids finger paintingProf Stewart Einfeld from the Faculty of Health Sciences has been appointed a member of a national group of child health experts who will develop a new Healthy Kids Check.
September 2011
Prof Kendig chairs NSW whole-of-government Ageing Roundtable   View Summary
21 September 2011
two hands holdingProfessor Hal Kendig last week chaired an Ageing Roundtable that brought together leaders and experts on ageing from across government, academia and non-government sectors.
Sharing knowledge on disability and development   View Summary
20 September 2011
globe with asiaThe Faculty of Health Sciences today welcomes eight ALA fellows from Vietnam and Laos PDR to take part in professional exchange centred on addressing the rehabilitation needs of disabled children and adults living in rural and remote areas.
International Stuttering Awareness Day Forum: Stuttering in the Classroom   View Summary
16 September 2011
classroom imageAll staff, students and the public are invited to a public forum to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day.
From the margins to the mainstream: disability art today   View Summary
7 September 2011
Tom di MariaCalifornia's Tom di Maria encourages young adults with developmental, physical, emotional, and mental disabilities to be artists. Some have made it as far as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Sydney team place second in National Health Challenge   View Summary
2 September 2011
hctcThe University of Sydney student interprofessional health care team came second at the National HealthFusion Team Challenge (Oz HFTC) held on Friday 26 August, at the University of Queensland.
FHS Student Staff Consultative Committee   View Summary
1 September 2011
SSCC CommitteeThe FHS Student Staff Consultative Committee met for the first time on 16 August during the common lunch hour
August 2011
Aged care reform: the time is right   View Summary
19 August 2011
older lady with teenProf Hal Kendig says it is time for action to implement the 'landmark blueprint' for aged care reforms recommended by the Productivity Commission's recently released Caring for Older Australians report.
Insurance scheme needs more information   View Summary
15 August 2011
person in wheelchairHow do we make sure the National Disability Insurance Scheme gets it right? Associate Professor Roger Stancliffe discusses.
Scholarship to help tackle widening skills gap in molecular imaging   View Summary
15 August 2011
Two students in labA new scholarship established in partnership between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of Sydney will look to increase our capacity to investigate disease at the molecular level through advanced imaging technology and in doing so will address a growing skills gap.
What the Caring for Older Australians report means for the future of aged care   View Summary
12 August 2011
two handsProf Hal Kendig, Director of the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit, writes on the Productivity Commissions' Caring for Older Australians Report.
Collaborative Research Network for Mental Health and Well-being in Rural Communities   View Summary
8 August 2011
rural landscape The University of Sydney is one of five partners working with the University of New England (UNE) which has recently been awarded $4.8 million dollars from the Australian Government to establish a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on Mental Health and Well-being in Rural and Regional Communities.
New resources to enhance communication between Indigenous patients and clients   View Summary
3 August 2011
byalawaByalawa, an innovative Indigenous online teaching resource to be launched on August
July 2011
Children encouraged to play outside for National Tree Day   View Summary
29 July 2011
tree dayIn a single generation, children's play activities have shifted from outdoors, to indoors.
Heatwave: the challenges of climate change in aged-care facilities   View Summary
18 July 2011
sunA University of Sydney researcher will develop life-saving recommendations for aged-care patients during her innovative research project into heatwave responses, which was recently awarded a Climate Change Adaptation Research Grant.
Supporting people with intellectual disability to be active   View Summary
18 July 2011
sports shoeThe University of Sydney, , in partnership with two leading Australian disability service providers, is embarking on an applied research project aimed at sustainably increasing the level of physical activity in the everyday lives of adults with intellectual disability in order to combat growing concern over sedentary lifestyles.
June 2011
Health Sciences academics dedicated to the student experience   View Summary
30 June 2011
scholarProf Refshauge and Dr Bourne from the Faculty of Health Sciences are among the seven University of Sydney academics recognised for their outstanding contributions to teaching and learning with Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citations.
World first study shows play therapy can help ADHD children   View Summary
27 June 2011
toy trainA new Australian pilot study has found that play therapy can help children with ADHD learn how to play better with others.
Symposium to examine the 'common language' of health   View Summary
23 June 2011
measuring tapeThe University of Sydney will next week hold a symposium titled 'Think Before You Measure' which brings together Australian and international experts to discuss the basic concepts, definitions and classifications that form the building blocks of our understanding of health. What do we measure? How do we measure? Why do we measure? Do we measure the same thing?
Health Sciences integral to Collaborative Research Networks    View Summary
23 June 2011
collaborationThe University of Sydney will forge new research and educational partnerships with fellow Australian universities as part of three recently announced Collaborative Research Networks which focus on issues around health and wellbeing.
New Research Laboratory to combat chronic pain and disability   View Summary
3 June 2011
Prof Marie BashirHer Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Chancellor of the University of Sydney and Governor of NSW, officially opening the new Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Laboratory at a ceremony at the Faculty of Health Sciences last night.
May 2011
The University of Sydney Health Care Team Challenge Competition   View Summary
20 May 2011
health care team challengeThe University of Sydney Health Care Team Challenge took place on Wednesday 18 May at the Cumberland Campus. The challenge, hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences, was a cross faculty interprofessional competition organised in conjunction with Sydney Medical School and Sydney Nursing School.
AusAID fellowships to build international capacity through education   View Summary
18 May 2011
globeThe Faculty of Health Sciences has been successful in securing an AusAID Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Fellowship which will enable wider access to physiotherapy preparation in Vietnam. A second ALA fellowship awarded through the Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Centre (STIRC) will enhance the professional experience of HIV management professionals in Africa
Social networking may prove key to overcoming isolation of older adults   View Summary
18 May 2011
social mediaThe University of Sydney is leading an investigation into the usage of information and communications technology (ICT) by older Australians and the potential of media such as social networks and other ICTs to combat social isolation and increase the engagement of seniors in the community.
Health Sciences celebrates excellence    View Summary
5 May 2011
Awards Night in MacLaurin HallMrs Gabi Hollows was among the close to 100 award recipients recognised at the Faculty of Health Sciences Awards Night on the evening of Wednesday, 4 May. Themed 'celebrating our success,' the event recognised the outstanding achievements of health sciences' students, staff and alumni.
Health Sciences' recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards   View Summary
5 May 2011
scholarStaff from Faculty of Health Sciences have been highly successful in the 2011 University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards
April 2011
Health Sciences to welcome visiting Endeavour Awards scholar   View Summary
20 April 2011
endeavour awardsDr Shirley Ngai from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will be visiting the Faculty of Health Sciences later this year to pursue post-doctoral research after being awarded a prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship.
March 2011
'New look' Sydney Health Sciences newsletter   View Summary
31 March 2011
keyboard with stethoscopeThe Faculty of Health Sciences has launched a 'new look' online newsletter. The first edition is now available online and has been distributed to our alumni and friends network.
The first edition of 'Wobbly Hub News' is now avaliable!   View Summary
31 March 2011
Wobbly HubA newsletter detailing progress on the implementation of the four-year 'Wobbly Hub and Double Spokes' NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Project is now being produced quarterly.
Do pre-conceived expectations impact on doctor analysis of X-rays?   View Summary
23 March 2011
lung xrayScientists have long suspected that clinicians' ability to read X-rays can be skewed according to what they expect to find, but a University of Sydney study published this month in the international journal Radiology did not find evidence to support this theory.
Tackling obesity in young women key to a healthier Australia   View Summary
22 March 2011
scalesResearchers from the University of Sydney will this week present new research on weight management in young women at a Symposium hosted by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Young people with developmental disabilities to benefit from $5.2M NHMRC grant   View Summary
9 March 2011
parent and childThe University of Sydney will lead a new large scale study aimed at alleviating the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by people with development disabilities following the awarding of a National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant.
Get involved in the Health Care Team Challenge!   View Summary
7 March 2011
studentsThe University of Sydney will this year be holding our inaugural Health Care Team Challenge, a cross faculty interprofessional student competition designed to promote and recognise excellence in health care management.
February 2011
The reality behind 'The King's Speech'   View Summary
25 February 2011
king's crownThe hype around the award-winning film 'The King's Speech' has highlighted the devestating impact that stuttering can have on an individual's development and reinforces the need for further research in this area.
Addressing the needs and rights of persons with disabilities   View Summary
25 February 2011
Prof Tom ShakespeareInternationally acclaimed scholar in the disability field, Professor Tom Shakespeare, will dissect the idea of 'mainstreaming disability' at a public lecture to be held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 3 March.
AusAID Fellowships develop leadership in priority regional issues   View Summary
18 February 2011
globeUnder AusAID's Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Fellowship scheme the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences will be working hand-in-hand with professionals from developing countries to nurture leadership skills and address key regional issues in the areas of disability and development, and human rights.
January 2011
Faculty of Health Sciences key site for collection of the 'Aussie' accent   View Summary
28 January 2011
Australia mapThe University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences is one of four Sydney-based 'AusTalk' recording sites which will facilitate the country-wide collection and preservation of the accent of 1000 Australian English speakers.
First Sino-Australian Symposium on Sports and Rehabilitation Science   View Summary
19 January 2011
sports rehabilitationDelegates from Peking University and the University of Sydney recently came together in Beijing for the first Sino-Australian Symposium on Sports and Rehabilitation Science.