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December 2013
University of Sydney opens its doors for future students at Info Day 2014   View Summary
11 December 2013
Student man a booth at Info DayWant to soak up the atmosphere of your future campus? Join the University of Sydney on one of its major events of the year, Info Day, on 3 January 2014.
SCATSIS review of ABS standard indigenous identification question   View Summary
5 December 2013
artworks installed in garden at Cumberland campusthe first Sydney Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (SCATSIS) workshop focused on exploring the social and cultural dimensions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification and the implications for statistical methodology and standards.
November 2013
Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy recognises Dr Mark McEntee   View Summary
29 November 2013
two men smiling, holding awardsCongratulations to Dr Mark McEntee who has been awarded the Fellowship of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy.
Marion Scrymgour honoured   View Summary
29 November 2013
Marion Scrymgour at the University of SydneyThe University of Sydney today awarded Marion Scrymgour, a pioneer in politics, policy and health, an honorary doctorate.
FHS extends its research strengths to China, the Middle East and Vietnam   View Summary
18 November 2013
Dean Kathryn Refshauge in ChinaIn October, Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, led a delegation of academic staff to parts of Asia and the Middle East to build and strengthen research partnerships and attract potential new research students to the University of Sydney.
Faculty success with research grants   View Summary
16 November 2013
smiling womanThe quality and importance of the Faculty of Health Sciences' research has seen many of our academics recognised this year with a series of significant grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
New speechBITE website launch   View Summary
14 November 2013
screenshot of speechbite websiteThe new look speechBITE website will be launched internationally by Professor Leanne Togher at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2013 in Chicago on Friday 15th November.
FHS Abroad students prepare for departure   View Summary
12 November 2013
Three students who won scholarshipsA pre-departure workshop for Faculty of Health Sciences students participating in FHS Abroad was held at Cumberland campus on Friday 8 November.
People with disabilities welcome a new life in retirement   View Summary
8 November 2013
Retired man gardeningA new manual co-authored by University of Sydney academics is available to help Australia's growing population of older people with disabilities successfully move into retirement.
Speech from The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner   View Summary
7 November 2013
Susan RyanThe Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, launched Transition to Retirement in Sydney on November 7.
Why are we failing young people with a disability?   View Summary
5 November 2013
Man in wheelchairYoung Australians with a disability are five times more likely than their non-disabled peers to experience multiple disadvantages, including long term unemployment and social exclusion.
October 2013
Big Sugar is having its tobacco moment   View Summary
29 October 2013
man smiling beside apples and confectionaryShould we treat food and drinks high in added sugars like we do alcohol and demand separate areas to sell them? Kieron Rooney thinks so.
Panel discusses challenges for occupational therapists under the NDIS   View Summary
24 October 2013
Group shot of the panelists from the eventAs part of the Sydney Ideas series, the Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a discussion on Wednesday 23 October featuring a panel of researchers, teachers and industry practitioners who spoke about implications for occupational therapists under the newly established National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
First patient survey on mental health initiative   View Summary
23 October 2013
Gomathi SitharthanThe first survey of people who have been referred to a psychologist by their general practitioner is being undertaken by the University of Sydney.
Giving hope to those with CMT   View Summary
15 October 2013
CMTAAâs President Darryl Beitsch presents the $75,000 gift to Associate Professor Joshua Burns.The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association of Australia (CMTAA) has donated $75,000 to the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences to fund research on Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). The research will establish the cost of CMT to the community and recommend strategies to reduce the health burden of this little known genetic disorder.
Health Sciences launches simulated hospital environment for Physiotherapy students   View Summary
1 October 2013
Clinical simulation photoA six bed hospital ward and a rehabilitation outpatient gymnasium to serve as a clinical simulation facility for Physiotherapy students at the Faculty of Health Science was officially opened on 17 September.
September 2013
Stuttering: the elephant in the classroom   View Summary
25 September 2013
Mark OnslowStuttering is going undiagnosed in Australian classrooms, causing a raft of lifelong social anxiety problems, warns a world-leading University of Sydney expert.
Recognition of teaching excellence   View Summary
25 September 2013
smiling womanCongratulations to our Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) 2013 Citation winners: Professor Jennifer Alison and Associate Professor Lynette Mackenzie!
Alumni event in Singapore highlights staff and student achievements   View Summary
24 September 2013
two women smilingOn 12 September the Faculty of Health Sciences held a joint event with the Faculty of Nursing aimed at fostering our alumni community at the Hilton in Singapore. Graduates working in the health sector were able to meet with Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professor Jill White AM, Dean of Sydney Nursing School.
'Start the Conversation': Faculty celebrates Speech Pathology Week   View Summary
23 September 2013
group of people smilingThe Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney recently celebrated Speech Pathology Week by hosting the presentation, "Advances in speech pathology: Conversations and collaborations".
Dr Jeffrey Miller AM 1932 - 2013   View Summary
17 September 2013
man in crowd smiling and clappingDr Jeffrey Miller AM, founding principal of Cumberland College of Health Science, passed away 13 August 2013 aged 80.
August 2013
Student mentors recognised at special event   View Summary
29 August 2013
Student mentorsStudent mentors from the Faculty of Health Science were celebrated for their efforts mentoring first-year students at the 'Inspired by Alumni' event on Thursday 15 August.
Opening addresses at the Disability Action Plan launch   View Summary
26 August 2013
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum, Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka, Professor Colin RhodesEmeritus Professor Ron McCallum and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence gave the following addresses at the launch of the University's third Disability Action Plan
Our young woman of the future   View Summary
12 August 2013
Alexandra IljadicaAlexandra Iljadica, research assistant with the Faculty of Health Sciences' 'Wobbly Hub and Double Spokes' project has been selected as a 'women of the future' by the iconic magazine Australian Women's Weekly.
School canteens need healthy principals   View Summary
12 August 2013
Basket of applesSchool canteens are flouting healthy eating guidelines and principals need to be held individually accountable for their school's Nutrition in Schools Policy according to a University of Sydney nutrition expert.
30,000th donor supports FHS Abroad program   View Summary
2 August 2013
Students on FHS Abroad programA personal knowledge of the University of Sydney as a student and teacher, and a desire to see students gain overseas experience, motivated Dr Dale Larsen to become our 30,000th donor.
Communicating after brain injury   View Summary
1 August 2013
smiling womanCarers of people living with a traumatic brain injury can unwittingly over-compensate and speak too slowly or ask questions like a school teacher
July 2013
How do Radiography and Knitwear Design mix?   View Summary
30 July 2013
three people onstageFHS alumna Brooke Roberts (Masters of Radiation Therapy) speaks at TEDMED about her passion to combine radiography images and fashion design
Faculty of Health Sciences strengthens research ties with Brazil   View Summary
18 July 2013
Group photo of the team that went to BrazilA senior delegation from the Faculty of Health Sciences recently visited Brazil, the largest country in South America, to strengthen partnerships with a number of institutions, and to showcase the faculty's successes, its research opportunities and academic courses.
Health Sciences Belong@FHS initiative heads to New Zealand   View Summary
5 July 2013
Student mentors at a meetingFour University of Sydney undergraduates presented their findings of the Bachelor of Health Sciences' mentoring program at the International First Year in Higher Education conference in Wellington, New Zealand on 7-10 July.
June 2013
Fit as a fiddle... the impact of sporting injuries on individuals and the community   View Summary
27 June 2013
Professor Kathryn Refshauge and Dr Craig DuncanIdentifying who is likely to get an injury is a tough call, and our best attempts at prevention, such as using strapping and taping do not seem to prevent the first injury. Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr Craig Duncan present this lecture as part of the Sydney Ideas series
I Am Breathing - film screening and discussion   View Summary
13 June 2013
Image of man from the movieMotor neurone disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurological disease that causes progressive death of the motor neurones that enable us to move, speak, swallow and breathe.
May 2013
Faculty awards night recognises students, staff and alumni   View Summary
30 May 2013
two women smiling holding awardThe Faculty of Health Sciences Awards Night 2013 was held last night at Maclaurin Hall, University of Sydney, in recognition of students, staff and alumni who have excelled in their work and contributions to the community.
Nutrition Informatics   View Summary
30 May 2013
smiling manResearch from the University of Sydney has identified and described emerging technologies to help individuals better understand their nutritional intake.
Eyes on the sun   View Summary
21 May 2013
woman wearing sunglasses in sunshineExposure to sunshine as a small child is crucial to the development of a healthy eye according to results of long-term myopia study conducted by University of Sydney researchers.
Students help raise over $1 million for Cancer Council   View Summary
20 May 2013
car covered in mudThird year Exercise and Sport Science student David Grech has participated in the 'Shxtbox Rally', an event which has raised over $1 million for cancer research
Student honoured by Speech Pathology Australia   View Summary
20 May 2013
three women smiling (one holding award certificate)Speech Pathology Australia NSW Branch held their student awards evening at Cumberland earlier this month and an award was presented to Faculty of Health Sciences alumna Melissa Miao (2012).
Australian BREAST moves overseas   View Summary
16 May 2013
people looking at medical readoutsA web-based training tool for reading mammograms developed by researchers at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences is poised to be implemented by breast screening services across the globe.
Managing ADHD through play   View Summary
10 May 2013
Smiling womanChildren make sense of the world through play, say University of Sydney paediatric occupational therapists, who have developed a play program to teach essential life skills to children diagnosed with ADHD.
FHS ABROAD   View Summary
10 May 2013
man with glassesThe Faculty hosted an information evening last month aimed at promoting support for the FHS Abroad program, with a specific focus on India.
April 2013
New Zealand Ministry of Health to adopt the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy (BREAST)   View Summary
30 April 2013
two people looking at medical imagesThe New Zealand Ministry of Health has approved the implementation of the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy as their national training, assessment and research tool.
What's motivating child's play?   View Summary
17 April 2013
woman smiling (professor Anita Bundy)Altering parents' and teachers' notion of risk taking behaviour can significantly increase children's physical activity suggests a study lead by University of Sydney researchers.
Student dissectors recognised   View Summary
10 April 2013
Group of students holding certificates and smiling13 students from the Faculty of Health Sciences took part in our Student Dissection Competition held in the Anatomy lab over the summer break.
March 2013
Online program to treat children's stuttering   View Summary
27 March 2013
Mark Onslow with childProfessor Mark Onslow, Director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre says early intervention by parents is crucial in treating children that stutter their speech. He is developing an online treatment program to eradicate the problem.
Allied in health   View Summary
25 March 2013
Three people smiling in front of sandstone buildingSeven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students specialising in physio, speech or occupational therapy have graduated from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Science on Friday 22 March.
http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=1&newsstoryid=11208   View Summary
22 March 2013
person sitting on bench alone (seen from behind)Social media can be an effective tool for decreasing loneliness for older Australians according to new research conducted at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences
Australia Awards Fellowship   View Summary
21 March 2013
Asutralia Awards FellowshipA new AusAID-funded Australia Awards Fellowship commenced at the Faculty of Health Sciences on Monday 11 March 2013.
Helga Pettitt FHS Postgraduate Study Award now open   View Summary
19 March 2013
two women smilingThe Helga Pettitt FHS Postgraduate Study Award, open to previous graduates of the faculty who are now enrolling or enrolled in postgraduate study, is currently open for applications.
Centred on inclusion   View Summary
8 March 2013
Man in suit at podium (Graeme Innes)A new centre aimed at increasing the social and economic inclusion of Australians living with disabilities was launched last night, at the University of Sydney by the Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
O Week at Cumberland   View Summary
5 March 2013
Volunteers at O Week 2013Cumberland campus resumed being a hive of activity last week as we welcomed our new students to the faculty for orientation.
Funding to assist remote training of carers   View Summary
1 March 2013
woman in black smilingProfessor Leanne Togher, has been awarded a grant to examine the use of video conferencing to deliver social communication skills training to carers of people with traumatic brain injury.
February 2013
Dean's inaugural reception   View Summary
22 February 2013
people in suits smilingOver eighty guests, including Professors of the faculty and external stakeholders attended an inaugural breakfast reception at the University's Camperdown campus yesterday to meet Professor Kathryn Refshauge
Australia Awards Fellowships    View Summary
19 February 2013
Group photo of ALAF Program FellowsThe AusAID-funded Australia Award Fellowship commenced at the Faculty of Health Sciences on Monday 18 February 2013.
Private health insurance and the illusion of choice   View Summary
10 February 2013
medical kitThe number of people with health insurance plummeted in the 1990s, but almost half the Australian population now has private hospital insurance and over half have ancillary or extras cover. But our research on private health insurance websites and interviews with consumers shows that messages about increased choice don't always match reality.
January 2013
Previously unknown sleep pattern revealed in University of Sydney research   View Summary
29 January 2013
Dr Chin Moi ChowThere's no need to panic if you didn't get a solid eight hours of beauty sleep last night. According to new University of Sydney research, sleep duration naturally waxes and wanes over a period of days regardless of individual lifestyle, timing of sleep or waking, and social and environmental influences.
Social media puts the public in public health information dissemination   View Summary
23 January 2013
man on internet on smartphone According to new research from the University of Sydney, micro-blog-based services such as Twitter could be a promising medium to spread important information about public health.