Highlights from the Media Centre

UniSA’s Media Centre continues to highlight some great stories from across the University, including research into the risks associated with lightweight running shoes; why farmers don’t seek help for mental health problems; and a creative call out from the Museum of Discovery (MOD.). Here are some of the top news stories from our Media Centre:

Heavy runners risk injury in lightweight running shoes

a minimalist running shoeMinimalist or lightweight running shoes, popularised as a safe alternative to conventional trainers, have been found to cause more harm than good for runners carrying extra weight, reveals research from UniSA’s Sansom Institute for Health Research.

Assessing the running experience of 61 trained runners, the 26-week study found that runners with a body weight of more than 85 kilograms and training in lightweight running shoes were over three times more likely to sustain an injury than when wearing conventional running shoes.

Dr Fuller, lead researcher of the study, says: “About two million Australians participate in regular running or jogging as a means to improve their fitness or health, yet over half of us that run will incur an injury over the next 12 months.”

Communication the key to helping farmers with mental health problems

Farmer looking at horizonKnowing just how to speak to farmers to gain their trust and engagement could be a key factor in protecting the mental health of one of Australia’s highest risk groups for suicide.

New research from UniSA PhD candidate Melissa Hull and a team of researchers including Associate Research Professor and Project Director, Department of Rural Health, Dr Martin Jones, has assessed the differences between farming and non-farming rural adults to discover what stops them from using mental health services.

The report, A comparison of barriers to mental health support-seeking among farming and non-farming adults in rural South Australia, was published in the Australian Journal of Rural Health recently and Hull wants policy-makers at all levels to “explore how best to develop proactive health decision-making in this vulnerable population”.

The study captured responses from 203 people from three rural regions in South Australia, offering insights into the values and attitudes that make farmers and non-farmers reluctant to access mental health services.

Waging Peace – MOD. launches creative call out for second exhibition

Poster for Waging Peace exhibitionWhat would you assemble if you wanted to wage peace instead of war?

Imagining the parameters of waging peace – the industries it might foster, the dialogue it would create, the science and technology it might encourage, the pictures and words that would support peace, is the focus of a new exhibition being planned by UniSA’s Museum of Discovery, MOD.

In July MOD. issued an open call for ideas for the exhibition, which will be launched in November 2018.

MOD. is inviting researchers, artists, students, organisations and technologists to submit proposals for contributions to the exhibition.

Waging Peace, is planned as the second exhibition in MOD’s calendar when the Museum opens next year, but the first to be supported with an open call for ideas.

MOD. opens in May 2018 and will be Australia’s leading future-focused museum, provoking new ideas at the intersection of science, art and innovation.