Two UniSA researchers will travel the world looking for new ways to help cancer survivors in rural areas and to support pregnant women who’ve had female genital mutilation.
From 1140 applications, the two are among 109 Australians to gain fellowships worth more than $2.8 million in total.
Dr Fennell was awarded the Leslie (Les) J. Fleming Churchill Fellowship to investigate sustainable methods of improving the health and wellbeing of rural cancer survivors.
People living in remote areas of Australia are 35 per cent more likely to die within five years of their diagnosis than someone diagnosed with the same disease who lives in a major city.
Dr Fennell says she’s passionate about addressing this disparity and grateful to have support from the Churchill Trust and UniSA to do so.
Dr Fennell plans to visit the USA, the Netherlands, Canada and possibly Scotland, and is interested in “finding effective ways to break down the barriers that make it difficult for rural people to access optimal treatment, as well as interventions that could cost-effectively address the challenges rural cancer survivors face after treatment”.
Monica Diaz received her fellowship to explore the care and support available during pregnancy to women with female genital mutilation. She will visit the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Belgium.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 200 million women and girls have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in 20 African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. In Australia, it is estimated that 83,000 women and girls live with some form of FGM/C.
“The Churchill Fellowship will fund a project to explore the care, support and resources available to women with FGM/C during pregnancy in countries with high prevalence of FGM/C,” she says. “The aim is to gain knowledge that will form the foundation for midwifery practice in South Australia for the care of pregnant women with FGM/C.”
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill and fulfil his wish to offer people from all walks of life, the opportunity to travel overseas to gain new knowledge and insights that can be practically applied in Australia to positively impact our communities and society at large.
Researchers hope to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer with support from a $130,000 grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Professor Peter Hoffmann, from UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, and Professor Martin K Oehler (University of Adelaide), have won one of eight clinical grants from the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF).
Prof Hoffmann and Prof Oehler, as lead researchers, have investigated the presence of protein biomarkers in ovarian cancer patients in the past, and identified several good candidate biomarkers with high accuracy in detecting ovarian cancer in its early stages.
The grant will allow them to develop a robust detection test with these biomarkers with the aim of using it for ovarian cancer population screening.
About 1500 women in Australia are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, with one woman passing away from the cancer every 10 hours.
Prof Hoffmann says that if the new early detection test is successful, they will be able to save lives.
“With previous grants from the foundation we’ve been able to develop biomarkers for an early detection test, and this new grant will help us to validate those biomarkers in a bigger patient cohort,” Prof Hoffmann says.
The success of Prof Hoffmann and Prof Oehler’s grant application is particularly significant, with the OCRF receiving an unprecedented number of grant applications in its 17-year history.
OCRF CEO Lucinda Nolan says the strength and quality of research applications “bolsters our faith that we can achieve a world where every woman, everywhere can be free from the threat of ovarian cancer”.
Physiotherapist and renowned pain specialist, Professor Lorimer Moseley, has been made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).
The AAHMS welcomed a number of new Fellows in October, who have all displayed outstanding leadership and contributions to health and medical science in Australia.
Prof Moseley has made pivotal contributions to the understanding of persistent pain disorders and the role of brain processes in the causes of conditions and their treatments, while also generating new fields of research and clinical practice.
He has developed a specific treatment which targets disrupted brain processes in chronic pain that is now recommended in clinical guidelines internationally and considered best practice, while his contributions to the field have been recognised by awards and honours on every continent.
Prof Moseley is one of three South Australians to be inducted and the only recipient from UniSA.
UniSA Associate Professor of Education Anna Sullivan has been named as one of The Educator magazine’s top 50 educators for 2017.
Assoc Prof Sullivan is included in the Hot List 2017, for her outstanding work in ensuring students have the highest quality educational experiences.
Assoc Prof Sullivan was recognised for her substantial contribution in raising the public profile of educational research in Australia and encouraging fellow researchers to engage with the media to inform and reach the general public about research projects and outcomes.
Assoc Prof Sullivan is also the co-founder and chair of the Media Centre for Education Research Australia.
The Educator Magazine is an Australian magazine and news website for senior educational professionals.
The Educator Hot List includes people working in education from primary to tertiary level, as well as in influential organisations, including businesses and in government.
The head of the School of Art, Architecture and Design, Professor Joanne Cys, has been made an ambassador for the International Federation of Interior Architects / Interior Designers (IFI).
IFI Ambassadors are senior and esteemed individuals who care for the quality development of the Interior Architecture/Design discipline and the professional community at a global level.
Prof Cys was selected to be an ambassador because of her passion for the profession, service to the region and understanding of IFI’s mission and objectives.
The appointment is for two years beginning in November 2017.
A short film that features dozens of visual effects made by 17 UniSA and Rising Sun Pictures students, has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube and Facebook.
UniSA and Rising Sun Pictures partnered to create the Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking and the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, incorporating industry based training to prepare graduates for the workforce.
The two classes collaborated to create the visual effects for a short film Lucy & DiC, which had its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October. The students’ visual effects include an animated, talking drone that stars in the film.
The students completed more than sixty visual effects shots in three weeks with guidance and mentoring from Rising Sun Pictures staff, transforming the classroom into a small operational studio for the duration of the project.
Lucy & DiC ‒ about a girl and her robot ‒ is directed by Jeremy Kelly-Bakker and produced by Tom Phillips. Kelly-Bakker and Phillips are looking to expand Lucy & DiC into a larger web series.
Five UniSA staff were recognised through SA Health’s Mental Health Excellence Awards, which celebrate the achievements of people and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to mental health services in South Australia.
Professor Nicholas Procter and members of UniSA’s Mental Health and Substance Use Research Group (MHSURG), Dr Mark Loughhead, Dr Monika Ferguson, Ms Heather Eaton and Ms Melissa Gibson, won two of the five awards.
The Partnering with Lived Experience Award was given to the MHSURG for their partnerships with people with first-hand experience of mental illness and mental health care and its promotion of the benefits of partnering with consumers and carers to the other sector partners, research collaborators, nursing students and the wider health community.
The prestigious Dr Margaret Tobin Award was given to Professor Nicholas Proctor for his outstanding leadership in mental health and suicide prevention reform in South Australia for more than 20 years.
During that time Prof Procter has developed a community of practice – bringing together consumers, clinicians, policy makers and academic faculty as well as supervised postgraduate students across many disciplines on mental health and suicide prevention practice. This has had a significant, positive impact on hundreds of clinicians across South Australia.
Emeritus Professor Mike Miller has been awarded the annual Pearcey Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement and his contribution to the development and growth of the information communication technology industry in Australia.
The medal is awarded by the Pearcey Foundation, which raises the profile of the Australian information and communications technology industry and profession in the memory of Dr Trevor Pearcey, a pioneer of the Australian ICT industry.
Prof Miller has worked with the Postmaster General’s Department, the School of Electronic Engineering at the South Australian Institute of Technology (now UniSA) and founded the Digital Communications Groups at The Levels Campus in 1982.
In 1994 Prof Miller became the director of UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunication Research (ITR) and in 1997 became the Deputy Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems, a joint venture between the ITR and CSIRO.
Prof Miller has previously been federal vice president and chairman of the Membership Committee of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering as well as chair of its SA Division.
Deanne Hanchant-Nichols has been awarded the Shirley Peisley Award at the prestigious Gladys Elphick Awards for her service to the Aboriginal community.
Established in 2003, the annual Gladys Elphick Awards honour the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal women who work tirelessly to advance the status of Aboriginal people in all areas of the community.
With this year’s theme being ‘advancement through education’, Hanchant-Nichols is a worthy recipient currently working to support up to 56 Aboriginal staff members as UniSA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and development consultant.
Hanchant-Nichols was also awarded the Hills Treasure Award to recognise the contributions of residents over the age of 65, or 50 for Aboriginal residents, across all Hills council regions.
Honorary Doctor and graduate of UniSA, the late Alice Rigney, was posthumously awarded the Gladys Elphick Perpetual Trophy, which honours the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal women in South Australia in all areas of the community.
With a great career in education, Rigney was Australia’s first female Aboriginal school principal and first Aboriginal person to join the professional ranks of the South Australian Department of Education.
Associate Professor Robert Hattam has been appointed as one of 47 new members of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts in 2018.
Members of the ARC College of Experts are recognised as highly qualified experts of international standing drawn from the Australian research community: from higher education, industry and public sector research organisations.
Assoc Prof Hattam is Associate Head of School: Research, Director of the Centre for Research in Education and leader of the Pedagogies for Justice research group. His research focuses on teachers’ work, educational leadership, critical and reconciliation pedagogies, refugees, and school reform.
As a member of the 182-member ARC College of Experts, he will play a part in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessment of research grant proposals, and recommending projects to be funded.
A UniSA professor has been recognised for a lifetime of achievement in the fields of health services research and health policy.
The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSAANZ) has presented the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences’s Professor Libby Roughead its 2017 Distinguished Investigator – Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards recognise investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of health services research and health policy in Australia and New Zealand through scholarship and teaching, advancement of science and methods, and leadership.
Prof Roughead received the award for her lifetime achievement in the field with respect to research, translation, training and teaching.
Prof Roughead also received a citation highlighting her management of a multidisciplinary team of 26 research and support staff, eight PhD students and more than 200 published papers.
Staff from across UniSA have been recognised for excellence in teaching through the awards of the 2017 UniSA Teaching Awards.
The annual awards cover four categories.
Anna Rogers - School of Education
For providing preservice student teachers with exemplary teaching and learning experiences in mathematics that help prepare them for successful careers in education.
Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles - School of Management
For excellence in scholarship based on the development and delivery of curricula which showcases Indigenous values and knowledge, and places Indigenous peoples at the centre of the debate around fostering tourism in different regions.
Digital Literacy Team: Jennifer Stokes, UniSA College (UCO); Rebecca Godwin, UCO & School of Communication, International Studies and Languages (CIL); Cameron McTernan, UCO & CIL.
For leadership in digital learning through innovative course design which empowers students as digital citizens and producers.
Dr Alpana Sivam – School of Art, Architecture and Design
For designing an authentic curriculum linking theory with planning practice that enables students to graduate with industry skills and professional knowledge.
Dr Don Clifton - School of Management
For teaching business ethics in an authentic and supportive environment that is engaging, practical and rewarding, gives positive student outcomes, and enhances UniSA’s reputation.
Dr Emily Ward – School of Health Sciences (HLS); Dr Margarita Tsiros - HLS; Dr Sophie Lefmann - HLS
For development of physiotherapy graduates who provide paediatric care within the changing clinical landscape of the NDIS through development of a UniSA paediatric clinical service.
Dr Gabrielle Todd – School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
For excellence in formative assessment of learning that demystifies neuroscience.
Pharmacy Undergraduate Practical Teaching Team: Dr Kristen Bremmell - Pharmaceutical Science School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences (PMB); Dr Tim Barnes - Pharmaceutics/Pharmaceutical Sciences, PMB; A/Prof Bernard Hughes, PMB; Dr Vijay Suppiah - PMB
For development of program wide pharmaceutical compounding practicals using the scaffold learning approach to improve student learning outcomes.
Bachelor of Business student Kelsey Reilly has been named South Australian tourism student of the year.
Kelsey won the student of the year category at the 2017 South Australian Tourism Awards, held at Adelaide Convention Centre earlier this month.
Kelsey is currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management).
Kelsey has travelled solo through 18 countries and undertaken international study tours to France and South Korea as part of a New Colombo Plan Student Mobility Scholarship.
She has volunteered at many events and recently completed a placement at Tourism Barossa.
The majority of Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. Almost 62 per cent of respondents voted that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Responding to the outcome, UniSA social philosopher Dr Katrina Zaworski says that despite the opposition, many Australians contributed towards the recognition of human rights of important members of our national community.
“This yes vote is likely to contribute positively towards decreasing the rates of LGBTQI youth suicide in this country, which is about 30 per cent higher in comparison to heterosexual youth,” she says.
“LGBTQI young people struggling with depression and anxiety, struggling to find reasons to live, will know from the vote that their lives matter, that they can live without shame.
“The yes vote is an important and much needed step in the right direction but sadly, marriage equality will not prevent many of our young people turning to suicide.”
UniSA has been awarded a five-star rating for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) for the tenth consecutive year by the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA).
UniSA is the only institute to receive this recognition consecutively for so many years.
The Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) ratings are one of the nation’s most rigorous and highly-regarded MBA ranking schemes.
The success follows the release of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Survey, which placed UniSA’s MBA program among the top 10 MBAs in Australia for the tenth year, ranking it seventh in Australia overall and fifth for value for money and research output.
UniSA has also been awarded five stars by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
For more information visit unisa.edu.au/mba.
About $1 million has been awarded to UniSA researchers to undertake work that addresses one or more of the University’s research themes.
The Research Themes Investment Scheme (RTIS) supports research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and builds collaborative partnerships.
Earlier this year, UniSA held six ‘Big Question’ workshops , with interdisciplinary teams discussing:
An Age Friendly World - how can we enable and support active ageing across the lifespan?
Scarce Resources - how do we eliminate waste in this State?
Healthy Futures - how can we build, sustain and strengthen the mental health of South Australians?
Transforming Industries - how can we provide sustainable and stable energy for South Australia?
Cancer - how can we reduce the burden of cancer and its progression on society?
Transforming Societies - how can we reduce inequality and give all South Australians a better future?
About 80 per cent of funding awarded under this year’s Research Themes Investment Scheme will go to proposals that address one of those questions. The full list of successful applications, announced in October, is available online.
An international expert in spatial planning, Professor Stefanie Duhr, will join UniSA in 2018 as Professor of Planning in the School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Professor Duhr’s appointment is part of UniSA’s strategic action plan, Crossing the Horizon, through which 100 academic staff are being employed across the University’s research themes and key disciplinary strengths.
Prof Duhr has more than ten years’ experience with Radboud University based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, most recently as the Professor of European Spatial Planning Systems.
Pro Vice Chancellor of the Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences Prof Denise Meredyth says Prof Duhr will strengthen the University’s expertise in spatial planning.
“Professor Duhr has published extensively and is an expert in policy-oriented research in the fields of strategic spatial planning, territorial cooperation, visualisations in planning and the role of spatial planning in achieving sustainable development,” Prof Meredyth says.
“We look forward to Prof Duhr joining us in 2018 and sharing her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm, which includes an interest in the communicative potential and power of maps in different spatial planning cultures.”
Prof Duhr says she’s looking forward to working with new colleagues at UniSA “to make a difference to planning education and research in Australia and beyond”.
Prof Duhr holds a PhD from the University of the West of England and a Masters in Applied Geography/Spatial Development from the University of Trier in Germany. Her books Visual Language of Spatial Planning (Routledge 2007) and European spatial planning and territorial cooperation (2010, with C.Colomb and V. Nadin, 2nd edition in preparation) have become key references in the field of spatial planning for academics and practitioners.
Prof Duhr will join UniSA in April 2018.