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Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Canberra

I joined the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra in March 2009. Since then I have had the great good fortune to work with remarkable colleagues each day. I have been saving up a post to write about Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty ... a remarkable group of people who have taught me enormous lessons about caring and service. My links with and interest in nursing and midwifery training date back to my PhD days at the Institute for Educational Development at the University of Surrey in the 1980s. Ann Wickenden helped me understand the transformational opportunities...

Considering Intellectual Property

This Friday (11 June), the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is hosting a mini conference to discuss intellectual property. Leigh Blackall and James Neill are leading the conference organisation and providing rich information about it through Wikiversity. I am looking forward to facilitating discussion at the conference. There is a fascinating line up of speakers and attendees. I had been thinking about using ScribbleLive but will use Twitter #UCIP for updates. I hope to blog live too but will see! The Wikiversity page will have all the news! For those who would like to follow a live stream...

Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH)

The University of Canberra has a hidden treasure, the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH). In the past few months the Faculty of Health and the University have recruited two leading researchers to guide the Centre's development. Rachel Davey is the Director of the Centre and Professor of Health Research. Helen Berry is Rachel's senior research colleague in the Centre. Rachel and Helen have produced a five year strategic vision for CeRAPH that is framed by three goals: Excellence in health promotion and wellbeing research Engagement with communities of practice Dynamic alignment of research priorities CeRAPH's research focus will be on: Chronic...

Graduation Ceremony

Tuesday, 15 December was the date of the graduation ceremony for University of Canberra Faculty of Health students. The ceremony was held in the Great Hall of Parliament in Canberra. It is a most delightful and awe inspiring venue. It was great to see so many families there to celebrate a very special day. Eileen Robertson received her PhD degree at the ceremony. Eileen's work has been recognised with the inaugural AIS R T Withers' Award and with the University of Canberra's emerging researcher of the year award.

Writing Week Update 1

On Day 5 of the Writing Week in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra I was fascinated to find a blog post entitled UK Study Links Technology and Writing Skills. The post notes the publication and findings of a report written by Christina Clark and George Dugdale (November, 2009) entitled Young people’s writing: Attitudes, behaviour and the role of technology. The authors  note some of their key findings: 75% of young people said that they write regularly. Technology-based formats were most frequently written. For example, 82% of young people wrote text messages at least once a month, 73%...

Can You End A Writing Week?

An intense five days of writing is coming to a close in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. As I was composing the title of this post it struck me that Writing Weeks cannot end! I think we have shared a remarkable social dynamic this week that will have its own half-life. Many years ago I was fascinated by Wolfgang Iser's ideas around The Implied Reader and the links to hermeneutics. I realise I must return to his other work The Act of Reading (1976). David Albertson's essay (2000) helped me revisit Iser. Searching for ideas this week...

Writing Week: Day 5 First Edition

It has been a wonderful week of conversations, connections and scholarship in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Despite lots of distractions and end of semester obligations, staff in the Faculty have gone about writing with elan. Overnight one colleague shared with me an interest in ‘writing as a method of enquiry’ stimulated by the work of Laurel Richardson and Elizabeth St Pierre. This has prompted me to look carefully at their work and to consider how I might work with my colleague in the Faculty. Yet another delightful discovery for me in writing week. Another colleague has...

Writing Week: Day 4

We are moving to the end of the Writing Week in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Today staff had an opportunity to attend a workshop facilitated by Coralie McCormack. Coralie's work in the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University includes advising staff about Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) programs and projects, working with Associate Deans of Education in ALTC related work and supporting staff in the preparation of applications for the ALTC. Coralie's role in bringing people together to discuss and explore learning and teaching resonates with another event today. Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of the...

Writing Week: Day 3 in Progress

Day 3 of the Faculty of Health's writing week at the University of Canberra started with some great news on Yammer. Elsewhere colleagues were writing too. One Faculty member is co-authoring a book as part of the week's activities. The title of the book is Happy ever after? The challenge of EBT in relationship counselling for clinical psychologists. The good news is that "it is 98% complete". Another colleague has been off-campus for two days - one day working on an NHMRC grant with colleagues at University of Melbourne looking at the impact of a Cretan Mediterranean diet on Non-Alcoholic Fatty...

Writing Week: Day 2

A number of projects were underway on Day 2 of the Writing Week in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Some examples of work in progress include: A review paper on normalisation of EMG in sport to be updated with anymore current literature. A research article on the effects of different muscle actions on laterality as indicated through EMG. Processing data from the initial project from an AIS/University of Canberra strength and conditioning collaboration. (A retrospective analysis of performance and anthropometric data in the twelve months prior to the Beijing Olympics.) Ecstasy users are not biased towards endorsing somatic mental health...