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Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
Behaviour - Brain - Body Research Centre
Centre for Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
Centre for Social Change
Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group
New app supports a plan to cope and a strategy for suicide prevention
October 03 2017
The University of South Australia has released a new mobile application designed to help people cope with stress on a day-to-day basis.
The new app, ‘My Coping Plan,’ developed by UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman, allows users to create, store and update a personalised coping plan on their mobile device.
Dr Stallman says the benefit of the new app is that it allows people to stick to a personalised coping plan.
“We all cope. However, in times of stress, anxiety or distress, it can be difficult to think clearly or make healthy decisions,” Dr Stallman says.
'Anti-oppressive Social Work, public welfare and the crisis of neoliberalism'
Presented by Guest Speaker Dr Gurnam Singh, Kent University
Abstract: Abstract: In this lecture I will argue that in response to the ongoing crisis of neoliberalism, ruling elites are reconstructing a new regressive common sense about the nature of welfare state and of, ....Read More
'Protecting our children in a dangerous world'
Presented by Guest Speaker Prof Jane Reeves, Kent University
Abstract: The current situation for child abuse nationally and internationally is complex, pervasive and evolving. In 2012 the University of Kent supported a pioneering innovation in child protection teaching and learning, set up by Professors Jane Reeves....Read More
Special Screening: "Shock Room" A film by Kathryn Millardx
School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages held a special free screening of Shock Room.
In the early 1960s psychologist Stanley Milgram, in seeking to understand the Holocaust, ran a series of controversial experiments on obedience. An authority orders you to inflict painful shocks on another person. Read more
To view the film trailer, visit: https://vimeo.com/124273828
2016 HDR Poster Presentation Forum
This event not only allowed doctoral scholars at any stage of their studies to present their work to their fellow scientists and the public. Rather, it also provided them with the exceptional possibility to learn more about the exciting and diverse world of research in our school.
The winner of this year’s award for best poster went to Ms Bianca Kahl- 'Testing a Life History Model of Psychopathology’ Supervisors: Dr Phil Kavanagh, Prof David Gleaves.
Bianca has been awarded $500 to assist her to attend a conference to present her work.
'While you were sleepwalking: A review of the science of somnambulism'
Presented by Dr Helen Stallman, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, UniSA
Sleepwalking has long held a fascination–the strange nocturnal wanderings of people who are actually asleep. It most prominently comes to the attention of the general public when a person uses sleepwalking as a defence for murder or when the sleepwalker is seriously injured. This presentation will provide an overview of the science of sleepwalking including highlighting the recent research conducted by Dr Stallman and her team in the areas of epidemiology, medication-induced sleepwalking and violence during sleepwalking. >Read more
Radio Interview: Dr Stallman speaks to Ali Clarke on 891 ABC Adelaide Mornings about what we know about sleepwalking and the mystery still surrounding it. Listen to the interview
If you have ever experienced sleepwalking and want to help with the anonymous study click here
First Edition of the NEW Journal
Eat Sleep Work is a journal for developing researchers who investigate the impact of lifestyle on the brain, the body and the planet."
Submissions are now open for Eat Sleep Work Volume 2, Time to get last year's honours thesis published??
Feeling Overwhelmed by Stress?
thedesk is an online program that can help you develop strategies to manage stress, anxiety and depression symptoms so that you can perform at your peak. The program is available at https://www.thedesk.org.au
Registration is free.
Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey won an Augusta Zadow Award from SafeWork SA
Congratulations to Associate Professor Muchelle Tuckey who won a Safework SA Augusta Zadow award for her project:
Project Title: "Reducing bullying against women working in South Australia through evidence based research assessment
Dr Wes McTernan wins Tony Winefield Phd Thesis Prize
Congratulations to Dr Wesley McTernan for winning the 2016 Tony Winefield PhD Thesis Prize in Psychology.
Thesis title: "A long way from home: Investigation of work stress and remoteness in the mining industry"
The Tony Winefield PhD Thesis Prize in Psychology is awarded for the best PhD thesis in the discipline of psychology in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy.
International Research Collaboration Award
At this year EASS Academic Excellence Awards, APC-WHS was awarded with the International Research Collaboration Award for the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work.
Team members: Prof Maureen Dollard, A/Prof Akihito Shimazu, A/Prof Michelle Tuckey, Tessa Bailey, Mikaela Owen, Dr Wes McTernan, Annabelle Neall, Prof Christian Dormann, Ali Afsharian, Harry Becher, David Duong, Dr Sarven McLinton, Rachael Potter, Prof Tony Winefield, Amy Zadow
Radio Interview with Radio New Zealand- Harry Becher
Harry Becher gave a radio interview with Radio New Zealand on findings from his PhD investigations on productivity costs due to poor psychosocial safety climate:
Click to listen to the interview
2016 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Melbourne
APC-WHS who with colleagues from Japan attended the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine Melbourne, and gave a joint symposium as part of the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work. Harry and Mikaela gave very impressive presentations on their PhD research which involved predicting future cardiovascular risk, psychological health and engagement from Psychosocial Safety Climate and policy implications.
Photo from left: Maureen Dollard (Co-Chair), Harry Becher, Mikaela Owen from APC-WHS with Kanami Tsuno, Akizumi Tsutsumi (Co-Chair) and Akiomi Inoue from the University of Tokyo.
2016 International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment conference in Auckland
Several researchers from the centre presented at the 2016 International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment conference in Auckland. Congratulations to Assoc Prof Michelle Tuckey for her keynote presentation which has resulted in further invitations. Dr Sharon Kwan and Ms Annabelle Neall also gave presentations.
Photo from left: Dr Sharon Kwan, Assoc Prof Michelle Tuckey, doctoral scholar Ms Annabelle Neall.
Dr Sharon Kwan wins award for best PhD thesis
Dr Sharon Kwan was awarded the APS Occupational Health Psychology Interest Group Doctoral Award, for the best PhD thesis.
Thesis title – The role of the psychosocial safety climate in coping with workplace bullying: A grounded theory and sequential tree analysis
Sharon Kwan Sam Mee’s research project included a series of studies examining how organisational factors, specifically psychosocial safety climate, influence responses to bullying and the success of those responses.
In addition to increasing understanding of the factors associated with bullying, the project involved developing two workplace bullying assessment inventories; one being the first workplace bullying index appropriate for Eastern countries, the second focused on coping options in response to bullying. The findings point to the importance of organisational climate and cultural context in understanding responses to bullying.
2016 European Academy for Occupational Health Conference, Athens
Several researchers from the centre presented at the 2016 European Academy for Occupational Health Conference in Athens; Pictured here from Left to right: Dr Michael Ertel from the Federal Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Germany, MD; Prof Maureen Dollard, and doctoral scholars: Amy Zadow, Mikaela Owen, Tessa Bailey, Sarven McLinton and Harry Becher.
Professor Maureen Dollard gave an invited presentation for the “Sustaining Employee Well-being for the 21st Century” seminar funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on Psychosocial safety climate; Productivity vs Liveable Work, at York, UK.
Professor Dollard also visited the Health and Safety Executive in the UK and discussed collaborative work in the forthcoming ARC grant, PhD internships and collaborative work in intervention research they are about to undertake.
She also gave a presentation in the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Institut für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie University Mainz Colloquium on Psychosocial safety climate; Productivity vs Healthy work.
Dr Valerie O’Keefe gave a presentation on Flexing the boundaries: Nurses’ decision making for safety and care at the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference ‘Human Factors in Complex Systems’ held at Nottingham University 6-8 June. Dr O'Keefe also met with Professor Karina Nielsen, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia to review the SafeWork SA funded Designed with Care project interventions and evaluation, and with Steve Barraclough, CEO Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, UK about membership activities and collaborations between professional societies in her role as incoming Federal Executive – General Secretary of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey gave an invited presentation on The risk assessment of workplace bullying as a psychosocial hazard to the ‘Muscles and Minds’ work health and safety forum, hosted by SafeWork SA & Return To Work SA on 16 June. Michelle also participated in a National Safety Culture Working Group convened by Safe Work Australia on 15 June, who met in Canberra to provide advice regarding a national research project on safety culture.
Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey gave two presentations to industry groups in the last fortnight.
- A plenary presentation at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Prevention of Workplace Bullying Conference in Melbourne on 26 May
- An invited guest address for ‘Know Bull Day’ at the Adelaide office of the Australian Taxation Office on 3 June.
Congratulations to Dr Valerie O’Keefe winner of the International 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Healthcare Management category for her doctoral research on “Nurses' sensemaking: The social context of occupational health and safety decision making”. A well-deserved award!!!
Congratulations to Professor Maureen Dollard who was awarded the "Fellowship of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology" in recognition of an outstanding career contribution to occupational health psychology!! Great recognition of her work over many years.
Grant Funding awarded.
Congratulations to Assoc Prof Michelle Tuckey, Dr Yiqiong Li, Dr Peter Chen, Prof Maureen Dollard and Ms Annabelle Neall who were awarded $108,115 from SafeWork SA with a $30,000 contribution from ANMF and in kind support from SASMOA for the project Developing a Workplace Bullying Risk Audit Tool.
"Psychosocial risk management: Calamity or opportunity?"
Presented by Distinguished visiting fellow, Professor Stavroula Leka
The centre welcomed distinguished visiting fellow, Professor Stavroula Leka
Professor of Work, Health & Policy, from the Centre for Organizational Health & Development at the University of Nottingham, UK. Professor Stavroula Leka, delivered a seminar on "Psychosocial risk management: Calamity or opportunity?"
Behaviour - Brain - Body Research Centre
Charlotte Gupta (PhD candidate) was interviewed at the Centre for Sleep Research last week on 14th March 2017 on ABC's BTN show about 'why we sleep'.
Click here to watch full video
'Circadian Rhythm Disruption Impact on Health'
Presented by Guest Speaker Prof Mary Harrington
Circadian or daily rhythms sculpt most of our physiological processes. These internally generated 24 h cycles adapt our biology to the cycles in our natural world. What is the impact of disruption of circadian rhythms as is common in modern life? We have good evidence.... Read More
'Effects of self-selected or imposed insufficient sleep on sleep, alertness, and performance'
Presented by Guest Speaker A/Prof Elizabeth Klerman
The Centre for Sleep Research welcomed Associate Professor Elizabeth Klerman from Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA. Associate Professor Klerman delivered a seminar on "Effects of self-selected or imposed insufficient sleep on sleep, alertness, and performance". >Read more
A big congratulations to doctoral scholar Alex Chatburn who this week was awarded, ‘The Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship’. Alex who is supervised by Dr Mark Kohler and Prof Kurt Lushington will use the scholarship to visit the Memory and Learning Group at the University of Birmingham, UK. The scholarship is aimed at providing HDRs with an opportunity to gain an international perspective and improve their thesis through research, data collection or work with institutional or industry partners.
Dr Siobhan Banks talks about investigating the effectiveness of a ‘split sleep schedule’ for shift workers, in UniSA's Talking Papers series celebrating research achievements across the University.
Listen to the interview here
Are we getting enough sleep?
Dr Siobhan Banks joined Insight on Tuesday 10th May 2016.
We spend about one third of our lives sleeping. There’s no other activity we engage in more, and it’s as critical to our health as food and water. Put simply, our cognitive abilities deteriorate without sleep.
So, are we getting enough? And, when we are catching z’s, how do we know if the quality of our sleep is enough to sustain the demands of our busy lives?
We live in a 24-hour society of smart phones, emails, text messages, and Twitter feeds. We call on stimulants like caffeine to keep us awake, and often turn to alcohol to send us to sleep. Is there a fast and fool-proof way to re-set our circadian rhythms, and how do we counteract the impact of so much screen-time?
This week, Insight explores the sleep problems plaguing Australians. Click to watch
"Energy Balance and Chronic Sleep Loss: Implications for Health"
Presented by Visiting Scholar A/Prof Namni Goel
The Centre for Sleep Research welcomed visiting scholar Associate Professor Namni Goel from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania,USA. Associate Professor Namni Goel delivered a seminar on "Energy Balance and Chronic Sleep Loss: Implications for Health". >Read More
Neuroscientists’ work offers hope for people living with dementia
by Candy Gibson
Two UniSA researchers are hopeful of major breakthroughs in preventing and treating dementia, the second leading cause of death in Australia.
Dr Hannah Keage wearing an EC cap to measure brain activity (used to predict delirium risk in older people) and Dr Tobias Loetscher wearing tracking glasses (used to see how people with dementia focus on certain subjects).
Cognitive neuroscientists Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Tobias Loetscher have been collectively awarded $1.4 million by the Federal Government as part of plans to urgently scale up dementia research.
Dr Keage and Dr Loetscher will use their NHMRC Fellowship funds to investigate the link between visual impairments and dementia, and strategies to help those at higher risk of developing dementia because of cardiovascular disease.
Over the next four years the researchers – who are based in UniSA’s Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences (CAIN) Lab at the Magill campus – will undertake a number of studies to tackle several issues related to dementia. Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older........ Read more>
Click here to watch: Dementia and heart surgery: how are they linked?
9 News Adelaide - In a world-first study, Adelaide neuroscientists are exploring ways to stop patients with heart disease developing dementia.
Cognitive neuroscientists Dr Tobias Loetscher and Dr Hannah Keage appeared on Channel 9 News tonight, here in Adelaide! They discussed their new NHMRC Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships, worth nearly $1.5 million. And of course, we are a big team, so thanks to everyone at CAIN for getting these ideas off the ground! An exciting four years ahead!
Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference
November 23-26th, 2017
Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Adelaide. Chaired by Dr Hannah Keage, and local organising committee including: Dr Tobias Loetscher, Dr Ashleigh Smith and the CAIN student group.
For further information and to register visit the website: http://www.acns.org.au/2017-acns-conference
AAG-Australian Sleep Association
October 19th, 2016
Sleep in the older population: molecules to people, theory to practice, a AAG-Australian Sleep Association joint workshop, Adelaide Convention Centre. Organised by Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Ashleigh Smith.
Congratulations and the CAIN team for securing a $7,000 grant from the City of Unley to assist them on their Dementia Friendly Cities strategy.
Australian Brain Bee Challenge
On June 29th, the centre hosted the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, at Magill UniSA Campus. The state finals were held on Wednesday, with the top 40 SA students invited from round one. A lot of fun was had by all, from left to right: 1st Anthony from Pembroke, 3rd George from Immanuel and 2nd Bella from Walford taking. Anthony will go to the National finals in Hobart in December.
Dr Ashleigh Smith, from the School of Health Sciences at Unisa discusses vascular contributions to dementia and the CAIN neurovascular coupling project on FIVEAA
Click here to listen to Dr Ashleigh Smith's interview on FIVEAA Talking Adelaide on 5 June 2016.
Dr Owen Churches, a CAIN collaborator (and co-supervisor to doctoral scholars Louise Lavrencic and Daniel Feuerriegel), successfully combined music with statistics teaching during an Advanced Research Methods (BEHL3005) lecture.
Click here to listen to The Best statistics song ever!
Congratulations to doctoral student Ms Louise Lavrencic from the CAIN lab who presented a keynote at the SA Australian Association of Gerontology conference last Friday.
Seeking research study participants, to register click here.
Centre for Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
The UniSA Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience and Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences are delighted to invite you to seminar by one of the world’s leading cognitive neuroscientists, Professor Robert T. Knight:
'Insights into Human Cognition from Intracranial Recording'
Presented by Guest Speaker: Robert T. Knight, M.D. Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology University of California, Berkeley
When: Wednesday 18 October, 4.00pm - 5.00pm,
Location: Jeffery Smart Building, Room JS1-13, City West Campus
The presentation will be followed by light refreshments and networking.
Abstract: Intracranial recording in humans provides a unique window into the role of prefrontal cortex (PFC) in goal-directed behavior. Classic neurological dogma posited that the human cortex did not generate neural oscillations above 50 Hz. However, findings over the last decade report robust neural activity up to 250 Hz in the human cortex (70-250 Hz, high frequency band; HFB) with superb spatial (mm) and temporal (msec) resolution. Notably, HFB activity is modulated by slower cortical oscillations with different tasks eliciting unique distributed oscillatory patterns of activity. I will review our work using intracranial recordings to delineate the role of PFC in attention, language, memory and decision-making and our efforts to use HFB activity to develop a neuroprosthetic device to decode language for development of a brain computer interface for treatment of disabling language deficits.
Robert T. Knight, M.D., is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley and, from 2001 to 2011, was Director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Knight has been honoured twice with the Jacob Javits Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, with the IBM Cognitive Computing Award, the German Humboldt Prize in Neurobiology, and the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. His laboratory records electrical signals from the brain to delineate the neural basis of human cognition, with a particular emphasis on prefrontal cortex function. He and his team are also working to develop an implantable speech prosthesis for patients with disabling neurological disorders.
Centre for Social Change
Centre Book Launch: 'Water and Rural communities: Local Politics, Meaning and Place'
On Friday 9 December, 2016, A/Prof Lia Bryant with A/Prof Jodie George launched their new book entitled ''Water and rural communities: Local politics, meaning and place'.
The overall theme of this book concerns the multiplicity and complexities of discursive constructions of water in Western economies in relation to irrigation communities. The authors argue that the politics of place is given meaning in relation to local knowledges and within multiple and multiscalar institutional frameworks involved with the social, physical, economic and political practices associated with water. They are particularly concerned with water at the local level, including how it is exchanged, managed and given meaning.
Congratulations to Amy Parkes from the Centre for Social Change who was presented a NAIDOC Community Service Award for her collaborative work with Indigenous mothers and the 'Grannies Group' as part of her PhD research. Well done!
2016 JAC Conference in Curitiba, Brazil
Professor Bernard Guerin recently gave both an invited opening address at the 2016 JAC Conference in Curitiba, Brazil, entitled “New Thinking about Mental Health in a Contextual Perspective”; and an invited talk with Marcela Ortolan in São Carlos, Brazil, entitled “Analysing Domestic Violence Behaviours in their Contexts: Violence as a Continuation of Social Strategies by other Means” (“Violência Doméstica: Analisando os contextos dos comportamentos envolvidos”). The photograph is of Professor Bernard Guerin being presented with a Brazilian Capybara after his invited opening address in Curitiba.
Doctoral student Leonnie Blumson's study investigating women's experiences of farm inheritance was reported in the Stockjournal, Thursday 21st July, 2016.
Read more about Leonnie's project
Doctoral Scholar Gipsy Hosking is awarded the 2016 University of South Australia Vice Chancellor and Presidents Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship acknowledges and supports the university's outstanding PhD candidates.
Social Work in a Glocalised world, Emergent questions, Practices and Methods
Associate Professor Lia Bryant gave a keynote presentation entitled 'Critical, creative and reflexive methods for social research and professional development', at the one day symposium Social Work in a Glocalised world, Emergent questions, Practices and Methods held in Sweden at the Linköping University. The symposium was organised by adjunct Associate Professor Mona Livholts. Photographed here from left to right: Professor Jeff Hearn, A/Prof Mona Livholts, A/Prof Lia Bryant.
Centre Book Launch: 'Subversive Action: Extralegal Practices for Social Justice'
On Tuesday 15th March, 2016, Dr Nilan Yu's co-edited book with Deema Mandell entitled 'Subversive Action: Extralegal Practices for Social Justice’ was launched by Associate Professor Lia Bryant at the Centre for Social Change.
The Centre for Social Change welcomed visiting scholar and Adjunct Associate Professor Mona Livholts from Linkopping University, Sweden. Associate Professor Mona Livholts delivered a seminar on "Emergent Writing Methodologies" and a workshop on Memory Work. Photographed here from Left to Right: Dr Carole Zufferey, doctoral scholars: Terry Taylor, Amy Parkes, Gipsy Hosking, Lyndon Gordon; Dr Bridget Garnham, A/Prof Mona Livholts.
Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group
Cat personality explained: understanding the Feline Five
Dr Carla Litchfield together with one of her honours students Gillian Quinton, is a co-author, have published an article about The Feline Five published in PLOS ONE.
Litchfield, C.A., Quinton, G., Tindle, H., Chiera, B., Kikillus, K.H., and Roetman, P. (2017). The ‘Feline Five’: An Exploration of Personality in Pet Cats (Felis catus). PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183455
To accompany this publication is a short video about cat personality
For more information about the Cat Tracker project and The Discovery Circle visit the wesite at: http://www.discoverycircle.org.au/cat-personality/
Rwanda Discovery Escorted From Adelaide by Dr Carla Litchfield- Hurry limited spots left
Departing from Adelaide, discover the culture and various wildlife, in this emerging scenic country with 17 days of exploring. Visit with Mountain Gorillas along with other primates, birds, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and many more. Spend time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and visit the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. Places are limited so get in quick.
Rwanda is diverse as it is friendly and this tour is hosted by Dr Carla Litchfield, a specialist in the field of animal behaviour to enrich this experience.
If you love culture, scenery, wildlife and want to know more about them in their natural habitat, then this is a must do tour!
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