News and Events
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International Association For University Health and Wellbeing
“Physical activity: the impact of social norms and its relationship to academic achievement during the transition to university”
By Guest Speaker: Dr Alyson Crozier
Program Director Exercise and Sport Science Portfolio, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia
Webinar: “The 5Ps approach to improving the transition, retention and success of university students”
By Guest Speaker: Professor Denise Wood AM, Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation at CQ University
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.
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.
Creating a climate of psychological safety in the workplace.
Psychological safety in the workplace is important for a healthy corporate culture, and can help boost mental health and profit. Dr Nicola Davies talks to Professor Maureen Dollard, an expert in the field, about how to create the right climate.
Professor Maureen Dollard, director and head of the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety (a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre), says a psychological safety climate (PSC) is the “organisational climate for worker psychological health and safety that reflects a management balance of productivity and worker health concerns.”
PSC is about guidelines, methods and other practices that seek to protect a wage earner’s overall well-being...
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
Seminar: Cognitive Training in older adults at risk of dementia
Presented by Guest Speakers: Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs & Dr Amit Lampit, University of Melbourne.
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
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? Click to watch
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.
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>
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!
Dr Ashleigh Smith, from the School of Health Sciences at Unisa discusses vascularcontributions 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 5June 2016.
Seminar: '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
'Practice-Based Suicide Prevention Targeting Men and Women in Farmin Occupations'
Hosted by the National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing University of South Australia, 20 May 2019
The Advisory Board for the National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing, Research Group.
Locals become pin ups for mental health:
Yorke Peninsula Country Times reports on Research Fellow Dr Bridget Garnham’s initiative producing a calendar featuring local farmers and their mental health stories. Read more>
Director A/Professor Lia Bryant was invited to give a keynote address at RMIT, Melbourne, Friday 19th October, 2018 on 'Place-Based Approaches to Farmer Suicide Prevention.'
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
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! Find out more
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College