Healthy Futures Speakers

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EV INNESS, GROUP LEAD, ALLIED HEALTH AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

PRESENTATION TITLE: The contribution of service learning by health students to regional communities: paradigm shift in practice-based education

Associate Professor Ev Innes is the Group Leader for Allied Health (comprising midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, pedorthics, podiatry and speech pathology) in the School of Health and Human Sciences (SCU).  She has led the development of SCU’s Occupational Therapy course, and been an active participant in the development of SCU’s Podiatry, Speech Pathology and Pedorthics courses.  Co-authors have backgrounds in exercise physiology, nursing, osteopathy and psychology.

DR LOUISE BYRNE, LECTURER IN LIVED EXPERIENCE MENTAL HEALTH

PRESENTATION TITLE: Mental health reform and the emerging Lived Experience Workforce: A role for Leadership?

Dr Louise Byrne works from her lived experience of significant mental health challenges, hospitalisation and Recovery.  Since 2009 Louise has been employed by CQUniversity as a Lived Experience in Mental Health Academic.  Louise’s role at CQUniversity was the first full-time position of its kind in the world.  Louise’s PhD and subsequent research explores lived experience roles within a range of contexts.  Louise previously worked from the perspective of her lived experience in government and non-government organisations in both adult and child and youth settings.  Louise also works on a part-time basis as a lived experience expert advisor to the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

DR ROBERT STANTON, LECTURER IN EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Sustainable partnerships in regional mental health care – better outcomes for all!

Dr Stanton is a lecturer is Sports and Exercise Sciences at CQUniversity Rockhampton and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at University of Canberra. For the past 5 years, much of Dr Stanton’s research has focussed on the physical health of people with mental illness, the role of exercise in the treatment of people with mental illness, and translation of research to consensus and policy statements in mental health care.  Dr Stanton received his PhD in 2015, and was awarded the ESSA Medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of exercise and sports science for his these entitled; ‘Developing and understanding of the role of exercise in the inpatient mental health setting’.

PROFESSOR LEE DI MILIA, DEAN, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND LAW, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Thrive to survive: the influence of ‘thriving' on nursing students' satisfaction with clinical experience

Professor Lee Di Milia is Dean, School of Business and Law. He manages over 80 staff in the effective delivery of teaching and research on multiple campuses from Cairns to Melbourne. In addition to his administrative duties he continues to teach under graduate students, conducts and publishes research and is an editorial board member of leading journals on organisational behaviour. A key goal for him is driving the school to connect with it’s stakeholders on every campus.

PROFESSOR CAROLINE FINCH, DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATION FOR RESEARCH INTO INJURY IN SPORT AND ITS PREVENTION, FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

PRESENTATION TITLE: Trends in of sports injury hospitalisation rates in regional/rural hospitals exceed those for metropolitan hospitals

Professor Finch is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), one of only 9 research centres worldwide to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Professor Finch has been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and in the top three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally.

Her research has been funded by the NHMRC, Australian Research Council, VicHealth, IOC, the US and Canadian National Institutes of Health, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and from peak sports bodies including the International Rugby Board, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Australian Football League (AFL) and Cricket Australia, to name a few. She contributes to the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Injury Prevention, Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, Injury Epidemiology, International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion and Sports Medicine.

Professor Finch’s research has been adopted and directly used to inform safety policy by Government Departments of Sport and Health, health promotion and injury prevention agencies, and peak sports bodies.

MR HIMALAYA SINGH, PhD STUDENT, FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

PRESENTATION TITLE: Geographical variation of sports and leisure injury hospitalisations in Victoria, Australia

Himalaya Singh has a background in Information Technology and spatial Information Science. He commenced his PhD to apply these skills in the sports and physical activity setting. Having a passion for sports and a mind set for spatial thinking, his research focuses on using geospatial methods in the sport injury prevention context. Himalaya's investigation intend to apply novel applications of spatial epidemiological approaches to sports injury data, which will  offer significant benefits for injury surveillance, allocation of resources and development of effective prevention programs.  His aim is to provide evidence to policy makers that will lead to better informed decisions in injury prevention programs and policy development.

DR JOY BOWLES, PROJECT COORDINATOR, SCHOOL OF RURAL MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

PRESENTATION TITLE: A regional diabetes database improves Type 2 diabetes outcomes in general practice

Accomplishments and relevant work experience

  • Bachelor of Science and Honours from Macquarie University, majoring in Cell Biology and Organic Chemistry.
  • Developed and presented lecture series and workshops in Chemistry of Essential Oils for Aromatherapists 1991-2002
  • Published author, "The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Essential Oils" (2003, Allen & Unwin)
  • PhD, Southern Cross University 2003-2006, (awarded 2007) investigating the potential for topically applied essential oils to improve cognitive function in dementia.
  • Chronic Disease Program Manager, New England Division of General Practice, and now New England Medicare Local, 2011- 2015.
  • Research Assistant, Telehealth Skills Training and Implementation Evaluation project, with Dr Michelle Guppy, 2013-2015.

Qualifications

PhD, BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Environmental Education

Research Interests

  • Use of aromatherapy as a complementary therapy in dementia.
  • Prevention of diabetes
  • Telehealth for improving rural access to health care

Improving life quality outcomes for ageing people with intellectual disabilities

DR JOSH DENHAM, LECTURER IN CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

PRESENTATION TITLE: Exercise and telomeres: a means to lengthen the end

Dr Denham is a lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of New England. His research focus is on different topics in molecular exercise physiology, including studies on the roles of epigenetic modifications and telomere biology in health and fitness adaptations conferred by exercise.

MS JULIE MARTYN, SENIOR LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

PRESENTATION TITLE: Appreciative inquiry highlights safe and effective nursing practice of medication administration

Julie is a senior lecturer with The University of The Sunshine Coast who recently completed her PhD with The University of New England. Julie’s PhD thesis is the untold story of the medication administration experiences of 20 registered nurses in a regional Australian hospital. Julie’s point of difference in her study is the use of an appreciative inquiry approach rather than the commonly used deficits approach to exploring medication administration practices of nurses.

KAMILA DAVIDSON, PhD CANDIDATE AND ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETICIAN, CENTRE FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH RESEARCH, QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Assessing children’s weight status in Australia – whose business is it? – a case study of Rockhampton

Kamila is a Dietitian and a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Children’s Health Research (Queensland University of Technology).

Kamila’s research interests include childhood overweight and obesity, assessment of children’s weight status and implementation of the National Health and Medical Research Council “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia” in practice. 

Kamila’s research aims to uncover challenges faced by health professionals and parents with regard to early identification of childhood overweight and obesity and its management in regional areas.  The goal of this research is to start much needed improvements in provision of health services to address overweight and obesity in regional areas.

REBECCA SHEILDS, HEALTH LITERACY PROJECT OFFICER, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Preparation for Success in Health – attracting and preparing our future health professionals in regional Queensland

Rebecca Shields is a project officer for Health Literacy in the Centre for Professional Development, School of Nursing and Midwifery at CQUniversity. She received a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from CQUniversity and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland.  She has been active in the area of university preparation for several years, working in the STEPS program at CQUniversity, as well as coordinating another preparatory program called Lift.  Previous to this, Rebecca has taught in primary and high schools across the Central Queensland region as well as in the UK and Japan.  Her professional interests revolve around accessibility to education, aspirations and preparation of high school students from underrepresented groups to higher education and special education, particularly working with parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

ADAM HULME, PhD SCHOLAR, AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATION FOR RESEARCH INTO INJURY IN SPORT AND ITS PREVENTION, FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

PRESENTATION TITLE: Reconciling the science behind running-related injury with a systems thinking perspective: A proposal for maintaining the health of active communities

Adam Hulme is a PhD student at ACRISP. His research involves examining the development and prevention of RRI in recreational exercisers and elite level athletes

BARBARA O'NEILL, ASSOCIATE LECTURER, PhD CANDIDATE, CQUNIVERSITY 

PRESENTATION TITLE: Preventing hospitalisation of residential aged care facility residents: Industry and university researchers collaborate

Barbara O’Neill, BA, BSN, RN, GCNursEd is an Associate Lecturer in the CQUniversity School of Nursing and Midwifery and a PhD candidate. She is a member of a team of CQUniversity researchers who has worked with PresCare, a regional aged-care organization, on three research projects related to hospital avoidance. She has presented the research findings at national and international conferences.

NARELLE PASCO, CQUNIVERSITY 

PRESENTATION TITLE: Re-Thinking the issue of Volatile Substance Misuse (VSM) in Australia

Narelle Pasco is a proud Murri woman and descendant of the Djirrbal people of the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia. She holds several qualifications in community services, mental health and training and has years of experience as a community based worker, including as the Coordinator of the Volatile Substance Misuse (VSM) Programme at the Darumbal Youth Services Inc. In 2011, Narelle was an invited speaker at the International Conference on Volatile Substance Misuse in Kettering, England. While in 2012 she prepared a Submission to the draft Queensland Mental Health Commission Bill 2012. Narelle is a Volatile Substance Misuse (VSM) community researcher and is based in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. She worked as a casual Research Assistant with the Office of Indigenous Engagement, CQUniversity, Australia.