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Going with the grain to combat diabetes

…ntially less nutritional value over preparing healthy meals, further increase our risk of developing the disease, for which there is no cure. Food scientist, Associate Professor Stuart Johnson, from Curtin’s School of Public Health and Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, has spent his career researching legumes such as lupins and chickpeas to understand their potential as health beneficial foods, and using these foods to create healthy…

Curtin honours its distinguished academics

…earch and teaching, and these two recipients have contributed greatly to the University’s success in these areas, and we are privileged to have them as part of our Professoriate.” Professor Charles Watson from the Faculty of Health Sciences has also been bestowed with the title of John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor, which is conferred in perpetuity. Professor Charles Watson, has been recognised for his commitment to the University in…

Research shows positive or negative attitude impacts illness recovery

…ety, and they are less likely to get better.” Professor Hagger said the research would have important implications for people in the medical profession and healthcare providers who deal with patients with chronic illnesses. “Health professionals should not only communicate the serious consequences of the illness but also identify concrete ways to help patients deal with their illness such as taking their medication as prescribed or attending…

Learn how to manage your diabetes through Curtin’s new MOOC

…ound the world to learn important information about diabetes.” The MOOC also contains critical information about how to manage medications, which devices can be used to deliver insulin, how to manage your mental and physical health, and also gives advice on preparing for pregnancy. Health professionals may also find it an interesting source of information and resources. Throughout each module, participants will meet people with diabetes who will…

Pride and prejudice

…shed the LGBTIQ Collaborative Research Network, and in 2015, the Trans Research Interest Group (TRIG). “Currently transgender people are diagnosed with one of a number of ‘gender identity disorder’ diagnoses, which the World Health Organization classes as mental disorders,” says TRIG founder, Associate Professor Sam Winter. Winter was part of a WHO working group that in 2012 made a proposal to replace these diagnoses with one called ‘gender…

Insider knowledge

…integrated learning opportunities for students, such as work placements with Curtin’s industry partners. In the past year alone, business students have created marketing strategies for the Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s team, health sciences students have treated players from the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos, and humanities students have written a joint anthology of fiction with students from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. “Work-integrated…

Celebrating two worlds

…se, I could help my own people.” Following requests from the Perth Aboriginal Medical Service and other health organisations, Curtin began offering the Indigenous Community Health Program in 1992. The program teaches primary health care, health promotion and management within an Indigenous framework. It reflects an understanding that better health outcomes for Indigenous people are key to achieving equity in other areas, such as education and…

A star is born

…WAIT. Watts’ vision was bold – he wanted the institute competing on the national and international stage, and research was the key. At the time, the Health Sciences division, led by Professor Mark Liveris, was driving allied health research in Western Australia. Liveris secured the largest grant to date from the US Kellogg Foundation to an Australian university, for a Centre for Advanced Studies. Today, the Biosciences Research Precinct at…

Physiotherapist en pointe with ballerinas’ careers

…ng a range of injuries and ailments. “In my final year of my undergraduate degree, I went to my first International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference and, within this, went to a presentation aimed at young health professionals about growing in the industry,” she said. “It was presented by the head physiotherapist of The Royal Ballet in London. She said that when she looks for physiotherapists to work with their dancers, she…

Australians deficient in sunshine vitamin

…deficiency are elderly people, those with naturally darker skin, and breastfed babies of mothers who have low levels of vitamin D. While sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, a team of scholars from the School of Public Health, including Dr Lucinda Black, and Master of Dietetics students Rachel Cheang and Eleanor Dunlop, have completed a pilot study on food as an alternative source of the sunshine vitamin. The study, funded by the Western…