Bendigo PhD candidate wins AHPA Vic Post Grad Student of the Year

Bendigo PhD candidate wins AHPA Vic Post Grad Student of the Year

08 Apr 2011

A La Trobe University postgraduate student studying baby boomers in ‘friends with benefits’ relationships has been awarded the Postgraduate Health Promotion Student of the Year by the Australian Health Promotion Association, Victorian Branch.

 

Linda-Kirkman-stdA La Trobe University postgraduate student studying baby boomers in ‘friends with benefits’ relationships has been awarded the Postgraduate Health Promotion Student of the Year by the Australian Health Promotion Association, Victorian Branch.


PhD candidate, Linda Kirkman chose to study the sexuality of older people under the heading Baby Boomers in Friends with Benefits Relationships.


‘Sexual health policy is mostly aimed at those under 29, and older adults are not included. At the conclusion of my research, I hope to make recommendations for health promotion and policy that relates to baby boomers’ Ms Kirkman said.


Ms Kirkman is a supporter of positive attitudes to sexuality across the life span, and sees the need for sex-positive, comprehensive, age appropriate sexuality education and sexual health promotion targeting baby boomers.
Professor Jane Farmer, head of La Trobe’s Rural Health School, has congratulated Ms Kirkman on her award.
‘This is a great achievement for Linda. She is undertaking ground breaking research in a very important field and we are delighted that she is getting the recognition she deserves.’


Her current research topic reflects Ms Kirkman’s passion for health promotion, especially in mental health and sexual health. She was a pioneer in health education/sexuality education in secondary school, and taught the subject for 12 years. This led to a Master’s degree researching Young Adults’ Perception of Sexual Health Promotion and How it Influenced Their Sexual Behaviour.


Aside from formal teaching at La Trobe University in Bendigo, and her study, Ms Kirkman promotes health informally through volunteer activities. She represents La Trobe University on the Loddon Campaspe Primary Care Partnerships Sexual Health Task Group, and is an honorary board member on two community arts organisations with the goal of promoting community connectedness leading to improved mental health. Ms Kirkman also uses social networking to highlight health promotion issues, especially sexual health ones.


‘Winning this award is an honour, and recognition of the professional and personal effort I put into health promotion at University and in the community,’ Ms Kirkman said.


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