Pop-Up University heads to the Wimmera

Facilitated by Professor Jane Farmer, a group of La Trobe's leading professors, lecturers and PhD students will set up the COMMUNIversity for a special  weekend of learning at Warracknabeal.

The pop-up university experience is a first for the region and a joint project of La Trobe and Rural Northwest Health with the support of Wimmera Primary Care Partnership.

Professor Farmer says the COMMUNIversity is a unique opportunity for local people to hear and learn from some of the world's leading minds in areas as diverse as social inclusion, to soil and gut microbes.  

'It is rare to attract a global expert to speak in a rural town, but we are bringing a whole team. Their subjects are broad and fascinating and we encourage anyone attending to get involved and ask questions. This event is open to everyone. '

World class academics attending  COMMUNIversity include Professor Chris Bigby whose research around the social inclusion of people with an intellectual disability has an international following.

Professor Sue Martin will also present  – she is internationally regarded for her publishing on Australian and British literature and culture.

Professor Christopher Mackie will speak about his work on classical Roman and Greek mythology and more recently developed interests in the Galliploi/Dardanelles region.

There will be health related subjects on offer including from Professor Emma Whitelaw who will be talking about the harmful effects of alcohol on babies.

Expert discussion around population health, rural planning and healthy environments for children will also be part of the two day experience.

RNH CEO Catherine Morely said the COMMUNIversity project is a wonderful opportunity for the community.

"We want to see everyone take advantage of the learning on offer here.There are an array of subjects so this has broad appeal for our residents to  get involved. This project is a unique opportunity for our region.'

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Image: "Warracknabeal War Memorial & Post Office" by Mattinbgn - Own work.