Past events

HARG Seminar series: May 2016

"Workforce issues in rural community aged care"

Speakers: Jeni Warburton and Sue Hodgkin

Abstract: This presentation explores the challenges associated with ensuring an appropriate community aged care workforce is available to support the growing numbers of older people in rural areas. We focus on data from a study funded by the IRT Foundation, specifically relating to qualitative interviews with aged care managers across the NSW Riverina.

Findings show how managers are impacted by the challenges posed by the changing and complex aged care environment, and highlight the untenable position of rural community care services in having an appropriate workforce to meet future needs. Whilst recognising the need for employing new younger workers, managers expressed reluctance to move away from the traditional older, gendered workforce.

Overall, these findings enable an understanding of local factors that impact on care delivery, workforce and training needs. Findings highlight the complexity of rural service provision, and the tensions between broad aims for boosting and skilling the workforce, and local factors and responses to staffing and training.

Date: 26 May 2016

Time: 12:30 pm to 1.30 pm

Location: FHS AW Skills/VC Room 6104

Video Conferenced to: Bendigo Health Meeting Room 208a; Bundoora HS1 203; HS Alfred Clinical School Meeting Room 1

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HARG Seminar series: April 2016.

Building Healthy Communities and the Healthy Ageing Research Group invites you to:

"Making a difference to the care of older people: Beyond the peer-reviewed journal"

April Speakers:

Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh – Director ACEBAC

Michael Bauer – Senior Research Fellow ACEBAC

Abstract: ACEBAC has conducted numerous projects for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) aimed at improving the quality of care for older people. Much of this work has been picked up nationally and has even been cited by the OECD. This presentation will give an overview of this work and showcase how university research can go beyond outputs to real life outcomes.

Date: 28th April 2016

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Location: HS1 203

Video Conferenced: FHS AW Skills/VC Room 6104; Bendigo Health Meeting Room 208a; HS Alfred Clinical School Meeting Room 2

Healthy Ageing in Australia

Research showcase for industry partners.

Thursday 18 February 2016 09:00 am until Thursday 18 February 2016 01:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Transforming Human Societies
Presented by:
Building Healthy Communities & Transforming Human Societies
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The Building Healthy Communities Focus Area invite you to attend an exclusive event where we showcase our research on healthy ageing.

Program and abstracts (PDF)

Call for funding applications to the Building Healthy Communities RFA for Round 1 of funding to commence in 2016

The Building Healthy Communities RFA Executive is pleased to call for applications to grant scheme funding that will support:
  1. Pilot projects or the provision of proof for concepts that will lead to applications for competitive funding in 2016 or 2017 (e.g. ARC Discovery Projects, Linkage Projects or Centre of Excellence, or NHMRC Partnership, Program and Project Grants).
  1. Major projects that address an immediate need in the community, support the RFA's contribution to high-quality publications in Fields of Research (FoR) listed in the BHC Strategic Plan, and/or foster innovative multidisciplinary research collaboration among RFA members. To be eligible for the next ERA, outputs will need to have a 2016 publication date.
  1. The RFA may also consider smaller grants directed to professional development that will enable researchers to meet the University grants and performance targets and/or opportunities to sponsor conferences or other events.

Applicants may apply for up to $80,000. Applications close at COB Monday 15th February 2016.

Kind regards,

Sandra Leggat

Indigenous Education Symposium

'Walking Together to Make a Difference'

This gathering in Melbourne, Australia, will provide participants with the opportunity to learn together and from each other. They will explore the importance of the connection between culture, wellbeing, learning/knowledge systems and partnerships for the creation of successful educational programs for First Nations students.

It will showcase leading research and best-practice case studies and will inspire delegates to 'walk together to make a difference

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CFP - 'mobilities' conference - 26-27 Nov 2015 (Immigration Museum, Melbourne)

The Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) - is holding its 5th conference in November this year, in partnership with the Immigration Museum (Museums Victoria).

The CFP closes on 1 March, the full CFP is HERE or you can print the pdf version here.

The conference's confirmed keynotes are Professor Ien Ang (former Director, Institute for Culture and Society, UWS) and Dr Tim Soutphommasane (Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission). The conference themes include:

  • Critical views on Asia literacy
  • Educating about Asian Australia
  • Political subjectivities, public life
  • Creative cultural activism
  • Rural + regional Asian Australia
  • Asian Australian health
  • Diaspora + Asian identities
  • Digital activism
  • Screen cultures + mobile subjects
  • Histories of mobility + migration

Dr Tseen Khoo is more than happy to speak with anyone further on this event and can be contacted on the details below.

Dr Tseen Khoo

Lecturer, Research Education and Development (RED) team | La Trobe Graduate Research School | La Trobe University | Victoria 3086 Australia |

E | T +61 (0)3 9479 1794+61 (0)3 9479 1794

Day of the Dead

We were pleased to invite RFA Members to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which was held at La Trobe's Visual Art Centre in Bendigo, the Borchardt Library and the National Gallery of Victoria. Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration that remembers the dead, honours the cycle of life and acknowledges death as a normal part of life.

In partnership with La Trobe's Palliative Care Unit, the Art Institute and the Institute of Latin American Studies, Building Healthy Communities RFA are supporting a number of cross-campus and cross-disciplinary activities to promote mortality awareness, share resources about positive ageing and positive dying as well as promote a supportive research culture around health and well-being across the lifespan.

The installations of ofrendas at the Bendigo Visual Art Centre and the Borchardt library will also promote the role of art in health and attract, support and inform the public about the use of ofrendas in Latin American culture.

The main activity was a public symposium at the National Gallery of Victoria on 2 November 2014. The symposium showcased La Trobe's research and teaching strengths with speakers addressing: Day of the Dead and its place in popular culture, art in contemporary society, death and grief in Australia, art for health and healing and Indigenous worldviews in which life and death are linked to notions of health and well-being.

We were excited to present Dr Stanley Brandes, Robert H. Lowie Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley who give a keynote address on the Day of the Dead in popular culture and contemporary modes of mourning.

La Trobe staff only: Find out more about Building Healthy Communities [restricted access].