Professor on task to improve long term health for those with mental health conditions, digital legal eagle joins the board of a new association, Italian identity explored through literature, and a new editor role for public health investigator.
Building health outcomes for those with mental health conditions
Professor Sharon Lawn is leading Flinders University’s contributions to a three-year $1.3 million NHMRC project led by the University of Newcastle.
The study will draw on expertise across four Australian universities to develop and test a new model of care to help people who have a mental health condition make positive changes to their nutrition and physical activity behaviour.
It will involve collaboration with mental health services to address the generally poorer health outcomes suffered by those with a mental health condition, who die on average between 10 and 15 years earlier than the general Australian population. These early deaths are largely due to preventable chronic disease, with a higher prevalence of modifiable risk factors among this group – including poor nutrition and inadequate activity.
Digital legal eagle joins new association board
Tania Leiman has been appointed to the National Advisory Board of the new Australian Society for Computers and Law, launched on 14 July 2020.
The Australian Society for Computers and Law has been established as the national interdisciplinary think-thank on issues relating to the law, at the intersection of technology and society. Its members include legal and technology professionals, business leaders, government officials, academics and members of the bar and retired members of the judiciary.
Exploring Italian identity through literature
Emeritus Professors Diana Glenn and Graham Tulloch have co-edited a collection of essays in a new publication, Italian Identities (Troubador Italian Series) which explores Italian identity through Italy’s rich literary tradition, emerging issues in environmental studies, and the reconfiguration of identity and sense of community arising from migration.
Contributors include several staff and alumni of Flinders University together with other Australian researchers.
The volume is dedicated to the memory of Glasgow-born writer, teacher and playwright Liz Campbell, who was working towards her PhD at Flinders University in Dante Studies and died recently. She is also featured in the publication. Ms Campbell was drawn to the work of Italian poet Dante Alighieri later in life, and Emeritus Professor Diana Glenn says she brought a deep understanding and enormous enthusiasm to her studies.
New editor role for public health investigator
Dr Rebecca Feo of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been appointed as Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research.
BMC Health Services Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on all aspects of health services research including delivery, services management, needs assessments, market analysis and health economics and the impact of policies and regulations.
Dr Feo’s chief interests include fundamental health care and how people engage with health and social care services.