Celebrating success

Professor Sharon Lawn

Divers go Buffalo hunting in NZ, human rights concerns aired by academics and sleep apnoea advances earn an award, are among many highlights featuring Flinders people this week.

Airtime for human rights concerns 

Professor Sharon Lawn, a SA Mental Health Commissioner and researcher at the College of Medicine and Public Health, received a powerful response to the publication of a joint statement raising “Human Rights Concerns with the Draft Model of Care for Phase 1 Mandatory Youth Treatment Orders’. The statement – which Professor Lawn and other signatories declared their united concerns that the mandatory orders can cause harm – was the subject of an interview on ABC radio with Sonya Feldhoff, featuring Professor Lawn with Michael White and Penny Wright. She also presented a speech for the Law Society conference last week, talking on ‘The legal rights of forgotten South Australians’.

Divers go Buffalo hunting in NZ

The wreck of the HMS Buffalo – which delivered the founding immigrants to South Australia in 1836 but was shipwrecked near Whitianga, New Zealand in 1840 – is being digitally photographed by Flinders Maritime archaeologists to recreate a 3D image of the ship. A dive team that includes current Flinders PhD student Kurt Bennett and Matt Gainsford, a Flinders graduate who completed his Masters through the Maritime Archaeology Program, examined the wreck between 25-28 February. The HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project, a collaboration with the Mercury Bay Museum in NZ, will present its preliminary findings to the public on 30 April.

Sleep apnoea therapy advances earn award

Dr Amal Osman

Dr Amal Osman from the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health won the prestigious New Investigator Award for the SA branch of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for her work on upper airway physiology and mandibular advancement therapy for people with sleep apnoea. Dr Osman’s research involves investigating the development of simple clinical tools to measure upper airway collapsibility in obstructive sleep apnoea. She has a particular interest in understanding the mechanisms that contribute to airway closure in sleep apnoea and developing new tools to predict responses to targeted and novel OSA treatments.

Expert testimony informs landmark US drug legislation

Associate Professor Caitlin Hughes, a Matthew Flinders Fellow from the Centre for Crime Policy and Research in the College of Business, Government and Law, was one of three international experts to give testimony into the recent Washington State Bill – a landmark piece of US legislation regarding the decriminalisation of illicit drugs. She explained that this opportunity arose very rapidly, requiring her to give evidence at 4.30am on Saturday 13 February, but her contribution was significant. The Bill has now been approved and will enable Washington as only the second US state to decriminalise the use and personal possession of all illicit drugs and expanded treatment and social responses.

Bright young doctor is NT’s celebrated Young Achiever

Dr Claire Chandler.

Congratulations to Flinders alumna Dr Claire Chandler, 28, of Larapinta, who has been awarded the 2020 Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year. A Doctor of Medicine graduate from Flinders NT, Claire currently works at Alice Springs Hospital, where she is the sole doctor who resuscitates newborn babies and is the only paediatric doctor on overnight.

Family show Fringe winner

The winner of last week’s special Fringe offering of a family pass to see Return to the Village was won by Denise O’Connell, Community Nutrition Engagement Officer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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