2023 Recipients of the Best HDR Student Publication


This month’s newsletter we highlight the 2023 Best HDR Student Research Publication  winners.

This annual programme demonstrates Flinders University’s commitment to high quality research dissemination and gives students an opportunity to share their work with the wider community. These students have demonstrated excellence in research, and we applaud all the hard work that went into producing these publications.

Congratulations to all recipients!

The Office of Graduate Research will be hosting a ceremony to celebrate their success on 3 May 2024.

  • Charlie Winter (BGL)
  • Christina Galanis (EPSW)
  • Lila (Nicol) Cabe (HASS)
  • Bradley Menz (MPH)
  • Laura Gantley (MPH)
  • Yu (Phoebe) Wu (NHS)
  • Tran Tam Anh Pham (SE)
  • Samuel Tonkin (SE)


Charlie Winter

College of Business, Government and Law

“Correctional policies for the management of trans people in
Australian prisons”

The article explores current correctional policies surrounding the management of trans people in Australian prison systems, detailing and comparing these policies against national and international human rights benchmarks.



Christina Galanis

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

“Gaming disorder and stigma‐related judgements of gaming
individuals: An online randomized controlled trial”

This paper involved an experiment that tested whether the WHO’s gaming addiction diagnosis would affect stigma-related judgements of different types of gamers, including casual, highly engaged, or problematic gamers.




Lila (Nicol) Cabe

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

“Effing Robots Online: The Digital Dramaturgy of Translating In‐
Person Theatre to Online Streaming”

The article explores how she translated her scifi-inspired fringe festival solo performance into an online streaming show, and how in-person theatre techniques relate to digital performances including pandemic-era digital theatre.


Bradley Menz

College of Medicine and Public Health

“Health Disinformation Use Case Highlighting the Urgent Need for Artificial Intelligence Vigilance Weapons of Mass Disinformation”

The publication  explores the risks associated with publicly accessible artificial intelligence (AI) tools, specifically their potential to deliberately generate misleading health information (disinformation) in various formats, including text (e.g., blog posts), images, and videos. Understanding these risks is imperative given the rapidly advancing AI ecosystem, as the consequences for public health could be significant in the absence of adequate safety mechanisms.



Laura Gantley

College of Medicine and Public Health

“Functional Characterisation of the Circular RNA, circHTT(2‐6), in Huntington’s Disease”

This study explored the functional role of circHTT(2-6) in the pathophysiology of Huntington’s Disease.



Yu (Phoebe) Wu

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

““Eat clean, train mean, get lean”: Body image and health behaviours of women who engage with fitspiration and clean eating imagery on Instagram”

The publication explores the relationship between engaging with (i.e., viewing, posting) fitspiration and clean eating imagery on Instagram and body image, disordered eating symptomatology, and compulsive exercise among women. It also examines the mediation role of internalisation of appearance ideals in the relationships.



Tran Tam Anh Pham

College of Science and Engineering

“Developing a fluorescent sensing based portable medical open-platform ‐ a case study for albuminuria measurement in chronic kidney disease screening and monitoring”

The publication introduces an open portable medical platform to monitor fluorescence assay for in-field and point-of-care analysis of albumin levels in human urine, following by the medical cases that the platform performs the measurement on the urine samples from patients having kidney-related diseases; also, the study provides proof of concept that the developed device can measure the concentration of different biomarkers if the biomarker detection follows the rules of fluorescence sensing.

Samuel Tonkin

College of Science and Engineering

“Thermal Imaging and Clandestine Surveillance usingLow‐Cost Polymers with Long‐Wave Infrared Transparency”

In this publication, a new infrared transparent polymer was developed. The polymer can be used to make high quality lenses for thermal imaging, with applications in medical, transport or even space industries.


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