Research seminar

Published: Wednesday 7th January 2015

The Faculty of Health Sciences annual Higher Degree Research (HDR) seminar was held on December 8, 2014 across ACU’s Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney Campuses.

HDR and Honours students participated in this one-day seminar which included two presentations by guest speakers and two sessions showcasing 31 students’ research projects presentations.
The Faculty’s research strengths across an increasing number of health disciplines saw presentations ranging from a wide range of topics, such as the effects of abdominal obesity in young women; the impact of perceptual wellness on training intensity in Australian footballers; family-based education program for heart failure patients in rural Thailand; biomechanical assessment of functional exercise in an aquatic environment, amongst many other fascinating research projects presented.

Guest speaker Professor Paul Carding, Professor of Speech Pathology in the School of Allied Health, provided an insightful presentation into how to maximise your impact when presenting at a Scientific Conference. A second guest presentation on research ethics was delivered by Mrs Susanna Gorman, Research Ethics Manager, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Professor Maree Johnson, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Health Sciences said “the standard of the presentations was excellent, and showcased the diversity of research in the health sciences.

“The overall research activity undertaken during the day was highly valued by both academic staff and students alike”.
The day concluded with awards given for best presentations:

  • Canberra
Oyebola Fasugba
Antimicrobial resistance and urinary tract infections in an Australian population-based sample
Debbie Noble-Carr
How do vulnerable children, and their families, perceive and experience connectedness to school

  • Brisbane
Ryan Hubble
Improving postural stability in people with Parkinson’s disease: a randomised-controlled trial
Rebecca Ferrier
Demonstrate function, mobility, LOS and discharge destination of people who present with stable and unstable hip fractures

  • Melbourne
Jill Leckey
Carbohydrate dependence during prolonged, high intensity exercise
Kam Truong
Constructing vascular and lymphatic capillary networks from endothelial cell spheroids for tissue

  • North Sydney
Michael Psarakis
Effects of eccentric training on ankle joint contracture in people with multiple sclerosis
Emma Millet
Influence of athletic training on functional lower extremity stiffness