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Taking back control – 12 year study of path to better Aboriginal health

March 20, 2014


Australia has tried for almost a decade to ‘close the gap’. Yet Aboriginal Australians still suffer more than double the disease burden of the total population – with most health problems caused by preventable chronic disease. A new book not only again brings this disturbing state of affairs into sharp focus – but also aims […]

Centenary book: stories from a hundred war memorials

February 20, 2014


There are more than 12,000 war memorials across the length and breadth of Australia – and La Trobe University photojournalists are documenting stories about 100 of these, from cities to outback towns, in every state and territory. The ambitious project is for a book to be published around Remembrance Day, as part of this year’s […]

Eureka to the Great War: women at historic turning points

December 3, 2013


Hear the phrase ‘Eureka Stockade’ and chances are you’ll think of burly male miners confronting the local constabulary. But this leaves out half of the participants on the miners’ side of the fence: the women. It’s the story of these women  that is told in a new book by La Trobe historian Clare Wright, The […]

La Trobe scholar wins NSW Premier’s History Prize

September 13, 2013


La Trobe University historian and author Dr Janet Butler has won this year’s NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize for her book Kitty’s War, based on the diaries of World War One army nurse, Sister Kit McNaughton. The $15,000 award, one of Australia’s top history prizes, was announced last night. The judges described Dr Butler’s work […]

Aboriginal writer challenges Maralinga ‘whitewash’

May 28, 2013


West Australian Nyungar Aboriginal elder Dulcie Donaldson is finalising a book that reopens an extremely contentious part of our history – the fate of Indigenous people who in the 1950s lived on the nuclear weapons test range of Maralinga in South Australia. Ms Donaldson recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing […]

NSW Premier’s Book Prize, and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin

May 21, 2013


A novel by La Trobe student Carrie Tiffany, completed as part of her PhD studies in English, has won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and is one of five works shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Miles Franklin literary award to be announced later this month. Ms Tiffany’s novel Mateship with Birds also won […]

‘Kitty’s War’ – new insight into women at the battlefront

April 8, 2013


It was a baptism of wartime fire that turned Kit McNaughton into Australia’s first plastic surgery nurse… The amazing achievements of Australian women in World War One – overlooked for a long time by historians – are now finding their rightful place in the pantheon of our war heroes, thanks to writers like La Trobe’s […]

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