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Towards a healthier, stronger regional Australia

June 4, 2013

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La Trobe University has officially opened three key buildings on the Bendigo Campus of the La Trobe Rural Health School – and has joined forces with Charles Sturt University to set up a cross-border regional medical school to overcome rural doctor shortages. A $17.6 million building in Bendigo opened in May by the Federal Minister […]

Delay not a good policy for autism diagnosis

June 4, 2013

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Doctors and maternal and child health nurses ‘need to become more skilled’ at having conversations with parents about the risks of autism faced by their children – irrespective of how young the child or mild their presenting symptoms – says leading autism researcher Cheryl Dissanayake. ‘We also need to educate parents about what to expect […]

Aboriginal writer challenges Maralinga ‘whitewash’

May 28, 2013

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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 […]

Global health researcher wins Gates Foundation funding

May 23, 2013

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La Trobe University geneticist Dr Warwick Grant is one of only two Australians among 58 scientists world-wide recently awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation With more than 120 million people at risk from a chronic debilitating parasitic disease called river blindness, his ground-breaking global health research focuses […]

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

May 21, 2013

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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 […]

New archaeology treads lightly in dangerous lands

May 10, 2013

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La Trobe University archaeologist David Thomas recently invited people to join him on a ‘dig’ in Afghanistan at some of that country’s oldest and most exciting historical sites. Yet there was no need for flak jackets and armed guards. That’s because Dr Thomas is one of a new breed of archaeologists who uses satellite images, […]

Survey ranks our disciplines among best in the world

May 8, 2013

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La Trobe University disciplines have been rated among the world’s top 100 in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The rankings evaluated 2,858 universities verifying 8,391 programs on the basis of 68 million citations. Sociology came in at number 43, placing La Trobe in the world’s top 50 most elite institutions. In four other […]

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