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

March 20, 2014

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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 […]

Does the age of human settlement in Victoria rival that of Lake Mungo?

February 21, 2014

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While many Australians were heading to the beach during the mid-January heatwave, La Trobe archaeologist Dr Jillian Garvey was undertaking an archaeological dig west of Mildura in outback Victoria. The dig is part of a six-year project led by Dr Garvey at Ned’s Corner Station and in the Murray-Sunset National Park close to the South […]

New Hallmark Program and Indigenous Studies initiatives

February 21, 2014

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La Trobe University has launched its unique ‘Hallmark Program’ for high achieving students – with the foundation cohort of 23  arriving on campus in February – as well as a special on-line introductory Indigenous studies module aimed at all students. The Hallmark Program is designed to help students extend their thinking on key global issues […]

Centenary book: stories from a hundred war memorials

February 20, 2014

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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 […]

New method for detecting early signs of autism goes global

February 20, 2014

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In a breakthrough technique  embraced across the world, La Trobe psychologist Dr Josephine Barbaro has determined a way to diagnose autism in babies as young as 12 months. She has developed an accurate set of ‘red flag’ markers of the condition, which include a failure by babies to make consistent eye contact, to smile, show […]

Homophobia: when sport is not a level playing field

January 30, 2014

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With Australians’ love of all things sport, it’s an activity that can be a great leveller or agent for social change. But this is not always how things play out. Sexism, racism and bullying can occur in any number of sporting codes and change rooms. One area of discrimination that tends to receive less attention […]

La Trobe awarded almost $10m for national priority research

November 14, 2013

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La Trobe University has received almost $8 million in new Australian Research Council (ARC) grants from the Federal Government. A further 1.8 million dollars was awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The latest ARC grants are for  studies that  will make a difference in fields ranging from children’s health, medicine and food […]