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Friday, April 6th, 2018

Griffith University helps launch Commonwealth Sports Universities Network

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has partnered with Griffith University to debut the Commonwealth Sports Universities Network, which aims to create a formal sporting partnership between the CGF and five foundation universities from across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Sports Universities Network (CSUN) celebrated its official launch on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, on the eve of the Opening Ceremony for the XXI Commonwealth Games. The CGF partnered with Griffith University to debut the Network, which aims to create a formal sporting partnership between the CGF and, initially, five universities from across the Commonwealth.

Griffith University helps launch Commonwealth Sports Universities Network

Professor Sarah Todd, Vice President (Global), Griffith University; CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson; Professor Ian O’Connor AC, Vice Chancellor, Griffith University and Professor Michael Powell, Academic Director, Griffith University, at the launch of CSUN on the Gold Coast. (Image credit: Griffith University)

The success of the CGF and Griffith University’s existing Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games partnership was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Network. The CGF and Griffith University have been joined by four additional founding member universities—the University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Strathclyde University (Scotland)—for the Network’s recent inaugural meeting on the Gold Coast.

Exciting new initiative
“The Commonwealth Sports Universities Network is an exciting new initiative that builds on our existing research and internship relationships with higher education institutions across the Commonwealth. The Network will ensure the CGF continues to deliver on one of its strategic priorities, of attracting and building on public, private and social partnerships that widely benefit the Commonwealth Sport Movement and in particular Commonwealth athletes and host cities and communities,” said CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson.

Significant role
The new Commonwealth partnership forms a core part of the CGF Development Programme and will build on and further integrate the internship, research, and evaluation work undertaken by the Higher Education Sector at Commonwealth Games, maximising opportunities for coordination, knowledge exchange, internship opportunities and research priorities across recent, future and prospective Commonwealth Games hosts.

“This is the first time that a university has taken such a significant role with the organisers of the Commonwealth Games,” Professor Michael Powell, Academic Director, Griffith University said.

“Previously, universities involved with the Commonwealth Games have provided expertise, volunteers and interns, but never before on the scale and depth of the partnership Griffith University has developed.

Network members will benefit in a range of ways including global exposure, internship opportunities for students, educational and research opportunities, and international network relationships with other Commonwealth institutions and organisations. The CGF will have the opportunity to learn and gain from new academic research on the Commonwealth Games, innovative internship initiatives and sport development programs through universities across the Commonwealth.

World-class facilities
Professor Powell highlighted the successful GAPS (Gather Adjust Prepare Sustain) Program hosted by Griffith University in the build-up to Gold Coast 2018 as a prime example of how university partnerships with the Games can enhance lives and develop athletes in less developed regions.

“We were able to make our world-class on-campus facilities and academic expertise in areas like sport technology and exercise science available to athletes who would not normally have access to these,” he said.

“In this way, Griffith engaged with the CGF’s sports agenda. Now, through the CSUN, Griffith and other universities across the globe can do so in a formalised, planned and focused way.”

The Network was launched by CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson and Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor AC, at a formal event on Griffith’s Gold Coast campus.

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Would you like to learn more about your sports and exercise sciences study options at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Griffith physiotherapy applications close in one month

Are you interested in applying to Griffith Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is coming up! You are encouraged to submit your application documents by Tuesday, September 8 in order for your complete application to be submitted to the university on time.

Griffith University Physiotherapy School

Griffith Physiotherapy School

Study physiotherapy at Griffith University on the Gold Coast

Students choosing to study physiotherapy at Griffith Physiotherapy School can look forward to learning the latest treatments and tools from practicing physiotherapists. During the degree you will also have the chance to gain valuable experience working with physiotherapists in fields such as stroke rehabilitation or cardiovascular therapy. There is also the opportunity to undertake your clinical experience overseas.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 9, 2015 (Complete applications must be received by Sept. 8.)

 Apply to Griffith University Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying physiotherapy at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Griffith physiotherapy students providing healthcare in Malawi

Malawi was the recent destination for a group of Griffith physiotherapy and health sciences students who found that they could learn more from the disadvantaged local people than they had ever imagined.

The group of three Master of Physiotherapy and three Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science students, plus two lecturers, travelled to the south-east African country as part of an aid mission to provide physio and exercise treatment to clients in local villages.

Cody Waldon from Elanora on the Gold Coast—now a graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science program—went on the five-week trip which included setting up outreach clinics to provide disability assessments.

The first stop was two weeks in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital.

“Here, many of the locals came to see us at the clinic with a whole host of movement disorders, many of which are related to cerebal palsy,” says Cody. “But we also saw people with epilepsy and stroke and also a lot of young children with club foot.

“This is something that some children are born with; fortunately, in most developed countries this can be treated from birth, but this doesn’t happen in places like Malawi and we saw a lot of children and some adults pretty much walking around on their ankles.

“We also saw numbers of undiagnosed issues amongst people. A lot of people presented with ailments such as arthritis and joint pains caused by malnutrition and poor bone health.

“When someone is in a certain amount of pain in a particular area of the body they often modify their movement to alleviate that, but unfortunately this can create other movement issues.”

Working alongside two already established organisations in these areas, 500 miles and The Landrani Trust (African Vision Malawi), the group prescribed  home-based exercises and fitted orthoses and prostheses (assistive devices) to the grateful patients.

“It was amazing to see how happy these people were—both patients and the local physios—when they were getting by using the most meagre materials available,” says Cody.

“For example, we saw the hospital physios just using some old tin cans and balls to perform mobility exercises with young children. Although they did see our presence as a great opportunity to learn from us, we also realised we were learning a great deal from them, not least the ability to get some great results from using the most simple tools. It really made us think outside the box, especially when we got back to Australia and found all the amazing equipment here to be quite overwhelming.”

Providing education

The group’s job as visiting students was not just to provide disability assessments and organise exercise plans and devices, but to also provide education to patients or parents about their or their child’s particular issue or disability.

“Unfortunately, all health services are pretty thin on the ground in Malawi and providing information to people about their conditions is also a vitally important task.

“The five weeks we had in Malawi was certainly quite an eyeopener for us and also a very humbling experience, but I think it has really made a difference to the way I communicate with patients and my clinical thinking when providing exercises. It made me realise that sometimes the simple option is the best option.”

Cody is now working as an exercise physiologist at a practice in Tweed Heads.

“This amazing experience in Malawi, along with the support and education of my Griffith Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science, has given me confidence and a wealth of knowledge of conditions and appropriate prescription techniques to use in the practice.”

Griffith University Physiotherapy School

Students choosing to study physiotherapy at Griffith Physiotherapy School can look forward to learning the latest treatments and tools from practicing physiotherapists. During the degree you will also have the chance to gain valuable experience working with physiotherapists in fields such as stroke rehabilitation or cardiovascular therapy. There is also the opportunity to undertake your clinical experience overseas.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 9, 2015

 Apply to Griffith University Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying physiotherapy at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

For more information about studying health sciences at Griffith University, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Griffith Health Sciences student tackling nutrition with personal trainers

The importance of nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle is recognised by most personal trainers, however concerns have been raised about their competence to provide individualised nutrition advice.

An exploration of nutrition guidance from personal trainers is now the subject of research by Griffith University PhD student, Katelyn Barnes.

She says that the majority of personal training services across Australia already provide nutrition advice to clients ranging from basic healthy eating to weight-loss diets.

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Griffith PhD student studies the link between personal trainers and positive nutrition outcomes

“It is clear that nutrition is an important factor affecting health and well-being, and we know from previous research that the level of nutritional advice provided by personal trainers is variable,” says Katelyn who is part of Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ).

“We believe that the relationship between personal trainers and clients is unique and that personal trainers have the potential to deliver positive nutrition outcomes while increasing physical activity to their clients.”

The Griffith Health Sciences student’s current research is investigating personal trainers’ confidence in providing nutritional advice. This includes the levels of knowledge and skills PTs feel they have, their attitudes regarding how important nutrition is and the barriers or enablers they face in incorporating nutrition into their services.

Katelyn is asking PTs to complete an online survey regarding these issues, which will see them receiving a ‘nutrition confidence’ score (https://erssurvey-prd-gc.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls190/index.php?sid=72332&lang=en)

“This will help us design an appropriate intervention to support personal trainers to provide evidence based nutrition care. We can use the score, both before and after any interventions, to track if there has been some progress.

“We hope that some personal trainers will opt to further participate in a telephone interview to elaborate on how nutrition fits into their role, and how they would like to be supported to provide nutrition advice.”

“Nutrition is the key,” says Nathan Oliver, from Get Moving Personal Training on the Gold Coast. “The clients are demanding the nutrition knowledge and are expecting their trainers to supply it.”

Ellyce Denn, from Edenn Health in Victoria, highlights these challenges often faced by personal trainers. “What clients expect me to deliver, and what I’m allowed to deliver are two different things. This research will hopefully identify some strategies to support personal trainers to provide advice, and successfully partner with health professionals to produce the best client health outcomes.”

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Find out more about studying health sciences at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at 1-866-698-7355 or email rachel@oztrekk.com.

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Griffith research suggests beer for good health

It was only recently that Griffith University research showed that it’s possible to improve the hydrating effects of beer without killing off its taste.

Associate Professor Ben Desbrow from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland has now extended his study of beer to see how it can be further manipulated to improve its rehydration potential.

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Griffith studies beer’s rehydration potential

Taking 12 males into the lab, tests entailed them drinking beers of varying strengths following a controlled exercise-induced weight-loss activity.

His study, “Manipulations to the alcohol and sodium content of beer for post-exercise rehydration,” published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that a large concentration of electrolytes added to beer further enhances an individual’s fluid retention following low alcohol beer consumption.

Additionally, the study found that the rehydration potential of mid-strength beer is also affected by electrolyte enrichment. Specifically, that the concentration of electrolytes appears to have more significant impact on post-exercise fluid retention than small changes in the alcohol content of beer.

Based on this latest research, the Griffith University associate professor and his team are now seeking to further understand beer consumers’ motivations using an online questionnaire.

“Now that we know that beer can be manipulated in a variety of ways to enhance its health giving potential, the next step is to find out the attitudes of the beer drinking population,” he says. “We want to know their attitudes to beer drinking and what influences their behaviour. What are the financial and lifestyle factors that affect their beer choices and which factors make it more appealing to them?

“We know that a large number of people enjoy beer and given that it is a plant-based beverage, there is definitely room to improve beer’s health profile.”

Griffith School of Allied Health Sciences

The School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University embraces learning, discovery and engagement in order to achieve the university’s goal of helping individuals, groups and communities achieve healthy lives.

Griffith offers a range of physiotherapy, exercise science and sport degrees which are known for their innovation and practical relevance. The programs help to prepare students with knowledge and skills for a range of careers which focus on the prevention of ill-health through the application of physical activity and sound practice.

Griffith Health Sciences students will be taught by expert teachers with clinical experience. Many of Griffith’s staff have been recognised for their teaching expertise through Teaching Citation Awards, Commendation Awards for Teaching, and Griffith awards for Excellence in Teaching.

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Would you like to find out more about studying Health Sciences at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at 1-866-698-7355 or email rachel@oztrekk.com.