Notre Dame launches new Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 9-5-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) Fremantle Campus launched its new Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research on Wednesday 7 May 2008. The Institute is housed in the University’s state-of the-art Health Sciences Research and Education Building which was opened by the Honorable Mark McGown, Minister for Education and Training in April this year.

Notre Dame staff, special guests and research partners gathered to inspect the new building and attend the first seminar session. The seminars, to be held regularly throughout the year, will be presented by a variety of health professionals. The Institute’s research will be multi-disciplinary and focus on health issues in the growth of healthy children and youth, healthy aging, rehabilitation studies and Indigenous health.

The first seminar was presented by Dr Tom Brett, Director of Primary Health Care Research in Medicine on the research being conducted in general practice settings, cardiovascular health and prostate cancer.

The second seminar was presented by UNDA’s Dr Fiona Naumann, Senior Lecturer and Research Manager, and Professor Martin Philpott, Head of Counselling.

The topic was titled: ‘The effects of a combined exercise and counselling program on selected physiological and psychological parameters in post-treated breast cancer patients’.

“The presentations generated thought-provoking perspectives from the attendees,” said Professor Helen Parker, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and inaugural Director of the new Institute.

“Some exciting possibilities were raised about collaboration among the different health professions for solving complex health questions.”

Investigation into various aspects of preventive and restorative health are planned to include students from the areas of exercise science, physiotherapy, medicine, nursing, counselling, behavioural sciences and preventive health.

Students will be under the supervision of scholars with diverse professional and disciplinary backgrounds.

The Institute’s aim is to provide students within the health professions with the necessary investigative skills for clinical innovation and life-long service to the Western Australian community, and to influence health policy and improve practice.

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