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A marathon effort for charity

Marathon shot
For Curtin student Alexandra O’Brien, enduring seven days of sub-zero temperatures, blistered feet and growing fatigue was a labour of love.

New models of care for chronic musculoskeletal conditions

New research from Curtin University and its partners provides guidance on how to address the rising burden of illnesses and disabilities associated with chronic non-communicable diseases

From strength to strength: ESSA accredits Curtin exercise science course

Curtin University’s Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Science course has been accredited by Australia’s peak body in exercise and sports science.

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Hockey hits goal with Curtin in new partnership
Curtin University and Hockey Australia have formed a two-year partnership which will create placements for physiotherapy and sports science students, as well as media and communications students.
Leading academics honoured by Curtin University
Curtin University has awarded two outstanding academics the prestigious title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor. Professor Dawn Bennett from the Faculty of Humanities and Professor Leon Straker from the Faculty of Health Sciences were recently recognised.
Young children’s use of smart phones and tablet computers
Young children are increasingly using smart phones and tablet computers – and parents and professionals are excited about the opportunities these technologies create to entertain children and help them learn - but there are also concerns about potential problems. For example children could access inappropriate material on the internet, or spend more time looking at a screen close to their eyes, get a sore neck from having a bent neck for too long and spend too much time sitting still and not moving around to develop muscles, bones and coordination.

Surprisingly, we know very little about how much young children use this new technology, why parents allow children to use the technology and what impacts the technology has on children’s mental health, social development, vision, muscle and bones and physical activity. Professor Straker at Curtin University’s School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science is leading a group collecting the first detailed descriptions of how much young children are using this technology.

If you are a parent of a young child (0-5 years old) and would like to participate in a short survey to help describe technology use by Australian children – please follow this link:
Curtin student Rex Parsons powerlifts to championship medal
Second-year physiotherapy student, Rex Parsons, has broken personal bests to return from the Junior Powerlifting Nationals in Melbourne with a Wilks medal for the junior (U23) 105kg weight class. He also took second place for the overall highest weight lifted in the 105kg class and fifth place across all junior weight classes.
Students to benefit from new innovative training facilities
Curtin University physiotherapy and sporting students now have access to new state-of-the-art training facilities, which are ensuring they are taught in a real-world environment, are highly-trained and gain hands-on experience using the latest equipment.
Telehealth could keep patients with heart conditions out of hospital
Curtin University researchers have received funding to trial nurse-supported telehealth to manage treatment of patients with chronic heart failure.
Conditioning and rehabilitation laboratory now complete
The School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science’s new strength, conditioning and rehabilitation laboratory was completed last week.
Curtin student awarded $20,000 Charles Watson scholarship
A Curtin University physiotherapy student has been awarded the 2014 Charles Watson scholarship worth $20,000.