Archive for August, 2011

Rural focus for Armidale Medical Conference (AMCON)

August 22nd, 2011

Thank you to Dr Maree Puxty from the School of Rural Medicine and her colleagues, including our new HOS of Medicine, Professor Peter McKeown for a great event.

Fifty doctors, nurses and students met at the University of New England on Saturday to discuss the latest developments in the treatment of people with heart failure, cancer, and mental illness.

With participants from around the New England and North West regions of NSW as well as from Newcastle, the third annual Armidale Medical Conference (AMCON) had an appropriately “rural medicine” focus.

The incoming Head of UNE’s School of Rural Medicine, Professor Peter McKeown, introduced the conference. Professor McKeown, who takes up his position at UNE in September, said during his visit to the University last week that his vision for the School of Rural Medicine was for it to be not only an educator of first-rate doctors, but also a catalyst for the development of Armidale as a “centre of clinical excellence” …..[more]

2 excellent PhD scholarships in Rural Landscape Governance

August 3rd, 2011

Applications close 31st August 2011

The opportunity exists for 2 outstanding PhD scholars to join a small team researching reform of natural resources laws, industry codes, institutions and strategies. The “Next Generation Rural Landscape governance” research project is supported by the Australian Research Council, along with Biological Farmers Australia, the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and Cotton R&D Corporation.

The candidates will enjoy a generous stipend and support, the opportunity to work with an excellent team of research academics in Australia and overseas and doctoral scholars, and enjoy excellent collaborative links with environmental agencies and sustainability oriented farming organisations.

Case studies in two Australian regions have been established and a third is being developed. The researcher will also have the benefit of international collaboration with leading universities in the USA and Iceland.

The research outcomes that are sought are:

  • An effective system that integrates industry standards, consumer credentials and codes with regulation. The goal is to strengthen farming sustainability, improve consumer information and to create more cost-effective laws and policies.
  • Streamlining and strengthening rural environmental law and related institutions. Our goals are to advance sustainable primary production, and to reduce the confusion, overlap and administrative burden of these arrangements.

The scholarship details and general topics are: