A message from the Executive Dean, Faculty of Health
As we draw closer to the end of trimester, it’s timely to acknowledge the dedication and resilience of students within the Faculty of Health.
I recognise for many of you that studying in the Cloud was not what you had planned when commencing this year. I hope you are now in a place where you have adapted to studying in this way until we are able to safely return to campus if that is your mode of study. Thank you for your continued support of our academic and professional teams as we all navigate this very changed way of studying, working and living.
I want to encourage you to continue to access the many support services that are available to you at Deakin, particularly if you have assessment items due and examinations scheduled over the next couple of months. There are a range of academic supports available to you in assignment writing and examination preparation. Please utilise these resources as we know they make a difference to students who access them.
As a student within the Faculty of Health, it is also critically important that you manage your health and wellbeing. This is particularly important in the current environment where we find ourselves living under varying restrictions. The Division of Student Life is continuing to provide regular tips and resources on health and wellbeing. Remember there are also counselling support services available to you, these are currently being offered via telehealth appointments.
Finally, on the 31 August, the Faculty of Health held an alumni webinar titled ‘Living on the front-line of COVID-19 – a cross country comparison’ with speakers from our faculty.
- Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair in Epidemiology at Deakin University and one of the leading voices in the media around Australia’s response to COVID-19.
- Professor Tony LaMontagne, who leads the Determinants of Health research domain in Deakin’s Institute for Health Transformation, and is also a member of the School of Health and Social Development. Professor LaMontagne’s research aims to develop the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and to translate this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health.
- Dr Glenn Laverack, an alumnus of Deakin and international leader in health promotion and empowerment. Dr Laverack is a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health, which was recently created by the World Health Organisation to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
I encourage each of you to watch the recording of this very insightful discussion if you were unable to attend the session on the 31 August (the passcode to access the recording is: [email protected]%W).
Professor Rachel Huxley
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Heath