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Prof Ruth & John Lesli

Professor John Leslie visit to Northern Institute

29 September 2017

Professor John Leslie is a Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University (K-State) and a Fulbright Alumni. He recently visited CDU to explore partnership opportunities between Charles Darwin University and K-State in the areas of research and study. K-State is recognised annually by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and currently offers two Australian Fulbright scholarships:

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Fulbright Senior Scholarship

During his visit Professor Leslie presented a Northern Institute People.Policy.Place Seminar about the Fulbright Scholarship process and writing a successful application with Professor Ruth Wallace. For more information about the seminar go to FB event page. To apply for a Fulbright Scholarships visit https://www.fulbright.com.au/applicants/australian-applicants/


Ilonka GuseStudy seeks views on retirement policy

28 September 2017

A Charles Darwin University researcher will explore how local economies and ethnic backgrounds influence the views of older Australians on proposed policies to keep them in the workforce longer. PhD candidate Ilonka Guse will interview workers aged between 55 and 65 in Darwin and Melbourne, from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, for a critical review of potential responses to retirement policy.
“Previous studies identify financial wellbeing, health, and age discrimination in the workplace and a lack of suitable jobs as factors that influence people’s retirement intentions,” Ms Guse said. Read more...


Prof. Rolf

Overhaul needed to fix NT’s urban bias, academic says

26 September 2017

A Charles Darwin University academic will propose that Darwin should be partitioned off from the rest of the Northern Territory as part of a solution to achieve better fiscal equity in the NT. Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen, an Alice Springs based regional economist with CDU’s Northern Institute, will tell delegates at the NTCOSS Conference in Darwin this week that the Territory’s political and institutional structures need to be overhauled in order to remedy the urban bias, which he says has characterised fiscal policy in the NT since self-government.
“If we are serious about a fairer and more inclusive Northern Territory then it is time that our governance structures are reformed to allow for a better distribution of the budget to remote and regional communities,” Professor Gerritsen said. Read full story HERE


Prof. Rolf

Overhaul needed to fix NT’s urban bias

25 September 2017

A Charles Darwin University academic will propose that Darwin should be partitioned off from the rest of the Northern Territory as part of a solution to achieve better fiscal equity in the NT. Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen, an Alice Springs based regional economist with CDU’s Northern Institute, will tell delegates at the NTCOSS Conference in Darwin tomorrow [26 Sep] that the Territory’s political and institutional structures need to be overhauled in order to remedy the urban bias, which he says has characterised fiscal policy in the NT since self-government.

“If we are serious about a fairer and more inclusive Northern Territory then it is time that our governance structures are reformed to allow for a better distribution of the budget to remote and regional communities,” Professor Gerritsen said. Read more...


Whole of Community Engagement initiative

Call for policy on Indigenous English language literacy

25 September 2017

A stark new report that reveals many Indigenous adults in the Northern Territory lack the English language skills to function independently in the workplace has been presented to policy-makers in Canberra. CDU researchers sourced data from multiple agencies for a statistical overview, after Indigenous leaders in six remote communities raised concerns about a lack of responsibility for policy direction in the adult English language and literacy space. Project leader Allison Stewart said there was no comprehensive evidence base, on which to build holistic policy responses despite more than half of Indigenous people in the NT speaking English as an additional language. “This report describes the situation in the NT as best we can,” she said. “Indigenous people make up 30 per cent of the NT population and are highly significant to economic development and cultural richness.”

Statistics expert and report co-author Fiona Shalley said more than 85 per cent of a sample group of 660 Indigenous adults did not have the literacy skills to operate independently in tertiary education or the workplace. “This could translate into a large number across the board,” she said. The project was driven by the findings of a Federal Government-funded Whole of Community Engagement initiative, led by CDU, at Galiwin’ku, Yirrkala, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Tennant Creek and Yuendumu. Read more...


 

Heat Stress research

Heat Stress research showcased to Darwin audience

22 September 2017

Over 45 people came together last Friday at CDU Waterfront campus to hear about the current research on Heat Stress, Heat Mitigation and Climate Impacts in Darwin. The event was an initiative of the Darwin City Deal partnership between the Northern Territory Government, City of Darwin & Charles Darwin University and showcased a panel of research representatives from CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory Government and Northern Institute. 

Northern Institute Research Fellow, Dr Elspeth Oppermann, presented on her work with the Heat Stress Research Partnership (HSRP).  HSRP was formed in response to a shared concern about the challenge Heat Stress posed to the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce in the region, particularly during the ‘Build-up’ and Wet season. View the Heat Stress event pics HERE.

Due to the popularity of the event another presentation is being planned in Darwin before the end of the year.  Keep an eye on Northern Institute social media for details.


Amy award story

NI student wins 'International Student of the Year'

22 September 2017

We are delighted to announce Amy Zhang, one of our Master of Public Policy students, took out 'International Student of the Year' at the Chief Minister's Export & Industry Awards held in Darwin September 21  

Congratulations Amy!


Ruth & Dany

Radio National Interview with Adjunct Professor Dany Adone

19 September 2017

NI Adjunct Professor Dany Adone recently visited and presented on her Indigenous Sign Languages research. While in Darwin, Dany also spoke with Radio National's Paul Barclay about her work and the complexity of Indigenous Sign Languages of Northern Australia. Listen to the interview HERE.

Since 2013 Professor Adone has been a University Professorial Fellow affiliated with the Northern Institute (CDU). Professor Adone is currently the Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Head of the Department of English at the University of Cologne, Germany. She also holds the Chair of Applied English Linguistics and is the Director of the Australian Studies Program (Linguistics) in the English Department. She is also a Honorary Professor at the University of Seychelles. Professor Adone visits Northern Institute annually to present on her current research.


Dr Heather GibbOlder Territorians face lack of support

11 September 2017

People ageing in remote communities of the Northern Territory are facing issues such as lack of access to suitable home support and home-care services despite recommendations of an inquiry to improve such services, new research has discovered.
Charles Darwin University Northern Institute research fellow Dr Heather Gibb surveyed residents of three ex-mining towns between Katherine and Darwin to inform her research titled “Five years on from the Inquiry: Caring for older Australians, what is the viability of ageing in remote places, in Australia?”.
“It is widely acknowledged that people in rural and in particular, remote places, are not well supported with services to age-in-place,” Dr Gibb said. Read more...


Fiona ShalleyIndigenous higher ed trends under microscope

07 September 2017

Researchers have received a $40,000 grant to investigate factors that influence Indigenous university student completion rates, and determine if institutions should adjust generic policies to provide more individual support.
CDU senior research fellow Fiona Shalley will lead the study of Indigenous student cohorts from Charles Darwin University and Central Queensland University, collecting data dating back to 2005 to identify potential trends.
“We will particularly focus on where regional students come from – our results will be used to investigate whether assumptions made by Indigenous higher education policy should be applied broadly, or should be more nuanced to suit specific circumstances,” Ms Shalley said.
Ms Shalley will join the Northern Institute, to research remote area population forecasts, this month. Read full story HERE