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Postgrad workshop inspires future academics

By Leanne Miles

Front: CDU professors Sandra Dunn, Marilynne Kirshbaum, and Di Brown with workshop participants Front: CDU professors Sandra Dunn, Marilynne Kirshbaum, and Di Brown with workshop participants

Charles Darwin University health lecturers have travelled to Bali in Indonesia as part of an Australia Awards’ initiative to assist ambitious local health professionals.

Professor Sandra Dunn and Professor Marilynne Kirshbaum conducted a four-day research workshop to assist aspiring postgraduate students.

Professor Kirshbaum said the workshops coordinated by CDU Professorial Fellow Di Brown were held for high-achieving health professionals, who already held a Masters degree, to help them advance to PhD studies.

“These students are the future of academic nursing in Bali,” Professor Kirshbaum said.

“There are many health concerns in the area, including heart disease, diabetes, methanol poisoning and homelessness. Building capacity and fostering research is vital to advancing and developing health services.”