2014 HEIA national conference – Perth

Are you keen to find out what is trending in Home Economics and related fields—that is, the general direction in which Home Economics is moving, and how it is extending its practice and spheres of influence? Then Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA) conference is for you. Come along to the beautiful city of Perth to confer with like-minded colleagues who will be both conferring about and setting current and future directions for Home Economics. The conference is being held from Tuesday 30 September to Thursday 2 October 2014 at the Novotel Langley, Perth.

Keynote speakers include:

Michael McQueen, leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends who has his finger on the pulse when it comes to emerging trends shaping business and culture. Michael has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.

Professor Martin Caraher, professor in food and health policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City University, London, who has extensive experience working on issues related to food poverty, cooking skills, local sustainable food supplies, the role of markets and co-ops in promoting health, farmers markets, food deserts and food access, retail concentration and globalisation.

Dr Rosemary Stanton, one of Australia’s leading nutritionists, who was awarded an Order of Australia for her contributions to public health through nutrition and is an invited member of many committees, including the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Working Committee for the Dietary Guidelines, the University of Adelaide’s Food Futures program and the University of Technology’s Institute for Sustainable Futures.

Dr Christina Pollard, Curtin University, whose work aims to improve our ability to translate important public health food and nutrition research into policy and practice, with a particular interest in improving nutrition for population groups who are vulnerable to poor nutrition due to their social, environmental or economic circumstances.

Professor Mike Daube, Curtin University, is Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

Melinda Tankard Reist, writer, speaker and media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls, well known for her work on the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls and efforts to address violence against women–her advocacy for women and girls has included involvement in projects to address poverty, trafficking and sex slavery, and working to highlight and address the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in Australia and globally.

Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies and lecturer in Political Science and International Relations in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. Professor Yasmeen is a specialist in political and strategic developments in South Asia (particularly Pakistan), the role of Islam in world politics, and citizenship among immigrant women. Her research on social inclusion and exclusion dynamics focuses primarily on Muslim women and citizenship in Australia.

…and much more!

Diabetes atlas

Check out the International Diabetes Federation’s 2012 Diabetes Atlas – provides a comprehensive summary of the facts and figures of diabetes throughout the world.

Also have a look at the fantastic infographics about diabetes – great summary especially for those visual learners that explains diabetes, its signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. You can click on the images to download the infographics as PDFs.

The truth about exercise


In this program, Michael Mosley uses himself as a human guinea pig to discover the truth about exercise.
(From the UK) (Documentary) G CC

Whether it’s running, swimming, cycling, or hula hooping, we have always been told that doing regular exercise is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life. Our one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is very rarely questioned, but with recent advances in genetic testing technology and brain stimulation techniques, scientists are uncovering the new and surprising truths about what exercise is really doing to our bodies, and why we all respond to it differently.

Closing the Gap resources

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released three new Closing the Gap clearinghouse reports today:

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence 2010-11
The latest Closing the Gap Clearinghouse publication What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: Key learnings and gaps in the evidence 2010-11 is an AIHW report that summarises findings from the second year of the Clearinghouse.

Increasing Indigenous employment rates: this issues paper is a comprehensive review and synthesis of the evidence on what works to increase Indigenous employment (this is a non-AIHW authored paper).

Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions: this resource sheet summarises the evidence on what works to enhance employment for Indigenous ex-offenders.(a non-AIHW authored paper.)

These reports can be obtain from the following link http://www.aihw.gov.au/closingthegap/publications/

eAtlas of the Millennium Development Goals

The World Bank eAtlas of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) allows you to visualise and map the indicators that measure progress toward the MDGs, with clear explanations of each goal and its related targets as the context.

When you select an indicator, the eAtlas creates a world map keyed to that indicator, with country rankings and data in your choice of tables or graphs. You can pan or zoom to view different countries or regions, view the dynamic change in that map with a time series, compare two maps and sets of data, and do much more. Fantastic interactive for Health and HD!