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VU researchers have developed new strategies to recruit and retain women in sport.
Associate Professor Clare Hanlon and Professor Tony Morris from Victoria University (VU), along with Dr Selina Khoo and Ms Joelyn Lee from University of Malaya (UoM) researched the needs of women in Malaysia to recruit and retain them in sport and physical activity.
Thirty-seven women across six programs (e.g. yoga, futsal, aerobics, gym) located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia participated in focus groups to identify what they believed facilitated or prevented them from participating in sport or physical activity. The study explored five key influences that affect the decision by women to participate:
As a result of the findings, a multi-national online guide has been produced to assist community managers in Malaysia. It provides new strategies for managers in Australia on how to encourage women in sport and physical activity programs.
Women from Asian backgrounds and especially Muslims are underrepresented in women’s sport and physical activity programs in Australia. Managers at community sport organisations in Malaysia do not have a resource to assist them with strategies to recruit and retain women, so the guide was tailored according to the needs and culture of women in Malaysia.
The project sought to address physical inactivity among women and create a resource for community managers that would be promoted collaboratively by national organisations (Australian Womensport and Recreation Association and Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation Malaysia) and encourage sport and physical activity for women in Malaysia and Australia.
This project was supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The University of Western Australia and the Copenhagen Consensus Center today announced the establishment of a new policy research centre at the UWA Business School.
Victoria University is proud to be involved in the celebrations of the 25thYear Anniversary of the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program.
Since 2004, there have been 47 VU graduates of the Internship Program with many going on to prestigious careers in fields of government, law, public policy and communications.
Four VU students each year have the opportunity to become Parliamentary Interns and to research and write a substantial public policy report under the guidance of a Member of Parliament. This report is later bound and held in the Parliamentary Library of Victoria, Parliament House.
VU program co-ordinator, Associate Professor Julie Stephens said the select-entry internship is offered only to third-year political science students in the College of Arts or those doing an Arts/Law combination. Selection is based on a written application and previous academic results.
Interns receive academic credit for the program equivalent to two units of study and importantly, they have the opportunity to forge contacts and develop skills for their future careers, Associate Professor Stephens said.
Kate Bartlett completed the program in 2008 and now works as a corporate lawyer for Melbourne firm Russell Kennedy Lawyers. Her report compared the role of government speakers in several state and federal jurisdictions. Her report required interstate trips, hours of research in the Parliamentary Library, and interviews with many prominent Members of Parliament.
“It was one of the best experiences I had at university,” she said. “It was the perfect blend of law, politics and academics.”
Other VU graduates of the program include Jesse Twomey who now is in charge of the Asia Desk at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Trent Brickle, a senior manager with Parks Victoria.
The Parliamentary Internship program is a collaborative partnership between the Parliament of Victoria, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Victoria University. To date, only three universities in Victoria offer the Parliamentary Internship Program.
The Parliament of Victoria will be hosting a formal 25 Year Anniversary celebration in September this year. It will be a timely celebration given that the current Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews completed the Parliamentary Internship Program as a student in 1994.
The Parliament is reaching out to all former Interns. Contact Tom Hvala for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates to a new record low but the move will load the economy with undue risk, a QUT economist says.
Researchers have developed an innovative non-invasive way to check the health of beehives by listening to their buzzing.