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Rob and Sue Tucker … taking their training skills to Nepal.
Two long-term Charles Darwin University staffers have packed their bags for the Himalaya where they will spend their long-service leave as voluntary trainers in Nepalese mountain villages.
Alice Springs couple Rob and Sue Tucker described their impending four-month sojourn as a “holiday with a difference”.
“We’ll be taking up a short-term training opportunity that matches our skills as adult and vocational education trainers with some of their learning needs,” said Rob, the head of the automotive department at Alice Springs campus.
“I’ll deliver training in small engines, maintenance and general mechanical repairs to teenage boys in two or three orphanages,” he said.
“Sue will assist health and community development staff improve their word-processing, typing, report writing and IT skills.”
Based in the mid-western Nepalese city of Nepalgunj, the Tuckers will support two Christian organisations, the International Nepal Fellowship and the Maya Sadan Centre.
“Three years ago, when we were last there, we identified an opportunity to support the local community in passing on our skills,” Rob said.
“We found them to be a warm and welcoming people and we realised we had a desire to do something for them in terms of bettering their lifestyle.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have the resources, employment conditions and opportunity to do this; to give something back.”
It is the second trip to the tiny landlocked nation for Rob, and the third for Sue, a VET Developer who has worked for CDU in Alice Springs for the past 14 years.
“It’s a country that hits you in the face,” said Sue, who first visited 25 years ago.
“The incredibly bright clothes, the colourful foods in the markets, the smell of the food and the spices, it’s a place that affronts every sense.”
Rob and Sue said they were also looking forward to trekking in the Annapurna region, and possibly catching a glimpse of Mt Everest before their return to the Red Centre in the New Year.
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Federation University Australia’s Professor Caroline Finch has been awarded the 2015 International Distinguished Career Award by the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section.
The award recognises Caroline's "outstanding dedication and leadership in injury/violence prevention and control and emergency health services internationally with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long term impact on the field".
Professor Finch is a Robert HT Smith Professor and holds a Personal Chair in Sports Injury at FedUni, where she is the Director of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP).
“The Centre is one of only four research centres worldwide to have been recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health since 2010,” Professor Frank Stagnitti, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), said.
“Professor Finch has previously been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and as one of the three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally.
“In addition to being passionate about the methodological rigour required in sports injury prevention research, Professor Finch has consistently demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that injury research is translated into policy and practice settings.”
Professor Finch’s research is highly regarded for her groundbreaking work in sports injury prevention.
She also has addressed many significant injury issues including road trauma work such as car safety ratings, helmets for bicycle safety, and child car passenger safety; childhood injury work such as burns/scalds prevention and supervision of children in beach settings; and fall prevention among older people.
“Professor Finch has raised international awareness of the public health importance of sports and recreation injury prevention,” Professor Stagnitti said.
“She also has encouraged researchers worldwide to improve their methodology through her highly regarded work in the statistical analysis/coding/classification of sports injury surveillance data and the application of implementation science approaches to the prevention of sports injuries.
“On behalf of FedUni, I congratulate Professor Finch on this outstanding achievement.
“We take pride when one of our researchers receives such outstanding international recognition and we acknowledge that such recognition greatly enhances our reputation as a teaching excellent, research focused university.”
Professor Finch will travel to Colorado, USA, later this year to accept the award.