StaffNews No 346

Friday 27 February 2009

News of interest to staff of the University of Melbourne


1. University community bushfire gathering
2. Upcoming fire ring main works
3. Unauthorised use of personal information
4. Computer equipment recycling
5. Student Ambassador Leadership Program - 2009 intake open
6. Fixed telephone lines to be cancelled
7. The Redmond Barry Fellowship
8. Use of electronic mailing list / circulars service
9. New Melbourne International website
10. Staff development opportunity
11. First aid training
12. Healthy eating, healthy living
13. Research office seminars
14. University of Melbourne grants 2009
15. Academic promotions – briefing for heads of departments
16. Seminar on Morita therapy
17. New academic skills website
18. Planning Office seminar
19. School of Population Health short course available
20. Dreamweaver training
21. Department of Psychology colloquium
22. Car parks available
23. Bio21 Institute seminar series
24. Join a sporting club
25. Staff consumer representative for mental health strategy working group
26. Port Power supporters wanted for academic study
27 Travel Advice
28. What’s On
29. Career opportunities

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1. University community bushfire gathering

The University community is invited to attend a non-denominational community gathering to remember those who lost their lives, and those who have lost family and friends, homes and communities in the devastating Victorian bushfires, and to thank Country Fire Authority and the State Emergency Service volunteers for their dedication in terrible circumstances.

When: 1.00 pm on Tuesday 3 March
Where: South Lawn.

Speakers will include the Chancellor the Hon Alex Chernov and staff and student representatives.

A program for the event will be posted on the University's Bushfire Response website

[Source: Garry Thomson, Wellbeing Services]
2. Upcoming fire ring main works

Stage 1 of the Services Infrastructure Project is the installation of a new dedicated fire ring main across the Parkville Campus. These works will commence shortly in the north/east corner of the campus (Monash Road, Masson Road, Union Road).

This project will have a major impact on the Parkville Campus during 2009 and the University community will be informed of the scope and activities of the project through the project blog, at and Staff News.

Enquiries: Ted Sztefek T: 8344 5348 M: 0488 642 904 E:

[Source: Mandy Greig, Property & Campus Services]
3. Unauthorised use of personal information

In September 2008 the University Health Service became aware of the unauthorised use of personal information by two medical practitioners who left the service earlier that year. An audit of internal policies and procedures for the management of patient information, following the Health Services Commissioner and the Medical Practitioners Board being informed by the Health Service, found that this material was removed without the knowledge or permission of the Health Service. A summary of all actions to address this issue and prevent its recurrence is at the following website:

[Source: Garry Thomson, Wellbeing Services]

4. Computer equipment recycling

Departments with equipment to dispose on the next computer equipment recycling day should contact their Facility Services Zone Leader by 4 March to arrange collection by a Building Supervisor - advising the type, quantity and location of equipment to be collected, and a convenient date and time for collection. Relevant LITEs should be contacted for any IT matters prior to collection.

This arrangement applies only to the Parkville Campus and those off-campus locations serviced by a Building Supervisor. The contact details for the Zone Leaders and details for the buildings for which they are responsible are at (choose “by campus map”)

Enquiries and more information: Belinda Rule or 8344 3050

[Source: Danielle Rostan-Herbert, Environmental Health and Safety Unit]

5. Student Ambassador Leadership Program - 2009 intake open

The University’s Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP) is a three-semester, extra-curricular program for undergraduate students in their second or subsequent year (not final year), and postgraduate students (not final year). It aims to develop skills in leadership, service to the community and ambassador roles within the University.
Applications for 2009 are open 2 – 22 March. A number of information sessions will be held over the next three weeks.

Please encourage students whom you think would benefit from the program to check for more information.

Enquiries: Rita Manessis, Manager - Student Leadership Programs, LIVE Unit, 8344 0384.

[Source: Rita Manessis, Academic Enrichment Services]

6. Fixed telephone lines to be cancelled

The University is transitioning all fixed telephone and fax lines across to the Optus service. Account owners have been identified for more than 13 000 lines, but there are over 2000 Telstra lines without known owners. If an owner cannot be established by Friday 6 March 2009, the account and associated lines will be cancelled. The list of telephone numbers to be disconnected can be found at

If your telephone number is not on this list, then it will not be disconnected.

If your number is on the disconnection list, please contact Bronwyn Grinstein .

[Source: Bronwyn Grinstein, Information Projects]

7. The Redmond Barry Fellowship

Valued at $20,000, the Fellowship is open to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The Fellowship can be used to assist with travel, living and research expenses.

Guidelines and application forms are available at
or contact Lynda Gilbert on 8344 9333/
Applications close on Thursday 30 April 2009.

[Source: Lynda Gilbert, Knowledge Transfer & Partnerships Office]

8. Use of Electronic Mailing List / Circulars service

Records Services moderates the following electronic “Circulars” mailing lists:
Deans of Faculties, Faculty General Managers, Departmental Managers (which includes Directors of Centres) Heads of Academic Departments and Heads of Administrative Departments and Sections. The Circulars service’s limitations and information requirements are at:

[Source: Lesley Frances Williams, Records Services]

9. New Melbourne International website

The University has a new online home for information and resources relating to its global activities.

Resources available for staff include market research and overviews relating to international student recruitment, international student data, online events and visits calendars, and relevant committee papers. Resources are password protected.

Please contact Sara Brocklesby on 8344 4311/ for access.

[Source: Sara Brocklesby, International Market Development]

10. Staff development opportunity

Leadership in Action – for senior University managers, commencing 31 March.

[[Source: Amy Bugeja, Human Resources]

11. First aid training

First Aid Management and Training is offering CPR, First Aid Level 2 and First Aid Level 2 Refresher Training:

Dates: Wednesday 22 April & Thursday 23 April
Venue: Executive Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building

Approval through your department to attend this course is required.

Arrange training with Ann at First Aid Management and Training Centre: 9894 1013.
- More courses are available in May and June

[Source: Alison Hunt-Sturman Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences]
12. Healthy eating, healthy living

The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic will be running a program on Monday nights 5.30 – 7.30 commencing March 16 to assist individuals who are struggling with their weight and with motivating themselves to change their lifestyle and eating habits. The program of seven sessions will focus on: increasing motivation, improving self-esteem and self-confidence, issues with body image and stress management. Cost : $140 for seven group sessions. For more info and to register phone 9326 4774.

[Source: Lisa Phillips, Dept of Psychology]

13. Research Office seminars

Registration and seminar details at

* How to Apply for Animal Ethics - Tuesday 3 March, 2pm-4pm, ITC Training Labs, 780 Elizabeth Street

* Themis Grants and Contracts for Administrators (Part 1 - Submissions and Proposals) - Wednesday 4 March, 10am-12pm, ITC Training Labs, 780 Elizabeth Street

* Protecting yourself, your research and your university: Research integrity and the Code of Conduct for Research - Thursday 12 March, 1pm-2pm, Theatre 2, Alan Gilbert Building

* Getting through the jungle: Determining what regulatory approvals you need for your research - Wednesday 18 March, 1pm-2pm, Theatre 2, Alan Gilbert Building

[Source: Jane Pontikis, Melbourne Research Office]

14. University of Melbourne grants 2009

Staff should refer any students who are in financial difficulties to Student Financial Aid. Student Financial Aid manages two separate grants for students.

General grants are available to all students in financial need. Successful applicants usually receive a one-off payment of approximately $500. Closing date for applications is 27 March.

Housing grants are available to students who are renting and are in financial need. Successful applicants receive a $70 per fortnightly payment towards their rent. Closing date for applications is 16 March.

Further information and applications: or from Student Financial Aid ,Baldwin Spencer Building, Parkville.

[Source: Ben McCarthy, Student Financial Aid]

15. Academic promotions – briefing for heads of departments

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education and the Department of Human Resources have organised a briefing session for Heads of Departments to discuss the academic promotions policy, procedures and role of the Head and Senior Colleagues in the promotions process for the 2009 round for promotion to Level C, D and E. Deans are also asked to bring this session to the attention of any senior colleague, other than Heads, who have been nominated to prepare the Department report.

Professor Richard James, Professor Ron Slocombe and Professor Rachel Webster will lead the discussion in the Barbara Falk Room, Centre for Higher Education, 715 Swanston Street on Tuesday 3 March from 1 pm - 2 pm.
Promotion information for applicants and Heads of Department is on the Human Resources website at

[Source: Julia McQuillan, Human Resources]

16. Seminar on Morita therapy

Morita therapy is indigenous to Japan and has its origins in Zen, Shinto-ism and Medicine with a sophisticated theory on human development that informs psycho-social assessment and treatment.

Professor Naoki Watanabe and Associate Professor Peg LeVine will offer some case material from their practices during the course of the seminar, with a particular focus on use of Morita therapy in the treatment of trauma.

Wednesday 4 March 2009, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 515, Level 5, Melbourne School of Population Health, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Enquiries: Dr Erminia Colucci +61 3 8344 3174/ecolucci@

[Source: Erminia Colucci School of Population Health]

17. New academic skills website

The Academic Skills Unit has a new website that features upgraded and updated resources for staff and students. Update existing links from the old Academic Skills Unit website to link to our new address at Staff are welcome to provide any feedback or comments about the site to us via the link available on the home page.

[Source: Julian Harris, Academic Skills Unit]

18. Planning Office seminar

Staff involved in business planning are invited to a University Planning Office seminar on Activity Analysis Project (AAP) on professional staff analysis and RDM Service Model.

Friday 6 March, 2.30 to 3.30 pm

Graduate Centre 1888 Building, Multi -Function Room 2nd level

RSVP: University Planning Office by Thursday 5 March,
Telephone: 834 44597

[Source: Rebecca Cullen, University Planning Office]

19 School of Population Health short course available

The McCaughey Centre and Onemda Unit offer a three-day short course: "Race, Culture, Indigeneity and the Politics of Public Health" Melbourne from 17-19 June 2009.
The course is designed for professionals, policy makers and researchers who work in Indigenous health, social work, education and related areas.

Presenters are Dr Yin Paradies, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Melbourne and Dr Emma Kowal, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne.

Course flyer and registration forms are at

[Source: Naomi Priest, School of Population Health]

20 Dreamweaver training

Dates: 17 March, and 7 and 21 April

The Dreamweaver Template workshop is designed to give an overview of Dreamweaver, and provide the skills to use University web templates using Dreamweaver. If you update web pages as part of your position description or new to the job, knowing how the University of Melbourne templates works is necessary so that websites meet the branding requirements of the University.

Booking is online through Themis. There is a maximum of 10 people per course This is a one-day course. Cost: $120. Level 1, 780 Elizabeth Street.

Administrator for the course is Dilpreet Jaswal.
Phone: +61 3 8344 5542

[Source: Iseult Blanchard Information Systems]

21 Department of Psychology colloquium

Associate Professor Michelle Ryan, School of Psychology, University of Exeter will discuss Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Explaining the Opt-Out Revolution Tuesday 3 March. Room 516 Redmond Barry Building 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

[Source: Lisa Phillips- Department of Psychology]

22 Car parks available

A number of parking permits are available for small car parks located off campus in Berkley, Bouverie, Grattan, Swanston and Cardigan Streets. A list of these car parks and permits available (at the time the web page was updated) please click on the Car Parks link on the Traffic and Parking Website. If you wish to change to one of these car parks, bring your current permit to the Parking Office and deposit for remote access as indicated.
[ Source: Aaron Bunney , Property & Campus Services ]
23. Bio21 Institute seminar series

“Science in the Movies” by organic chemist and movie buff, Associate Professor Mick Sherburn, ANU. A look at how chemists and chemistry are depicted in movies - the good, the bad and the ugly. Thursday 5 March, 4pm in the Bio21 Institute Auditorium. Enquiries: 834 42220 or

[Source: Helen Varnavas, Bio21 Institute]
24. Join a sporting club

Melbourne University Sport has over 40 different affiliated clubs for staff and graduates to join. Speak to your club of choice in person at our Club Information Days on Thursday, 26 Feb @ North Court (12pm-4pm) and Wednesday, 04 March @ Union Lawn (11am-3pm).
Please contact Rechelle Martinez for more information on 8344 3992 /

[Source:James Garland, Melbourne University Sport]

25. Staff consumer representative for mental health strategy working group

The Mental Health Strategy Working Group (MHSWG) is inviting confidential expressions of interest from a staff member to be involved in 2009 as a consumer representative. The working group will meet five times during the year from the end of March. The consumer representative will preferably be a user of mental health services, including University services.

Expressions of interest should address the following:
(a) What is your interest in mental health issues at the University?
(b) What contribution do you think you can make to the MHSWG?
(d) Is there other information that you think would be useful for the chair of the MHSWG to consider in responding to your expression of interest.
The consumer representative will participate in an induction process to assist them in their role in the working group and to clarify expectations.

Terms of reference, and working group documents from 2008, can be found at:
Expressions of interest should be sent by email to Jonathan Norton, Chair, Mental Health Strategy Working Group at by 6 March.
Enquiries: Jonathan Norton, Manager, Counselling Service,

[Source: Jonathan Norton, Counselling Service]
26. Port Power supporters wanted for academic study

Professor Joy Damousi and Dr John Cash want to speak to fans of the Port Adelaide football club about what it means to barrack for the Port Adelaide of old and the current team Port
Power. Contact Gabrielle Murphy, School of Historical Studies on 45961 or to make an appointment. HREC Approval No: 050560X

[Source: Gabrielle Murphy, School of Historical Studies]
27. Travel Advice from Environment Health and Safety Unit

The Environment Health and Safety Unit advises staff that DFAT has changed its information on traveling to: Afghanistan, Ghana, Kosovo, Qatar, Kyrgyz Republic, Swaziland, Cook Islands, India, Sudan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Spain, Philippines, Tunisia and Algeria.

This most recent DFAT advice may be viewed at:

For further information on the University's Overseas Travel Policy refer to:

[Source: Belinda Rule, Environment Health and Safety Unit]
28. What’s On

ENVIRONMENT SEMINAR Time Lags Between Research and Economic Benefits: Much Longer Than You Think, But Worth the Wait! Professor Julian Alston, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Davis, will present evidence on agricultural research and development lags in US agriculture. Lower Lecture Theatre LFR Building (142), Wednesday 4 March, 5.30pm. Further information and RSVPs:

[Source: Rachel Corby, School of Land and Environment]
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE. Daniel le Grange, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Chicago, USA presents ‘Why parents are not to blame for anorexia nervosa.’ Tuesday 3 March, 6-7pm, Sunderland Lecture Theatre, Medical Building. For enquiries and to RSVP: +61 3 8344 9800 or

[Source: Rebecca Hyde, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences]

MELBA HALL FREE LUNCH HOUR CONCERT SERIES . Weekly concerts featuring student and professional musicians commence Monday 2 March.,from 1:10 - 2pm. Concert details can be found at

[Source: Margaret Lloyd, Faculty of Music]
NEW UP CLOSE PODCAST RELEASE. "Harpooning the Myths: Japan and Whaling" Dr Charles Schencking, School of Historical Studies, joins host Jennifer Cook to separate the myths from the facts surrounding the contentious practice of whaling by Japan. This and other episodes are available from

[Source: Eric van Bemmel, Asia Institute]
2009 MUS SEMESTER 1 SHORT COURSES. Melbourne University Sport’s Short Courses are designed to help make a difference to your life, whether it be acquiring or improving your lifestyle, health, fitness or just having fun. To enrol or for more information visit or email Ange La Scala:

[Source: James Garland, Melbourne University Sport]
FREE BODY ATTACK CLASS. East Stadium at the Sports Centre (Tin Alley) on Wednesday, 18 March at 12pm to get involved. Bring a water bottle, towel and wear work out attire. For more information, Ange La Scala on 8344 5402 or via

[Source: James Garland, Melbourne University Sport]

FREE WELLBEING ACTIVITIES FOR STAFF. “A Taste of Mindfulness” on 5 March 4.45-5.30pm, and “Time Management for Busy Professionals”, on 20 March 12-2pm. Or, join a “Lunchtime Walking Group”. Further information on the Staff Wellbeing Program website at Enquiries: Jonathan Norton, Counselling Service, Department of Wellbeing Services.

[Source: Orania Tokatlidis, Counselling Service]
BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER SESSIONS. Led by Chaplain Wes Campbell of the Uniting Church from the first week of semester. Genesis Bible study 1-11 each Monday during semester, beginning 2 March: 1.05-1.55pm, Chaplain’s Room 3, Union House.Midday prayers each Wednesday during semester, 1.15-1.45pm, beginning 4 March, Conference Room 3, Old Physics. All are welcome. For more information: Wes Campbell; 8344 6034/0431 847 278. e-mail:;

[Source: Wes Campbell, University of Melbourne]

29.Career opportunities


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