News and Events

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Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

Behaviour - Brain - Body Research Centre

Centre for Cognitive Systems Neuroscience

Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group

National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing Research Group


International Association For University Health and Wellbeing
Webinar series:

 Physical activity: the impact of social norms and its relationship to academic achievement during the transition to university

Dr Alyson CrozierBy Guest Speaker: Dr Alyson Crozier
Program Director Exercise and Sport Science Portfolio, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Webinar recording available here



Professor Denise Wood AM, CQ University

Webinar: “The 5Ps approach to improving the transition, retention and success of university students”

By Guest Speaker: Professor Denise Wood AM, Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation at CQ University

  Webinar recording available here



New app supports a plan to cope and a strategy for suicide prevention

new mental health appThe University of South Australia has released a new mobile application designed to help people cope with stress on a day-to-day basis.

The new app, ‘My Coping Plan,’ developed by UniSA Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Stallman, allows users to create, store and update a personalised coping plan on their mobile device.

Dr Stallman says the benefit of the new app is that it allows people to stick to a personalised coping plan.

“We all cope. However, in times of stress, anxiety or distress, it can be difficult to think clearly or make healthy decisions,” Dr Stallman says.

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the desk, promoting student success and wellbeing

Feeling Overwhelmed by Stress?

thedesk is an online program that can help you develop strategies to manage stress, anxiety and depression symptoms so that you can perform at your peak.  The program is available at
Registration is free.



Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety


Creating a climate of psychological safety in the workplace.

By on 29 Aug 2017 in Mental health, Stress, Occupational Health, Wellbeing

Psychological safety in the workplace is important for a healthy corporate culture, and can help boost mental health and profit. Dr Nicola Davies talks to Professor Maureen Dollard, an expert in the field, about how to create the right climate.

Professor Maureen Dollard, director and head of the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety (a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre), says a psychological safety climate (PSC) is the “organisational climate for worker psychological health and safety that reflects a management balance of productivity and worker health concerns.”

PSC is about guidelines, methods and other practices that seek to protect a wage earner’s overall well-being...

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Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey won an Augusta Zadow Award from SafeWork SA

Congratulations to Associate Professor Muchelle Tuckey who won a Safework SA Augusta Zadow award for her project:

Project Title: "Reducing bullying against women working in South Australia through evidence based research assessment


Wes and Maureen

Dr Wes McTernan wins Tony Winefield Phd Thesis Prize

Congratulations to Dr Wesley McTernan for winning the 2016 Tony Winefield PhD Thesis Prize in Psychology.

Thesis title: "A long way from home: Investigation of work stress and remoteness in the mining industry"

The Tony Winefield PhD Thesis Prize in Psychology is awarded for the best PhD thesis in the discipline of psychology in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy.


2016 International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment conference in Auckland

International Research Collaboration Award

At this year EASS Academic Excellence Awards, APC-WHS was awarded with the International Research Collaboration Award for the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work. 

Team members: Prof Maureen Dollard, A/Prof Akihito Shimazu, A/Prof Michelle Tuckey, Tessa Bailey, Mikaela Owen, Dr Wes McTernan, Annabelle Neall, Prof Christian Dormann, Ali Afsharian, Harry Becher, David Duong, Dr Sarven McLinton, Rachael Potter, Prof Tony Winefield, Amy Zadow




Behaviour - Brain - Body Research Centre



Seminar: Cognitive Training in older adults at risk of dementia

Presented by Guest Speakers: Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs & Dr Amit Lampit, University of Melbourne.


Charlotte Gupta (PhD candidate) was interviewed at the Centre for Sleep Research last week on 14th March 2017 on ABC's BTN show about 'why we sleep'.  Click here to watch full video


Dr Siobhan Banks talks about investigating the effectiveness of a ‘split sleep schedule’ for shift workers, in UniSA's Talking Papers series celebrating research achievements across the University.
Listen to the interview here


Are we getting enough sleep?  Click to watch 

Dr Siobhan Banks joined Insight on Tuesday 10th May 2016.

We spend about one third of our lives sleeping. There’s no other activity we engage in more, and it’s as critical to our health as food and water. Put simply, our cognitive abilities deteriorate without sleep.

Neuroscientists’ work offers hope for people living with dementia

by Candy Gibson

Two UniSA researchers are hopeful of major breakthroughs in preventing and treating dementia, the second leading cause of death in Australia.

Dr Hannah Keage wearing an EC cap to measure brain activity (used to predict delirium risk in older people) and Dr Tobias Loetscher wearing tracking glasses (used to see how people with dementia focus on certain subjects).

Dr Hannah Keage wearing an EC cap to measure brain activity (used to predict delirium risk in older people) and Dr Tobias Loetscher wearing tracking glasses (used to see how people with dementia focus on certain subjects).

Cognitive neuroscientists Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Tobias Loetscher have been collectively awarded $1.4 million by the Federal Government as part of plans to urgently scale up dementia research.

Dr Keage and Dr Loetscher will use their NHMRC Fellowship funds to investigate the link between visual impairments and dementia, and strategies to help those at higher risk of developing dementia because of cardiovascular disease.

Over the next four years the researchers – who are based in UniSA’s Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences (CAIN) Lab at the Magill campus – will undertake a number of studies to tackle several issues related to dementia. Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older........ Read more>

Click here to watch: Dementia and heart surgery: how are they linked?

9 News Adelaide - In a world-first study, Adelaide neuroscientists are exploring ways to stop patients with heart disease developing dementia.

Cognitive neuroscientists Dr Tobias Loetscher and Dr Hannah Keage appeared on Channel 9 News tonight, here in Adelaide! They discussed their new NHMRC Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships, worth nearly $1.5 million. And of course, we are a big team, so thanks to everyone at CAIN for getting these ideas off the ground! An exciting four years ahead! 
Watch the news item here


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Dr Ashleigh Smith, from the School of Health Sciences at Unisa discusses vascularcontributions to dementia and the CAIN neurovascular coupling project on FIVEAA 

Click here to listen to Dr Ashleigh Smith's interview on FIVEAA Talking Adelaide on 5June 2016.






Centre for Cognitive Systems Neuroscience



Professor Robert T. Knight

Seminar: 'Insights into Human Cognition from Intracranial Recording'

Presented by Guest Speaker: Robert T. Knight, M.D. Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology University of California, Berkeley






National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing Research Group


Associate Professor Lia BryantA/Professor Lia Bryant interviewed by BBC GMT world news on Thursday 22 August. Lia is talking about farmer distress and the economic conditions that create distress for farmers.




National Conference
'Practice-Based Suicide Prevention Targeting Men and Women in Farmin Occupations'

Hosted by the National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing University of South Australia, 20 May 2019

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The Advisory Board for the National Enterprise for Rural Community Wellbeing, Research Group. 

Locals become pin ups for mental health:
Yorke Peninsula Country Times
reports on Research Fellow Dr Bridget Garnham’s initiative producing a calendar featuring local farmers and their mental health stories. Read more>



Director A/Professor Lia Bryant was invited to give a keynote address at RMIT, Melbourne, Friday 19th October, 2018 on 'Place-Based Approaches to Farmer Suicide Prevention.'







Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group


Cat personality explained: understanding the Feline Five

Dr Carla Litchfield together with one of her honours students Gillian Quinton, is a co-author, have published an article about The Feline Five published in PLOS ONE.

Litchfield, C.A., Quinton, G., Tindle, H., Chiera, B., Kikillus, K.H., and Roetman, P. (2017). The ‘Feline Five’: An Exploration of Personality in Pet Cats (Felis catus). PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183455

To accompany this publication is a short video about cat personality Click here to watch full video 

For more information about the Cat Tracker project and The Discovery Circle visit the wesite at:


Rwanda Discovery Escorted From Adelaide by Dr Carla Litchfield- Hurry limited spots left

Departing from Adelaide, discover the culture and various wildlife,  in this emerging scenic country with 17 days of exploring. Visit with Mountain Gorillas along with other primates, birds, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and many more. Spend time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and visit the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. Places are limited so get in quick.

Rwanda is diverse as it is friendly and this tour is hosted by Dr Carla Litchfield, a specialist in the field of animal behaviour to enrich this experience.

If you love culture, scenery, wildlife and want to know more about them in their natural habitat, then this is a must do tour!  Find out more