This is what academic and research leadership will be in the future.

A/Prof Lauren Ball recently interviewed Australia’s academic and research leaders to ask what the future looks like for these fields. Speaking to over fifty Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors – Research of Australia’s universities, Lauren came away with a few important learnings, shared on LinkedIn. In the article, Lauren explores the experiences, personality styles […]

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Academic Burnout – How do you switch off?

As a researcher, academic or PhD student, it can be difficult to completely disconnect with your work without feeling guilty about it. Rest is extremely important for productivity and mental health. The question of how to “switch off” from work was posed in our online journal club this week (please let me know if you would like to join us!).

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Why healthy eating guidelines don't apply to the really sick person in a hospital bed.

The Dos and Don’ts of Influencing Policy

  • February 25, 2019
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This high level article talks about influencing policy through research, which is something we all strive to achieve. The recommendations seem quite basic, but we seem to have been presented with somewhat of a conundrum.After recently being involved in providing advice to the Queensland Government roadmap for reducing obesity,  the advice was commissioned through a third party and did not involve any real-time discussion with named people in government, nor did they know my name, only my label as an expert academic in the field.  This raises the question of how academics can better communicate with policymakers during daily activities, particularly for recommendation 4, 5 and 6.

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