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Collaborative partnerships - The way forward for regional research

University of Ballarat Horsham Research precinct

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM (AEDT)

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The University of Ballarat & GWMWater


Collaborative Partnerships


The way forward for regional research


The University of Ballarat Horsham Campus Research Precinct and GWMWater are presenting a Wimmera research forum on Tuesday, 29th November 2011 at the University of Ballarat Horsham Campus, Baillie St, Horsham. Come and hear about the latest research being undertaken in the Wimmera.


Keynote Speakers


Professor Allan Curtis, Charles Sturt University - Allan’s research examines the social dimensions of regional natural resource management. He has an international reputation for research examining the adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders, the evaluation of natural resource management programs and using social data to underpin catchment management. Allan and his team have just completed the third survey in the Wimmera looking into the social drivers of natural resource management by farmers in the Wimmera.


Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby is the foundation director of the National Centre for Farmer Health - a partnership between Western District Health Service, Hamilton and Deakin University. She has developed, implemented and evaluated farm family health programs Australia wide through the award winning Sustainable Farm Families programs in addition to delivering training programs and post graduate studies for rural professionals working with agricultural populations. Having grown up in regional Victoria and managed the family farm (beef and wool), she is passionate about farmer health, and will share with us some of the work aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of farm men and women, farm workers and their families.  




9.00 am

Welcome and introductions

Including indigenous acknowledgement

9.15 am

Pathways to successful research in Wimmera/rural & regional areas

Allan Curtis from Charles Sturt University (sponsored by Wimmera CMA)

Sue Brumby from National Centre of Farmer Health at Deakin University

10.45 am

Morning tea

11.00 am

Current Research in the Wimmera – Joint, UB & GWMWater projects

·  Chris Perera Victoria University (VU) – Optimising water resources under climate change

·  Michelle Graymore University of Ballarat (UB) – Regional sustainability report card

·  Imogen Schwarz/Danielle Park (UB/DPI)  - Farmers attitudes and adaptation behaviours to climate change

·  Christine Hallinan UB – Rural Health Policy and Priorities - A pilot study of the practice nurse Pap testing initiatives

·  John Orbell VU –Control of biofouling in water distribution networks

1.00 pm


2.00 pm

Current Research in Wimmera – Student projects

·  Kate Morrison GWMWater/UB - Hydrogeology of the Laharum Region

·  La Vergne Lehmann UB - Sustainable Water management in Tourism

·  Paul Atherton GWMWater/UB - The role of the provision of potable water in small town renewal

·  Helena Mala-Jetmarova GWMWater /UB – Optimisation of Water Quality in a Large Scale Regional Water Distribution System

·  Romany Whitton LaTrobe University - The age of groundwater  - Title TBC

·  Michael Shiell UB - Trace: an exploration of alternative means of documenting Ephemeral Environmental Art – Title TBC

3.40 pm

Afternoon tea

4.00 pm



What’s next…collaborative research partnerships in the Wimmera

·  UB opportunities & facilities (Rob Wallis)

·  Student’s perspective of opportunities (La Vergne Lehmann)

·  GWMWater research structure & opportunities for staff (Paul Atherton)

·  GWMWater-UB MoU and GWMWater strategic research plan

·  Research needs in the Wimmera (panel including Alan Wolff, Wendy Middleton, David Brennan, Frank Stagnitti –Others TBC)

5.00 pm


Networking - Drinks and nibbles







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When & Where

University of Ballarat, Horsham Campus
Baillie Street

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM (AEDT)

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