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ItemA community food education model for South Australia: a research briefing paper(Centre for Social Impact, Flinders University, 2022-11) Pettman, Tahna; Dent, Carolyn; McKinley, Kelly; Goodwin-Smith, Ian; Bogomolova, SvetlanaThis briefing paper by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders responds to an initiative of Wellbeing SA to scope a community food education model for South Australia (SA). This paper directly addresses the recommendations in the Improving Individual and Household Food Security Outcomes in South Australia Final Report (Government of South Australia, 2018). Information on a diverse range of initiatives was synthesised from 102 published articles and 13 SA initiatives from the food relief sector, community centres, local governments, social enterprises, and other for-purpose/non-government organisations. There were several common ways to deliver community food education, which are presented in a 'typology' of three types: Curriculum initiatives, Capacity building initiatives and Community development initiatives, along with recommendations and opportunities. ItemA History of Physics at Flinders University: From 1964 to the early 2000s(2023) Brennan, Max; Brennan, Michael; Iraj R. Afnan; Blevin, Harry; Teubner, Peter; Buckman, Steve; Weigold, Erich; Thomas, tony; Green, Barry; Blake, AlastairPreface by Max Brennan: The Physics discipline at Flinders University was born on the first of February 1964 when I took up my appointment as the last of six Foundation Professors at what was then the second campus of the University of Adelaide – at Bedford Park, a Southern suburb of Adelaide. The Act separating the campus from the University of Adelaide into The Flinders University of South Australia was proclaimed on 17 March 1966 with effect on 1 July. The history of the new university is well covered in “Flinders University - the first 25 Years” by David Hilliard. Writing a history of the Physics discipline is a task that I should have completed many years ago. What follows here is a compilation of documents: 1. Recollections of five early staff members - Max Brennan, Iraj Afnan, Harry Blevin, Peter Teubner and Erich Weigold - and of Tony Thomas who was an undergraduate and a postgraduate student; 2. Plasma Physics at Flinders University by Barry Green – an extract of a draft of the History of Plasma Physics in Australia being written by Barry Green and Bob Dewar; and 3. “Physics in Adelaide – the 1960s” by Alastair Blake, 6 May 2013: pp 56 – 65 and 70 provide a comprehensive coverage of research and teaching at Flinders extending well beyond the 1960s. ItemAging Well in Harmony Toolkit: Personalised care to residents with dementia in rural aged care facilities(Flinders University, 2020-12) Hamiduzzaman, Mohammad; Kuot, Abraham; Greenhill, Jennene; Strivens, Edward; Isaac, VivianThis toolkit is an outcome of a non-pharmacological intervention, ‘Harmony in the Bush’, conducted by Flinders University Rural Health SA in five rural aged care facilities over two years, funded by the Australian Department of Health under the National Aged Care Services Program. We aimed to demonstrate that a co-designed personalised care model, based on the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold principles and personalised and group music activities, is effective in reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of residents with dementia while also reducing caregiver stress. ItemAustralasian Groundwater Conference: Groundwater in a Changing World(Flinders University, 2019-11) National Centre For Groundwater Research And Training; Australian Chapter International Association of HydrogeologistsThe Australasian Groundwater Conference (AGC) was held in Brisbane Queensland, 24-27 November 2019. This conference was an epic event filled with informative presentations, entertaining networking events and stunning field trips exploring the sights and sounds that this subtropical dynamic region has to offer. The AGC 2019 featured a stimulating technical program around the theme of “Groundwater in a Changing World” that covered a broad range of applications to resources, infrastructure and environment. The program included stimulating plenary speakers, engaging panel discussions and enticing social events. Over 600 groundwater researchers, industry professionals and policy development specialists from around the region attended this unique event. There were many opportunities on offer for delegates to share their experiences, inform best practice, and identify the steps they can take to bring about lasting improvements to the management of our vital groundwater resources. Our hard working volunteer organisational team wishes to thank sponsors, speakers, delegates, exhibitors and volunteers for making the conference such a huge success! ItemCareSearch quality processes: Ensuring reliability and applicability across diverse stakeholder groups(2022-09) Erny-Albrecht, Katrina; Tieman, JenniferCareSearch provides access to trustworthy information and resources in palliative care. At the core of this activity is the synthesis and translation of published evidence relevant to palliative care practice. Through rigorous and universally accepted processes for research evidence identification, appraisal, and synthesis CareSearch provides insights into what the evidence tells us. What works and for whom. Dissemination of this content for health professionals providing care and the broader community with or without palliative care needs is achieved through two websites; www.caresearch.com.au and www.palliaged.com.au. Although CareSearch has a broad whole of life-course focus and palliAGED is for aged care both are based on application of the CareSearch model for knowledge synthesis and translation including in-built quality processes.© ItemCo-Design to Translate Food Relief Service Principles into Practice: Research Materials(Flinders University, 2023-11) Pettman, Tahna; Bogomolova, SvetlanaThis document presents a set of research materials that were developed as part of a collaborative ARC Linkage research project between researchers at the Centre for Social Impact Flinders and five partner organisations, including three food relief service providers and two state government agencies. The aim of these research documents is to disseminate the tailored research materials developed during the Linkage, to enrich the body of knowledge on co-design methods. The intention of sharing these materials is to better equip others, including academics and practitioners, with practical tools and guidance on conducting co-design within research or service evaluation. The authors share these materials as open access and free of charge. Users are strongly encouraged to acknowledge and reference the suggested citation and DOI provided on page 1. ItemCo-designing rural community interventions for healthier choices: Research Materials(Flinders University, 2023) Bogomolova, Svetlana; Carins, JuliaThis document presents a portfolio of research materials that were developed as part of the collaborative research project between researchers at the Centre for Social Impact Flinders (formerly at the University of South Australia) and The Barossa Co-op, a large regional retailer in South Australia. The project team was awarded funding through Wellbeing SA (formerly SA Health), under the SA Healthy Towns Challenge grant scheme. The aim of this portfolio of research documents is to disseminate high-quality bespoke research materials developed during the project to enrich the body of knowledge on co-design methods. The intension is to better equip academic and practicioner community with practical tools and guideance on conducting co-design research. The authors share the materials as open access and free of charge. ItemCountering the Global Rise of Individualism(Flinders University, 2023-08) Henderson, Stacey; Fellmeth, AaronThere has been a global shift away from community towards individualism. Whatdoes this mean for international law, the obligations to protect and democratic resilience now and into the future? ItemDecision-Support Modelling viewed through the lens of Model Complexity(National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2021-08) Doherty, John; Moore, CatherineA report on decision-support for groundwater modelling and management. The authors’ perspectives on decision-support modelling are shown pictorially using a “roadmap”. This is intended to provide modellers with scientifically-based guidance for selection of a level of structural and parameterisation complexity that is appropriate for the decision-support context in which they are working. It may also assist modelling stakeholders to understand how groundwater modelling can best respond to the decision support imperatives that it is meant to serve. ItemDetermining the Effect of Advance Care Planning in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review of Reviews(Flinders University, 2017) Tieman, Jennifer; Bradley, Sandra LAdvance care planning (ACP) plays a critical role in determining a person’s values, preferences, and beliefs prior to the point at which that individual may not be able to make or communicate his or her decisions. While ACP has become increasingly important in both policy and practice, a clear, shared understanding of what is meant by advance care planning remains elusive. The consequent variability in meaning and definitional ambiguity in relation to ACP can result in confusion around end-of-life practices and constrain the ability of policy makers, practitioners and others to determine the quality and effectiveness of ACP at different points and in different settings. ItemDigital Education in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Discipline Discussions(Flinders University, 2021-09-28) Cornelius-Bell, Aidan; Tikhonova, Daria; Bouvet, Eric; Schech, Susanne; Ngo, Mai; Parisot, Eric; Diaz-Martinez, Javier; Kane, James; Carter, HelenThe research reported here was undertaken by the Digital Education Working Group (DEWG) to achieve the following four objectives, in line with the CHASS Digital Education Action Plan: 1. To better understand the perspectives on, experiences with and plans for digital education across the College to inform further strategy or changes in the College’s approach to digital education. 2. To scope the professional learning and resourcing needs in a systematic and robust way to ensure adequate support is being provided. 3. To gather insights on current discipline-based models of learning and teaching to inform recommendations on the scholarship of teaching, particularly online teaching models. 4. To synthesise current good practice examples. The DEWG research team worked with eight discipline groups across CHASS in 2021: Archaeology, English, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Languages, Philosophy, and Screen and Media. This report serves as a high-level synthetic overview of the results of in-depth focus group interviews conducted with staff and makes recommendations about ways forward for digital education, with relevant stakeholders identified at College and University levels. Here, DEWG and the College’s executive leadership team hold responsibility for understanding, driving, improving and supporting the digital education strategies in the College. The report summarises key findings across several key areas. ItemDo we need school meals in Australia? A discussion paper(Flinders University, 2022) Manson, Alexandra C; Johnson, Brittany J; Smith, Kylie; Dunbabin, Julie; Leahy, Deana; Graham, Amy; Gallegos, Danielle; Golley, RebeccaEducation is critical in enabling children to reach their full potential. Schools foster learning and quality educational experiences, influencing children’s long-term physical, social, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing, forming and transforming the futures of children. Healthy and confident children can fully engage in learning and maximise their potential. Over 4 million Australian children and young people attend school for 6-7 hours, 5 days a week, around 40 weeks per year from the age 4 or 5 to about 17 years. The universal reach of the school setting means that schools are well placed to support Australian children of all backgrounds and circumstances. This paper examines the role and potential for school meals as part of the broader Australian school food system. The intent is to provoke discussion with a range of school food system stakeholders about the current system, but also to stimulate a national conversation about what a novel future school meal system could be. There are many players or stakeholders responsible for components of the current school food system or could be part of an innovative approach. School meals in Australia would require a paradigm shift and will take time. The first step is to explore this proposition from all perspectives – both in favour and against - through stakeholder dialogue. This dialogue could then inform a national forum and the potential of a national cross-sector coalition to inform an innovation but workable school food model(s) for Australia. ItemDon’t Let Meth Take Hold: Evaluation of a Methamphetamine Prevention Campaign(2023-05) Northcott, Celine; Simmonds, Lucy; Bogomolova, SvetlanaThis research report is developed by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Flinders University, for Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA), SA Health and other stakeholders. This research seeks to evaluate a campaign for preventing and reducing methamphetamine use, which aims to communicate recent research evidence about the long-term effects of methamphetamine on human movement. The campaign, “Don’t let meth take hold”, comprises video and out-of-home advertisement materials. The overarching aim of this research project is to assess the reach, frequency and effectiveness of the campaign. The secondary objectives of this evaluation are to collect the levels of usage and intentions to try/continue using methamphetamine, and the knowledge of negative effects of methamphetamine use at a population level, to compare with baseline data collected prelaunch in 2019. This data is provided for context only – it is not possible to determine causality between a campaign of such modest size and duration and population-level methamphetamine usage trends, which are influenced by a range of other factors, including drug supply (which has remained steady in South Australia over the past several years (Karlsson, Peacock, & Sutherland, 2022), decreasing trends in social wellbeing of South Australians (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2021) and other factors. Contact Svetlana Bogomolova to request access to this publication: Svetlana.Bogomolova@flinders.edu.au ItemDying, a normal part of life: what learners see as the one thing they could change in the workplace to more appropriately provide end-of-life care(Flinders University Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying, 2021-11) Rawlings, Deb; Devery, Kim; Tieman, Jennifer; Winsall, MeganEnd-of-Life Essentials (EOLE) is a government funded project which aims to provide free peer-reviewed online education modules and implementation resources on end-of-life care to health professionals in acute hospitals in Australia. 'Dying, A Normal Part of Life' is an educational module featured in the suite of EOLE modules and includes education around the impact of end of life and dying on health care professionals working in acute hospitals, identifying common patterns of trajectories of dying, and discussing the reasons why dying in acute hospitals is often complex for professionals, patients, and families. This White Paper outlines and explores the results of the retrospective data analysis conducted for a two year period, 6th May 2017 to 5th May 2019. A total of 2232 learner statements responding to the free text response question posed at the end of the module: "Tomorrow, the one thing I can change to more appropriately provide end-of-life care is…" were extracted from the EOLE learning platform. The results identified the following themes as nominated practice change areas: Patient-centred care; Communication skills; Humanising healthcare; Recognise and talk about dying; Organisational factors. ItemEnd-of-Life Online Health Education Uptake and Usage by Australian Health Professionals: Urban, Rural and Remote Settings(Flinders University Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying, 2021) Devery, Kim; Yin, Huahua; Morgan, Deidre; Rawlings, DebAccess to skilled end-of-life care is particularly important for those who live in rural and remote areas in Australia given the high levels of chronic disease and higher mortality rates. However, health professionals in rural and remote areas do not always receive adequate training to provide this care due to lack of accessible education. End-of-Life Essentials (EOLE) is a government funded education project which aims to provide free peer-reviewed online education modules and implementation resources on end-of-life care to health professionals in acute hospitals in Australia. In order to understand the uptake and usage of the EOLE education modules, learners’ geographical locations and module completion data from the first year of the program were analysed according to remoteness category. This White Paper outlines and explores the results of the retrospective data analysis conducted in June 2018. Data from learners who registered in the first year of the EOLE program was were extracted, and 4224 learners were included for data analysis. Study findings show that there is a good reach of EOLE to health professionals living in remote and very remote areas. As learners from very remote areas showed the highest proportion of module completion, it suggests the potential benefit of this important online education in providing accessible continuing end-of-life care education for health professionals residing in the most remote parts of Australia. ItemEvaluation of the After Hours ‘Recovery Together’ Program(Flinders University, 2023-06) Tari-Keresztes, Noemi; Gupta, Himanshu; Armstrong, Noelene; Smith, James A.; Endemann, Sal-AmandaThis report describes the evaluation findings of the After Hours ‘Recovery Together’ Program, delivered in Darwin and Palmerston, for people who experience mental health and related challenges. It highlights the local community's need for ongoing peer support available after-hours and reflects on participants’ recovery journey, factors impacting recovery, and conceptualisations of recovery. It also describes participants’ experience of the program, its facilitation, and the areas of program impact. ItemEvaluation of the Social Supermarket model across three new sites: Report to Wellbeing SA.(Flinders University, 2022-04) Pettman, Tahna; Dent, Carolyn; Goodwin-Smith, Ian; Bogomolova, SvetlanaDespite abundant food supply, individual and household food insecurity affects nearly 9% of South Australian adults . Through a Public Health Partner Authority Agreement between Wellbeing SA and The Department of Human Services, the Government of South Australia is progressing policy action to improve food security. This partnership seeks to implement the recommendations of the Improving Individual and Household Food Security Outcomes in SA report , to create a coordinated food relief sector, and support people to move out of food insecurity. The Social Supermarket (SSM) expansion project continue to explore the potential of a local-based blended food relief service model, featuring co-located social services, social enterprise components, and employment pathways – an embodiment of the key principles of the South Australian Food Relief Charter. Following a pilot at The Food Centre (TFC, Gepps Cross) in 2020, Wellbeing SA commenced a new project in 2021, to further pilot-test the SSM model and accompanying rubric. Three new sites (two existing emergency food relief services and one community food social enterprise) participated from Southern metropolitan Adelaide, and regional South Australia. Sites were guided to do a self-assessment of their organisation’s food relief practice against the SSM rubric elements and to explore the feasibility of implementing elements of the SSM model in their practice. This report presents evaluation of the three new sites expansion ItemExploring Model Defects Using Linear Analysis: A GMDSI worked example report(National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2021-02) Nicol, Chris; Doherty, JohnThe Groundwater Modelling Decision Support Initiative (GMDSI) is an industry-funded and industry-aligned project focused on improving the role that groundwater modelling plays in supporting environmental management and decision-making. Over the life of the project, it will document a number of examples of decision-support groundwater modelling. These documented worked examples will attempt to demonstrate that by following the scientific method, and by employing modern, computer-based approaches to data assimilation, the uncertainties associated with groundwater model predictions can be both quantified and reduced. With realistic confidence intervals associated with predictions of management interest, the risks associated with different courses of management action can be properly assessed before critical decisions are made. In this GMDSI worked example report, we demonstrate how linear analysis can be used to explore whether a groundwater model can indeed be useful while being wrong, and under what circumstances it can actually be described as being "fit for purpose". However, before doing this, we explore the metrics on which these descriptions must rest. ItemFinancial Wellbeing Program Guidelines: Briefing Paper(Centre for Social Impact, Flinders University, 2022-08) Bogomolova, Svetlana; Pettman, Tahna; Calyx, Cobi; Goodwin-Smith, IanThe Department of Human Services of South Australia (DHS SA), on behalf of the Minister for Human Services, is responsible for running a suite of Affordable Living Programs to support community members experiencing or at risk of experiencing financial insecurity, at the same time building the financial capability and inclusion of people receiving assistance. The current Affordable Living Program contracts expire in 2023, which creates an opportunity to re-invigorate the program by engaging with the sector and aligning the program with the DHS Social Impact Framework to ensure the new program better meets the needs and expectations of the community. As a part of the re-design process, DHS commissioned the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders to lead consultations and re-design process with sector practitioners, building on past research with people with lived experience of financial insecurity; and developing recommendations for the new program guideline development. The project is led by Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith and Professor Svetlana Bogomolova. This is a briefing paper containing a summary of insights from the sector and recommendations for the principles and program logic for the re-designed program.