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    Probabilistic Contaminant Source Assessment. A GMDSI Worked Example Report
    (National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2022) Hugman, Rui ; Doherty, John ; Lotti, Francesca
    Preface: The 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. GMDSI worked example reports, one of which you are now reading, are deliberately different from other modelling reports. They do not describe all of the nuances of a particular study site. They do not provide every construction and deployment detail of a particular model. In fact, they are not written for modelling specialists at all. Instead, a GMDSI worked example report is written with a broader audience in mind. Its intention is to convey concepts, rather than to record details of model construction. In doing so, it attempts to raise its readers’ awareness of modelling and data-assimilation possibilities that may prove useful in their own groundwater management contexts.
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    Dying, 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, Megan
    End-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.
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    The role of Indigenous Health Workers in ear health screening programs: a scoping review protocol
    (Flinders University, 2021-11-10) Poirier, Brianna ; Quirino, Leanne ; Allen, Michelle ; Wilson, Roland ; Stephens, Jacqueline
    Introduction Rates of ear disease and consequent hearing loss are greater for First Nations children than for their non-Indigenous counterparts in Australia, Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. While the First Nations health workforce is recognised as being vital to the provision of culturally appropriate health care to First Nations peoples and communities, there is a lack of information about Indigenous Health Workers’ role in ear health screening programs. A preliminary search of MEDLINE, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and JBI Evidence Synthesis was conducted and no current or underway systematic reviews or scoping reviews on the topic were identified. Review question What are IHWs’ perspectives about their roles, involvement, and training in the provision of ear health screening programs for First Nations peoples and communities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States?
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    Model-Based Assessment of Coastal Aquifer Management Options. A GMDSI worked example report
    (The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2021-11-01) Hugman, Rui ; Doherty, John ; Standen, Kath
    This GMDSI report describes a model that was built to explore options for management of a coastal aquifer in southern Portugal. The aquifer is representative of many around the world; if extraction continues at its present rate, it is only a matter of time before it suffers a serious degradation in quality. Extraction must therefore be reduced. Alternatively, or as well, recharge must be enhanced. Enough data has been gathered over the last 20 years to support estimation of aquifer properties and inflows. These estimates are enabled by history-matching; however they are cloaked in uncertainty.
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    Digital 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, Helen
    The 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.
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    Decision-Support Modelling viewed through the lens of Model Complexity
    (National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, 2021-08) Doherty, John ; Moore, Catherine
    A 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.