The University of Newcastle, Australia

February 2016

Associate Professor Vanessa McDonald

Research and Innovation • 29 Feb 2016

Weight-loss study challenges COPD’s obesity puzzle

Faced with a clinical paradox where obesity seemingly offers a protective effect for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hunter researchers have performed a world-first pilot study aimed at achieving weight loss without exacerbating respiratory symptoms.

Man drinking beer

Current Staff • 27 Feb 2016

Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit

Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) is a proven, multi-award winning program developed by the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition, teaching men how to adopt a realistic and sustainable approach to weight loss – without having to eat like a rabbit or give up beer.

KU Kintaiba Children with SMART

Community and Alumni • 26 Feb 2016

Preschool on campus gets first taste of Little Scientists

KU Kintaiba pre-schoolers at the University of Newcastle are the first in the region to have been given a taste of The Little Scientists initiative through the university's own SMART Program.

Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Research and Innovation • 25 Feb 2016

New pilot study getting SMART with teachers’ health

Hunter teachers are the focus of a new pilot health study being conducted by University of Newcastle (UON) physical activity researchers, targeting diabetes and mental health.

News • 22 Feb 2016

Young female binge drinkers at increased risk of depression

Sixteen per cent of young Australian women have been classified as 'extremely frequent' binge drinkers and may be increasing their risk of depression, according to new research from the University of Newcastle (UON).

News • 18 Feb 2016

Students help shape the future of the Central Coast

Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre (NSW Department of Education) is working with the NSW Department of Planning & Environment and the University of Newcastle (UON) Central Coast to organise a Youth Forum for high school students as part of the consultation process for the draft Central Coast Regional Plan.

News • 18 Feb 2016

Congratulations to our Port Macquarie graduates

The University of Newcastle’s (UON) annual Port Macquarie graduation ceremony will feature PhD students for the first time this year.

• 17 Feb 2016

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President Reappointed

The University of Newcastle’s Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, is pleased to announce that the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Caroline McMillen, has been reappointed until October 2019.

World-first stroke trial led by UON researchers

Research and Innovation • 15 Feb 2016

World-first stroke trial led by University of Newcastle researchers underway in the Hunter

Stroke survivors who sit for long periods throughout the day could improve their health simply by performing short but frequent bouts of light physical activity.

News • 12 Feb 2016

UON partners on national Respect. Now. Always campaign

The University of Newcastle (UON) is partnering with Universities Australia and universities across Australia in a new national campaign – Respect. Now. Always. – designed to support university communities to work together to prevent sexual assault an harassment.

Nat McGregor, Chief Operating Officer

From the Executive • 4 Feb 2016

SPP moves to the Resources Division

Following a series of discussions involving the Vice Chancellor, the Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance and the Chief Operating Officer the Strategy, Planning and Performance (SPP) unit will transfer into the Resources Division portfolio from the Vice-Chancellor's Division.

News • 4 Feb 2016

University of Newcastle “walks the walk” on innovation, says Minister Roberts

The NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, has praised the University of Newcastle as home to "world-class research and innovation" during a visit to the University.