The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON researchers recognised for community work

Monday, 6 February 2017

Three of UON’s RHD students have received awards for their achievements as part of the Celebrate Being an Australian Australia Day Luncheon, which was held at Parliament House in Sydney on 27 January.

From L to R –Award recipient, CRRMH, UoN, Victoria Hirst; CRRMH Research Leader and Academic Representative, Dr Hazel Dalton; Award Recipient, Music UoN Amelia Besseny; UoN Academic Representative Professor Helen English, Award Recipient, Women’s History UoN, Elicia Taylor; UoN Academic Representative, Professor Victoria Haskins

The trio were presented by the Patron of the National Council of Women, Mrs Linda Hurley.

The University of Newcastle commends Victoria Hirst, Amelia Besseny and Elicia Taylor for their successes and contributions to community.

Their awards were sponsored by the Country Women’s Association, the Women’s Club, The Women’s Club History Circle and The Women’s Pioneer Society of Asia Inc respectively.

Victoria studies the role of carers of people with mental illnesses in the mental health workforce. These carers are often family members or close friends and, despite their central role in many patient’s day to day lives, they are often neglected to be included in care practises and plans.

Amelia’s work explores the social tagging of music online as a creative and community building tool. This subject is particularly important during this time of massive cultural shift – where there are so many easily accessible innovative tools for listening to, sharing and making new music.

Elicia is undertaking a PhD in Women’s History – she is investigating the lives of widowed and unmarried Australian women following the First World War.

Congratulations to these fantastic young researchers.


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