NEWS FROM THE DIRECTOROne of the aims of Integrated Human Studies is to understand what it means to be human, and here at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at UWA a great deal of research is carried out into what humans are and what they do. Increasingly the research takes into account not just scientific aspects but also social and cultural considerations. A recently completed doctorate by Susan Clifford looked into the effects of Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) work practices in the mining industry on health and relationships. This research showed that popular conceptions about the disruptive effects of FIFO are largely overstated, and many men and women enjoy the benefits of good incomes without experiencing bad relationship or health outcomes. A small proportion of employees and partners, however, find FIFO routines stressful, and Susan points out the possible applications of her work in preventing problems or providing appropriate support. A report on her research is available on our website at http://www.ihs.uwa.edu.au/research/mining. Susan is now employed at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, located at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, researching childhood obesity.
Professor Neville Bruce
Director, Centre for Integrated Human Studies
NEXT SEMINAR: MULTICULTURALISM: SEPTEMBER 9
“What we need is a great big melting pot.”
Australia has boosted its population through immigration, and Australians are peaceful, tolerant people. Has multiculturalism succeeded here, or are there new stresses and considerations? Chair Prof Dennis Haskell introduces Suresh Rajan, President of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA, who will give an overview of multiculturalism in Western Australia; Maria Grade Godinho, who speaks about personal experience of being a migrant to Australia; and Dr Daniel Stepniak, who will speak about legal issues around cultural diversity.The seminar is in Seminar room 1.81 at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA, at the usual time of 530 – 7 pm.
NOTES FROM THE LAST SEMINAR, TELLING OUR STORY
Professor Carmen Lawrence, chairing the meeting, observed that telling stories is critical to our ability to understand ourselves. The Centre for Integrated Human Studies seminar series, in drawing threads together from different perspectives, created stories that contributed to fuller understanding. The suppression of indigenous stories was a common part of colonial histories, and the topic of the seminar, “Telling our story”, addressed the issue of Indigenous history and culture.