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ECU media newsletter - 4 May 2017

Thursday, 04 May 2017

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This fortnight’s media newsletter includes experts on diabetes, blocking piracy websites and cricket TV rights.

Health – gluten free heart risk

New research from the US linking gluten free diets with an increased risk of heart disease highlights the importance of eating a balanced diet that include whole grains, according to ECU nutrition expert Professor Amanda Devine. Contact: Amanda Devine (08) 6304 5527

Health – Diabetes education works

Nurses can play a key role in helping people living with type 2 diabetes improve their diets which lowers the chances of the disease causing further damage to their health. New research has found that patients who received a nurse-led education intervention were more than twice as likely to show an improvement in their blood sugar compared to those who received traditional care. Contact: Lisa Whitehead (08) 6304 2631.

Technology – Piracy sites blocked

The Federal Court’s ruling that Internet Service Providers must block the popular Kick Ass Torrents website will be easily circumvented by pirates, says computer security expert Dr Paul Haskell-Dowland. He says one commonly used technique to avoid the block is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), but he warns that not all VPNs offer the same level of privacy protection. Contact: Paul Haskell-Dowland (08) 6304 5039

Sport – Cricket free to air rights

Broadcasting Lecturer David Smith said cricket broadcast rights are set for a major shakeup as Channel 9 seeks more value for its $100m annual investment. Negotiations with Cricket Australia are currently underway for the next five year broadcast contract and the highly popular and high rating Big Bash League, covered by rivals Network 10, will be firmly in Channel Nine’s sights. Media contact: David Smith: 6304 6228

Business – Forecasting workplace injuries

A free website that can help businesses forecast their future risk of workplace injuries has been launched. Injury alarm uses a basic version of an algorithm developed by ECU’s Dr Marcus Cattani that allows businesses to use their already existing data to assess the risk of one of their employees suffering an injury at work. Contact: Marcus Cattani (08) 6304 2346.

Performance – Exploring illness through dance

A week long dance performance at Spectrum Project Space is inspired by WAAPA Honours student Daisy Sanders’ response to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a challenging illness she was diagnosed with in 2015.  Ms Sanders said the performance, A Resting Mess, (performed with WAAPA LINK Dance graduate Tanya Brown) is using dance practice as a process of recovery as well as a vehicle for artistic provocation. Media contact: Tori Pree (08) 6304 2208.

For more information about ECU's experts or to arrange an interview, contact the Corporate Communications Team on (08) 6304 2131.


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