Singer taking mighty steps to cure cancer

Just before Christmas 2015, Queensland Conservatorium opera graduate Matt Hirst was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and told he had just three months to live.
One year on he is getting ready to celebrate his 30th birthday and his album to raise funds for brain cancer research has climbed to number four on the iTunes charts.
All of the proceeds from Matt’s album, “Mighty Steps”, go to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring attention to this disease and shine a spotlight on the great work of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation,” he said.
“Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia and more adults under 40 than any other cancer.
“The five-year survival for brain cancer stands at just 20 per cent and those figures have not improved in 30 years. But despite this, brain cancer receives less than five per cent of federal government

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Vice Chancellor awarded Gold Coast Citizen of the Year

The Gold Coast Citizen of the Year title has been awarded to Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate made the announcement on Wednesday evening in a special ceremony in the Observation Deck of Q1, appropriately overlooking the entire city.
Cr Tate said Professor O’Connor was a well-deserved winner.
“The education economy is an important pillar in our city’s economy,” said Cr Tate.
Professor O’Connor said he was humbled to receive the Citizen of the Year award.
Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor receives his Citizen of the Year award from Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate
“I am very grateful to accept this award from the city and I do so on behalf of all the many wonderful people who have helped make Griffith University the leading institution it is today,” he said.
“It is a large organisation and across the city, staff and external partners work every day to do

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Organ donation holds solution to black market

The Pope has invited Griffith University researcher Dr Campbell Fraser to a world summit in February on the sale of human organs on the black market – a market so lucrative it is more profitable than drug trafficking.
Dr Fraser says organ trafficking has also become a major source of terrorist funding in the Middle East.
Increasing organ donations after death holds the key to a solution, but is an area where Australia lags behind other leading nations, he asserts.

New app delivers on facts about organ donation

Dr Fraser, an academic at Griffith Business School, has been invited by the Vatican to address a major Summit on Organ Trafficking next month.
“I will be talking about the need to take a holistic approach to the problem of organ trafficking,” he said.
“We have to find sustainable and ethical ways to source organs to ensure we don’t do just as much harm as good. It’s important to

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Behaviour help for teachers of students with autism

The number of students with autism in mainstream schools has risen dramatically over the past decade. Schools report that students with autism usually comprise the largest group of students with disabilities needing ongoing support. One of the key areas teachers and schools consistently seek help with is behaviour management.
Autistic children often do not react to stimuli in the same way as non-autistic children. Consequently their responses can sometimes be erratic or unusual resulting in unexpected language, sounds and body movements. Without a good understanding of their autistic classmate the teacher and students may feel their class is being disrupted, while they lack the tools they need to adapt.
Griffith’s Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE), led by Professor Jacqueline Roberts, is working with the Queensland Department of Education and Training to develop a professional online tool for conducting Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA). The tool will assist schools to proactively support students with

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Leadership program gives Business students the edge in tough job market

In a job market full of qualified applicants, it can be difficult to get your resume to stand out from the crowd. But a Griffith Business School program is helping to change all that.
The two-year Student Leadership Program aims to give its members the life and job skills to stand head and shoulders above the competition.
Georgia Newell knows firsthand just how beneficial the program has been to increasing her skill set as she progresses through her dual Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government & International Relations degree.
“The Student Leadership Program has given me real-world professional experiences. I’ve been to networking events, and interacted with alumni of Griffith, so now I know how to interact with people in the workforce and also through seminars, develop my professional skills,” she explains.
“I know that if I go out into the world I will be able to do public speaking, I am already

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Tribute to Professor Russell Trood

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Martin Betts, has led tributes from Griffith University to Professor Russell Trood.
The former Director of the Griffith Asia Institute and Liberal Party Senator has died of thyroid cancer.
Professor Betts extended sympathy to Russell Trood’s wife, Dale, and two children, James and Phoebe, and to his many close friends at Griffith University.
“The Griffith community is saddened to hear of Russell’s passing and I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” Professor Betts said.
“We have lost a fine man and respected academic who brought warmth and integrity to his every encounter at Griffith University.
“He brought an extensive and intimate understanding of the Asia-Pacific region to his most recent role leading the Griffith Asia Institute, and will be remembered for a special ability to build meaningful relationships across the region.”
Russell Trood was elected to the Senate for Queensland in 2004 where he represented the

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Forensics research helps repatriate soldiers

Research by a trio of Griffith University Forensic Science students is helping the Australian Army preserve, identify and repatriate the remains of soldiers from historic battlefields and modern-day combat zones.
Jasmine Connell, 21, Andrew Ghaiyed, 26, and Kyle James, 22, received grants from the Australian Army to conduct forensic science research that will assist the Unrecovered War Casualties Unit – Army (UWC-A) and the Forensic Response Team.
All three students received First Class Honours and a special citation from the Australian Defence Force.
The talented trio have also won PhD scholarships  from the Australian Government to help them continue their research at Griffith University.
Team work produces results
Kyle said the three had supported each other throughout an “intense year”.
“We had been mates throughout our undergrad course, and we became a small team during our Honours year,” he said.
“We kept pushing each other on and helping each other out.
“It was an intense year, so

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Griffith hosts second Future Leaders Retreat

With their futures just around the corner, facing into Year 12 brings with it a satchel full of new challenges for high school students.
But for 65 students about to start their last year in school, the path ahead is about to become a lot less daunting.
Griffith University’s 2017 Future Leaders Retreat will bring students from 40 schools, stretching from Casino in NSW to Cairns in Far North Queensland, to its Gold Coast campus for three days of career mentoring and inspiring sessions.
Designed to help students prepare for the transition to university, this year’s retreat starts this morning (Tuesday, January 10) with Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement), Professor Martin Betts, formally welcoming the group.
It offers students exclusive career development and networking opportunities and a potentially life-changing chance to develop their leadership skills.
Be the best leader you can be
Griffith student, Madaline Hartwig, encourages all participants to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“It is

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EcoCentre to host Harvard sustainability program

Australian government, education, industry and business leaders will be among participants in an internationally renowned sustainability program to be hosted by the Griffith University EcoCentre in February 2018.
Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership (EESL) was developed at Harvard University in the US and is a selective, small-class program that helps executives across all sectors to integrate sustainability into their organisations.
EESL Director and Australian expatriate, Ms Leith Sharp (M.Ed), will return to Australia and collaborate with the EcoCentre and peak body Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability to deliver the four-day event in Brisbane.
A former Young Australian of the Year, Ms Sharp was the Founding Director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability and has spent two decades driving sustainability into the core business of higher education globally.
EcoCentre Engagement Officer, Mr Dominic Jarvis, recently visited Harvard to complete the EESL program and will help with its roll-out at Griffith University.
“It was incredibly eye-opening. Every day I

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Griffith researchers revisit 1986 Cabinet Minutes

Researchers at Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub considered more than 2000 submissions to Cabinet in their review of the 1986 Queensland Cabinet Minutes, released today (January 1) by the Queensland State Archives.
Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Hub, Jennifer Menzies, and Dr Tracey Arklay, Senior Lecturer at the School of Government and International Relations, focused on the effect of governance and policy during the last full year of the Bjelke-Petersen government.
Joh Bjelke-Peterson
“A reading of the full Cabinet record for 1986 shows a Queensland which was a reluctant moderniser and a Cabinet with a limited number of economic interests and an absence of strategy,” they write in their overview.

ANALYSIS: The Machinery of Government

Their review steps back into an era when Queensland’s National Party Government was at its most powerful; and into a year where a notable emphasis was placed on the coal and sugar industries. A new focus on investment in

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