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Deakin University Australia engages Sri Lankan Public,Highschool Student Leaders’ Workshop and Public Lecture for Health Professionals

Deakin University continues its 22-year engagement with Sri Lanka, with a focus on incredibly vital topics for school students and healthcare professionals, held on October 31 at the BMICH, Colombo.
Deakin University is a highly-ranked Australian university that prides itself on innovative teaching and excellent graduate outcomes. With four campuses situated in the state of Victoria in Australia – Burwood Campus in Melbourne, the Water Front and Waurn Ponds Campuses in Geelong, as well as the Warrnambool Campus, Deakin’s technologically-driven standard of teaching and education is nothing short of exceptional!
Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide across a number of study areas, including accounting and finance, architecture, education, law, communication and media studies, nursing and medicine, Deakin University also ranks 3rd in the world for Sport Science as well as 8th globally for postgraduate Sports Management. At the heart of Deakin is its truly diverse and welcoming community, with students from over 120 countries, adding a richly multicultural experience to student life.
Sri Lanka’s Deakin University Country Office (situated in Colombo) has been in operation from 2016, committed to facilitating tertiary education prospects for Sri Lankan students, as well as nurturing Deakin’s partnerships with 15 premier higher-education institutes in Sri Lanka.
With specific focus on Sri Lankan youth, Deakin conducted the workshop, Personal Branding and Positioning for Careers of the Futur, to assist senior schoolchildren in successfully navigating their personal and educational journeys. Deakin’s second session, the Alfred Deakin Oration on Health engaged with health professionals, to present topics with considerable impact for Sri Lanka.
The first session was conducted specifically for senior student leaders from six of the leading schools in Colombo – Lyceum International School Group, Gateway College, Royal Institute Schools, S.Thomas’ College and Bishops College. The workshop conducted by Miss Kathryn Whitney, sought to nurture essential Employability Skills, such as Communication and Creativity, to equip the students for future careers in a global arena.
Miss Whitney focused on the importance of multiculturalism and diversity in today’s globalised world; how “the local has now become the new global”. She delved into the significance of being a “global citizen” and engaged in intricate yet highly interactive personal analysis activities with the students. Whilst educational, the workshop proved to be extremely entertaining, resulting in delighted student feedback.
The second session commenced with Professor Jo Williams. Possessing over 30 years of experience in public health epidemiology, Prof. Williams has served as a Chief Investigator on several population-based studies that look at the associations between health behaviours relating to both physical and mental health.
Professor Williams has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is an author of five book chapters as well as several commissioned reports. Professor Williams focused on the rising threat of obesity in today’s developing world and the challenges for Sri Lanka, with an emphasis on the relationship between obesity and the eight other health risks prioritised by Australia.
Evidence-based research outcomes were presented to emphasise the greater risk faced by Asian populations in developing hypertension and cardiovascular-related disease, as well as the rising risk of diabetes. Prof. Williams proposed possible solutions to combat these, such as evidence-based health care planning, surveillance and early intervention, concluding that there is a need to look much deeper into obesity-related health issues, with the assistance of a multitude of research and study programs made available by universities, such as Deakin committed to addressing the key health epidemics.
Following Prof. Williams, Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, an expert in the fields of Strategic Management in Health, Health Care Quality and Risk Management, presented on the urgency of integrating technology into healthcare and training facilities within developing nations. Dr. Edirisinghe advocated technology-oriented education which could result in efficiently trained nurses armed with contemporary skills vital to their profession;, emphasising that this as the most feasible solution in boosting healthcare standards in developing regions.
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