29/11/2021Read more Five outstanding Southern Cross University alumni have been recognised in the 2021 Impact Awards. From world records and climate activism, to public service, environmental rehabilitation and youth mental health, each of our award recipients has a story of impact to share.
26/11/2021Read more Researchers from Southern Cross University’s National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine and Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute have conducted a national survey of 389 women* with a confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis, finding that with one in three (31%) reported being passed over for promotion and one in six (15%) reported being fired, due to having to manage endometriosis symptoms.
25/11/2021Read more The Great Barrier Reef is booming with new life after the world’s biggest reproductive event – coral spawning – delivered Southern Cross University's Distinguished Professor Peter Harrison a narrow window to help secure its future.
The power of no, trauma awareness and micro racial aggressions: Dr Kathomi Gatwiri on the SCU podcastRead more Dr Kathomi Gatwiri joins the latest episode of the SCU Buzz podcast offering her comprehensive guidance on mentally separating work from home, the rise of trauma awareness, the right way to teach children about racism, and exploring micro racial aggressions.
08/11/2021Read more Of the millions of new scientific research papers published every year, some discoveries are simply awe-inspiring. Like the first observation, in 1981, of one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles: how the Great Barrier Reef’s corals create new life.
05/11/2021Read more In the latest episode of the SCU Buzz podcast, Yasmin speaks to four contemporary music students and alumni who have achieved some fantastic goals in the music industry, whether it be playing with Amy Shark, teaching music in Nepal, getting airplay on triple J Unearthed, or even composing an entire film.
01/11/2021Read more Research from Southern Cross University’s coastal biogeochemistry experts is contributing to scientific debate around the climate benefits of blue carbon and the development of carbon and methane budgets.
Healthy bodies, healthy environment: benefits of using organic food in traditional Mediterranean dietRead more A new international study has found that adopting a healthy Mediterranean diet significantly increased pesticide intake, while changing to organic food consumption led to a substantial decrease.
28/10/2021Read more Blake Prize winner, proud Yaegl woman and Southern Cross University alumna Frances Belle Parker has been selected for a major Aboriginal art and storytelling project along the spectacular Northern Beaches coastline walk.
20/10/2021Read more Dr Desirée Kozlowski is a well-known Southern Cross University psychology senior lecturer who invites people to think differently about what is good for them. Desirée joins the latest episode of the SCU Buzz podcast, discussing everything from gender harmony to the psychology behind swearing!
19/10/2021Read more Centre for Organics Research Plant Pathologist, Dr Jay Anderson has joined a team of experts from across the eastern states to expand the range of crop protectants available to organic blueberry growers for control of blueberry rust disease.
30/09/2021Read more In an exciting milestone for practitioners and preventative health, Southern Cross University has launched a ground-breaking new Master of Lifestyle Medicine degree. This is the only Master of Lifestyle Medicine degree currently offered in Australia and applications are now open for the 2022 intake.
27/09/2021Read more Fear, uncertainty, frustration, and disappointment are all emotions that we’ve heard senior high-school students experience over the past 20 months as they finish their studies in the midst of a pandemic. Southern Cross University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students), Professor Nan Bahr, reminds us that it’s important to stay calm and enjoy these last days at school.
23/09/2021Read more Southern Cross University is spearheading a new circular economy management initiative for the NSW Northern Rivers in partnership with industry that will reduce waste while creating jobs and driving innovation.
22/09/2021Read more Placements are a key part of many Southern Cross degrees; they're not only a chance to see what a job could look like after uni, but also to apply theory to real-world scenarios. As one student recently discovered, they can also be a lot of fun.
14/09/2021Read more Southern Cross lecturer and researcher Dr Benjamin Mos specialises in aquaculture and human impacts in oceans and waterways. Working from the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, Ben is a descendant of the Turrbal people, the original inhabitants of Meeanjin (Brisbane). He believes this rich heritage has helped with his career as a scientist.
10/09/2021Read more As preschools and kindergartens across Australia embrace Bush schooling and ‘nature play’, a research team led by Southern Cross University is working with young children and their teachers to unearth the evidence.
07/09/2021Read more Southern Cross University researchers have commenced Australia’s largest clinical trial investigating the efficacy of an over-the-counter botanical cannabidiol (CBD) product to help with sleep disturbances in a healthy population.
07/09/2021Read more Dr Mandy Hughes is a lecturer in Sociology at Southern Cross University and has had a captivating career, working in media for more than a decade, researching the sociology of health, belonging and regional communities, and even producing a film as part of her PhD which looks at the link between food and refugee resettlement.
06/09/2021Read more One of the hardest-hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic managed to gather over the weekend and celebrate their achievements in a room of 500 music devotees. The Gold Coast Music Awards, held at HOTA in Bundall, saw many familiar Southern Cross University students, staff, and alumni come together and honour their fellow industry members.
01/09/2021Read more Southern Cross University is leading the way in creating meaningful online communities for its offshore cohort and study tours. Despite international borders being closed to learning, international students are still wanting to study in Australia and at SCU College.
31/08/2021Read more As the Southern Cross University Virtual Open Day wrapped up this month, there was significant interest from school leavers, non-school leavers, naturopaths and other health practitioners in studying at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM).
24/08/2021Read more Southern Cross University seamlessly transitioned to online learning for offshore international students last year and has now been awarded a prestigious gold standard NEAS rating for its online English language courses.
18/08/2021Read more Professor Les Christidis is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian birds and the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University. Although he labels himself an ‘accidental ornithologist,’ Les couldn’t be more passionate about birds if he tried. On the latest SCU Buzz Podcast episode, he shared that he once flew from Ethiopia to Uganda just to see his favourite bird in the wild, the African Shoebill.
16/08/2021Read more Southern Cross University has honoured Professor Peter Harrison, an eminent and internationally recognised leader in coral reproductive ecology and restoration, with the title Distinguished Professor.
13/08/2021Read more Following Brad Hosking’s incredible year in music as part of Amy Shark’s ARIA-award winning band, we caught up with the talented musician about his burgeoning recording studio, his work teaching Bachelor of Contemporary Music students at Southern Cross University, and what the rest of 2021 has in store.
06/08/2021Read more From cancer cures to potent water filters, marine molluscs – all things snail, slug and octopi – have a lot to offer. Just ask the Director of the National Marine Science Centre, Professor Kirsten Benkendorff.
06/08/2021Read more “A significant element of my placement was in building rapport with students early on, chatting and getting to know them helped with student engagement in the classroom” Bachelor of Arts and Education student Nicholas Colbrelli-Adams shares on this week’s episode of the SCU Buzz podcast.
03/08/2021Read more Despite a global pandemic, border closures and transition to a virtual reality, a small gathering of family, friends and classmates came together last month to celebrate 28 Southern Cross graduates in the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby.
02/08/2021Read more Alisha Todd’s indie folk pop sound has been beautifully crafted by years of travelling, soul searching, studying music at Southern Cross University, and saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way. You’ve probably heard her stuff on Triple J with Scott French, the other half behind the indie pop duo GENIIE BOY.
30/07/2021Read more To succeed in the film industry requires a lot of drive, passion and ambition. It’s never going to be an easy ride, but it’s very rewarding, according to digital media student Lara Briddon.
29/07/2021Read more Meet Olympian, Nicole Hannan. For more than 17 years Nicole competed for Australia in indoor volleyball then beach volleyball, winning a bronze medal at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2003, then finishing 4th at the Athens 2004 Olympics.
21/07/2021Read more Heading to outback Australian communities to complete a professional placement is a rite of passage for many University students, it can be a turning point in their journey from student to experienced professional. But being away from home, family and daily routine can also present challenges.
University partnership supports a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy for LismoreRead more In a first for NSW, Indigenous high school students from the Northern Rivers region will have the opportunity to complete a school-based traineeship to attain a Cert III in Allied Health Assistance, delivered at Southern Cross University.
Digital dilemma: telepractice offers pandemic lifeline for social services, but not long-term solutionsRead more As Greater Sydney enters its third week of lockdown, a new Southern Cross University study reveals that telepractice has enabled more people to access critically important child and family social services.
02/07/2021Read more It’s not your average music video. The setting is half beach and wild mangroves, half school playground – places where children spend a lot of their time in this corner of the world. The beautifully shot vision shows kids doing backflips off the sand dunes, dancing in the surf and in front of mural art at school, all to a thumping hip hop track sung half in English, half in Bundjalung. It’s titled ‘Our voices being heard’.
01/07/2021Read more The conclusion by Canadian researchers that the wearing of face masks has no effect on exercise may be overstating the definitiveness of their study’s findings says Southern Cross University exercise physiologist Dr Mike Climstein.
25/06/2021Read more A young university graduate’s chance posting to Lord Howe Island has taken Ian Hutton OAM on a lifetime’s wondrous ecological adventure that Southern Cross University is set to recognise with an Honorary Doctorate.
10/06/2021Read more San Francisco’s Silicon Valley is a global hub for tech lovers, programmers, app creators and web developers. It’s the headquarters for companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple, it’s also the place Southern Cross University Bachelor of Information Technology graduate Jack Russell now calls home.
03/06/2021Read more Can a robotic chicken work like a tractor… only better? How can we get rid of mozzies around our school, or stop the paths from flooding every time it rains? What about an aquaculture farm that re-uses waste as plant nutrients? These were just some of the questions our youngest scientists and thinkers were tackling this week at the Southern Cross University Lismore campus.
27/05/2021Read more Recipient of the Eve Investments Regenerative Agriculture Scholarship Emma-jeay Pickett wasn’t planning on university until she heard about the world-first degree in Regenerative Agriculture offered at Southern Cross.
Key appointment to global advisory committee recognises Southern Cross researcher’s traditional medicine expertiseRead more Dr Peter Bai James, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Southern Cross University’s National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, has accepted a nomination to serve on an advisory committee for the West African Health Organisation’s Traditional Medicine Programme.
21/05/2021Read more You couldn’t help but feel hopeful about Australia’s farming future when Southern Cross University’s Regenerative Agriculture students from across the country converged on Northern Rivers farms recently for their field-based residentials.
14/05/2021Read more We spend more time at work than just about any other human activity (apart from sleeping) over the course of our lifetimes. The workplace can be a battleground or a fertile ground for growth, depending on how you look at it, and that's something Batoul Hodroj thinks about a lot in her ongoing training in organisational psychology.
13/05/2021Read more Working out how to extract an element from human waste in order to recycle it back into agricultural crops may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but when Professor Terry Rose starts talking about the phosphorus cycle, he lights up.
07/05/2021Read more Mothers who study spend a lot of time running between commitments, but have you ever wondered what kind of training pregnant women and women who have just had a baby need to do for long distance running? With the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon not far away, two of our mothers who run give their take on training before and after having a baby.
06/05/2021Read more New research from Southern Cross University takes a different approach to supporting doctoral supervisors. The emphasis is not on what they should do, but the ‘ways’ they should be doing it.
03/05/2021Read more On International Day of the Midwife this Wednesday (5 May), seven Southern Cross midwifery students have an extra reason to celebrate, as the successful recipients of a scholarship to attend the 2021 NSW State Conference of the Australian College of Midwives.
26/04/2021Read more Documenting the Lismore community’s response to ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Flood Stories showcases the power of storytelling in disaster recovery in a new interactive audio project by Southern Cross University's Jeanti St Clair.
20/04/2021Read more A battle of the ages has unfolded at Southern Cross University, with a dynamic group of Gold Coast seniors taking on the city’s sharpest young minds in the latest evolution of the ground-breaking Ask Gran Not Google program.
13/04/2021Read more She is the tooth researcher who is helping unlock the myths around Bigfoot and Yeti. And now PhD researcher Marian Bailey has stepped into the studio at Southern Cross University Lismore campus to chat with Snowy Frankland for the new much-anticipated SCU Buzz podcast.
31/03/2021Read more Water quality management in the ocean often targets visible pollution sources such as sewage, rivers or ships. A new global study, led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Southern Cross University, reveals invisible groundwater discharges may be just as important in driving nitrogen into coastal waters.
24/03/2021Read more “As humans we’ve had a propensity to make art, to make images and objects, in every place and time since someone picked up a tool. That’s what makes us fully human in my opinion and I can’t understand: as this is a human cultural practice – why are we bleeding it out of the school system? Why are we putting it to the edges, or the last thing on a Friday afternoon? I mean, I could teach a student in secondary school anything through the arts.”
22/03/2021Read more He’s passionate about aligning student assessment and experience with cutting-edge industry learning, and now Southern Cross University long-time lecturer Dr Michael Whelan has won a national University Teaching citation.
20/03/2021Read more From tracking tuna across the Pacific Ocean to brightening clouds over the Great Barrier Reef, Southern Cross University’s Dr Daniel Harrison is working to protect our ecosystems before it’s too late. This unfortunately, he says, is likely to be far sooner than most people realise: “I personally think we’re going to start seeing very, very rapid decline of the reef over the next decade.”
Researcher Spotlight: Associate Professor Romy Lauche of the National Centre for Naturopathic MedicineRead more Associate Professor Romy Lauche is a qualified psychologist with a PhD in medical sciences. She is extensively experienced with all facets of clinical and non-clinical research including research methodology, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, mixed-methods research, and statistical analyses of large population health datasets.
10/03/2021Read more Exploring how our region’s rivers provide a creative link to interpret the way we think, live and interact is the theme for a Northern Rivers based Speaking With the River exhibition that opens on 11 March.
08/03/2021Read more With some of the best engineering laboratories in regional Australia, industry-leading staff and a graduate employment rate of almost 100 per cent, there’s no guessing why Southern Cross University’s engineering degree has been named the best in the country.
02/03/2021Read more Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, Coffs Harbour Senior College and Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) are delighted to announce the completion of a major upgrade and refurbishment to D Block Theatre at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC).
11/02/2021Read more Researchers are inviting parents to have their say in the development of future healthcare services for children by sharing their views on how they have managed common health issues, including the treatments and services they access and what factors influence these decisions.
09/02/2021Read more Southern Cross University exercise physiologists are testing if cardio, weights or a combination of both exercises is best for treating patients with high blood pressure in a ground-breaking study.
03/02/2021Read more A pilot study being conducted at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is investigating a controversial topic – how cannabis, medicinal or recreational, is used, accessed and how it may benefit individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
18/01/2021Read more Comparing the effects of relaxation methods and facilitated support groups for women affected by domestic violence is the focus of a new study lead by the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine.
21/12/2020Read more Southern Cross University music students not only get to perform at major Australian music festivals and collaborate with like-minded creatives, but their mentorship experience from industry-leading professionals is second-to-none.
20/12/2020Read more Collaboration with industry partners and other universities is a recipe for success – just ask the staff of the Southern Cross University Careers and Employability service. They were part of a team recently awarded the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Award for Excellence in Collaboration.
18/12/2020Read more As Australia’s most internationally-awarded brewery, Burleigh Brewing employs more than 60 staff to produce their wide range of high-quality craft beers. Burleigh Brewing Chief Operating Officer and Southern Cross University MBA graduate Scott Lyall has helped the iconic Gold Coast business almost double its sales in the past three years.
18/12/2020Read more Many Aussies have had their holiday plans changed dramatically this year, but Southern Cross University tourism expert adjunct Professor Kevin Markwell predicts where punters will choose to holiday locally this year, and how to make the most of it!
17/12/2020Read more Despite the most widespread bleaching event ever recorded, Southern Cross University researchers have found more than 60 coral colonies, born through the first Coral IVF trial on the Reef in 2016, thriving and likely to spawn next year.
16/12/2020Read more It is safe to say that 2020 has been a huge year for everyone. If navigating a global pandemic wasn’t enough, the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine officially launched with three major leadership positions.
14/12/2020Read more In celebration of naturopaths and complementary medicine practitioners around the world, the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine featured a series, ‘Shining a Light’, that told stories of trail-blazers who are doing fascinating work in their field. The series showcases the valuable contribution that naturopathy and complementary medicine plays in healthcare.
20/11/2020Read more The Parliamentary Friends of Regenerative Agriculture Group, which aims to garner cross-partisan government support for large-scale adoption of regenerative agriculture, will be officially launched today on National Agriculture Day.
19/11/2020Read more Graduates from three regional universities including Southern Cross bucked the trend of a COVID-induced labour market downturn in 2019-2020, according to new national data on employment outcomes.
16/11/2020Read more During the time of the Soviet Union, a targeted research directive on the popular adaptogenic herb Eleutherococcus – also known as Siberian ginseng – was undertaken in the USSR, that until recently has been kept largely hidden from the global scientific community.
13/11/2020Read more Tea tree is an Australian native plant well known around the world for its antimicrobial properties. Yet a lack of accessible information related to its safety, efficacy and applications has led researchers at Southern Cross University to commence a new study further investigating the medicinal plant.