ECU media newsletter – 9 March 2017

This edition of the

fortnightly media newsletter includes experts on the quality of food served in

childcare centres and how Chinese tourists could help revive WA’s economy

following the mining boom.

Tourism – Could Chinese

tourism fill the gap left by mining in WA’s economy? 

Outbound tourists from China to Australia hit a record

high of 1.2 million visitors in 2016 and now represent our largest tourist

market. Tourism expert Professor Sam Huang says Chinese tourists represent a

critical factor in helping revive the WA economy following the mining boom.

Media contact: Ben Jones (08) 6304 2381.

Kids – Is big brother more at risk than little sister?
New research

has found that only children and older children with a younger sibling were at

a slightly higher risk when online compared to younger children with an older

sibling. Professor Lelia Green used data from the 25,142 child led study EU

Kids Online to investigate the impact of sibling status on a child’s experience

of online risk and opportunity.  Professor Green said the presence of

older siblings slightly increases use and skills, while the younger siblings

are associated with slight skill reductions. She said patterns around exposure

to risk and harm are not as straightforward but younger children with an older

sibling are not an increased risk, whereas older-aged children with a younger

sibling, and only children, appear to experience slight increase in risk. Media

contact: Tori Pree (08) 6304 2208.

Marine Science –

Seaweed faces threat from climate change

Three important species of seaweed common off the coast

of WA could be negatively impacted by climate change according to new research. The

three species are important food sources and habitats for a range of fish and

invertebrate species according to lead researcher Charlie Phelps. The

research was published recently in the journal Marine Environmental

Research. Media contact: Ben Jones (08) 6304 2381. 

Social –

Grandparents who care for grandchildren neglecting their health

Some grandparents who are full time carers for their

grandchildren are neglecting their own health needs for the benefit of their

grandchildren, new research

has found. Dr David Coall is available to be interviewed about the reasons why

some grandparents neglect their own health, which range from financial concerns

to a fear that if they reach out for help it will be taken as a sign that they

are not coping. Media contact: David Gear (08) 6304 2288

Health – Too much

junk food offered at childcare centres

Following research that showing

that many childcare centres regularly serve junk-food, child nutrition

researcher Dr Ruth Wallace is calling for a change in the legislation that

governs childcare centres to mandate the provision of healthy nutritious and

varied food to every child in care. Media contact: David Gear (08) 6304 2288

Fashion – history of women’s fashion

A new book, How to

Read a Dress
, by Dr Lydia Edwards is a visual guide to women’s fashion

across five centuries. It includes colour images of historical garments,

highlighting how styles have developed over time, whether in shape, fabric

choice, trimming or undergarments. Also discussed is how garments were

constructed and where their inspirations stemmed from, as well as how dresses

varied in type, cut, detailing and popularity according to the occasion and the

class, age and social status of the wearer. Media contact: Tori Pree (08) 6304


Tourism – Cruise

ship growth requires infrastructure investment 

In 2016 121 cruise ships visited WA with an estimated

economic impact of $276 million. However tourism expert Professor Ross Dowling

OAM says investment must be made to improve facilities in the State. He singled

out Exmouth as being in particular need as ships currently have to anchor

offshore and passengers are ferried to port to visit the Ningaloo World

Heritage area. Media contact: Ben Jones (08) 6304 2381.

Education – Journalism research
Associate Professor Trevor

Cullen’s research is developing resources to support journalism educators

across Australia by designing a final year capstone unit that will enable

graduates to demonstrate that they have acquired agreed skills and abilities

across a whole range of digital media and communications industries. He said

previously abilities were linked mainly to industry placements with an emphasis

on acquiring rather than demonstrating skills. Media contact: Tori Pree (08)

6304 2208

New book – Bloodlines
A new book by PhD candidate Nicole

Sinclair is inspired by two places which hold great significance for her: the

wheatbelt town she grew up in and Papua New Guinea where she spent time as a

volunteer. Nicole’s book Bloodlines centres around thirty-one-year-old Beth who is escaping

her past when she flees to an island in Papua New Guinea, and is quickly

immersed in the wonder, beauty and brutalities of island life. Media contact:

Tori Pree (08) 6304 2208.