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Flinders on course for growth
Flinders University continued its recent
strong growth in demand for
undergraduate courses with first
preference study applications for 2011
rising by more than 10 per cent. The
latest boost follows a double digit
increase experienced in 2009.
Courses which have attracted the biggest
increases in demand include Education
(first preferences up 22 per cent), Law (up
18 per cent), Engineering (up 35 per cent),
Health Sciences (up 23 per cent), Nursing
(up 10 per cent) and Science (up 7 per cent).
Flinders University Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Academic), Professor Andrew Parkin, said
“these results continue to show strong
recognition of the value of a Flinders
degree and of the University’s program of
course innovation and renewal”.
“I am particularly pleased to see the
growth in demand for the courses in
Engineering, the Sciences and in the
Health Sciences which will assist us to
meet South Australia’s needs,” he said.
“Flinders continues to attract able
students from a wide range of social,
cultural and educational backgrounds.”
Applications are still open and Professor
Parkin urged anyone considering tertiary
study in 2011 to submit an application.
“With increased places available next year
our undergraduate courses remain open
for applicants through a variety of entry
pathways,” he said.
“Applicants may be able to use their Year
12 results, qualifications from a TAFE or a
Registered Training Organisation or they
can sit the STAT (Adult entry) test,”
Professor Parkin said.
“I would encourage students interested in
studying at Flinders to investigate the
opportunities available at Flinders in
2011,” he said.
Courses with the highest overall first
Education (all degrees)
Health Sciences (Paramedic)
Nursing (Pre Registration)
Creative Arts (all degrees)
Nutrition & Dietetics
Midwifery (Pre Registration)
New courses in Science (Animal
Behaviour), Science (Nanotechnology),
Science (Biodiversity and Conservation),
Engineering (Naval Architecture), Law
(Hons), Physiotherapy and Education
(Special Education)/Disability Studies
have experienced strong demand.
Interested students can contact the
Admissions/Prospective Students Office
by phoning 08 8201 3074 or
1300 657 671 (local call cost), or
Students at Flinders
The establishment of a new high-level
position at Flinders University is set to
boost water policy and management
Flinders University, the Australia and
New Zealand School of Government
(ANZSOG) and the new Goyder Institute
for Water Research have pooled resources
to create a new professorial position that
will enhance the nation’s skills base in
water policy and management,
particularly in the public sector.
The ANZSOG Goyder Chair in Water
Policy and Public Sector Management
will be based at Flinders University,
Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber
said the initiative aims to bridge a gap in
the interaction between the public sector
and research and community
organisations working in the critical
sphere of water policy and management.
“Water policy not only cuts across state
and territory boundaries, it crosses many
areas of community interest,”
Professor Barber said.
“The daily water needs of the people in
Australia’s major cities have to be
weighed against the needs of people in
rural and regional communities, as well
as environmental and industrial needs
and the nation’s food security,” he said.
“These are complex issues that require a
broad range of reference, in terms of
research and how public policy is crafted,
implemented and evaluated. The
ANZSOG Goyder Chair in Water Policy and
Public Sector Management has been
created with these considerations in mind.”
The position, which calls for leadership
and management of teaching, research,
knowledge transfer and outreach
activities, will be located within Flinders
Institute of Public Policy and
Management but will have close ties
with the School of the Environment.
Professor Barber said the new position
provides a unique opportunity for the
University and ANZSOG to connect with
the public sector at state and federal levels.
“Flinders is proud to be the SA
Government’s nominated affiliate
university with ANZSOG, in association
with the Adelaide operation of Carnegie
Mellon University,” he said.
“And this new position consolidates the
University’s relationship with the Goyder
Institute, a joint state and federal
ANZSOG chair to investigate complex water issues
New drive to improve national water policy
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Flinders supplying antibodies to world
Since its inception some 40 years ago, the
Department of Human Physiology has
been engaged in making antibodies
against proteins and small peptides for
various research projects undertaken by
its key researchers, mainly in the areas of
neuroscience and lung physiology.
Antibodies, proteins found in blood and
other body fluids, are the body’s first line
of defence in fighting foreign objects such
as viruses and bacteria.
Although they are critical components of
the body’s immune system, they have
now become an important part of a
The Polyclonal Antibody Facility is
emerging as an important supplier of
antibodies for research internationally.
Facility Director, Associate Professor John
Oliver told Flinders Journal that “in the
early period, antibodies made by
researchers were unavoidably produced
in excess to their needs”.
“Many of these antibodies were simply
stored away and not fully exploited nor
used for the greater good of discovery in
medical research,” Associate Professor
“However, during the past 10 to 15 years,
the Department has formed what is now a
successful small operation selling these
earlier antibodies, as well as engaging in
the preparation of new well-characterised
and highly specific novel antibodies for use
by researchers within the Department of
Human Physiology, in Flinders University,
nationally and internationally,” he said.
“With the help of Flinders Partners [the
University’s commercialisation arm] we
now supply antibodies to distributors in
the US, UK, Germany and Canada who
on-sell them to the international
With the approval of the University’s
Animal Welfare Committee, the Antibody
Facility uses the Flinders Animal House
and operates under their strict code for
ethics and quarantine regulations.
Animals, usually sheep or rabbits, are
immunised with selected proteins.
“We can see through blood tests the
amount of antibody the animal is
producing. When it is producing sufficient
antibody, we harvest plasma from blood,”
Associate Professor Oliver said.
Once the antibody has been isolated,
purified and characterised by chemical/
immuno techniques, it is freeze-dried
and packaged for transport along with
Dr Kaewkla isolated some 570 cultures
from a variety of native eucalyptus, pine
and apricot trees.
She then undertook a range of gene
sequencing, biochemical and
physiological tests and discovered 30 new
species of bugs – four of which have
already been recognised internationally so
far – and the new genus.
all customs and quarantine
The Facility has 46 different products from
27 antibodies that are distributed
internationally through companies such
as Millipore in the US and Abcam in the UK.
Flinders Partners Senior Associate, Dr
Sinead O’Connell said the financial return
to the Antibody Facility is used for
support of ongoing research in the
Department of Human Physiology, to
assist students travelling to scientific
conferences, for teaching purposes, and
to purchase small items of equipment
that can be used by all members of
the Department .
“The convention is to name genera after
the place of discovery, and so Flindersiella
it is,” she said.
Professor Franco said work continues to
find out what compounds the genus
“The discovery also opens up an ecological
examination, too. Why is this particular
bug in the plant? What is its usefulness?
Associate Professor John Oliver and research assistant Nusha Chegeni
“It’s a real coup and shows the outside
world that the Medical Biotechnology
group at Flinders can isolate new strains
that are potentially very useful to
agriculture, pharmaceuticals and
Cover photo: Dr Onuma Kaewkla
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