Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a contemporary and connected regional research university, with remarkable campus locations - Coffs Harbour and Lismore in New South Wales and the uniquely situated Gold Coast Airport campus in southern Queensland. Our regional environs provide living laboratories for learning and research and creative hubs for artistic endeavour. Southern Cross University has a growing research profile, with 24 research areas identified ‘at or above world standard’ in the most recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) national evaluation. Our research strengths include disciplines as diverse as plant genetics, zoology, geoscience, oceanography, engineering, nursing, and complementary and alternative medicine.

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Most people with low back pain aren’t getting the most effective treatment. from shutterstock.com

The guidelines on low back pain are clear: drugs and surgery should be the last resort

A recent series on low back pain by the global medical journal The Lancet shows doctors often overlook recommended treatments, such as advice to stay active and to exercise.
Getting rid of NAPLAN would remove a distraction from the classroom and allow teachers more time to understand and address the needs of the students. Dean Lewins/AAP

Let’s abandon NAPLAN – we can do better

Getting rid of NAPLAN would allow teachers more time to respond to and address the needs of their students, rather than teaching to the test.
Our research found that children place the most emphasis on issues such as having the Family Court process and the roles of key players explained to them, and on being heard. Cindy Zhi NY-BD-CC

In the Family Court, children say they want the process explained and their views heard. It’s time we listened

In the Family Court, respecting what matters to children can help determine how sustainable and workable the arrangements are. Research shows
Volunteer tourism should be subject to checks and balances, with host communities firmly in the driver’s seat. Shutterstock

Power to the hosts: how to fix volunteer tourism

Volunteer tourism is often criticised for focusing on profit and volunteer experience. But improving monitoring and evaluation and putting host communities in charge can make it more sustainable.
The programs are long and intense, the creativity and relationships aspect of the vocation has been eroded, there is pervasive negativity in the media, and comparatively poor salary and working conditions. Shutterstock

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

There's been a drop in the number of people enrolling in teacher preparation courses. This is due to problems such as pay, professional autonomy, and a national obsession with standardised testing.
The study showed that boosting the office temperature a little can save energy and keep office workers comfortable without sacrificing their cognitive performance. Mami Kempe / The Conversation

Chill out. A slightly warmer office won’t make it too hot to think

Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
In a 2016 ABS survey, one in two women reported having experienced sexual harassment, but 90% of them did not contact the police. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

#MeToo exposes legal failures, but ‘trial by Twitter’ isn’t one of them

Critics say that #MeToo has turned the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty on its head, but such comments privilege the rights of perpetrators over justice for victims.

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