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Lives of the Packers

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

The Packer family are back in the news with a two-part Australian Story on Kerry Packer. Bridget Griffen-Foley talks about Kerry’s father, Sir Frank Packer, and the father-son relationship. See Part 1 on ABC iView and Part 2 on ABC1 next Monday. For more fascinating insights into the Packers, see Sir Frank Packer: a biography by Bridget Griffen-Foley.

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Sir Frank Packer and media in Australia

March 21st, 2014 Comments off

The reprint edition of Sir Frank Packer: a biography by Bridget Griffen-Foley, was launched by Rod Tiffen at a media event last night. The occasion celebrated the 150th issue of Media Information Australia and the latest edition of the seminal text, Media & Communications in Australia.

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For the sake of a song: Wangga songmen and their repertories

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

The songs and threatened languages of one of Australia’s most prominent genres of Indigenous music, wangga, from Australia’s Top End, are presented in a new book published by researchers at PARADISEC.

Songmen from the Daly region of the Northern Territory who created and performed songs for their communities and general public over the past fifty years are the subject of the book, For the Sake of a Song: Wangga Songmen and their Repertories.

The book will be launched tonight as part of the celebrations for PARADISEC’s move into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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Welcome to 2014!

January 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Highlights of our 2014 list include the long-awaited LiFE (Lifestyle and Functional Exercise Program to Prevent Falls), The Government and Copyright, and Letters to Australia: the radio broadcasts of Julius Stone. Look out for our new forthcoming books page to keep up-to-date with our new titles.

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Christmas delivery schedule

December 13th, 2013 Comments off

The University closes for the Christmas break at 5pm on Tuesday 17 December and reopens on Thursday 2 January 2014. Any books ordered between today and 2 January will be dispatched in the week beginning 6 January. We wish all our customers and authors a happy Christmas.
Susan, Agata and Bronwyn

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Chronic disease taking up more time for GPs

November 19th, 2013 Comments off


GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care, however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows.

“Patients with Type 2 diabetes now account for 8 percent of a GP’s workload, and they spend almost twice as much time with the GP,” lead author Associate Professor Helena Britt from the Sydney School of Public Health said.

Two reports published today General practice activity in Australia 2012-13 and A decade of Australian general practice 2003-04 to 2012-13, provide data on the activities of our GPs and the care of their patients.

See more on the University News site

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People with disability welcome a new life in retirement

November 7th, 2013 Comments off

“People with long-term and lifelong disabilities are living longer,” says Professor Roger Stancliffe from the University’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy. “With longer lives comes the need to provide the social support people with disabilities require to have an active, socially connected life in retirement,” he said. Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive Practice aims to help disability service providers and mainstream community groups include people with disabilities in activities as a way of starting their transition to retirement.

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Mali’ Buku-Ruŋanmaram wins a Mander Jones Prize

October 31st, 2013 Comments off

Mali’ Buku-Ruŋanmaram won the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Prize last week. The book documents collections of material culture from Arnhem Land held in the University of Sydney Archives, in particular photographs of Miliŋinbi and surrounds. ARC Indigenous Fellow Dr Joseph Neparrŋa Gumbula, a liya-ŋärra’mirri (learned, wise) Yolŋu elder and a leading authority on material culture from Arnhem Land chose and described the photos in the book.

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On the nature, origins and processes of invention

October 25th, 2013 Comments off

Ecologies of invention, our new book launched last week by Robyn Williams from ABC Radio National’s The Science Show, examines origins, approaches and attitudes towards inventiveness across the disciplines, including art, architecture, design, history, engineering, science, law and economics. As Marc Newson, designer of the famous Lockheed Lounge, points out in the Foreword, Ecologies of invention ‘makes an important contribution to our understanding of that “light bulb” moment of realisation or invention that takes place across all disciplines’.

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Too Close for Comfort

September 30th, 2013 Comments off

Too Close for Comfort by Pip Smith, is the inaugural winner of the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest. The book was launched last night at a riotous event at the Green Room in Enmore. Hearing the poems aloud showed the incredible strength of the work, and the talent of the poet. Pip’s prowess with the mike was unsurpassed.

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