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Playing their part: the role of physical activity and sport in sustaining the health and well being of small rural communities

Mardie  Townsend

Mardie Townsend

qualifications: PhD

position: Senior Lecturer


Mardie is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University's Burwood campus. Her research interests include: housing and homelessness; rural health and wellbeing; social and health impact assessment; and sustainability. Mardie's recent research has included: a study for the Victorian Office of Women's Affairs on the future challenges and opportunities facing women in Victoria in respect of paid work, family life, and health and wellbeing; an examination of the impacts of 24 hour shop trading on individuals, households and communities; a study of the cumulative impacts of policy change on two small Victorian rural communities; a study for the UK Housing Corporation on the housing needs and aspirations of British women between now and 2020; a study of the role of physical activity and sport in building social capital in rural communities; and a study of the health benefits of interaction with parks and nature. In 1998-99, Mardie led a state-wide consultation exercise, including over 50 focus groups, with Country Fire Authority volunteers to identify the issues affecting volunteers and brigades in rural and regional Victoria.

jan  moore

Jan Moore

qualifications: BAppSci(Hons)

position: Project Officer

Mary  Mahoney

Mary Mahoney

qualifications: MSc

position: Senior Lecturer

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