Stamp out Stress day

October 24, 2014 – 11:48 am



stamp out stress stalls


It was Stamp out Stress day on the Melbourne Campus on Tuesday 21 October. There were lots of activities on Campus to help student de-stress as the end of semester and as exams approach including a mini pet party, cooking demonstrations by Nutrition Australia, spontaneous clay sculpting, canine cuddles, massage, and some games of Tamburello.


The Library joined in by offering “TV Comedies” such as The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family throughout the day in the first floor multi-media area.  Students were able to take a break,  have a laugh and hopefully de-stress.


Remember there are lots of people around to help you if you are stressed. The Office of Student Success has Counselling, Academic Skills, Equity and Disability, Student Advocacy…so make an appointment sooner rather than later!


stamp out stress- comedy shows

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Recognise this @ Melbourne

October 22, 2014 – 12:43 pm


On Friday October 17th in St. Mary of the Cross Square on the Melbourne Campus, a large street art project was launched. 20 ACU and RMIT students have posters of their faces up on a wall as part of Recognise This’s Paste Up, to show their support for constitutional recognition of Australia’s first people.

Recognise this “is a national movement of determined and creative young people who believe that the Indigenous story of our country deserves to be recognised”.  They aim to recognise Australia’s first people and remove discrimination from the Australian Constitution.

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You asked for more fiction: response to your survey comments

October 21, 2014 – 1:54 pm

In our recent survey you asked us for more fiction books – “More fiction and new release books”, “Some fictional books for leisure reading”, “More recreational e-reading books please.”

Did you know that most campus libraries have some print novels located around 820 in the shelves. They often have small “book swap” collections as well, so ask at your campus library for more information.

If you prefer your reading electronic, the Library has also purchased some great fiction (and non-fiction) ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive. Check them out by following the Recreational Reading link in the Quick links section of the Library website. You can even recommend books for purchase. If you see the black book or the headphones icon (see below) you know that ebook or audiobook is already available to you.

Click on the little person icon recommendIcon to send a request to the Library to buy any book that we don’t have.


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Library banner image credit: Reading A Magazine. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 21 Oct 2014.

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Aussie Backyard Bird Count- get the app and take the challenge

October 20, 2014 – 1:04 pm

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

This week is National Bird Week (20-26 October) BirdLife Australia is encouraging every Australian to head out into their backyard, favourite outdoor space, local park, beach, forest or paddock and take part in the very first Aussie Backyard Bird Count.


There’s an app for that

BirdLife Australia have release a free Aussie Bird Count app. It includes a Field Guide which helps identify almost 400 Australian birds.

Do your 20-minute count on the spot in your favourite patch, and submit your checklist immediately. The app will still be a handy tool as a fully functional field guide after the official Bird Count has finished.


Count yourself in for our challenge

BirdLife Australia have set a national community challenge for Australian’s to spot 100,000 birds during National Bird Week. By contributing to the Bird Count you will be assisting with the collection of vital information by BirdLife Australia on the Australian bird population.

Birds are unique indicators of environmental health. If they are doing well, then so are we.


National Bird Week - 20-26 October 2014

National Bird Week – 20-26 October 2014

Image Credit: BirdLife Australia

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Library search maintenance this Sunday

October 17, 2014 – 2:24 pm

There is scheduled maintenance for the library search service on Sunday 19th October. This will happen between 5pm & 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Library Search may be intermittently unavailable, but hopefully you won’t even notice!

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Noise and food in our libraries: response to your survey comments

October 17, 2014 – 10:05 am

This video might make you laugh but noise and food in the Library isn’t always funny.

In our recent survey lots of people told us our libraries are too noisy and we should consider banning food because of the mess it makes?!

We love that you come to the Library to relax and have fun with your friends, but remember that some people like to study in the quiet areas. Please respect their choice and keep the noise down right across the library but especially in the designated quiet and silent areas.

As for food, make sure drinks are covered and the food is not hot. If you’d like to keep bringing food into the Library, make sure you don’t leave a mess when you leave!


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Library banner image credit: Cartoon depiction of boy eating sandwich. [Photograph].
Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Paramedic free public lecture at Ballarat- All welcome

October 13, 2014 – 10:32 am


Join us on Tuesday 14 October 2.00pm to 3.00pm in the Sisters of Mercy Theatre at ACU Ballarat campus.

Ballarat Paramedic lecturer Marc Colbeck will be repeating his popular lecture “The Greatest Challenge”.

Marc  recently gave this talk at the Students Paramedic Australasia national conference to great reviews.

“The Greatest Challenge”

Critical Stress in Paramedicine

By Marc Colbeck

Hear a Critical Care Paramedic, Paramedic Lecturer, PTSD Survivor, and Stress Counsellor give this popular talk on the effects of critical incident stress and what

YOU can do to prepare yourself for ‘The Greatest Challenge”.

If you are an emergency services student or worker (paramedic, nurse, firefighter, police officer, doctor, dispatcher, etc.) or if you know someone who is, and you want to know more about dealing with the stress involved, this talk is for you.

Tuesday 14 October 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm in the Mercy Theatre

Australian Catholic University,

1200 Mair St.


Free to all!


Photo of paramedic lectuer and presenter, marc Colbeck


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Are you a visual learner?

October 10, 2014 – 10:54 am

Do you prefer to see things rather than read about them?

Need something to liven up your class presentation?

The Library can help!

We have a number of image and video databases covering anatomy & physiology, surgery, patient care, biomechanics and more. There are interviews with patients living with different illnesses, documentaries on health & wellness issues and videos on counselling, social work and psychotherapy.

You can find these databases on the “Images & Videos” tab of the Nursing or Paramedicine Subject Guides.

This screen shot from Grey’s Anatomy and the female anatomy pictured on the library banner, are available through the Britannica Image Quest database.

Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy (2005) – Heigl, Katherine; Pompeo, Ellen; Ramirez, Sara. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

Female anatomy. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Feast day Blessed John Henry Newman: 9 October

October 8, 2014 – 3:08 pm


Blessed John Henry Newman is the patron saint of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. The 19th century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic academic and theologian. He was also a priest, popular preacher and writer. 
Relics of Blessed John Henry Newman are interred in the altars in the Chapels on our Melbourne and North Sydney campuses.

What are Patron Saints?

Patron Saints are often touted as those who can intercede in heaven on our behalf, or advocate for a cause.  Yet more importantly, our Patron Saints help and inspire us to follow the example of their lives.

At Australian Catholic University (ACU) traditions are important, and to that end, we have decided that the University have a Patron Saint, and that each of the University’s faculties will have a Patron Saint – to help us carry the spirit of faith, learning and justice in all that we do.

These Patron Saints are deemed to be special protectors in a specific area, through either tradition, custom, or by declarations of the Church - ACU website

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2014 ACU National Photography Competition winners

October 7, 2014 – 12:55 pm

Congratulations to all winners!

This year’s National Photography Competition theme was “the Destination or the Journey” and included a winner’s gallery and a People’s Choice Award.

The winners for the colour category were 1st prize – Chanelle Linane from Ballarat, 2nd prize – Paul David Gibbs from North Sydney and 3rd prize – William Kent from Melbourne.

The winners for the black and white category were 1st prize – Megan Williams from Strathfield, 2nd prize – Courtney Bonner from Canberra and 3rd prize – Chanelle Linane from Ballarat.

The People’s Choice Photography Winner was Courtney Bonner from Canberra.



Megan Williams from the Strathfield Campus National 1st place winner in the B&W category. And her dad, who is the subject holding the umbrella in the image.

Megan Williams national first place winner in the Black and White category

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