Professor Andrew Bonney and Associate Professor Katrina Green
Professor Andrew Bonney and Dr Samara Walpole

Meet the Researcher at UOW Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands campuses

Meet the Researcher at UOW Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands campuses

Hear the latest in medical, mental health and economic discoveries from UOW researchers

University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers are venturing out of the lab and onto the UOW Shoalhaven and Southern Highland campuses to share insights on the latest advancements in medical science and healthcare, in a series of public talks.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Sustainable Futures, Professor David Currow said attendees will learn about cutting-edge research, hear firsthand accounts of the challenges and triumphs in the field, and understand the real-world applications of discoveries.

“Whether you are a student, professional or simply curious about the future of medicine, hearing from leading researchers will be both inspiring and educational, equipping audiences with knowledge that could shape the future of healthcare,” Professor Currow said.

At the UOW Shoalhaven campus on 25 June researcher and neuroscientist Dr Samara Walpole and Professor Andrew Bonney, the Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in the UOW Graduate School of Medicine, will present a comprehensive overview of their healthcare and clinical trials research, highlighting a future including personalised mental healthcare interventions.

In 2023 Dr Walpole published findings of molecular evidence highlighting important sex differences in the brains of people with Major Depressive Disorder.

Professor Bonney has over 30 years of experience as a general practitioner on the South Coast of NSW. His research focuses on quality, equity and sustainability in primary care, with a focus on regional and rural Australia.

At the UOW Southern Highlands campus on 24 July, the audience will hear from Associate Professor Alfredo Paloyo and Dr Michelle Townsend as they delve into the realm of evidence-based practices, particularly emphasising key mental health considerations during pandemic lockdowns, and supporting children who experience self-harm and suicidal behaviours.

Professor Townsend’s research spans the disciplines of psychology and public health with the goal of understanding, preventing and responding to child maltreatment, mental health disorders, self-harm and suicide.

Professor Paloyo’s research interest is in the empirical analysis of issues related to human capital, particularly in the fields of labour, health, and education economics.

These events are open to the public, presentations have been designed with a diverse audience in mind. Medical staff may be able to use their attendance towards professional development activities and high school students are also welcome and encouraged to attend.


Event: Meet the Researchers at UOW Shoalhaven

Date: 25 June, 5pm

Venue: UOW Shoalhaven, George Evans Road, Mundamia



Event Name: Meet the Researchers at UOW Southern Highlands

Date: 24 July, 5pm

Venue: Southern Highlands, Kirkham St, Moss Vale