Ms Shazna Buksh receives the Roger Landbeck Professional Development Award from Margaret Landbeck at the HERDSA Conference 2016 in Fremantle, Perth. Credit: Patrick Halloran.
An Assistant Lecturer in Psychology at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), School of Social Sciences (SOSS), Ms Shazna Buksh, has been awarded the inaugural Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Roger Landbeck Professional Development Fund Award during the HERDSA Conference 2016 held in Fremantle, Western Australia.
The selection of the award has come through Ms Buksh’s work on education initiatives in the community and with the implementation of the Research Skills Development (RSD) Framework in courses at USP.
The HERDSA Roger Landbeck Professional Development Award will fund the Assistant Lecturer to undertake an online Professional Development Course on Diagnosing, Assessing and Managing Eating Disorders, offered by the University of Sydney.
The award aims to promote higher education teaching and learning with a particular focus on equity and social justice. It supports early career academics from a disadvantaged background or an emerging higher education or academic development community to engage in a professional development activity that progresses their own careers as well as to have an influence in their community.
The award will support Ms Buksh to develop and deliver a community outreach programme at USP for supporting adoption of better health practices to control obesity in Fiji. The programme will be embedded in the first-year experience of undergraduate students at USP.
The award also funded Ms Buksh’s participation in the HERDSA Conference 2016 The Shape of Higher Education, which was held from 4 -7 July 2016 in Fremantle.
In addition, the award facilitated a meeting for Ms Buksh with the Foundation Chair of Mental Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, Professor Phillipa Hay, to support her PhD programme.
Ms Buksh is one of the RSD Trainers for the Research Skills Development initiative that has been coordinated and run by USP’s Research Office since 2012.
She has also worked in diverse environments as an educator, trainer and counsellor, including with UNICEF, drafting terms of reference for reviews of the education sectors in Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
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