University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below summer topics:
To arrange an interview with any of the following experts, contact Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 or Sarah Green 0417 799 331.
WE’RE THE SUNSHINE STATE FOR A REASON
Queensland’s skin cancer rates are the highest in Australia, and along with New Zealand, it has the highest rates of melanoma in the world.
- Solar ultraviolet radiation expert Dr Nathan Downs has more than 20 years of experience researching the risks of UV exposure. He can discuss the effects of overexposure to UV radiation and steps people can take to lower their risk of skin cancer.
CAST YOUR EYES TO THE SKIES THIS SUMMER
While Aussies are getting ready to fill up their days outside this summer, Astrophysicists are encouraging people to get outside at night too, with many cosmic events set to dazzle those in the Southern Hemisphere in the coming months.
- Astrophysicist Professor Jonti Horner can discuss what Aussies will be able to see in their night skies this coming summer – ranging from comets to Christmas stars.
SOBER TRUTH: HEALTH EFFECTS OF OUR BOOZE CULTURE
Alcohol is a big part of the summer culture as Australians tend to drink more when celebrating with family and friends or caught up in the festivities.
- Public health expert Dr Aletha Ward says whether you’re drinking alcohol often or occasionally, any amount of booze can be dangerous to your health. She can explain how alcohol affects your health, the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol consumption, Australians’ drinking habits and ways you can drink responsibly and still have fun.
ARE YOU STORM READY?
Queensland is prone to its fair share of natural disasters, however not everyone may be ready for the upcoming storm season.
- Disaster behaviour expert Dr Barbara Ryan can talk about the key messages leading up to Queensland’s summer of storms and the best way to effectively communicate emergency and preparedness messages as people move away from traditional information sources.
*Please note Dr Ryan is not available from Friday, December 3
STORING FOOD IN HOT WEATHER
Picnics in the park, family barbecues and camping holidays are all popular summer activities for Aussies. However, eating outside can lead to some nasty surprises with food poisoning more common in summer months.
- Food scientist Dr Polly Burey can explain how heat affects food and provide some hot tips on how to store and prepare food safely at home and when you are out and about.
EXERCISING SAFELY IN SUMMER HEAT
The summer months are the best opportunity to get outdoors and active, but with warm days expected throughout summer, it’s time to consider the best ways to avoid heat stress when exercising.
- Exercise physiologist Dr Dean Mills says exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on the body and can be a serious health risk to people who don’t take extra precautions. He can discuss how heat affects the body and can cause heat-related illness. He can also share some workout tips to beat the heat.
SUMMER OF SPORT
The summer sporting calendar is heating up, headlined by the Ashes cricket series between Australia and England, starting on December 8. In January, the world’s best tennis stars will head Down Under for ATP and WTA events, including the Australian Open.
- Associate Professor Stephen Bird is a leading international performance scientist and can discuss all matters related to sport, including elite athlete preparation, strength and conditioning and athletes’ mental health.
University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below *summer* topics.