Experts available for media commentary

September 30, 2014

Dr Joe Fontaine A range of Murdoch experts are available for commentary this month on key topics including: international security and counter terrorism, gene patenting, mental health, homelessness and public policy as well as a range of environmental specialists.

Find the full list of Murdoch experts by category here, or contact a member of the Media and Communications team for more information.

International security and counter-terrorism
Recent global events have again brought the world’s attention to international security and counter-terrorism. The following experts can provide commentary in this area.

Professor Mark Beeson

Dr Rajat Ganguly

Gene patenting
A recent Federal Court ruling upholding a human gene patent raises ethical questions about who in fact owns our genes, and what the long-term consequences are for research and genetic testing.

Adjunct Professor Luigi Palombi
Dr Luigi Palombi is a lawyer at the forefront of the gene patenting fight, author of the book Gene Cartels: Biotech Patents in the age of Free Trade and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at Murdoch University.

Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week is a national event held every year to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. It's an opportunity to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing and equip people with the right information to reach out to others and take care of oneself.

Professor Paul Morrison
Professor Morrison can provide expert comment in areas of mental health, psychology and health promotion.

Leadership and management in healthcare
Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci
Dr Paolucci heads the Health Policy & Leadership Program in the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

World Homeless Day
On October 10, World Homeless Day will draw attention to the needs of homeless people locally, providing opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness at a grass roots level.

Dr Yvonne Haigh
Dr Haigh examines the intersection between policy, politics and the public sector with extensive research into public policy and homelessness.

The environmental impacts of bushfires
Dr Joe Fontaine
As the seasonal focus shifts to summer and bushfire preparedness, Murdoch researcher Dr Joe Fontaine can provide expert commentary on the environmental impacts of bushfires.

Algae and Algal blooms
Dr Navid Moheimani
Dr Moheimani is Director of Murdoch University’s Algae Research and Development Centre and is part of a team which is investigating why toxic blooms occur and what can be done to combat them.

Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science
Emeritus Professor Harry Recher

Emeritus Professor Harry Recher presents this year’s Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science on October 21. Titled Failure of Science, Death of Nature, Professor Recher will discuss how changes to global ecosystems are threatening civilisation and will look at how solutions that address environmental problems will challenge, offend and be difficult to implement.

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