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Deakin Week 2012 - Peter Quail Oration - Green spaces and wellbeing

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Published on Oct 2, 2012

http://www.deakin.edu.au

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend discusses the social and physiological effects green spaces have on people. Is living near a forested area better for your mental health? Can involving former prisoners in park maintenance develop a real change in attitude? Why is a leafy park better the local sports ground? Watch the video to find out.

The Peter Quail Oration is an annual initiative of the Deakin/Department of Health/Department of Human Services Strategic Alliance and is held in memory of Peter Quail, a valued DHS colleague and champion of the Alliance. The Alliance is a long standing collaboration between Deakin University, The Department of Health, and the Department of Human Services which aims to enhance and protect the health and social wellbeing of all people living in the Barwon South-Western Region. The aim of the Peter Quail Oration each year is to engage and inform the community and health service professionals on a topical and relevant regional health and wellbeing issue.

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend teaches in the areas of public health and family and society in the School of Health and Social Development in Deakin University's Faculty of Health. Throughout her career, Associate Professor Townsend has adopted a partnership approach to her work, undertaking collaborative research and policy development with national, state and local governments, non-government organisations and industry groups.

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