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Australasian Society for Human Biology: Public Lecture Evening

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Craig's Royal Hotel

Lydiard Street South

Ballarat, VIC 3340

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The Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB), formed in 1987, comprises members from the Australasian region (broadly defined as encompassing Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and neighbouring Indian and Pacific Ocean countries). However, the Society has active members from around the globe and welcomes all participants in our disciplinary field of study and research.

In conjunction with the 2017 annual conference we would like to invite you to an exciting evening of scientific discussion. This FREE event will feature four presentations on a range of subjects and is suitable for all ages. This year, we will be showcasing four areas of human biology being undertaken by our members: historical epidemiology, primatology, physical/psychological health and nutrition.


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Life and Death on the Gold Fields: Historical Epidemiology during late Colonial and early Modern Victoria (1851-1930)     

Dr Phillip Roberts (Federation University)

The rapid economic, social and environmental changes which occurred during the late colonial and early modern periods in Victoria were strongly associated with a range of infectious diseases. The understanding, identification and treatment of these diseases changed considerably over time, influenced by the skill and training of the medical practitioners of the time. In this presentation, Phillip will explore the prevalence of some of these diseases and take a look at health, life and death on the Ballarat gold fields.

The resilience of primate communities to severe environmental change

Dr Alison Behie (Australian National University)

Global climate is becoming increasingly unstable, with high-intensity weather events occurring on a more frequent basis. Assessing the impact that these events will have on local populations, both human and non-human, is critical in our efforts to formulate effective management plans. In this presentation, Alison will explore the flexibility and resilience of a population of black howler monkey and a Yucatan spider monkey population to two separate hurricane events at two different sites: Monkey River (2001) and Runaway Creek Nature Reserve (2010).

The Double-Edged Sword of Grandparental Investment: Health Costs and Benefits of Grandparental Caregiving

Dr David Coall (Edith Cowan University)

Across human cultures, grandparents make a valued contribution to the health of their families and communities. Moreover, evidence is gathering that grandparents have a positive impact on the development of grandchildren in contemporary industrialized societies. There is little understanding, however, of the health implications for the grandparents who are providing the childcare. David will discuss the potential cost and benefits of providing childcare for grandparents’ health.

Wombat Stew: Understanding Seasonal Differences in the Macronutrients and Fat of Wombats and its Implications for Ice Age Aboriginal Diets

Dr Georgia Roberts (Federation University)

Ethnographic accounts from around Australia demonstrate the importance of fat within hunter-gatherer diets, particularly those living within regions with high calorific demands. One such region is southwest Tasmania, occupied during the Last Ice Age between c.40,000 to 16,500 years ago. These sites contain many well preserved animal bones – the remains of many dinners – with collections dominated by wallabies and wombats. Recent research has revealed that Aboriginal Tasmanians were moving through the southwest on a seasonal basis, using resources at different times of the year. Georgia will discuss the nutritional implications of these findings and the consequences for seasonal wombat hunting during the last great glacial event on Earth.

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