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ACU Conference highlights quality relationships as key to human dignity

Scholars from around Australia gathered at Australian Catholic University's Melbourne Campus earlier this month for a conference on Relationship Transitions that recognised that the quality of relationships is integral to the dignity of the human person.

The Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relations Interest Group organised the event, which covered a wide range of relationship issues including relationships with others throughout life, relationships with animals and relationships developed when learning.

ACU National Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sheehan AO, who is a well-known psychologist, said the conference paralleled the University's inspiration to attend to all that is of concern to human beings.

"ACU National is delighted to have hosted this important conference at a time when relationships are important as ever in a rapidly changing world," said Professor Sheehan. "ACU National is guided by a fundamental concern for the dignity of all human beings, and the quality of relationships is integrally related to this dignity."

Ms Amanada Gordon, the recently elected president of the Australian Psychological Society and a private practitioner in Sydney, presented a paper on relationships in the 21st century.

Associate Professor Kate Moore, Head of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, investigated the work-life balance.

"The conference provided a thought-provoking forum of interest to practitioners, researchers and educationalists alike," said Professor Sheehan.

Other speakers addressed truth and lies in relationships, how companion animals may enhance social relationships in aged care facilities, and the abuse of mothers by their teenage and adult children.

"Many of the delegates were post-graduate students, and presentations reflected some of the current research being undertaken in the School of Psychology (VIC) at ACU National," Professor Sheehan said.

ACU National has offered degree programs in Psychology at the Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's) for many years. The University's School of Psychology has recently expanded its operations to the Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo).

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ACU National

24 Nov 2004