A reminder to all members to please identify yourself as an IHT member if you are contacted by a media outlet. Prior to any media appearances, please contact Brydie Nielson (b.nielson@deakin.edu.au). Brydie will be able to provide support for your media appearance (if required), liaise with the Deakin media team, and make sure that your media appearance is promoted far and wide!

In July, Jo Watson appeared in an ABC News article on kickback  Stranger Things , after publishing an article in The Conversation on dark tourism and Stranger Things’ use of a real-life asylum in their new season. 

Rebecca Patrick appeared on ABC Radio National’s Health Report to discuss the mental health impacts of climate change.

Angela Dew was interviewed by The Wire following her article in The Conversation about the communication and cultural gaps experienced by people from refugee backgrounds who need disability support.

Christina Zorbas became a household name in July, after frequently appearing in the media to discuss her research in food pricing and the affordability of healthy diets:

Ruby Brooks, Kathryn Backholer and Anna Peeters almost went viral after the publication of Kathryn and Ruby’s research the use of viral TikTok advertising by junk food brands.

 Hassan Vally spoke with the ABC about the impact of habitual mask-wearing on COVID-19 transmission in Singapore, Japan and South Korea and wrote an op-ed in The Age on how COVID-caution can be a win for both business and public health.

As Australia surpassed 10,000 deaths from COVID-19, Catherine Bennett spoke to the ABC on the milestone about what we’ve learned during the pandemic. Catherine also spoke with SBS as the latest COVID-19 wave neared its peak.

IHT members also may have recognised IHT PhD student Ramas McRae in the media recently.

Ramas is one of the most high-profile Deaf interpreters, a regular face during live COVID events after his successful accreditation as part of the first group within a new system established by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Ramas was also the first Australian Deaf interpreter to receive international accreditation by the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters and World Federation of the Deaf.

Although both accredited through NAATI, Deaf interpreters perform a different role to Auslan-English interpreters, requiring excellent teamwork and communication skills as well as the capacity to work under high level pressure. All skills he will bring to his PhD, no doubt!

You can read more about Deaf interpreters on the NAATI website.