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Dr Jo Ankor

Dr Jo Ankor is Research Associate at Flinders University in the School of Humanities.

Jo has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney and an Honours degree in Cultural Tourism from Flinders University. Currently her research is concerned with philosophy and travel, creative research methodologies and the relationship of art, place and tourism.

Jo has worked in the Arts for over ten years, focussing on community cultural development through workshops assisting artists to develop the skills to work with a range of communities, teaching young Arts Administration trainees, and delivering a national program of skills-development workshops for volunteers and practitioners in the arts and cultural industries across urban, rural and regional communities. Jo has undertaken writing, editing and research for a range of arts organisations, including Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, the South Australian Tourism Commission, SA Film Corporation and the National Trust of Western Australia. Dr Ankor guest lectures at Flinders University in International Tourism Management and Festival & Event Design and Management. She served on the board of Community Arts Network SA until 2013.

Jo is currently working with Access2Arts, which supports cultural participation and contribution by people with disability, in the development of Audio Description services.

Associate Professor Sheryl de Lacey RN, PhD

Sheryl de Lacey is an Associate Professor and RN in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Flinders University in South Australia. She has a clinical background in Cardiac Care and Assisted Reproductive Technology nursing, leads the education stream of Ethics in Professional Practice within the nursing curriculum and is a member of the South Australian Nursing & Midwifery Board.

She researches the impact of medical technologies on human health & welfare from psychosocial, bioethical and feminist perspectives in order to inform practice, public debate and policy-making. Of particular interest is the disposition of human biological material. As a post-doctoral fellow she investigated the issue of the disposition of human embryos and from 2007-2011 led a team of researchers in investigating community views of both embryo disposition and the disposition of dead human bodies.

She was an inaugural member of the National Bioethics Consultative Committee (NBCC), the SA Council on Reproductive Technology and is currently a member of the NHMRC Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Review Committee. A/Prof de Lacey is a member of an Expert Standing Panel (Medical Benefits Division) for the Department of Health. She is a member of the Australian Association of Bioethics & Health Law, a member of the Advisory Board for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) and a Board member of the Provision and Acquisition of Reproductive Tissue for Science (PARTS) International Research Network. She is an experienced member of Human Research Ethics Committees and is the Chair of the Animal Welfare Committee at Flinders University.

Professor Leon Lack

Professor Leon Lack received his first degree from Stanford University in the USA and PhD from the University of Adelaide. Since 1972 he has had an academic position at Flinders University in the School of Psychology where he has been teaching and conducting research in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, and insomnia. He has received many large research grants, published over 90 refereed articles, books, and book chapters, and given over 200 conference papers in the sleep area. Since 1992 he has also directed the non-drug treatment program for insomnia at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Repatriation General Hospital, S.A. Dr. Lack has also taken an active role in public education about sleep and insomnia through invited lectures, workshops, media presentations, and publication of a popular book on the treatment of insomnia. He also has patents and is co-inventor of a portable bright light therapy device, for the treatment of a mis-timed body clock. Thus his aim has been to integrate his teaching, research, clinical practice and public education roles in an attempt to improve public understanding of sleep and to ameliorate the problem of insomnia in our society.


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