The legendary Tom Wegener at his home in Cooroy where he works and plays. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
The legendary Tom Wegener at his home in Cooroy where he works and plays. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Tom Wegener: What's the future for our surfboard shapers?

THE sustainability of the region's surfboard-making industry will be in the spotlight at one of three public seminars during the University of the Sunshine Coast's annual Research Week.

Former Californian professional surfer and renowned surfboard shaper Tom Wegener will discuss what the future holds for local surfboard shapers in his presentation, Surfboard artisans: Creating a sustainable industry on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Wegener, who began a PhD on the future of the surfboard industry at the university in 2013, said his public seminar on July 15 would explore how and why the local board-making sector was continuing to ride a wave of success, despite competing in a highly globalised market.

"Despite the influx of cheaper, imported surfboards in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, it appears that Sunshine Coast surfboard makers have proved to be resilient and the industry is sustainable in the long term," he said.

Research Week, which runs from July 13-16, will feature a series of free seminars.

July 14 will focus on USC research in nursing and midwifery, with Prof of Nursing Marianne Wallis presenting Drips, drains and wounds - how can nurses stop hospitals hurting people.

While a stay in hospital is supposed to put people back on the road to good health, Prof Wallis believes time on the ward can result in further complications.

"Almost all patients who enter a hospital have either a surgical wound, an intravenous drip or are at risk of a pressure injury," she said.

Prof Wallis will outline the results of recent trials carried out by USC nursing academics aimed at getting patients home as quickly as possible and staying out of hospital.

USC Professor of Nursing, Jeanine Young, will also deliver a presentation on safe sleeping guidelines for babies entitled Safe to Breathe: Safe Sleep Advice to Safe Sleep Action.

Other seminars will include a July 14 presentation by five of the university's leading researchers entitled The Sunshine Coast in 2030: Designing the cities of the future through trans-disciplinary research and practice.

Further details at http://www.usc.edu.au/public-rsvp


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