03.09.2023 "Nature prescriptions — just what the doctor ordered. Nature is good for our wellbeing. But how much green space does a community need, before you can see a wellbeing boost? And how do we encourage people to spend more time outdoors?”
Professor Xiaoqi Feng is interviewed by Rose Kerr on ABC Radio National. Broadcast Sun 3 Sep 2023 at 7:00am.
16.07.2023 Professor Xiaoqi Feng and Professor Thomas Astell-Burt feature in Channel 7's '7WEEKENDER'. The feature titled "Fun ways to get your steps up!" aired on Sunday 16 July, 2023.
23.05.2023 Professor Feng is featured by Visible Women. Professor Feng comments “"I’d also like to see more culturally diverse female executive members of university leadership teams. [W]e need to provide support & mentorship to high-performing researchers & help them rise to the top, especially culturally diverse women”
11.05.2023 PhD Opportunities are available with PowerLab.
Register your interest in studying a PhD with PowerLab and we will contact you with more information about what Phd's are available.
New article for Powerlab Co-Directors Feng and Astell-Burt in prestigous journal The Lancet Planetary Health 2023 Vol. 7 Issue 4 Pages e313-e328. "Effect of nature prescriptions on cardiometabolic and mental health, and physical activity: a systematic review"
04.04.2023 The Guardian article “Prescribed time in nature linked to improvements in anxiety, depression and blood pressure” featuring the PANDA Trial and Nature Prescriptions by Prof Feng & Prof Astell-Burt.
30.03.2023 New Report featuring Professors Feng, Professor Astell-Burt and international colleagues. Forests and Trees for Human Health: Pathways, Impacts, Challenges and Response Options. A Global Assessment Report.
25.03.2023 Professors Feng and Astell-Burt were interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘The Age’. The interview titled ‘A nature prescription could be just what the doctor ordered’ covers the announcement of, and plans for, the PANDA Trial.
16.12.2022 Prof Feng receives Heroes Award for her part in the UNSW Medicine Faculty Elevate Team.
This award recognises individuals and teams who have supported students or colleagues during the year in unexpected or exceptional ways through their generosity and kindness.
24.11.2022 Shumi Mushangwe, PowerLab PhD candidate, presents at the HAS Inaugural Annual HDR Student Conference. Shumi presented her published paper titled "Ethnic inequalities in green space availability: Evidence from Australia."
07.10.2022 New publication for A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng, Prof Thomas Astell-Burt and PowerLab colleagues.
07.11.2022 Professor Astell-Burt reflects that across 2022 it’s been an honour for him to collaborate on a #loneliness report with so many influential Australians in The Groundswell Foundation Reference Group & @kpmgaustralia, consummately led by @mblake_iHelm.
07.10.2022 Reducing Loneliness Together. Effective Scalable Solutions For Everyone. Workshop open to UOW Staff & PhD Students.
Reducing Loneliness Together will feature a range of speakers with diverse backgrounds, experiences and expertise who, through a process of sharing discoveries and discussing ideas, will work towards identifying potentially effective and equitable solutions to loneliness.
Speakers so far include Professor Patricia M. Davidson Vice-Chancellor UOW, Professor David Currow Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Sustainable Futures) UOW, Professor Thomas Astell-Burt Professor, UOW and Founding Co-Director of PowerLab, Dr Summer Finlay, Senior Lecturer UOW, Martin Blake Chair, Groundswell Foundation, Nieves Murray CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon Executive Director, Cities Revitalisation and Place, Transport for NSW, Phil Pettitt Community Greening Manager, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Catherine Lourey Commissioner, NSW Mental Health Commission & Dr Anthony Brown Executive Director Health Consumers NSW.
03.11.2022 Dr Faysal Kabir Shuvo celebrated his PhD graduation with family and friends at UOW Campus. Congratulations to Faysal on this special occasion!
16.09.2022 ARC Grant success for PowerLab Co-Director Professor Thomas Astell-Burt! Thomas’ Future Fellowship project, “Generating evidence for nature-based strategies to reduce loneliness”, aims to develop effective and scalable community-focussed solutions to the loneliness epidemic. Thomas has received funding of $1,046,924 over four years.
07.09.2022 New publication for PowerLab PhD graduate Dr Selin Akaraci and PowerLab Co-Directors A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng & Prof Astell-Burt T: Associations between green space, air pollution and birthweight in Sydney Metropolitan Area, Australia. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 76, 127726.
-“Changing environment and health” By A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng
- “Have we reached peak greenness Green space and health research in the “big data” era” By Prof Thomas Astell-Burt
-“Does quality neighbourhood green space promote kindness among children? If yes, how? Evidence from Australia” By Dr I Gusti Ngurah Edi Putra
12.05.2022 Landscape Australia publish article written by Co-Directors Feng and Astell-Burt.
05.05.2022 Invited talk for Prof Thomas Astell-Burt at the XV World Forestry Congress 2022. Professor Astell-Burt gave an engaging invited talk at the XV World Forestry Congress 2022. Thomas spoke for ~6 minutes on loneliness, more green time, tree canopy and the associated health benefits of increasing visitations to green space. The presentation can be viewed here: https://t.co/45mV1sS68p
06.04.2022 Congratulations to Dr Edi Putra of PowerLab, whose PhD on understanding the association between neighbourhood green space quality and prosocial behaviour across childhood and adolescence was officially completed last week. Edi is now a postdoc at the University of Liverpool in the UK.
15.12.2021 A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng thanks @UNSWMedicine for her award on Diversity! Xiaoqi thanks the panel and her colleagues who nominated her for this award. Xiaoqi feels it is great to lead & learn from 20 academic & professional staff in Cultural Diversity team. Xiaoqi is looking forward to 2022 to promote Equity, Diversity & Inclusion!
27.10.2021 Congratulations to PowerLab graduate Dr Tashi Dendup on his new role as Senior Health Program Manager with Save the Children Country Office, Bhutan. Best wishes Dr Dendup!
17.08.2021 Presentation for Illawarra Shoalhaven Walk Alliance with Professor Astell-Burt
30.05.2021 PhD candidate Selin Akaraci submits PhD thesis
16.12.2020 PowerLab PhD candidate Tashi Dendup successfully completes his PhD Thesis “Built environment and prevention of type 2 diabetes.”
25.11.2020 Successful research proposal review by PhD Candidate Jiangmei Liu
25.11.2020 PowerLab members share joyful news at HAS school meeting. We shared things that have bought us joy in a tough year. We spoke of food, pets, family and most importantly, our support for each other
22.07.2020 PhD candidate Edi participated in the 3MT – UOW’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. His presentation was titled "Can nature help children to be kind?"
14.05.2020 PhD candidate Tashi Dendup presents virtually at Preventive Health Conference (PHAA). Presentation titled: Built environment and diabetes incidence: Exploring potential mediating pathways in a longitudinal study
03.03.2020 PhD Candidate Faysal Shuvo successfully completed his Phd candidature, entitled "Green space provision, quality and use in diverse international settings"
18.11.2019 POWERTALK: Prof Terry Hartig, Uppsala University, Sweden, presents on 18 November 2019
09.10.2019 POWERTALK: Dr May El Barachi, on 9 October 2019
19.08.2019 PhD candidate Eme John joins PowerLab
01.08.2019 Promotion for A/P Xiaoqi Feng
31.05.2019 Professor Thomas Astell-Burt presents at ISGLOBAL Barcelona, Spain
29.04.2019 PowerLab welcomes research Assistant Phil Kosiak
24.04.2019 PowerLab Co-Directors and PhD candidates present at the School of Health and Society Research Seminar
25.02.2019 Xiaoqi Feng celebrating female researchers at IHMRI event with Dame Bridget Ogilvie
22.11.2018 Kidsafe Keynote presented by A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng in Sydney
23.08.2018 Xiaoqi Feng presents AHPA Symposium Keynote at Old Parliament House, Canberra
25.04.2018 Thomas is appointed an Adjunct Professor in Population Health and Environment at the School of Public Health in Peking Union Medical College, the top medical school in China. Thomas’ appointment recognises his research and capacity building in epidemiology and environmental health in China.
13.12.2017 We made food and had fun at the annual end of year party to celebrate a very fine first year of PowerLab
10.11.2017 Dr Xiaoqi Feng was awarded a second research fellowship of 2017. This time it was the Australian Research Council for the 2018 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA), worth $319,996, also for research on child health and environment
23.11.2017 - 18.01.2018 Visiting Associate Fellows from China CDC
08.11.2017 PowerTalk Honorary Professor Bin Jalaludin
03.11.2017 National Urban Greening Research Forum hosted by PowerLab Directors
11.10.2017 Co-Director Xiaoqi Feng was awarded a four-year, $431,000 NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
29.09. 2017 Dr Iana Markevych’s visit to PowerLab for research collaborations.
21.09.2017 PowerTalk Dr Danelle Lobdell
15.09.2017 HORT Innovation collaboration with PowerLab
17-15.08.2017 PowerTalk Visiting International Scholar Awardee Professor Terry Hartig visits PowerLab
07.08.2017 Co-Director Thomas Astell-Burt was awarded $719,840 for an NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leader Fellowship
05.08.2017 PowerLab teamed up with NIASRA to provide PowerTools workshops on multilevel modelling in the social sciences. The focus was on capacity building among PhD students and Early Career Researchers
05.07.2017 Co-Director Xiaoqi Feng received the UOW Vice Chancellor’s award for Emerging Researcher of the year
1-2.05. 2017 Associate Professors David Reif and Jane Hoppin visit PowerLab for PowerTalk and research collaboration
02.05.2017 Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt and Dr Xiaoqi Feng were part of the winning team – Western Sydney Diabetes – who were awarded both the Award for Productive Partnerships and the Pemulwuy Prize at the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s “Out There Summit”.
14.03.2017 PowerTalk with Long-term collaborator Professor Billie Giles-Corti
05.06.2017 Research collaborator Professor Susan Thompson of UNSW City Futures Research Centre visited PowerLab to give a PowerTalk
05.07.2016 Dr Xiaoqi Feng named one of UOW's Women of Impact
05.07.2016 Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt and Dr Xiaoqi Feng were awarded the UOW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Partnership, with Professor Glen Maberly and the Western Sydney Diabetes Leadership Alliance