VC’s Update – Trump 100 Days, mental health events and health warning about wild mushrooms

28 April 2017

Hi everyone,

A huge congratulations this week to the College of Asia and the Pacific for their analysis of President Trump's first 100 days in office and the implications for the Asia Pacific region. Like many of us, our Asia-Pacific experts have been watching the Trump Presidency very closely and have produced an insightful collection of essays and videos that paint a fascinating picture about how our region has been affected by the new Administration and how the region is likely to react. The collection was launched and broadcast live to the nation from the National Press Club on Wednesday. I encourage you to read the essays or watch the videos. They are a terrific demonstration of how our expertise can contribute to the public debate and how ANU research helps us understand the impact of global politics on Australia and the region.

There are two important mental health related events that I would like to highlight in today's blog. University Mental Health Day returns to ANU this coming Tuesday 2 May. This is an important international student-led day of activities aimed at increasing awareness of mental health issues and I encourage all students to get involved.

The second event open to all staff and students is the annual Mental Health in Higher Education Symposium and will be held from 9.30am - 3pm Wednesday 3 May. This collaboration between ANUSA, PARSA and ANU will look at ways ANU can improve the way it supports the mental health of students. Mental health issues can be felt right across our University and identifying innovative approaches to help to support the wellbeing of the ANU community is something we can all play a role in.

ACT Health has issued a warning about the dangers of picking wild mushrooms in Canberra and the region. Cooler wet weather provides the perfect growing conditions for Death Cap mushrooms, one of the world's deadliest mushrooms, found around Canberra especially during the autumn and winter months. All parts of the Death Cap mushroom are poisonous and eating just a part of a mushroom can be fatal. Cooking Death Cap mushrooms does not make them safe to consume either. Please follow ACT Health's advice and only eat mushrooms you have purchased in supermarkets.

If you're a fan of ABC's Q&A make sure you tune in on Monday night. I'll be a guest along with Amando Iannucci, Executive Producer of Veep, Senator Barnaby Joyce, Tanya Plibersek and Laura Demasi, Social Researcher and Director, Ipsos.

And if you still haven't heard enough from me, my Manning Clarke lecture on Post Truth is now available on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas.