24 Oct

GUPSA supports putting PTSD in the spotlight

GUPSA supported Griffith Film School PhD student Kym Melzer and we screened her series of short films about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to mark Mental Health & Wellbeing Week in October 2016.


Kym’s films, “The Ripple Effect of PTSD”, focuses on the impact of PTSD on Australian veterans and their families. Kym said that she was grateful to Griffith and GUPSA for throwing their  support behind her project.

Kym said that “I’m truly thankful for all the support given to my PhD research project,” she said.“I’m so happy that the series is being used as part of Griffith’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Week. “PTSD is a serious problem and sufferers’ partners and family aren’t always recognised.”


Kym was inspired by Griffith University Professor Michael Balfour’s pioneering A Difficult Return project that raised awareness of PTSD in veterans. She has spent the past three years working on the documentary series, which explores the ripple effect of PTSD on veterans’ partners, family and friends.


Kym reflected that “Some of the people featured in these films have become like family,” she said. “You spend a lot of time together, and they are sharing some of the most personal parts of their lives with you.”



The seven documentary shorts form part of Kym’s PhD research project, and have been screened at film festivals in Australia and overseas. The series was up for a Red Poppy Award at the Veterans Film Festival in Canberra (AUS), was a semi finalist at the Los Angeles Cinefest (USA) and the film (featuring Bek Houghton and Michael Harding) have also be screened at the Maine Cannabis Film Festival (USA) as part of the global conversation about PTSD and the benefits of medicinal cannabis. Full article here.


Kym shared that “It’s very exciting to be nominated,” she said. “It validates me as a filmmaker, but more importantly it gives the participants a voice.”


The films are being used by the Defence Community Organisation, RSL Queensland and PTSD support groups. Kym is seeking funding for a second group of films focusing on the families of Australian first responders such as police, firefighters and paramedics.

Congratulations Kym and all the best from GUPSA!

For more information and links to Kym’s films go to MelzerKym.com.au

13 Oct

GUPSA supports Artists at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2016

GUPSA proudly supported Sara Irannejad (Doctor of Visual Art – Current) and Alicia Lane (Doctor of Visual Art – Candidate) from the Queensland College of Art, who were selected to exhibit their work at this year’s 15th SWELL Sculpture Festival in Currumbin, Queensland.

This event brings people face to face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists. Visitors were invited to a range of unique experiences including guided twilight walks, artist talks, salute to sculpture yoga, artist led workshops.

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In thanking GUPSA for funding and supporting her ‘Multiverse Exhibition’ Sara noted that:

‘ The work received fantastic feedback from both festival curators and visitors. This prestigious sculpture festival provided me with a great opportunity of expanding my networks and introducing my practice to a great number of public through a positive exposure. The installation was set up in a way that people could walk among the works and explore, interact and photograph the miniature imagery that I created on the tree cuts. ‘


Another positive outcome, apart from the representation of her work since the SWELL festival,  is that Sara had an interview done by Elizabeth Rennie from the Northside Chronicle as well as the acquisition of the artworks by the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens for a permanent display in their park.

The GUPSA’s logo was proudly displayed on the artwork sign at the installation site during the festival.





Sara said that:

‘GUPSA’s support and funding sure was a great assistance and my deepest thanks and regards to all GUPSA members particularly to Michael Carden and Chantelle Hollenbach. I look forward to more collaboration.’


12 Oct

GUPSA SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 27 October, Unibar (N71) Nathan Campus


Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association is holding a Special General Meeting

Thursday 27 October

Starting 4:45pm

Function Room, Unibar, N71, Nathan Campus, Griffith University

All currently enrolled postgraduate students at Logan, Mt Gravatt, Nathan, Southbank campuses are eligible to attend and vote

The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the following motion:

Motion 1:

That the proposed new constitution for GUPSA be adopted 

Rationale: The current constitution is out of date and either contradicts current operations of both the organisation and the university or is irrelevant to current organisational and university procedures. The current GUPSA constitution has not been reviewed since 2003.

You can find a copy of the proposed new Constitution here and a  copy of the current constitution here.

Proxy forms are available, if you can’t attend the AGM but still want a vote, and are available by emailing m.carden@griffith.edu.au. Under the constitution, a person eligible to vote at the meeting cannot hold  more than five proxies. Proxies can be submitted at the meeting or prior at the GUPSA office, Student Associations and Clubs (N28) Nathan.

The Special General Meeting will be followed by GUPSA’s End of Semester party. The party will kick off immediately the SGM is finished and will be held in the Function Room to finish by 10pm. Soulelectrics will be playing on the night from 6pm.

As usual we will be putting on some free food and some free drinks. We need you to RSVP for catering purposes so please email your support officer, Michael Carden at m.carden@griffith.edu.au, advising any dietary requirements, by 5pm 21 October.