News story 8th Sep 2015

Spotlight on public health at international conference

Business student Taylah Wynen has been invited to present at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).

The annual conference, jointly organised through the Monash-Warwick Alliance, is an exclusive forum designed to showcase the best in undergraduate research from across the globe. Using video-conferencing technology and social media to connect students worldwide, the event gives talented young scholars the opportunity to present their research and debate current issues on a global platform.

Taylah's paper focuses on the marketing of food and beverages to children in Australia, and whether current marketing regulations are effectively promoting positive health.

 "There is no doubt that obesity, particularly in children, is a global issue. While there is some level of controversy on whether the marketing of food and beverages can truly be blamed for this trend, I found convincing evidence that irresponsible advertising was certainly a contributing factor," Taylah said.

Supervised by Mark Bender from the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Taylah was keen to draw attention to public health issues in Australia.

"I have a strong interest in public health and wanted to incorporate it into this project, but initially found it difficult to find a topic that was relevant and innovative," Taylah said.

"My supervisor, Mark Bender, assisted me with my topic selection. He provided great suggestions of where health and law interrelate, which really helped me structure my paper."

"This is a topic that I am passionate about. Knowing that it also appeals to others and has resulted in me being invited to present at the conference is really exciting. The opportunity to share my findings to a large audience is a bonus."

There is no doubt that obesity, particularly in children, is a global issue. While there is some level of controversy on whether the marketing of food and beverages can truly be blamed for this trend, I found convincing evidence that irresponsible advertising was certainly a contributing factor.

Taylah Wynen

Business student

The conference gives students the opportunity seek critical yet supportive feedback on their own research projects. By presenting their findings in an international public forum, students gain important communication and leadership skills.

For Taylah, the opportunity to present at the ICUR will provide her with invaluable personal and professional development.

"Throughout my double degree, I have had plenty of opportunities to present work in a classroom environment, but this takes it to another level," Taylah said.

"I am hoping to develop my presentation skills to prepare myself for future endeavours – both in my degree and once I graduate. I am also keen to learn from the other presenters."

The third ICUR will be held from 28-30 September 2015.