Anti-ice campaigner warms to solution pitched by CQUni researcher

Published:15 February 2016

Canadian Senator Vernon White with CQUni PhD candidate Ragnar Purje and Professor Ken Purnell.

Canadian Senator Vernon White has spent almost three hours hearing how a cognitive and behaviour management approach based on 'responsibility theory' could be used as an additional behaviour instrument as a means of trying to help turn the tide against the devastating ice epidemic.

The Senator, who is a visiting fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, met with CQUni PhD neuroscience candidate and author of Responsibility Theory® Ragnar Purje and Professor Ken Purnell from Rockhampton Campus.

Mr Purje says Senator White's recent Huffington Post article arguing that 'Cracking The Ice Problem Starts In Our Schools' sparked the initial dialogue with the Senator.

He said the Senator's background as a senior police officer of more than 30 years' experience gave him plenty of understanding of the ice scourge.

"There's now a possibility this prominent anti-ice campaigner may visit CQUniversity Rockhampton in March for more in-depth consultations," Ragnar says.

"Responsibility Theory provides a neuroscience and cognitive instrument enabling an individual to take responsibility to change their thinking and behaviour and thus change the direction in their life."

Senator White is keen to have early interventions in schools to help long-term.

* Responsibility Theory presents 10 simple precepts providing teachers, educators and parents with the tools to empower their students with the knowledge and insight that they are responsible for what they think, do, say, choose and learn; and to then use this knowledge and power to take control of their thinking and behaviour, which can help them to positively advance their well-being, their social skills and academic potential, not only for today, but forever. This exciting new approach has been created over many years of real-world classroom application and associated research, and is now being used by primary and secondary teachers, as well as tertiary educators, who are benefiting from the remarkable results this new way in personal and classroom behaviour management is helping to deliver positive results and outcomes for everyone.