2022 publications performance

Number of Monash Research Outputs: 3152

Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 2.24

3 Year Rolling Mean FWCI of Monash Outputs: 2.43

Every year over 300,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth in low and middle income countries, with the leading cause being postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), or excessive bleeding after birth. Oxytocin is the gold standard therapy for PPH prevention and treatment, but currently exists only as an injection product, requiring refrigeration and skilled healthcare workers for safe administration.

A Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences team led by Professor Michelle McIntosh has developed an innovative, heat stable powder formulation of oxytocin that when inhaled, aims to provide the same protection against PPH as an injection. The Inhaled Oxytocin Project is working with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. and GlaxoSmithKline to help develop the product and bring it to commercialisation.

Other SDGs:

SDG 5 Gender Equality

Future Healthcare uses interdisciplinary co-design processes to understand and address the challenges of complex health ecosystems. The project is co-designing new healthcare systems and technologies with partners including the World Health Organisation, Oxfam, Monash Health, Cabrini Health, Alfred Health, Micro X, Health Direct Australia, Victorian Department of Health and Turning Point.

Future Healthcare will deliver technology design and integration, frameworks to support workforces, insights to drive new models and spaces for care, as well as approaches to drive future preparedness, reduce costs and build resilience in health systems.

Other SDGs:

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The Hazelwood Health Study is a 10-year, multidisciplinary program led by Monash University researchers from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the School of Rural Health and partners to investigate health impacts resulting from smoke caused by the 2014 Morwell open-cut coal mine fire. Commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health, the study has investigated the health impacts for people who were exposed to the fire, as well the wellbeing impacts on children, older people and the broader community. The study is being undertaken in collaboration with Federation University, University of Tasmania, University of Adelaide and the University of Newcastle, as well as active participation of the local community.

Other SDGs:

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research undertaken in the Faculty of Law on the relationship between health and international economic law has had a significant impact on how other nations implement tobacco control. In 2022, the World Health Organisation published a report by Professor Andrew Mitchell, Tobacco Plain Packaging in Australia: Implications of the WTO Disputes, that showed the impact of Australia’s lead in implementing new and more effective tobacco-control measures and how its example was being followed by other nations worldwide.

Other SDGs:

SDG 16 Peach, Justice and Strong Institutions

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine researchers published findings of an international review which showed that people who are off work due to injury or illness are at higher risk of later suicide and intentional self-harm. The review found that the risk of suicide was elevated in people with workers’ compensation claims, on long-term sick leave or receiving disability pensions. The results suggest employers and government should focus on identifying workers at risk and put more effort into suicide prevention and programs to reduce the duration of time off work.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The Reproductive Biomedicine and Technology Ethics Group, Faculty of Arts, explores the ethical, social and regulatory issues raised by innovations in reproductive technologies and science. The Group focuses on ensuring that the implementation of technologies is guided by principles of equity, diversity and human flourishing. Researchers work with collaborators in multiple disciplines and with industry partners to ensure women, and their partners, have access to technologies that support reproductive decision-making and equitable pathways to achieving reproductive desires.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 5 Gender Equality SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastucture SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities

A study by climate health researchers in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine showed that significant changes in temperature over a short period may lead to epigenetic changes that could increase the risk of diseases like cancer and schizophrenia. The research, led by Professor Yuming Guo, is the first to assess epigenetic changes caused by short-term temperature fluctuations, which are becoming globally more common because of climate change.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 13 Climate Action