News and Events

Australian-led global push to tackle PCOS – the principal cause of infertility in women

Professor Helena Teede attracted wide-spread media attention following the release of international guidelines on the diagnosis and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Helena's key message was that symptoms can be treated and a diagnosis does not mean infertility. The disorder affects about 13 per cent of non-Indigenous women of reproductive age and one in three Indigenous women.

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Driving national discussion around public health prevention

The inaugural Public Health Prevention Conference hosted by the Public Health Association Australia in Sydney was a great success, with all registrations sold and a presentation by former PM, the Hon Julia Gillard. The conference saw PhD student Adina Lang's first presentation on her research into optimising preconception health of Australian women to a 40-strong crowd at the conference.

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PhD scholarship opportunity – investigating emotional well-being in women with PCOS

The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)E is now advertising PhD scholarships addressing CRE research priority areas, which includes the emotional well-being of women with PCOS. Professor Jane Speight, an Associate Investigator with the CRE in PCOS, is interested in supervising a PhD student to investigate PCOS-related distress and the impact of PCOS on quality of life.

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World War II nurse is honoured

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Tasmanian Commissioner of Police awards MCHRI researcher

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Minister launches State-wide PCOS Service to help women with PCOS

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MCHRI welcomes new arrivals, Professor Helen Skouteris and her team

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Monash professor elected into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and awarded a Medical Research Future Fund Practitioner Fellowship

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Cheap supplement could treat a range of diseases

An over-the-counter supplement is being trialled as a cheap and safe way to treat a wide range of common age and lifestyle-related diseases.

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PCOS overdiagnosis claim "not based on evidence", say experts

A recent BMJ commentary proposed that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a common and distressing condition affected reproductive aged women, is over-diagnosed. Monash University and Monash Health researchers Dr Melanie Gibson and Professor Helena Teede from the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation have published a rebuttal article this week in the Medical Journal of Australia, along with patients affected by the condition, arguing that the commentary ignored the extensive evidence on PCOS prevalence, delayed diagnosis, complications and PCOS related distress. They demonstrated that there is no direct evidence that PCOS is over-diagnosed, rather there is substantive literature that PCOS is under-recognised. The team presented compelling evidence that delayed diagnosis and inadequate information provision can be distressing for affected women. They also outlined an international initiative led by the team at Monash and funded through an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence built on stakeholder engagement and the best available evidence to improve PCOS diagnosis and outcomes, including a new statewide service of excellence starting at Monash Health in the near future.

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Contraceptives in PCOS – not only for contraception

Wednesday September 6, 2017 | 1pm – 2pm | Seminar Room, Transnational Research Facility building, Monash Medical Centre Clayton

Dr Hirschberg, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Department of Women's and Children's Health at the Karolinska Insitute is also head of the Women's Health Research Unit and a Consultant Gynecologist in Charge of Gynecological Endocrinology at the Karolinska University Hospital.

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Monash Partners Update – Keeping you informed

27 July 2017

The latest update from Monash Partners is available here.

World's Largest Study of How Exercise and Healthy Diet Interventions in Pregnancy Improve Health of Mothers and Babies

20 July 2017

Globally – half of all women of childbearing age are overweight or obese and women generally are gaining excess weight in pregnancy. This excess weight gain is putting women at greater risk of complications including having a preterm birth, caesarean section and gestational diabetes. These conditions not only put both mother at risk during pregnancy and impact the baby's health, but also impact child health through into adulthood with an increased risk of chronic illness.

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MCHRI team lead international panel

7 July 2017

During their attendance at the ESHRE meeting in Switzerland, Helena Teede, Anju Joham and Marie Misso from MCHRI led a PCOS international guideline panel in Geneva this week.

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MCHRI team member attends the World Health Assembly in Geneva

7 July 2017

Melanie Gibson-Helm (Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation) attended the World Health Assembly (WHA) held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, from the 22nd to 31st of May 2017. The WHA is the World Health Organisation's (WHO) annual decision-making meeting and is attended by all member states. This year's WHA was particularly important as it included the election of the new WHO Director General.

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Monash-led World's Study Of 1.3 Million Pregnant Women Reveals Global Obesity Crisis

7 June 2017

The world's largest and most comprehensive international study of more than 1.3 million pregnant women, led by researchers at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia has found that three out of every four pregnant women worldwide, and their healthcare teams, are failing to achieve a healthy weight gain during pregnancy, leading to preventable adverse health consequences for women and their babies.

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How Much Is Too Much? – Latest Research On Weight Gain In Pregnancy

6 June 2017

Many mothers now enter pregnancy at an unhealthy weight. Once pregnant, many gain too much weight, increasing risks for mothers and babies and long term risks for women and their children.

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Federal Minister For Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP Visits Monash

16 May 2017

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health met with Professor Helena Teede yesterday to further show the government's commitment to bring health services, researchers and educators together to find innovative new solutions for everyday health care challenges.

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MCHRI announces new deputy director

16 May 2017

MCHRI is pleased to announce that Dr Jacqueline Boyle has accepted the role of Deputy Director of MCHRI. Jacqui brings substantive considerable leadership and influence regionally and nationally in Women's Health.

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Monash Warwick Alliance: Developing Research and Teaching in Healthcare Improvement

16 May 2017

Ian Kirkpatrick is Professor of Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science, Warwick Business School, Monash Warwick Alliance. MCHRI staff and students were lucky enough to hear his presentation at their recent team meeting.

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Congratulations Edward!

16 May 2017

MCHRI PhD student Edward Zimbudzi received the Excellence in Nursing award and also the Nurse of the Year award at the recent 2017 Monash Health Nursing & Midwifery Awards ceremony. Edward is currently undertaking a PhD in Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, whilst also working part-time as Unit Manager for Monash Medical Centre's acute adult hemodialysis unit.

Health outcomes for Australians to improve with major Government investment in Monash Partners

10 May 2017

Monash Partners received $2.25 M in the recent Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funding round.

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Monash Partners Academic Health Services Centre Update

10 April 2017

Monash Partners Academic Health Services Centre Chief Operating Officer Angela Jones updated MCHRI about the exciting developments currently in progress. Established in 2011, Monash Partners is a collaboration between clinical care providers (public and private), health research institutes and Monash University.

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Evidence-based guidelines in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) update and expansion project

7 April 2017

One of the major projects of the Centre for Research Excellence in PCOS is to update and expand the Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of PCOS, approved by the NHMRC in 2011.

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Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (CRE-PCOS) – Scholarships and Grants Awarded

6 April 2017

The Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (CRE-PCOS) formally announces the recipients of CRE-PCOS research grants.

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New Postgraduate students commence studies at MCHRI

31 March 2017

We are very excited to welcome our newest cohort of PhD students to MCHRI. Ms Stephanie Pirotta, Dr Anthony Pease, Dr Kirthi Menon and Dr Eleanor Thong.

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Leading researcher recruited to Implementation and Healthcare Improvement Theme

28 March 2017

Doctor Tracy Robinson recently joined the MCHRI team working with Helena Teede in the area of Implementation and Healthcare Improvement.

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Postgraduate students successfully complete milestone reviews

25 March 2017

The life of the postgraduate can at times be very busy with literature reviews, manuscript preparation and importantly immersing their time in complex yet rewarding research programs.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

21 March 2017

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre presented Borderline Personality Disorder – A Psychoneuroendocrine Approach at MCHRI on Tuesday 21 March.

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Healthcare Implementation Workshop

14–16 March 2017

Dr Tracy Robinson together with Professor Rick Iedema delivered the inaugural Healthcare Implementation Workshop at Monash Medical Centre on March 14 and 16, 2017. Participants included clinicians, researchers and staff from Innovation and Improvement at Monash Health.

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State Government Funding Announced

8 March 2017

Monash Partners Academic Health Services Centre Chief Operating Officer Angela Jones updated MCHRI about the exciting developments currently in progress. Established in 2011, Monash Partners is a collaboration between clinical care providers (public and private), health research institutes and Monash University.

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MCHRI Launch

28 May 2014

The Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) was officially launched by Ms Shelly Park, Professor Christina Mitchell and Professor Helena Teede on Wednesday 28 May, 2014 at Monash Medical Centre. It was attended by 70 invited friends and guests.

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