Headlines April 2017

World Public Health Congress 2017

Monash SPHPM attends World Public Health Congress

Over 40 SPHPM staff and students attended the 15th World Public Health Congress (WCPH) held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition centre 3–7 April 2017. The School had a booth which received interest from potential postgraduate students and those interested in a PhD within the School.

A large and varied range of School staff and students were speakers and presenters at the conference. A list can be viewed here.

Dr Sandra Braaf
Dr Sandra Braaf

Dr Lara Kimmel and Sam Brilleman
Dr Lara Kimmel and Sam Brilleman

Prof Michael Ackland
Prof Michael Ackland at Government House


Dr Sandra Braaf, Research Fellow with the PET Unit, has been awarded a 2017 Advancing Women's Research Success Grant. This grant supports the career progression of early to mid-career high potential female academic staff with significant carer responsibilities and assists the university in fostering talent to progress women to senior roles within the academy.

Dr Lara Kimmel, Research Fellow and former PhD Student with SPHPM, has won the Richard Stawell Memorial Prize for her article HIP4Hips (High Intensity Physiotherapy for Hip fractures in the acute hospital setting): a randomised controlled trial. Lara will be awarded at the AGM dinner on 3 May 2017.

Congratulations to Sam Brilleman, recipient of a Student Conference Award (StCA) awarded by the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB). The award provides funding for travel and attendance to present a paper at the 38th ISCB Annual Conference taking place 9–13 July 2017 in Vigo, Spain.

Prof Michael Ackland was awarded a Public Service medal for outstanding public service through contributions to the health and wellbeing of people in Victoria at Government House on 5 April 2017.

A/Prof Narges Khanjani

A/Prof Narges Khanjani appointed Co-Chair

A/Prof Narges Khanjani, Adjunct MonCOEH Research Fellow, has been appointed as the Co-Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) Chapter of the The International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).

Heather Rowe visits Japan

Dr Heather Rowe runs mental health workshop in Japan

Dr Heather Rowe from JHRU recently visited Tokyo to run a two-day training workshop on mental health for primary care professionals in Japan. She was accompanied by JHRU adjunct Research Fellow Dr Tomoko Honda who had translated the workshop materials and liaised with our Japanese colleagues. The workshop was simultaneously interpreted, and included preliminary cultural adaptation for Japan of a novel evidence-based postnatal mental health promotion program developed and tested in Australia by Prof Jane Fisher and Heather.

While in Tokyo, Heather also presented the keynote lecture at the 5th Australia–Japan Symposium on Women's Health.

Woman sneezing into tissue

Flu vaccine won't definitely stop you from getting the flu, but it's more important than you think

Prof Allen Cheng

"As we head towards a southern hemisphere winter, many people are wondering if it's worth getting the flu vaccine. Generally speaking, if you are vaccinated, you're less likely to get the flu. But that's not the whole story..."

Read the full article at The Conversation

Medicine and the Media short course

Expressions of Interest sought for new media short course

Expressions of interest are being sought for SPHPM's upcoming Medicine and the Media short course. The course will give participants an understanding of evidence-based medicine and how it can be used to enhance reporting. It is designed for health journalists and reporters, as well as academics, researchers and other health professionals. Visit the course page for more information.

Fiona Barker at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters

Fiona Barker funded to attend Global Water Pathogen Project meeting

Fiona Barker was funded by UNESCO to attend a meeting of authors from the Global Water Pathogen Project at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington on 20 and 21 March. It was a productive two-day writing workshop, with input and feedback provided by the World Health Organization's Sanitation Guidelines Development Group to ensure that the case studies are practically relevant and useful for the intended audience of practitioners and policymakers. Fiona had a wonderful time meeting authors from around the world and is excited about the potential for collaboration with other like-minded researchers.

Dr Sara Holton

SPHPM at International Women’s Day

Dr Sara Holton, on behalf of the Jean Hailes Research Unit, attended the International Women's Day celebration and the launch of the Andrews' Labor Government's policy on improving sexual and reproductive health of Victorian women at Parliament House on 8 March. The policy's key priority areas were identified though a number of avenues including a recent service capacity review of contraception, abortion, and pregnancy advice services conducted by Dr Heather Rowe, Dr Sara Holton, Dr Maggie Kirkman and Prof Jane Fisher.


April is Autism Awareness Month

Amaze (Autism Victoria) produces a film called "Spectrospective: Stories of Autism" each year. Individuals each contribute a five-minute film – see SPHPM Lecturer Penny Robinson's film here. Then the films are combined into a 23-minute compilation, released on World Autism Awareness Day (2 April).

The full film can be watched on YouTube

Diabetics wanted for clinical trial

Is global warming driving diabetes?

Cosmos magazine has published an article about a study that looks at the links between global warming and the worldwide diabetes epidemic. Associate Professor Barbora de Courten stressed that "poor diet, physical inactivity and socioeconomic disadvantage are likely to be more important determinants of diabetes than ambient temperature".

Click here to read the article at Cosmos