Headlines Feb 2017

Monash's cultural competence program

Cultural competence program a success

Congratulations to Dr Basia Diug and Evie Kendal together with their cross-faculty team Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet (Arts), A/Prof Kevin Tant (Business and Economics), Dr Nicky Jacobs (Education), Dr Sarah MacDonald (Arts) for the success of their interfaculty transformation grant project, 'Cultural competence program for local and international students going on placement and studying locally and abroad'. This project has been awarded $50,000 from the Monash Education Academy and is focused on increasing the cultural competence of Monash students engaged with external learning opportunities, such as placements and internships.


First Advanced Aviation Medicine course runs in Doha

The Monash Aviation Medicine Unit ran the first Advanced Aviation Medicine course in Doha 29 Jan–9 February. This course is run in conjunction with Qatar Airways and is ideal preparation for an aviation medicine career requiring an advanced level of knowledge. The course reached maximum capacity, with students consisting of ACCAM alumni and Qatar Airways staff. The Australian Certificate of Aviation Medicine will join the Monash program in Qatar in 2018.

Prof Fisher and Dr Tran in Geneva

Monash involvement in Technical Consultation on Research Priorities in Early Childhood Development

Prof Jane Fisher and Dr Thach Tran were invited participants at a Technical Consultation on Research Priorities in Early Childhood Development, held at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, 19–20 January. The aims included identifying research areas that should be prioritised and the most appropriate settings, study design and collaborations for each of these areas.

Dr Helen Ackland at the Mornington's Men's Shed

Helping prevent ladder falls

Dr Helen Ackland was invited to the Mornington's Men's Shed on Tuesday 7 February to give a presentation on ladder falls. This particular Men's Shed has 80 members and has, unfortunately, lost a member after a fatal ladder fall. Males over the age of 50, who fall from ladders in the domestic setting, represent almost 90% of ladder fall admissions to hospital. Read more here.

Dr Helen Kelsall in Indonesia

Dr Helen Kelsall gives lectures to Australia Award recipients

Early in December 2016, Dr Helen Kelsall travelled to Indonesia to give two invited lectures to Australia Award recipients at the invitation of international recruitment Monash FMNHS. She spoke to around 110 awardees in Jakarta and around 40-50 in Denpasar, at language schools where recipients of the Awards have an English language program, cultural and orientation program over an extended period of time prior to coming to Australia. Read more here.

A Prof Ilana Ackerman

Congratulations to A/Prof Ilana Ackerman

Congratulations to A/Prof Ilana Ackerman who has been appointed for a 3-year term as Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Physiotherapy, the top-ranked international physiotherapy journal.

Dr Ken Harvey on 4 Corners

Swallowing It: How Australians are spending billions on unproven vitamins and supplements

Dr Ken Harvey
ABC 4 Corners

"The figures are startling – seven out of every ten Australians take some form of vitamin or supplement. We spend more, out of our own pockets, on complementary medicines than we do on prescription drugs."

Watch the program on the ABC 4 Corners website

MSDI Chair Professor John Thwaites; Monash Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO; federal member for Chisolm, Julia Banks MP; Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Joshua Frydenberg MP; MSDI Director Professor Rebekah Brown; Faculty of Medicine Professor Karin Leder.

Monash receives 17 million dollar grant for urban slum renewal project

Congratulations to Prof Karin Leder and the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology unit along with Prof Rebekah Brown from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute on receiving a 17 million dollar grant. In one of only four such successes selected from over 600 applications worldwide, the Wellcome Trust (UK) awarded the prestigious grant to the Monash-led team for a research project that will potentially improve the lives of the more than a billion people living in urban slums globally. Read more on the SPHPM blog here. The Conversation article with details of the project can be found here.

Prof Jamie Cooper and Prof Michael John Ackland

Australia Day honours for SPHPM staff

Congratulations to Prof Jamie Cooper and Prof Michael Ackland, who were among those honoured on Australia Day.
Prof Cooper was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to intensive care medicine in the field of traumatic brain injury as a clinician, and to medical education as an academic, researcher and author. Prof Ackland received an Australia Day 2017 Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through contributions to the health and wellbeing of people in Victoria. Details about the Australia Day honours list can be found here.

An x-ray of a hip joint

Arthritis isn't just a condition affecting older people, it likely starts much earlier

MonCOEH is the successful tenderer for an intriguing new research project that has been awarded by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The six-month body of work (worth $200K) will investigate occupational exposures by women to military aviation turbine fuels and solvents and adverse human female reproductive health outcomes. Dr Helen Kelsall prepared the successful bid and will be the Principal Investigator on this project that brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Monash University including Prof Malcolm Sim and Prof Brian Priestly, A/Prof Deborah Glass and A/Prof David Newman (OEH), Prof Robin Bell (Women's Health), Prof Euan Wallace (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and from the University of Sydney, Prof William Webster (Reproductive Toxicology). The team is now seeking a full-time Research Officer to join the project and the position will be advertised shortly so keep an eye out if you are interested. Congratulations to Helen and the team!

The ASPREE team with their visitors

ASPREE welcomes US collaborators to SPHPM

ASPREE recently welcomed to SPHPM their US collaborators from the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research, and guests from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), to discuss the progress and future of the ASPREE trial and sub-studies. The principal ASPREE trial, which is investigating low-dose aspirin and disease prevention in 19,114 older people (16,703 in Australia), is due to conclude at the end of 2017. Approximately 80 national and international senior researchers are collaborating on the principal ASPREE trial and/or an ASPREE sub-study. Read more here.

Prof Malcolm Sim

Prof Malcolm Sim invited to join international research team

Prof Malcolm Sim was invited to be a member of an international research team which reviewed the research program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Taipei, Taiwan in December 2016. The research of the Institute includes studies of the health effects of communities around petrochemical industrial zones, the health effects of phthalates, air pollution including PM2.5 and climate change, so some overlapping interests with MonCOEH. Malcolm also gave a talk on the Hazelwood Health Study, including some early results about cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes using ambulance call-out data.