Headlines March 2017

Prof Sue Davis

SPHPM staff conference appearances

Prof Sue Davis was a keynote speaker at the Colombian Menopause Society Congress Barranquilla held in Colombia 9–11 March.

The Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry was well-represented at the recent International Myeloma Workshop in New Delhi, India. Presenting were Dr Liz Moore, Research Fellow and Project Manager of the MRDR, and MRDR PhD student and Haematologist Dr Krystal Bergin. Registry Lead Prof Andrew Spencer chaired a session on high risk disease. All clinical members of the steering committee attended and the workshop was a great opportunity to network with collaborators from registries in other countries.

Dr Juanita Fernando, MERQ, presented her paper, 'International perspectives on security and privacy in eHealth' at the IAPPANZ/Microsoft Breakfast Workshop in Sydney at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on 13 March 2017.

A/Prof Dragan Ilic was recently invited to present at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons about research and assessment in medical education. His presentation was part of their graduate program in surgery education.

Dr Basia Diug and A/Prof Dragan Ilic

SPHPM staff awarded Learning and Teaching Research Grants

A/Prof Dragan Ilic and Dr Basia Diug, along with colleagues, have been awarded three FMNHS Learning and Teaching Research grants. The first, 'Evaluating health students' work readiness as evidence-based practitioners' will investigate the students' critical thinking skills, whilst the second, which also includes SPHPM's Prof Robin Bell, 'Evaluating the development of research knowledge and skills from MBBS to MD' will evaluate the uptake and impact of an online educational intervention on medical students' competency in the area of research. Dragan is also an investigator on a third successful grant titled 'Strategies to empower students to initiate challenging conversations around professional practices with workplace supervisors'.

Congratulations also to A/Prof Carol Hodgson, recipient of the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group prize for the best new study for the group for The PREDICT Study.

Bebe Loff and Liz Bishop on the Conversation Hour

Restorative justice discussion on the Conversation Hour

A/Prof Bebe Loff and Dr Liz Bishop joined Thordia Elda and Tom Stranger on the Conversation Hour with Jon Faine recently to discuss the pilot – restorative justice for victims/survivors of sexual assault. Bebe will be discussing the pilot at the upcoming WCPH Conference in Melbourne and Liz will be doing the same at the Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice run by the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Listen to the podcast here

James Phung

James Phung wins Unsung Hero award

James Phung was nominated by his team for the SPHPM Unsung Hero award. He has been a member of the ASPREE Biobank team since 2010 and over that time has become one of the most important staff members. He has excellent skills in phlebotomy, retinal photography, sample processing and conducting hearing assessments. He is also an extremely gifted technician and can problem solve and troubleshoot anything from motor vehicles and retinal cameras to computer programs.

Despite his many fantastic achievements, it is James' people skills that are perhaps his best assets. He is always willing to help anyone out and will always go the extra mile for a colleague, the study or a participant. One ASPREE participant called in to say that the chap who had taken his eye photographs was possibly the nicest person he had ever met! Well done, James!

Diabetics wanted for clinical trial

Participants needed for diabetes clinical trial

Are you a pre-diabetic or someone with type 2 diabetes? If you're interested in participating in a clinical trial and receiving health assessments, contact us.

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Dr Elizabeth Moore

Dr Elizabeth Moore secures grant

Congratulations to Elizabeth Moore who was successful in obtaining a $30,000 grant from Gilead for a pilot randomised trial to test the feasibility of real-time reporting of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) to clinicians treating patients with multiple myeloma in order to improve care. The trial is a substudy of the Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry.

Prof Jane Fisher

Prof Jane Fisher participates in Expert Consultation

Prof Jane Fisher of the Jean Hailes Research Unit was an invited participant at the Expert Consultation for Identifying Core Mental Health Interventions for Integration in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Service Delivery Platforms, held at the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Cairo, 12–13 December 2016.

Laura Anderson and Samantha Rowbotham in Louisiana, USA

SPHPM PhD candidates present at meeting of forensic science academy

Laura Anderson and Samantha Rowbotham (PhD candidates with the Department of Forensic Medicine) attended the 69th annual scientific meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA from 13–18 February. Laura's presentation was on 'The Psychology of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault' and Sam's presentation was on 'Skeletal Trauma Resulting from Falls Involving Stairs'.

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

SPHPM staff feature in ECR newsletter

Prof Judith Finn and Susie Cartledge were featured in the recent edition of the ECR newsletter. Judith was welcomed as an honorary member and Susie's Ian Jacobs Young Investigator award was announced.

Nine News story on heart disease vaccine

SPHPM in the news

Melburnians taking part in vaccination trial against heart disease and stroke
Nine News Melbourne, 21 February 2017

"A healthy lifestyle is said to be the best medicine in reducing heart disease which kills one Australian every 12 minutes. It’s a huge health problem and it is not going away."

Watch the full story here