Seminar Program

SPHPM seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Rooms at
553 St Kilda Road unless otherwise stated. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

Enquiries: A/Prof Anita Wluka +61 3 9903 0994 or SPHPM Reception +61 3 9903 0555.

Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) seminars can be found here.

Understanding and promoting health practitioner behaviour change: an introduction
Dr Peter Bragge – BehaviourWorks Australia

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Peter Bragge is an Associate Professor at BehaviourWorks Australia, an applied behavioural research centre within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Peter specialises in healthcare quality improvement through translation of research evidence into practices, systems, and policies. This involves research evidence synthesis, qualitative exploration of practice behaviour, stakeholder consultation to design behaviour change strategies and testing and embedding these into practice. He has published extensively in academic journals such as The Lancet and is active in other media such as The Conversation.

Large-scale systems epidemiology – recent applications and current trends
Prof Mika Ala-Korpela – Professor of Computational Medicine, University of Oulo (Finland)

Thursday 23 November 2017, 3:00pm–4:00pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Ala-Korpela is an adjunct at SPHPM, and will start at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in January 2018, as the Head of Systems Epidemiology. He is currently the Professor of Computational Medicine at the Medical Faculty, University of Oulu, Finland and at Population Health Science, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, UK.

His research focuses on lipoprotein and lipid metabolism, development and applications of multivariate data analysis methods for metabolic phenotyping and risk assessment and the utilisation of various 'omics technologies in clinical and systems epidemiology to study the aetiology of metabolic diseases. He has over 25 years of experience in biomedical research and has pioneered high throughput applications of serum metabolomics in molecular epidemiology and functional genetics.

Australian Breast Device Registry Public Seminar: Device Registry Data and Decision-making

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 1:00pm–4:00pm | Conference Room 1, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Expert presenters at the Device, Data and Decision-making Seminar provide unique insight into the issues surrounding medical device registries for those working in research, the health sector and government agencies.

Hosted by the Australian Breast Device Registry, guest speakers include:

  • Prof Art Sedrakyan, who leads a number of international efforts including the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Medical Device Epidemiology (MDEpiNet) Science and Infrastructure Center.
  • Prof Tim Greenaway is Chief Medical Adviser of the Federal Government’s Health Products Regulation Group and former President of the Australian Medical Association Tasmania.
  • Dr Neil Soderlund has worked on >80 projects in healthcare strategy, data analytics and informatics. While a partner at the Boston Consulting Group he helped set up the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM).
  • Mr George Savvides has more than 20 years experience as a CEO of Australian healthcare companies. He is a Partner of consulting firm Sodia and former CEO of Medibank Private.

RSVP by 4 December via | For enquires, email

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Defining Precarious Work
Professor Noah Seixas, University of Washington

Thursday 7 December 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Noah Seixas is Professor of Exposure Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. Dr Seixas received an MS in Industrial Hygiene at Harvard School of Public Health in 1982. After working for public health agencies in New Jersey for four years, Dr Seixas returned to school at the University of Michigan, earning a PhD in Industrial Health in 1990, writing a dissertation on obstructive lung disease among coal miners and exploiting the large exposure database on coal dust exposures from the Mine Safety and Health Administration compliance activities. These activities were part of the growing recognition of exposure assessment as a crucial component of effective occupational epidemiology.

Dr Seixas was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in 1993 where he developed a teaching and research program on exposure assessment techniques, studying silica, noise, organic dusts and welding fume, among other risks, as part of several epidemiologic studies. In recent years, he has redirected his focus to address the needs of immigrant, minority and women workers, and exploring the future of occupational health research and practice with respect to work organization and precarious work.

In 2013 Dr Seixas was appointed as the Chief Editor of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, recently renamed the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. He also serves as Director of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, serving the Pacific Northwest region of the US.