School Seminar Program

All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

Usual time: Mondays, 12:30pm–1:30pm (unless otherwise specified)

Program coordinated by: Professor Anita Wluka

Staff and students can access past programs and recordings on the School intranet.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Seminar Program is currently being held online. Contact us for Zoom details.



Prof Bu Yeap, Professor, UWA Medical School, University of Western Australia, and consultant endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital Testosterone and men’s health: lessons from epidemiological and clinical studies

Older men have lower testosterone concentrations than younger men, and have more medical illnesses. How are these related? Prof Bu Yeap will review results from key epidemiological studies and clinical trials of testosterone and men’s health. Important lessons from these studies will be applied to men with androgen deficiency, and the broader population of middle-aged to older men.



Prof Ilana Ackerman, Co-Deputy Director of the Monash-Cabrini Department of Musculoskeletal Health and Clinical Epidemiology Looking at the big picture: How secondary data can be used to inform osteoarthritis policy

While the personal impacts of osteoarthritis are now well understood, more work is needed to better understand what osteoarthritis looks like at a population level, including trends over time, the likely future burden given population ageing, and opportunities for optimising clinical care. This information is critical to policymakers and funders of healthcare. This seminar will explore the use of secondary data to support epidemiological modelling of osteoarthritis burden and forecasting of future joint replacement demand, to inform osteoarthritis policy.



Prof Cathy Mihalopoulos, Head of the Division of Health Economics in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University Health Economic Research in Policy and Practice: Examples from the new SPHPM Health Economics Division

Featuring presentations from:



Prof Sandra Carr, Head of the Division of Health Professions Education at the University of Western Australia Narratives of Progression: From medical student to doctor

This interpretive phenomenological study reports the findings from in-depth interviews of 38 final year medical students who had experienced a significant academic interruption and follows their process of working through failure and their transition from academic failure to becoming a junior doctor.

Part of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) Seminar Series



A/Prof Libby Callaway, Independent Living Stream Lead for the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre of Monash University's School of Primary and Allied Health Care Using technology for executive function support within community living: Opportunities and key considerations

For people who experience the need for cognitive support within community living, assistive and mainstream technologies hold the potential to change the way this support is delivered. Whilst these technologies are becoming increasingly important in everyday life – especially during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions experienced internationally – there is a range of factors relating to technology assessment, intervention planning, and evaluation that should be closely considered with people with executive functioning difficulties and their key supporters. In this session, these factors – informed by the program of research Libby is leading at Monash – will be detailed, with examples of practice resources also provided.



Dr Tyler Lane, Senior Research Fellow, Hazelwood Health Study, and Dr Allison Mo, haematologist and early career clinical researcher who is currently undertaking a PhD with the Transfusion Research UnitClinical Trials and Cohort Studies

From the Division of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies led by Prof Michael Abramson and Prof Carol Hodgson, we have two presentations:

  • Dr Tyler Lane: Collider bias in research using administrative data: an under recognised but serious problem
  • Dr Allison Mo: Red Cell Transfusion Schedule in Myelodysplastic Syndromes Study 2 (REDDS-2): a randomised feasibility n-of-1 clinical trial


Special time: WEDNESDAY, 12pm–1pm via Zoom and in person at 553 St Kilda Road Conference Rooms

International visitor: Tor Ingebrigtsen, Professor of Neurosurgery at the UiT Arctic University of Norway, a visiting Professor to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, and former CEO of the University Hospital of North Norway The Norwegian Registry for Spine Surgery (NORspine): Establishment, experiences, achievements and future directions

Tor Ingebrigtsen is Professor of Neurosurgery at the UiT Arctic University of Norway, a visiting Professor to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, and the former CEO of the University Hospital of North Norway. He is one of the co-founders of the Norwegian Registry for Spine Surgery (NORspine). His research focuses on clinical quality registries in cerebrovascular, brain tumour and spine surgery; guideline development and implementation; and health IT.



A/Prof Lyn Clearihan, Associate Dean Professionalism (Practice Standards), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University Professionalism and the evolution of the healthcare professional: Can ProFESS make a difference?

In 2021 the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences introduced a new framework (Professional standards, Ethical behaviour and Student Support - ProFESS) across all of its courses. The focus of the framework is to foster a greater understanding of professionalism, aid students in their professional identity formation development, address professional behaviour lapses early and encourage behaviour change or modification if needed. The framework underpins the revised Fitness for Practice approach within the Faculty and marries student support with the need for students to meet course expectations and professional standards. This presentation explores why the framework is needed and how it works.

Part of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) Seminar Series



A/Prof Jennifer Schumann, Head of the Drug Intelligence Unit at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) and Department of Forensic Medicine (DFM), SPHPM, Monash University, and
Dr Reena Sarkar, Postdoc Research Fellow, VIFM, Adjunct Lecturer, DOFM
One-punch assaults in Australia: the survivors, fatalities and perpetrators

One-punch assaults, also known as 'coward punches', are characterised by a single severe blow to the head causing the victim to lose consciousness, resulting in a secondary impact between the head and surrounding environment. Such impacts may result in brain injury leading to death or permanent neurological impairment. We previously published 90 one-punch deaths around Australia between 2000 and 2012, mostly involving young men drinking alcohol at a licensed venue at the weekend. This prompted a surge of public education and awareness campaigns around Australia, in addition to regulatory and legislative changes aimed at curbing social violence. But what has happened since then? This presentation will examine what we now know about one punch fatalities in Australia, as well as the perpetrators and survivors of these tragic events.



Prof Karen Walker-Bone, Director, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) Can we work forever?

Karen will present data from her Health And Employment After Fifty cohort study of 8,000 adults aged 50-64 years in the UK. She will show data about frailty and its relevance and importance to workability. This will be an easily accessible topic with no specialist knowledge required – we will hopefully all get to be older workers one day!