Seminar Program 2019

School seminars are held on Wednesdays (12pm–1pm) in the ground floor conference rooms at 553 St Kilda Road, unless otherwise specified.

Enquiries: Professor Anita Wluka via email or +61 3 9903 0994.

13 FEB Associate Professor Silje Maeland
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Norwegian Research Centre (NORWAY)
Independent medical evaluations – an effective way to promote return to work in Norway?

Dr Maeland will present results of a clinical trial she led regarding the use of independent medical examiners in workers compensation cases. She will present on trial design, effect on return to work, patients and physicians’ experiences and assessment of how the IME physicians’ assessment differed from the regular treating general practitioner.

14 FEB
Emily Ross
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (CANADA)
Using information and communication technology to support cardiovascular disease patients

Emily researches the potential applications of telehealth in a cardiovascular disease population, including patient preferences for health information and whether a text messaging program can assist acute coronary syndrome patients as they transition out of the hospital.

20 FEB Dr David Moher
University of Ottawa (CANADA)

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Advancing the careers of faculty: have universities missed the mark?

If research is going to benefit society it needs to be prioritised, designed, conducted and reported robustly; promoting the values of individual and organisational research integrity. From at least the 1960s there has been a recognition of problems throughout the research industrial complex enterprise. One recent impact of these problems has been a crisis in reproducibility. Yet researchers have seen their careers advance. At least one scholar has noted the moral and ethical perils of this situation. Promotion and tenure occur because researchers have been able to satisfy the current (albeit narrow) criteria needed to advance their careers, ostensibly publications and associated criteria, usually journal impact factors (JIFs). Most promotion and tenure committees focus on easily collectable quantitative data – typically arbitrarily stated thresholds about the number publications required in journals with particular JIFs. There is a growing view that current incentive and reward criteria to advance careers is of limited value, does not reflect research integrity, is not evidence-based and needs to be updated to reflect the current researcher assessment gestalt. More appropriate incentives and rewards may help improve the impact of research and researchers, including its societal utility, value, and enhance research integrity within academic organisations and beyond. How researchers are evaluated reflects what we value most—and don’t—in the research enterprise and powerfully influences researchers’ behavior, including research integrity.

27 FEB Professor Robin Haring
European University of Applied Sciences (GERMANY)

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Global Health – what it is and what it isn’t. Scope, principles and drivers of a transformative paradigm.

Global health is rapidly emerging as an intriguing field with a truly multidisciplinary understanding of transnational health challenges. This presentation will cover the drivers, principles and scope of global health.

13 MARProfessor Paul Myles
Head of Alfred Health's and Monash University's Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

The Controversial Evidence for Supplemental Oxygen in Surgery: Return of the Third Man

The World Health Organisation recommends supplemental oxygen to reduce wound infections after surgery. The evidence for this is critiqued, with astounding results. This presentation outlines a 2-year investigation likened with Graham Greene’s classic film… intrigue, deception and fraud.

14 MAR
(Thursday, 1–2pm)
Justin Harvey
Head of Cancer and Data Monitoring at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
National Cancer Data and Statistics

This seminar will be followed by a 1-hour Q&A session for those interested in discovering more about the AIHW dataset.

20 MARCraig Sinclair
Head, Prevention Division, Cancer Council Victoria; Director, World Health Organization Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Learning from our success in tobacco and UV to address new challenges in public health

Well over a third of all cancers are preventable, with tobacco, obesity and ultraviolet radiation the leading contributors to preventable cancers. This presentation looks at what we have learnt from 30 years of population based interventions to tackle tobacco and UV, and how these learnings can be applied within the context of significant and potentially bigger challenges facing us in relation to obesity, alcohol and screening.

Part of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) seminar series

3 APRDr Owen Williamson
Orthopaedic spine surgeon and specialist pain medicine physician; Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University, Ontario (CANADA); Adjunct Associate Professor, SPHPM
Developing a Canadian Pain Strategy; trials, tribulations and progress to date

Since leaving Australia in 2011, Dr Williamson has been actively involved in pain research, including studying the effects of regulation on opioid prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain and developing Asian Guidelines for the management of painful osteoarthritis. Dr Williamson has been a leader in the development of both Provincial and National Pain Strategies and will discuss the rationale and steps required for placing the problem of pain on a political decision agenda.

17 APRProfessor Damien McElvenny
Institute of Occupational Medicine (Edinburgh), the University of Manchester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)
The epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases in sportspersons

Prof McElvenny will review the existing evidence for the association between concussions and cognitive impairment and describe two ongoing studies of cognition in former elite rugby players (BRAIN study) and in former professional footballers (HEADING study).



Associate Professor Christopher McLeod
Co-Director, Partnership for Work, Health and Safety, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia (UBC); Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto (Canada)
Avoiding the morass of cross jurisdictional comparisons: lessons from the analysis of Canadian Workers' compensation data

A/Prof Christopher McLeod's research focuses on the evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and disease. He is currently conducting a national study that focuses on improving return to work after work injury in the construction sector. Other areas of research include an evaluation of workplace violence prevention programs in the healthcare sector; an assessment of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems; and national and international comparative work within Canada and with Australia and NZ.

29 MAYProfessor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure), Monash University
Anitha Kannan, Research Infrastructure Program Manager, Monash University

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Monash Research Strategy 2020-2025

With the Provost's Office developing the new research strategy (2020-2025) for the University, this presentation will focus on plans for current and future platforms, other research infrastructure needs, how platforms are structured and operate, what they are doing, and how this fits with the developing research strategy.

11 JUN

(TUESDAY 3:30pm–4:30pm, The Alfred Centre – Board Room 1, Level 6)

Jeff D Williamson, MD
Program Director, J. Paul Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention; and Professor for the departments of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, and Office of Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine (USA)
SPRINT & SPRINT-MIND: a follow up study to the original hypothesis that intensive blood pressure control decreases the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia

Dr Williamson was one of the original investigators of the ASPREE Clinical trial, and was instrumental in establishing assessments and questions for disability and research purposes akin to the study.

12 JUNAssociate Professor Charles Livingstone, Head, Gambling and Social Determinants Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University Why gambling is a global public health problem, and what we can do about it

This presentation, adapted from a recent seminar at WHO HQ, will explain the nature and scale of gambling harm globally, demonstrate that gambling can best be addressed by adopting effective public health approaches to harm prevention and minimisation, and provide suggestions on how to bring about a more unified and globally applicable approach to gambling harm prevention.

Part of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) seminar series

19 JUNDr Magdalena Skrybant
Institute of Applied Health Research, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead, University of Birmingham (UK)
The why and how of consumer and community involvement in research

Dr Skrybant is an experienced Public Involvement Lead for a Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands, a five-year project funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Dr Skrybant's interest in public involvement started when she contributed her experience of health services as a public contributor to a range of National Institute for Health Research projects.

26 JUNProfessor Julie Bernhardt
Laboratory Head, Avert Early Rehabilitation Research Group, The Florey Institute
Women in science, and science led by women: Adaptive clinical trials and collective impact
10 JULSusan Anderson, Deputy General Counsel and Data Protection Officer, Office of the General Counsel, Monash University | Stephanie Doidge, Senior Associate, KPMG Law

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Data protection and privacy: a Monash update

This seminar will detail what data protection and privacy means for Monash, including what Australian and international legislation affects Monash's operations in the research space. It will also identify data protection and privacy issues relevant to our School, and look at how we can work to help compliance across the University.

17 JULA/Professor Xiao Wen Zeng
School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, China
The interaction of outdoor particulate matter exposure and pet ownership on children's asthma

A/Prof Xiao Wen Zeng, is currently based at the Melbourne School of Global Health and Population, the University of Melbourne, as a visiting scholar for one year. She is an environmental epidemiologist and her research focuses on the association between environment exposure and human health. Pet ownership is associated with lower risk of asthma in children exposed to high PM levels in Seven Northeastern Cities Study (SNEC).

14 AUGA/Professor Job van Boven
Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Drug Outcomes Research, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
Real-world drug use and outcomes in respiratory diseases: From smart adherence monitoring to cost-effectiveness

This seminar discusses novel tools and techniques to optimise cost-effective drug utilization in respiratory medicine. Topics will range from novel tools for medication adherence measurement (including big data, smart electronic monitoring devices and hair analysis) to techniques to assess the cost-effectiveness analyses of these different interventions.

21 AUGDr Maithri Goonetilleke
Senior Lecturer, Monash University; Founder, Possible Dreams International (Swaziland)

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

The globalisation of health and human rights

Global health lies at the nexus of global patterns of biological and social disorder. The last forty years of neoliberal globalisation have not just affected global economies but have had tangible impacts on the health and human rights of individuals and communities around the world. In this seminar we will explore the nature of these effects and consider the way forward for the health of our globalised world.

Part of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) seminar series

26 AUGChuck Huber, PhD
Senior Statistician at StataCorp and Adjunct Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Texas A&M School of Public Health (USA)

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata

In this talk Chuck introduces the concepts and jargon of survival analysis including time-to-event data, different kinds of censoring, as well as graphical, nonparametric, semi-parametric, and parametric methods for modeling survival data. He will then demonstrate how to use Stata's -stset- command tell Stata about the features of a survival dataset, how to use Stata's -st- commands to fit models for survival data, and how to use -margins-, -marginsplot-, and -stcurve- to visualise the results of these models.

4 SEPA/Professor Richard Bassed
Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, SPHPM; Deputy Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Forensic Medicine and Science – current practice and future directions

Forensic medicine and science is rapidly approaching a tipping point – from the old paradigm of providing opinion evidence in court based on a practitioners experience and seniority (not based on any empirical research) – to a new world where courts of law expect a solid evidence base to reinforce a particular opinion. Research in this area is in its infancy, and involves the study of bias (contextual and cognitive) in forensic case work and how this effects conclusions, as well as researching new techniques and technology that can enhance our evidence base and ultimately provide a level of reliability that decision makers may depend upon to provide safe convictions and minimize / eliminate miscarriages of justice.

18 SEPProfessor Eduard Jan Beck
Medical Epidemiologist (UK)
Technical consultant for the Global Fund, WHO, PAHO and CDC in the Caribbean and Africa

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate access only)

The HIV Pandemic: past, current and future considerations

This seminar will provide an overview of some of the causative factors of the HIV Pandemic, how communities and health and other professionals had to contain the spread of a new disease caused by an unknown agent, the successes and failures of some of the local, regional and global interventions, the evolution of the Pandemic and the challenges to ensure that lessons learned are implemented to successfully address HIV and leverage this knowledge to address related pandemics.

23 SEP

(Monday, 2pm–3pm, Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre)

Professor Graham Nichol
Leonard A Cobb Medic One Foundation Endowed Chair in Prehospital Emergency Care; Director, University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care; Medical Director, Resuscitation Outcome Consortium Clinical Trial Center
ROC of Ages: Lessons for Emergency Care from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium

Professor Nichol is an emergency physician and researcher who is Chief Investigator on the American Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. This Consortium has had a profound impact on survival rates and outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and trauma patients.

9 OCTCassandra Freeman
Subject Librarian, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University Library

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Finding the grey: an introduction to uncovering government documents, reports and data to inform health research

Public health requires an understanding and appreciation of policy and the impact of disease. Whilst much is available through the peer reviewed literature, there is a significant amount of valuable research that can be difficult to find that can also be essential in informing public health research. This 'grey literature' consists of information and research produced by organisations outside of the traditional commercial or academic publishing and distribution channels. It includes reports, working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluations. Cassandra will talk about strategies and tips to effectively find this literature and suggested ways to document and report how you have searched.

Presented by SPHPM and Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ)

16 OCT


Jesse D Raffa, PhD
Research Scientist, Laboratory for Computational Physiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (USA)
Making data available for research: the need for open medical data in the era of machine intelligence

Jesse will overview the work being done at the Laboratory for Computational Physiology (LCP) at MIT with respect to open medical data, including: MIMIC III, eICU-CRD and others distributed through PhysioNet. He will describe the need for more open medical data, the experience of LCP in providing such resources, and a few examples of innovative original research done using these datasets.

Presented by Helix / Monash eResearch Centre (MeRC) and MIT

23 OCT


Professor Rolf Lefering
Institut für Forschung in der Operativen Medizin (IFOM) Köln
TraumaRegister DGU® and prognostic scoring

The TraumaRegister DGU® sets worldwide standards for the quality management of seriously injured patients. The aim of the registry was to establish an inter-hospital quality assessment tool with the option to use the increasing database for scientific evaluations of acute care. Starting with 6 German hospitals and 260 cases in 1993, 20 years later more than 600 hospitals from 11 countries deliver over 30,000 trauma cases per year, resulting in over 150,000 reported cases by 2013. This seminar will present a historical perspective and the current status of the TraumaRegister DGU®.

24 OCT

(Thursday, 12pm–1pm)

Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis
Professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Population Health, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and heath: What we know, what we think we know, and what we need to find out

Professor Stamatakis will offer an overview of his research program, with a focus on recent and emerging international studies and consortia of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and prospective health outcomes. He will also discuss how the use of wearable motion and posture sensors in epidemiological studies could drastically change what we know about the health effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

28 OCT

(Monday, 2pm–3pm)

Marili Palover
4th year PhD student from the University of Tartu, Institute of Genomics, Estonia
(Visiting PhD student at Monash SPHPM, Public Health Genomics until Feb 2020)
Health-related feedback studies of biobanks at the pilot phase of personalised medicine implementation

Marili will give an overview of the Estonian Biobank and how Estonia is implementing personalised medicine into their healthcare system. The Estonian Biobank has already recruited approximately 200,000 participants, accounting for approximately 20% of the adult population in Estonia. The Biobank database consists of genomic data (approx. 5,000 individuals with whole genome and whole exome sequences, the rest with high resolution whole genome genotyping data), together with regularly updated health data from questionnaires, national registries, central e-Health database and databases of two major regional hospitals in Estonia. Population biobanks have the advantage that they allow for an unbiased view on genetic and genomic risk factors, both mono- and polygenic. The risk estimates for complex disorders can be calculated from polygenic risk scores. The Estonian Biobank is currently one of the main drivers for the introduction of personalised medicine and precision prevention in the Estonian healthcare system. After proper evaluation and validation of the approaches, these services can also be made available for the rest of Estonian population

30 OCTProfessor Karen Adams
Director, Gukwonderuk Indigenous Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

Seminar recorded
(Monash FMNHS authcate required)

Australia's healthcare system is about 120,000
years old

Australia’s First Peoples have the oldest continuing culture on the planet, some 120,000 years old. This is underpinned by a robust and vibrant healthcare system that supports wellbeing in sophisticated and sustainable ways. So why is that studies of Indigenous health and wellbeing continually paint such poor pictures and describe deficits, problems and gaps? In this talk Professor Adams will discuss First Peoples' determinants of health and wellbeing which largely focus on sustainability, relationship and connection.

Part of the Medical Education Research and Quality (MERQ) seminar series

12 NOV

(Tuesday, 1pm–2pm)

Dr Ben McNeil
Climate researcher, UNSW Sydney. In collaboration with Prof Ian Frazer and many other researchers, Ben is leading an open-science fact-checking initiative called Metafact.
Google is not your doctor: how can researchers help people overcome scientific misinformation?

Ben will give a brief talk about his perspective on the growing problem of scientific misinformation on the internet, the evolution of Metafact and the opportunity for researchers to drive real impact to help people around the world via communicating the evidence.

20 NOVProfessor Keith Hill
Director, Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) research centre, Monash University
Avoiding the tumble: Are we any closer to reducing the national impact of falls among older Australians across and between settings?
27 NOVDr Karla Soares-Weiser
Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library and future of review production in Cochrane

In her first visit to Australia in her new role, Karla will set out her plans for the Cochrane Library and share her thoughts about the future of review production within Cochrane.

4 DECTomi Mikkola, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Chaired by Prof Susan Davis, President of the International Menopause Society; Head, Women's Health Research Program, Monash University

Cardiovascular and dementia risk and postmenopausal hormone therapy