Seminar Program 2012

SPHPM seminars are usually held on Wednesdays from 12 to 1pm in The Alfred Centre seminar rooms, unless otherwise stated.

All welcome and no RSVP required. Enquiries to A/Prof Anita Wluka.

The AMREP Global Health Seminar Series is hosted by MIGHI. See their page at
The Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) Seminar listings can be viewed here
For the Department of Forensic Medicine (DOFM) Seminar listings contact: Ms Vicki McAuliffe:

10 DEC


Using data to enhance quality insurance

Professor Andreas Becker (Germany)

Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre | To view event details click here



Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardio-metabolic disease: an overview on traditional and emerging risk factors and risk markers

Associate Professor Saverio Stranges, University of Warwick Medical School

Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre



Steps to better workplace health: Linking research with policy and practice

The Work and Health Symposium is an initiative of the NHMRC Public Health Capacity Building Grant

Level 5, Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

26 NOV


Which behaviour change approach should I choose? An introduction to the Behaviour Change Wheel.

Professor Susan Michie (UCL), sponsored by the Cochrane Centre

Level 5, The Alfred Centre, Lecture Theatre

23 OCT


Lessons from the Great Public Health Successes of the Last Third of the 20th Century

Professor Larry Green (Visiting speaker)

16 OCT


Rural health workforce issues and the work of the School of Rural Health

Associate Professor Leigh Kinsman (Monash University School of Rural Health)

11 OCT


Development and use of a privacy protecting total population record linkage system to support observational, interventional and policy relevant research

Professor Ronan Lyons (Swansea University)

Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre



Heavy Vehicle Crashes: A Case Control Study

Prof Mark Stevenson (MUARC)

How (un)reasonable is it to screen for hazardous behaviors? Ability to drive and child abuse as case-studies.

Prof Rachic Salmi (University of Bordeaux)

Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

14 SEP


Bleeding, Clotting and Transfusion practive in Obstetrics

Convention and Exhibition Centre | To view event flyer click here



Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

Comparative Effectiveness research in the United States

Associate Professsor M. Alan Brookhart

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) involves comparing the benefits and harms of two or more alternative treatments for a particular condition. Funding for CER has grown tremendously in the US, but has been controversial. In this talk, he will describe the landscape of CER in the US. He will also describe some of the methodological challenges facing researchers doing non-experimental CER. The issues will be described in the context of an ongoing CER study of intravenous iron formulations in hemodialysis patients.

Dr M. Alan Brookhart is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused primarily on the development and application of new statistical methods and study designs for epidemiologic studies of medications using large clinical and healthcare utilization databases. In this area, he has made contributions to the development of quasi-experimental and instrumental variable approaches that can be used to estimate causal effects in the presence of unmeasured or poorly recorded confounding variables. He has also been involved with the development of propensity score and marginal structural model methodology and has also developed new epidemiologic approaches for studying medication adherence and use of healthcare services. Substantively, he is interested in the effects medications in the elderly and patients with end-stage renal disease.

16 AUG


The Sri Lankan STI/HIV situation

Dr Sriyakanthi Beneragama

Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

14 AUG


Eldho Paul: Improving mortality prediction in Australian and New Zealand intensive care units

Dr Anjali Haikerwal: Health Effects of Bushfire Smoke

17 JUL


Medicare Locals: new opportunities for research and employment

Professor Helen Keleher

Level 5 Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

20 JUN


Outline of a new project: A Mobile DXA machine in TCP

Dr Seema Parikh (Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Academic Unit of Geriatric Medicine MonARC)

The Alfred Centre, Level 5 Lecture Theatre

19 JUN


Dr Helen Ackland: Correlation of clinical and radiographic findings with outcomes in acute cervical discoligamentous trauma

Dr Megan Bohensky: Applications of data linkage: Examining adverse outcomes associated with elective knee arthroscopy

Dr Geraldine Lee: The utility of the ECG in detecting heart disease (or how sensitive and specific is the ECG?)

15 JUN


The 1st Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Biannual Symposium

ECRs and Postgraduate students are invited to the Inaugural ECR Biannual Symposium.The event will be: FREE (no need to register), fully catered (morning tea, lunch), offering cash prizes for the best oral and poster presentations (recycle your poster for $$).

Lecture Theatre, Level 5, The Alfred Centre | To view event flyer click here


Screening mammography: benefits and harms

Professor Robin Bell and Professor Robert Burton

29 MAY


Neurological disease: the next occupational disease epidemic?

Professor Neil Pearce

Boardroom 1, Level 6, The Alfred Centre

25 MAY


Deans Shout – Professor Steve Jane, Head, Central Clinical School

Professor Warwick Anderson – A Career in Health and Medical Research

Places are limited, so please register. Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

11 MAY


Gait rehabilitation in Parkinson’s

Professor Meg Morris, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Education Centre Room A, Kingston Centre



Migration, Social Disadvantage, and Health in Australia: Challenges and opportunities

Associate Professor Andre Renzaho

Lecture Theatre,The Alfred Centre


Mentorship for Early Career Researchers

Julie Warnock, Psychologist, BSc (Hons), MAPS

2pm–3pm: Introduction to Mentorship: Benefits for Mentors and Mentees

3pm–4:30pm (including afternoon tea): A guide to success in the ECR Mentorship program

Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre

24 APR


Dr Diana Magliano and Dr Kathryn Backholer: The population health impact of diabetes prevention and management strategies in Australia

BMedSci Honours presentation: Julian Segan – Herpes Zoster risk in Biologics

Lecture Theatre, The Alfred Centre



'Crime and Mental Wellbeing'

Dr F Cornaglia – Senior Lecturer, University of London

Scotton Room, Blg 75, Level 2, Clayton Campus

28 MAR


"The Safe Ward"

Dr Sue Evans (Monash University)
Professor Peter Cameron (Monash University)
Associate Professor Christopher Paul Landrigan (Children’s Hospital, Boston USA)
Miss Colette Duff (Clinical Excellence Commission)

Bayview Eden Melbourne; 6 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

28 MAR


‘MAXCOG: Maximising cognitive abilities in preclinical and early dementia’

Dr Bridget Regan – Senior Research Officer, Academic Unit of Geriatric Medicine, MONARC & Research fellow, Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing, La Trobe University

Education Centre, Room A, Kingston Centre

20 MAR


Professor Christopher Paul Landrigan (MD, MPH) – Director, Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Harvard Medical School

Level 5 Lecture theatre, The Alfred Centre