Seminar Series

Seminar Series 2018

MERQ provides an annual seminar series on topics relating to medical and health education research as well as providing professional development opportunities.

Seminar 1:

Research into Practice – How Alfred Health reduced sugary drink consumption and caused a media stir

Speaker: Kia Noble – Alfred Health


Are you currently working on interesting projects and looking for ideas to translate this knowledge into practice and policy?

Alfred Health introduced a number of initiatives to reduce consumption of sugar sweetened drinks at The Alfred through a series of behavioural insights trials.

Come along to hear more about this exciting work and how research outcomes were shared with colleagues and the general public using savvy communication.

Note: Monash authcate required

Seminar 2:

How community engagement can enhance healthcare

Speaker: Mel Hagedorn – Engagement Manager, Bang The Table


There is growing recognition about the importance of partnerships between health services and health professionals with patients, families, carers and consumers. So how do we can we achieve this? This seminar showcases how online engagement can be an effective tool to engage with health service communities.

Mel Hagedorn has an extensive background in marketing, public engagement and philanthropy working at the Children’s Hospital Foundation, across all levels of Government and large multinational corporations. A registered B-Corp organisation, Bang the Table’s mission is to improve the quality of public debate and level of community involvement in public life. Through technology and strategic industry insight their aim is to continuously innovate and add value to the public participation industry.

(PDF, 2.87MB) – Note: Monash authcate required

Seminar 3:

Mental health panel discussion


Conference Rooms 2 & 3, Ground floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those that might be struggling. The day is about inspiring people to start these conversations every day of the year. In 2018, R U OK? Day is Thursday 13th September.

To coincide with R U OK? Day, MERQ will be dedicating our September seminar to a mental health panel discussion. A panel of presenters will discuss mental health from their various perspectives and provide information and tips to help people feel supported and connected.

For information about the 2018 seminar program, please contact us.

2017 Seminars