As I indicated in my welcome at the All Members Day last week, it is important that we take some time to acknowledge the deep impacts of the current state of the world. The horrors in Ukraine, our floods, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 rightly occupy our minds and hearts. At the same time, I see you all continuing with your important work and small acts of kindness.

Farewell to Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos and her excellent team, we wish them all the best at Monash. I am really pleased to be able to welcome Professor Suzanne Robinson as the new Director of Deakin Health Economics. Professor Robinson’s current position is Professor, Health Economics and Data Analytics and co-Director of the Curtin Health Research and Data Analytics Hub at Curtin University. She is highly regarded in her field of health economics, health systems research, digital health and data analytics. Her work in health system reform will be relevant to many of you, as is her focus on capacity building, partnerships, multidisciplinary research, and translation.

We were very pleased to launch our key messages video last week, building on your and our partners’ thoughts on what is distinctive about our work. Please use this video to share our approach with your colleagues and partners, highlighting how we all work to make better health and wellbeing easier for everyone to achieve.

Finally, in celebration of International Day of Women and Science (February 11) and International Women’s Day (March 8), congratulations to all our women for all the great work you do, every day. And to all those who support them. Congratulations also to those from our Obesity Prevention domain who have continuously strived for a national obesity strategy. Australia’s first national obesity strategy was released on March 4, World Obesity Day.