All Member Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the All Member Survey late in 2021. As presented at our All Members Day, the final report is now available on the Members Portal. Results of the survey are already being integrated into planning for 2022.

Changes to the IHT EMCR Committee

Thank you to Christina Zorbas and Emily Tomlinson for their tireless effort over the last couple of years as co-chair of IHT EMCR Committee.

The committee has provided an enormous amount of support to IHT members over the past few years, none more noticeable than during COVID.

Lahiru Russell and Ha Le have now taken over as the respective interim co-chair and co-chair of this committee and we thank them for stepping up to these positions on such important committee for the Institute.

Research Committee

Welcome to our new Research Committee Coordinator, Eva Yuen.

Eva is a Dean’s Health Research Fellow working with Alfred Deakin Professor Alison Hutchinson in QPS within the Monash Health-Deakin Partnership. Her research interests focus on health literacy, supportive care and wellbeing, as well as 0scale, intervention, and service development for people impacted by cancer and their caregivers, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Eva joined Deakin in January 2021, having previously worked as a research fellow in a joint role at La Trobe University and Austin Health, and as a research consultant with the Cancer Support Community in the United States.

Research impact

Professor Katherine Andrews, Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, has shared with Nature Careers the importance of compiling evidence of research impact and why she created an impact CV to document the impact of their research in malaria drug development.

The Institute’s impact register can be used to document your research impact. The register is available on the Members’ Portal.

If you’re interested in learning more about research impact vs outcomes, or how to demonstrate your research impact to lay audiences, stay tuned – there are research impact communication workshops to come in 2022.

Professor Suzanne Robinson appointed as Director, Deakin Health Economics

Professor Suzanne Robinson has been appointed as Director, Deakin Health Economics and as Chair of Health Economics.  Professor Robinson’s current position is Professor Health Economics and Data Analytics at Curtin University, WA and Education and Research Director, Digital Health CRC.

Professor Robinson is highly regarded in her field of health economics, health systems research and data analytics.  Her research has relevance to health systems development and health policy design, with a focus on rural/regional health, big data and innovation in digital health.

Suzanne will commence at Deakin on 2 May.

Want to write for The Conversation?

The Conversation have published a short guide on how to pitch to their editors.

The guide covers how to pitch, who should pitch, what to pitch and what to expect if your pitch is accepted.

A pitch template document is available on the Members Portal to assist in crafting your pitch.

When crafting your pitch, it’s important to remember that The Conversation are looking for content that explains or provides a new take on current affairs, or offers analysis of matters in the public interest.

Articles in The Conversation are 600-800 words, so it’s important that your pitch demonstrates your ability to get to the point quickly and clearly.

Remember, The Conversation receive a high volume of pitches each week. If your pitch is not accepted, please contact the IHT communications coordinator, Brydie Nielson. Brydie will be able to help identify other possible channels for your work.

Deakin Professional Development Opportunities

Did you know that People and Culture offer a range of Professional and Academic Skills uplift programs?

The programs include:

  • Professional Skills Uplift: Managing Income and Expenditure;
  • Professional Skills Uplift: Undertaking a Project;
  • Professional Skills Uplift: Managing a Project; and
  • Professional Skills Uplift: Leading Effective Communication Streams.

Access the programs via the Deakin Online Learning Portal.

Australia’s first National Obesity Strategy

Australia’s first National Obesity Strategy 2022-2032 was released on 4 March to coincide with World Obesity Day. The strategy’s vision is for an Australia that encourages and enables healthy weight and healthy living for all. The strategy and associated documents are available via the Health Ministers’ Meeting website.