Monica Schoch’s PhD study results have been published in The Journal of Vascular Access, Advance online publication in an article titled Point-of-care ultrasound-guided cannulation versus standard cannulation in hemodialysis vascular access: A controlled random order crossover pilot feasibility study and authored by Monica, Prof. Judy Currey, Alfred Deakin Prof. Alison Hutchinson, Honorary Professor Paul Bennett, and other Deakin collaborators.

Senate Select Committee on Job Security

The Senate Select Committee on Job Security released its final report on 11 February. We’re pleased to see that Professor Tony LaMontagne’s research and testimony are extensively represented in the 321-page report. His written submission was also recently published in New Solutions, an occupational and environmental health policy journal.


Congratulations to the new Alfred Deakin Fellow, Dr Miranda Blake. 

Also, to our new Dean’s Fellows Dr Adam Searby, Dr Ha Le and Dr Kelemu Kibret.

And to Dr Simone McCarthy, who was awarded her PhD.

Sharyn Milnes has won Best Research Paper in the 2021 Barwon Health Deakin University Awards. Sharyn’s paper, Values, preferences, and goals identified during share decision-making between critically ill patients and their doctors,  was published in Critical Care and Resuscitation in December 2021.

Dr Mary Lou Chatterton and Associate Professor Debra Kerr were each awarded Best Research Poster awards. Mary Lou’s post was titled Telehealth service delivery in an Australian regional mental health service during COVID-19 and was awarded under the implementation science category. Debra’s poster, Responding to nurses’ communication challenges, was awarded under the nursing category. View the posters in the virtual exhibition.

Recap of the Digital Health Institute Summit

Written by Natalie Winter, Anna Ugalde and Feby Savira.

We recently attended the Digital Health Institute Summit at the Melbourne Convention Centre along with other practitioners, technologists, digital entrepreneurs and decision-makers. It was lovely to meet face-to-face and there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room. 

Some key topics of interest included data linkage, governance, interoperability, precision medicine and Victoria’s digital health roadmap. Although the modalities of digital health products and their focus varied, patient care was at the forefront driving the need for digital health innovations.

As researchers it is important for us to harness our unique skills and collaborate with industry partners. Potential areas in which we thrive include program evaluations, development of frameworks, social outreach and co-design, informing policy and translation and implementation science. 

Many thanks to the Institute for Health Transformation for sponsoring us to attend the conference. It was a wonderful experience and has inspired us to consider future funding opportunities with a stronger focus on digital health!

Prioritising patient voices: Deakin’s Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare partners with Peter Mac

Peter Mac has partnered with Deakin’s Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare (OCPH) to make a change to the experiences of patients, families and carers via the Your Thoughts Matter program.

Four patients and 24 staff members at Peter Mac are being trained to deliver the program, with the aim of reaching all clinical staff members within 18 months.

Your Thoughts Matter is an evidence-based, sustainable program designed to build education capacity and embed core communication skills within health services.

Learn more about OCPH and Your Thoughts Matter on the OCPH website.

Nourish Network interview and podcast

Professor Anna Peeters appeared in a video interview and podcast episode with the Victorian Local Governance Association to discuss the Nourish Network‘s Health Food Retail Recognition project. The project is seeking to work with local government organisations to co-design a health food retail recognition program that provides public acknowledgement of retail outlets that provide healthier food and drinks to the community. If you are aware of or have a connection with a local government organisation that you think may be interested in taking part, please share with opportunity with them. Interested organisations can contact Megan Adam at for more information.