IHT’s 2021 impact report

This week we were pleased to release our 2021 Impact Report. The report details many of the year’s highlights and provides an excellent overview of our work’s impact, including new case studies that showcase in depth the impact our work has had across a range of domains.

We encourage you to take a moment to read the report, reflect on the year, and share it with IHT’s partner organisations.

Healing Health: new episodes on the way!

We’ve had a great time recording season 2 of IHT’s podcast, Healing Health this month.

We’ll have a new host joining us for season 2, Dr Renee Beale, who some may know as a former member of the Deakin Research Marketing and Communications Team.

Stay tuned for the first episode of the new season, which will be released in September! While you wait, you can get caught up on previous episodes on the IHT website or wherever you get your podcasts.

Speaking of podcasts

Catherine Bennett appeared in an episode of the Investing for Life podcast, where she discussed her approach to her career, Australia’s COVID-19 response, and personal setbacks that have equipped her with a rare skillset.

A PhD with dual citizenship

In August we welcomed PhD student, Maiken Meldgaard to Melbourne. Maiken is one of the first PhD students from Aarhus University, Denmark to undertake a joint PhD.

In practice, the arrangement means amongst other things that Maiken Meldgaard has two separate contracts, two sets of supervisors, has to teach in both places, and must undergo an interim evaluation twice. But after three years of research training and one thesis, Maiken Meldgaard will have a PhD from both Aarhus University and Deakin University. Maiken’s Australian supervisors at IHT are Anna Peeters and Bodil Rasmussen.

Congratulations to…

  • Miranda Blake, who was presented with the Dietitians Australian 2022 Young Achiever of the Year award;
  • Tailane Scapin, who has received an honourable mention in the 2022 Brazilian national PhD thesis awards in nutrition;
  • Nikki McCaffrey, whose work was referenced in the Public Health Association of Australia (Victoria)’s report, Public Health in Victoria: Ten Successes to Guide a Healthier Future;
  • Linda Sweet, who was awarded a lifetime membership for the Australian College of Midwives;
  • Urvi Thanekar, who was awarded the Exceptional Women in Sustainability Award at the Women Sustainability Forum 2022;
  • Tony LaMontagne, whose ‘integrated approach to workplace mental health’ features in the National Mental Health Commission’s most recent publication, Blueprint for Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Release 2; and
  • Ha Le and Lisa Gold, who have contributed to a book chapter to Language Development: Individual differences in a social context. The book is available now and can be found on the Cambridge University Press website.