Alfred Deakin Professor Anna Peeters

Congratulations to Anna Peeters for the conferral of her Alfred Deakin Professor title at the recent Deakin University Graduations at Costa Hall.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship success

The 2023 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships have been announced, the successful IHT recipients were:

  • Jaithri Anathapavan, ‘Advance the economic evaluation of obesity prevention interventions to inform resource allocation decision-making’, supervised by Professor Suzanne Robinson.
  • Erica Reeve, ‘Strengthening the implementation of national policies for healthy and environmentally sustainable diets’, supervised by Professor Anna Peeters.
  • Marufa Sultana, ‘Building the health-related quality of life evidence for Bangladesh’s children: development and use of the EQ-5D-Y Bangla version instrument for Bangladesh’, supervised by Professor Lisa Gold.

An Executive Dean of Health Research Fellowship has been awarded to Ayele Bali for his project, ‘Access to maternity care and the health system responsiveness: The experiences of migrant African women in Melbourne, Victoria’, supervised by Professor Linda Sweet.

PhD Conferral

Congratulations to Dr Jaithri Ananthapavan who had her PhD conferred at the most recent Deakin Graduations held at Costa Hall. Jaithri’s Phd was in health economics with the thesis titled, Developing a cost-benefit analysis framework to inform obesity prevention decision making.

Federal Parliament inquiry into online gambling

Simone McCarthy, Hannah Pitt and Samantha Thomas recently testified to Federal parliament for the inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm. The team discussed their research on young people’s exposure to gambling marketing in their everyday environments and recommended ways in which current regulation and prevention efforts could be strengthened to de-normalise gambling for the next generation. This included a critical discussion with the Parliamentary Committee on vested interests and a public health approach to gambling harm prevention. The experience was an excellent opportunity for the team to contribute to Australian gambling reform and make recommendations to protect children and young people from gambling related harms.

New funding

Alison Hutchinson, Linda Sweet, Debra Kerr and Nikki Phillips with colleagues at Barwon Health have been awarded a 2023 Victorian Nurses and Midwives Trust Major Grant of $99,689 for a project titled ‘Nurturing Registered Undergraduate Students of Nursing and Midwifery to Optimise Their Experience in Practice Settings’.

Victoria Brown is part of a team led by Flinders University that was successful in obtaining an Ian Potter Foundation grant for $600,000 titled ‘Transforming Obesity Prevention for CHILDren: A decision aid for public health policy makers (TOPCHILD-Policy).’ The team also includes researchers from the Centre of Research Excellence in Translating the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH-Translate).

Louisa Smith is part of a team led by UNSW who were awarded an ARC Linkage grant for $480,315 to conduct a project titled ‘When caring ends: Understanding and supporting informal care trajectories.’