Have you been to a valuable training session or attended other professional development events that you think others could benefit from? Share your top 3 tips or take aways with us so that other IHT members can also learn from your experience!! Send a quick email to health-transformation@deakin.edu.au with the name of the event you went to, and your top 3 tips or take aways so we can include it in the IHT newsletter. Dot points are fine.


Aboriginal Cultural Training at Barwon Health: Asking the Question of Origin

All Barwon Health and Deakin researchers are invited to attend the Adrian Costa Clinical Trial Centre’s Aboriginal Cultural Training session on the ‘why and how to’ ask all research participants about their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identification.

It provides practical information to increase capacity and confidence to ask the question and record responses. The training is being run by the Aboriginal Health Unit at Barwon Health.

Date: Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Time: 2.30-3.30pm

Location: John Lindell Theatre, Level 4, Kardinia House, UHG

Register: ACCTC@barwonhealth.org.au

New Members Day on 20 June and 13 November

IHT are introducing new members days for our new members (who have joined the Institute since mid-2022).

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Institute and the variety of ways in which we support members to enhance health and wellbeing for all.

The two-hour face-to-face meeting will focus on:

  • orienting new members to the Institute’s work across domains,
  • introducing new members to the IHT operational team,
  • sharing the various funding and support mechanisms available to them as new members, and
  • create an opportunity to connect with other researchers.

A personalised invite will be sent in the coming weeks with further details about the agenda.

The Conversation Editor Talk

In this session, a The Conversation’s Executive Editor, Liz Minchin, will cover:

  • the benefits of writing for The Conversation
  • what sort of ideas the editors are seeking
  • how to pitch an idea
  • how editors decide what pitches to accept
  • what happens if you get accepted / rejected
  • how to write for The Conversation’s non-academic readership
  • a Q+A session.

Date: 3 July

Time: 12-1pm

Location: online via Zoom.

Register via Zoom.

All Members Day on Thursday 13 July at Deakin Downtown

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next All Members Day on 13 July at Deakin Downtown. The full agenda is close to be finalised and will be uploaded into the calendar invitation soon.

Among an array of interesting internal presentations, we are excited to announce the following external keynote speakers:

Terry Slevin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of Australia.

The single biggest change in our lifetime in the administration of public health at national – and possibly state level – is under consideration. The Australian Centre for Disease Control is set to commence in early 2024 with the legislation to bring the entity into being likely to pass parliament before the end of this year.  What will it do? How will it engage with the states and territories? How will it engage with the research communities? What are its challenges? What are its opportunities? What is your role?

Bernice Redley, Health Complaints Commissioner

Formerly from QPS, many of you will know Bernice prior to her appointment as the Health Complaints Commissioner in Victoria in June 2022. With an intimate understanding of our context, Bernice will be sharing with us the key themes emerging from her office on patient complaints and the opportunities that this intelligence present for researchers interested in improving patient experience.

Deakin eResearch training and events

Deakin researchers and research students have access to a wide range of technical training workshops. Training is available from beginner through to advanced levels in high-performance computing, MS excel, programming, data management, cleaning, visualisation, exploration and more. There is no cost to Deakin researchers and research students for participating in these training workshops.

View upcoming events or subscribe to the Deakin eResearch newsletter on the Deakin website.


Faculty of Health Implementation Science Webinars

Webinar recordings for the Faculty of Health’s Implementation Science webinar series, including the recent Key Considerations for Implementation Grants and Publications webinar presented by Anna Chapman, are available online. View the recordings and resources on the Faculty SharePoint.

Generative AI/ large language model application in medicine

Sandeep Reddy, Paul Cooper and Lemai Nguyen presented a masterclass for the Australasian Institute of Digital Health on generative AI in medicine.

IHT Partnership Event Funding in action – Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Forum

More than 90 nurses came together at Waurn Ponds Estate in April 2023 for the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) Forum.

Dr Adam Searby from IHT’s QPS research domain used IHT Partnership Event Funding to provide nurses from Barwon Health complimentary registration to the event. Barwon Health is a key partner for both IHT and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Bringing these nurses together and providing capacity building and networking opportunities served to deepen existing relationships with the health service, as well as extend the nursing research relationship and capacity for mental health nursing research between Barwon Health and Deakin University. Attendees heard from a range of speakers and attended a masterclass on alcohol and other drug treatment, followed by a workshop on substance use and pain management. The event engaged nurses in conversations around higher degrees by research and provided them with opportunities to become members of DANA, which allows members access to scholarship funding and mentoring programs to continue ongoing collegial networking and mentoring opportunities.

“The partnership funding scheme allowed me to hold a professional event to a targeted region of strategic significance to the university. Bringing together nurses from the Barwon region allowed them to connect with each other, in addition to me being able to network with them. This is particularly important as I intend to complete stakeholder research in the region, and making initial contact with several potential participants is not only an efficient way to get a project like this moving, but also an opportunity to seek feedback on potential projects that people believe are needed in the region. In addition, the event allowed me to invite guest speakers who are working on projects in similar fields to mine. This enabled networking and conversations about future collaboration.” Funding recipient.