It was great to see everyone at the All Members Day in mid-July and hear about the exciting projects being undertaken across the Institute. Thanks again to Terry Slevin, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia for sharing his expertise and passion on the establishment of a Centre for Disease Control in Australia. It was also great to hear from Bernice Redley (formerly of QPS) about her new role as the Victorian Complaints Commissioner and the possible research opportunities associated with her office. All presentations from the All Members Day are available in the Members Portal. Book out your calendars for our final All Members Day for the year on 29th November where we are planning a special focus on Indigenous research activities. Stay tuned for more information.
In July there were a number of events recognising our areas of impact. Congratulations to GLOBE as the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention, which celebrated its 20 years of impact with an event featuring World Health Organisation staff from around the world. You can read more about the event here. Members of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes team have been leading an international consensus to bring an end to diabetes stigma and discrimination. This was recently launched and you can find more information here.
Nationally, we contributed to the University submission for the NHMRC-MREA consultation, indicating our support for Option 2 and highlighting the need for the MRFF funds to deliver on their intended purpose of supporting translational health service, health system and public health research and researchers. The AAHMS submission was very comprehensive and can be read here. The Australian Universities Accord Interim Report was released and has five priority recommendations, with the majority focused on equity within teaching and learning.
As we enter the last month of winter I have been having many conversations with people about the need for a mid-year break to recharge the batteries. I have been scouring my calendar to free up the time I need, and hope you are better at planning mid-winter breaks than I am!
Welcome to our latest IHT members
- Lucy Kerr, QPS, Research Fellow
- Nic Lister, DoH, Associate Research Fellow
- Susan Perlen, QPS, Research Fellow
- Louise Alexander, QPS, Research Fellow
- Heather Wallace, QPS, Research Fellow
- Nina Hernandez, QPS, PhD Student
- Alessandro Crocetti, GLOBE, PhD Student
- Birye Mekonnen, QPS, PhD Student
- Catherine Williams, QPS, PhD Student