IHT’s new Communications Co-ordinator

IHT is pleased to advise that we have appointed Michelle Jeavons as our new IHT Communications Coordinator.  Michelle will commence on 11th September at the Burwood IHT Hub. Please see a brief bio below for your information.  We know you will join us in welcoming Michelle to IHT!

Michelle brings over 20 years experience working in the marketing, branding, design and advertising worlds. She is a passionate, experienced marketing professional; a super organised project manager; a skilled content creator and strategic thinker; a great communicator and collaborator; an empathetic leader and team member; a creative problem solver that loves using human centred design; graphic designer and a lifelong learner. She has won advertising effectiveness awards whilst at Tank for La Trobe University, has previously worked on brand positioning for Federation University’s Business School and has more recently worked for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) as their Marketing Manager. Her previous role was Digital Producer at Smith Brothers Media (SBM), where she expanded her skills in user research and using the latest technology to solve complex problems.

IHT EMCR Committee Co-Chair

Thanks to Anna Chapman for taking on the role of EMCR co-chair until the end of the year while Eva Yuen is on parental leave.

New SharePoint Sites

There are a number of new SharePoint sites that may be of interest to members.

  • IHT Volunteer Procedures available in the IHT Members Portal.
  • Faculty of Health EMCR site.
  • Faculty of Health EMCR Training and Professional Development site.

Forecast opportunity: IHT Cat1 Seed Funding Grant

The Institute for Health Transformation provides funding to support early and mid-career researchers for projects that will inform future Category 1 (Cat 1) grant and/or fellowship applications. It is part of the Institute’s Cat 1 Development Process that aims to provide a high-quality pipeline of projects for Cat 1 submissions in the medium to long term. Funding parcels range from $5,000 – $20,000.

The scheme runs annually and is anticipated to open on Monday 2nd October and close on Friday 10th November this year, with projects to commence in 2024. An email will be sent across the Institute and Schools when applications open.

NHMRC Synergy Grants 2024 – call for NOIS

NHMRC Synergy Grants aim to support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major questions that cannot be answered by a single investigator. The intended outcomes of the Synergy Grant scheme are to support:

  • multidisciplinary research that addresses major problems in all areas of human health and medical research, from discovery to translation
  • highly collaborative teams of diverse researchers including by gender, career stage and cultural background, working together to address major problems in human health.

NHMRC internal and external deadlines available on FoH SharePoint NHMRC Calendar

ARC Discovery and Discovery Indigenous 2025 – call for NOIS

There is a call for NOIS for ARC discovery and Discovery Indigenous. ARC internal and external deadlines available on FoH Research ARC Calendar.

2024 Faculty Mid-Career Fellowships – Applications open

The Faculty of Health Mid-Career Fellowships was established to support excellence in research in areas of research strength at Deakin University. The Fellowships are designed to support mid-career academic teaching and research staff by enhancing research capacity in key areas to build the next generation of research leaders.

The Fellowship provides 12 months of support to mid-career staff’s current appointment, providing funding for time release from their teaching and service responsibilities.  Successful Fellows will also receive a one-off research support grant of $10,000 which must be used for direct research costs. Please note that successful Fellows are expected to focus on research for the duration of the Fellowship, however, they may be required to undertake service and other duties for up to 6 hours per week.

The 2024 Mid-Career Fellowship guidelines and expression of interest form are available at the Faculty Research SharePoint site (under the ‘Academic Career Development’ section).

Applications close at 6pm (AEST) on 9 October 2023.

Please send any queries to healthrs@deakin.edu.au

Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes Seed Funding Applications

The Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes is seeking to allocate seed funds to support the development of a new grant proposal. The expectation is that as a consequence of this seeding funding, a grant or fellowship will be lodged to an external funding agency in 2024/2025 application rounds. Projects must be related to lifestyle and diabetes and must be led by a fixed term or continuing employee at either the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute or one of Deakin University’s Faculty of Health’s Research Institutes. Funding is not available for PhD students or PhD projects. If warranted, funding of up to $25,000/application will be considered, however most projects are likely to be funded at $10,000 or less.

Please note:

  • That the funds must be spent by end November 2024 and cannot be carried forward. By spent, we mean that you MUST have paid any salaries and/or be in receipt of any goods (it is not adequate to have an order in place or an invoice). 
  • As a condition of this seed funding, you will be required to provide a written report on your seed project at the end of the project.

Applications are due by COB Monday 2 October. To apply, please complete the Qualtrics survey via this link.

Science Society Network interdisciplinary grants scheme: FINAL CALL

The Deakin Science and Society Network is making a final call for applications for its fifth annual interdisciplinary grant scheme. Applications are invited from early- and mid-career researchers for the Interdisciplinary Incubator scheme. Applications close 18 September 2023 and the details and forms can be found here. The Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN) is committed to supporting science-literate social research and socially-engaged science that makes an impact. It aspires to be an engine for interdisciplinary collaboration at Deakin University. For more information on the grant see the SSN website. Enquiries about the application process should be directed to ARTSED Research at artsed-research-grants@deakin.edu.au.

Any researchers who’d like more information are invited to email us at ssn-info@deakin.edu.au for access to a recording that offers insights on the application process.


  • Tony LaMontagne has been invited to present at the Student Administration Services Team Day on the 31st of August to talk about his work on workplace mental health.
  • Adrain Cameron is presenting at the Malaysian Association for the study of Obesity Scientific Conference in early September.

Take the Pledge to End Diabetes Stigma

With a team of 51 lived experience and professional experts, the ACBRD are leading an international consensus on the evidence and recommendations for ending diabetes stigma and discrimination. While the full report is under review, they have launched a website to enable people and organisations across the world to take a Pledge. The aim of the Pledge is to enable endorsers to make a public commitment to bring an end to blame, shame, judgement, and prejudice due to diabetes.  Join the more than 115 organisations, and ~1120 individuals who have already taken the pledge.