Seminar with CEO of Health Issues Centre Alison Coughlan – Consumer Engagement in Health Research

Alison will discuss the strategic directions of the Health Issues Centre, the evolving field of consumer and community engagement in research and opportunities for collaboration with Deakin, the wider health and University sectors. We look forward to discussing this important issue with Alison, and invite you all to attend this seminar and Q&A session.

Date: 13th September, 2pm-3pm

Location: Burwood Corporate Centre – Level 2, and  via Zoom link (Join Zoom Meeting)

Towards Deakin 2030: Sustainable Research Symposium

The inaugural Towards Deakin 2030: Sustainable Research Symposium, which will be a whole day, free event for Deakin staff and students at Deakin Downtown on Friday 6 October 2023. Whilst this event is being hosted by the Faculty of Health’s Sustainable Health Network (SHN), it is a university-wide symposium that will present research across faculties and divisions. It aims to bring together our researchers, students, partners and Deakin leadership to cross-pollinate the latest research and build inter-disciplinary collaborations.

Call for abstracts:  The SHN are wanting to hear from researchers across the University about their sustainability focused research. If you are interested in presenting your research at our symposium, please submit an up to 300 word abstract here. 

Register for the event:  This is a Deakin University wide symposium, please register here.

Short survey to understand environmental sustainability research across the university: The SHN would like to invite you to participate in a short survey to link your research to the Sustainable Development Goals.  This will be used to create a map to understand and discuss gaps/collaborations at the Sustainable Research Symposium.  Even if you are not planning to attend the symposium, we would appreciate your participation.  Please click here to access the survey.

EMCR workshop 3: Work / Life Balance in Academia

We have an exciting workshop planned, including a keynote speech from Dr Marcia Devlin, AM, author of “Beating the odds: A practical guide to navigating sexism in Australian universities” who will speak about the rewards and challenges of working in academia. This will be followed by a Work / Life Balance in Academia Panel Discussion with leaders and academics from Deakin University and Industry who will share their perspectives and advice. Keep an eye out in your emails for the calendar invitation to attend.

Date and time: 14 September 2023, 10-2pm

Location: Burwood Corporate Centre

Research Australia Grant Strategy and Development Sessions

Research Australia is presenting the third feature of their Member Event Series.

In the first of a two part series the session will explore different ways to develop an individualised grant strategy. The session will also include practical tips for helping you to set up  your own grants strategy. The focus of this session will be on developing a strategy for grants valued from $2,000 to approximately $100,000.

Date: Wednesday 13 September 2023, 12.30pm – 1 pm (AEST)

Location: Zoom

Register here to secure your place.

Details on part 2 of this Member Event Series, writing compelling grants, will follow soon.

IHT Grant Development Sessions

The final IHT Grant Development Session for the year will be held on Thursday 16th November at 3pm. Please contact Merran Stewart if you would like to present or for more information about presenting at a session. Please note that additional sessions can be arranged on request.

Past events

Digital health symposium

The institute ran the first digital health symposium in August, bringing together IHT researchers with interests in digital health. About thirty people attended to hear a diverse range of digital health topics: we welcomed external speakers Dr Tina Campbell from Healthily who demonstrated SMS and Conversational Voice AI to deliver patient education; Professor Kerryn Butler Henderson from RMIT University who presented on collaborative partnerships for digital health success and Adina Hamilton from Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI), Department of Health, who presented on improving data to improve patient care. Together, these speakers showed the potential of digital health tools, the importance of genuine industry partnership in digital health and the opportunity and challenges in harnessing the potential of datasets. The symposium also featured several IHT stars. Paul Cooper ran a workshop where we reflected on how to strengthen digital health across IHT. We heard from Navoda Liyana Pathirana, Kate Huggins, Sandeep Reddy, Anna Peeters and Natalie Winter on key digital health programs.

The symposium was organised by the Digital Health Working Group. Thanks in particular Adyya Gupta, Kate Morrissy, Paul Cooper and Feby Savira who steered much of the organising.

We are looking for new members to contribute, suggestions for future events, and feedback about how to progress digital health research across IHT. Please be in touch with IHT if you can offer any assistance.

Generative AI for research workshop

The generative AI workshop was hosted by Sandeep Reddy from the School of Medicine and was well received by attendees.

Click here to access the recording of the session. Passcode: 3@S=+SpD

Pre and post award finance—How to successfully manage a research budget

Presented by Connie Killey Director, Research Finance and hosted by HSD, this session covered pre-award costing tools, outlined the internal process when a new research contract is awarded, services provided by the research finance team and the different types of audits. The recording can be accessed here.

NHMRC Investigator Grant applicants – School of Medicine EMCAR Chat Podcast Episode 9

Planning on submitting a NHMRC Investigator Grant application?  In this podcast, the EMCAR Committee chat with Dr Ewa Szymlek-Gay who will share their experience as a NHMRC Investigator Grant Peer Reviewer and tips to prepare your application. Access this and other podcasts through SoM’s EMCAR Chat podcast site.

Research Metrics

For those who missed this webinar presented by Deakin Library Services on 24 August 2023, the recording is available on Faculty Researcher Development Seminars SharePoint site. The presentation included an overview of research metrics and tools, demo of the new Self-Serve Research Metrics Dashboard and a demo of SciVal benchmarking.

Community Researcher Engagement Network (CREN): Exemplars for Community Engagement

Andrew Brown, Jessica Bucholc, and Renee Fiolet were part of a panel for the 2nd CREN workshop for 2023 on community engagement. The session was facilitated by Lata Satyen and explored different levels of community engagement in research, with a focus on study design, and ethical issues. Access the online recording to review this informative session.