Dear members,

It was great to see so many of you recently at our All Members’ Day – don’t forget you can access the presentations from the day in our Member’s portal.  

In this issue of the newsletter I want to draw your attention to some of the Deakin initiatives currently happening that have relevance to you all. 

The University leadership has engaged in a a series of ‘Alfred Deakin Legacy’ conversations led by senior Indigenous leaders and including members of Alfred Deakin’s family. This has resulted in a thoughtful discussion piece outlining Deakin University’s way forward with a resolution to reject the proposition to change the name of the University and jointly commit to truthtelling and elevating the understanding and acknowledgement of the full history of our country. In addition, the esteem title of Alfred Deakin Professor will be changed to Deakin Distinguished Professor. The Tanderrum full piece can be read here.

The Faculty has been doing a lot of work on partnerships to make sure that our many, growing, partnerships are well supported and connected. One element of this work has been to introduce Faculty of Health Major Partnership Leads. The Faculty is trialling Partnership Leads (Custodians) for a small number of our major partnerships to support these larger partners and the strategic ambitions for the partnerships. They are: 

  • Western Health: Prof Jenny Watts (HSD/ IHT) 
  • Western Victoria Primary Health Network: Prof Suzanne Robinson (HSD/IHT) 
  • Barwon Health: Trish Livingston (SoNM/IHT/FoH) 
  • Eastern Health: Prof Julie Considine (SoNM/IHT) 
  • Copenhagen University: Prof Bodil Rasmussen (SoNM/IHT) 
  • Aston University: Prof Amanda Woods (SoP) 
  • Coventry University: Prof Lisa Barnett (HSD/IPAN) 
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education: Prof Eugene Athan (SoM/IMPACT) 

For further information on this initiative please see more detail below, and reach out to Amy Brown if you would like to discuss it further. 

Congratulations on the many excellent initiatives being conducted by our members to deeply engage with consumers and deliver research to enhance health outcomes across diverse communities. The success with the MRFF funding specifically for research projects to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQA+ people, detailed below, is testament to our strengths in this area. I was also privileged to open the AUSLAN saved my life! event, co-ordinated by PhD student Ramas McRae, and supported by IHT Partnership funding. It was a very moving event, clearly identifying where our research can have policy impact to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for deaf and hearing impaired Australians. Look out for a report about the event in the next newsletter.

A warm welcome to our latest IHT members

Full Members 

  • Rochelle Wynne, Chair in Nursing – Western Health, QPS  
  • Beau Cubillo, Research Fellow, GLOBE  
  • Troy Walker, Associate Research Fellow, GLOBE (Upgrade to Full Member)

Associate Members 

  • Jo Jordan, Research Fellow, ACBRD 
  • Sara Salahshoornezhad, PhD Student, GLOBE  
  • Gemma Digby, Lecturer, DoH 
  • Nicole Bruges, PhD Student , DoH 
  • Jorgen Gullestrup, PhD Student, DoH 
  • Karen Hock, PhD Student, GLOBE 
  • Seema Khadka, PhD Student, GLOBE 

Professional Staff 

  • Rebecca Collins, ACBRD 

Affiliate Members 

  • Emma West, GLOBE 





Deakin Distinguished Professor Anna Peeters, AM, CF, BSc(Hons), PhD, GAICD
Director, Institute for Health Transformation Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health, Deakin University

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