February news for Epidemiology for Policy and Practice

Wednesday 1 March 2017
  • Professor Emily Banks was finally presented with the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Advancing the Reputation of the University through Media, which she had been unable to accept in person in Dec 2016. The award was for leading critical research into the risk of heart attack and stroke to find almost 1 million Australians were not taking the best mix of medication.
  • Emily Banks was awarded a Visiting Professorship at University of Oxford.
  • Congratulations to Joyce Zhang on her recent marriage! Joyce married her partner Jason Chen in a ceremony in China, there was a small and warm wedding in a church close to Beijing.
  • Jenny Welsh has been selected to participate in the Vice-Chancellor's Post-Graduate Student Leadership Program. With an intake of 18 students in total, the program provides mentoring and professional development in leadership capabilities for post-graduate students who are in, or intend to take up in the future, leadership positions at ANU. Well done Jenny!
  • Publications:
    • Du W, Pearson S, Buckley NA, Day C, Banks E. Diagnosis-based and external cause–based criteria to identify adverse drug reactions in hospital ICD-coded data: application to an Australian population-based study. Public Health Res Pract. 2017;27(1):e2711705. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2711705
    • Thurber K. 'They've got to do something about the supply': Improving food security is critical to Closing the Gap. The Health Advocate 2017; June: 32-3.


  • Jill Guthrie and Kamalini Lokuge’s Justice Reinvestment project in Cowra has been featured in the Guardian.
  • Cowra’s mayor, Bill West, describes the results of Guthrie’s work as both “considerable and compelling”. He said, “Too often we see a problem, real or perceived, and we come up with a knee-jerk reaction that’s sometimes worse than the original problem,” he said. They’ve taken time, done it properly, identified issues and what the community thinks.”. Full article available on the Guardian.
  • Rob Williams gave the Welcome to Country at ANU's Commencement Address.
  • Ray Lovett and Jan Chapman had a very successful and engaging community workshop in Alice Springs, informing the development of the Mayu Kuwayi Study.
  • Ray Lovett, Emily Banks, and Katie Thurber were invited to attend a discussion hosted by the Department of Health’s ‘Social and Cultural Determinants of Indigenous Health Working Group’.
  • Ray Lovett, Emily Banks, and Katie Thurber facilitated consultations with representatives from across CMBE and the University to inform the development of an Initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing research and education.
  • Bianca Calabria and Ray Lovett had project site visits at Griffith and Lake Cargelligo, NSW, as part of their Family Wellbeing program evaluation.
  • Katie Thurber has been nominated by ANU to be an ECR Observer on a 2017 NHMRC Grant Review Panel.
  • As part of the ANU’s commitment to gender equity, VC Brian Schmidt held a focus group to discuss ideas to improve the numbers of women in senior leadership roles. Cathy Day was invited to take part, along with 6 other junior or mid-career academics from other Colleges. The group generated some new ideas, and supported some old ones. All ANU staff are encouraged to contribute their ideas to the Chair of the Self-Assessment Team, PVC Richard Baker.

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