March news about Epidemiology for Policy and Practice

Wednesday 12 April 2017
  • The EPP group welcomes new members this month:

    • Roxanne Jones – MAE Scholar working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit, supervised by Ray Lovett and Katie Thurber.

    • Sally Carter – PhD candidate, supervised by Kamalini Lokuge and working on Humanitarian Health.

    • John McDermott – Research Assistant working with Cathy Day and Deb Wong to support the EPP group in administration and policy engagement.

  • The Humanitarian Health Research Program Planning Day was held this month at NCEPH. Led by Kamalini Lokuge, the meeting was attended by collaborators from interstate and overseas and gave rise to productive discussions on the principles, visions and priorities for the program.

  • Bianca Calabria presented on her work and to Aboriginal Health and Drug and Alcohol Implementation and Evaluation and Ray Lovett presented work relating to Aboriginal culture and health in panel discussions at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Conference. Lachie Russell, Rochelle Jones, Roxy Jones, and Katie Thurber also attended part of the conference.

  • The group has had a busy grant season with numerous NHMRC Project Grants, NHMRC Career Development and Research Fellowship, ARC and Gates Funding applications submitted.

  • Emily Banks attended the Heart Foundation Research Committee Meeting and Cancer Australia Research and Data Advisory Group Meeting this month.

  • Emily Banks attended the International Women’s Day Address at the National Press Club where Dr Kakenya Ntaiya spoke.

  • A team from NCEPH and CSRM has received over $4.4M from the Department of Social Services for a project to identify the measures required to reduce domestic, family and sexual violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. NCEPH members of the team include: Ray Lovett, Jill Guthrie, Anna Olsen, Bianca Calabria, Katie Thurber, Lachie Russell, and Emily Banks.

  • Ray Lovett attended the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) conference in Italy, where he participated in a workshop about Indigenous tobacco control internationally and presented work on the absolute reduction in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking prevalence

  • Bianca Calabria gave an invited presentation on her PhD research as part of the Cecil Gibb Seminar Series at the ANU Research School of Psychology. She presented a seminar at the Research School of Psychology on program implementation and evaluation in Aboriginal health settings and methodological considerations.

  • Rob Williams started his PhD at University of Sydney.

  • Ray Lovett and Katie Thurber were invited to participate in a group consultation regarding the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (Department of Health) – March 20

  • Ray Lovett and Katie Thurber were invited to participate in a Health Design meeting for the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (Department of Social Services) --  March 28

  • Korda R, Du W, Day C, Page K, Macdonald P, Banks E. Variation in readmission and mortality following hospitalisation with a diagnosis of heart failure: prospective cohort study using linked data. BMC Health Services Research. Accepted 8/3/17.

  • Whop LJ, Baade PD, Brotherton JM, et al(including Lokuge, K). Time to clinical investigation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queensland women after a high grade abnormal Pap smear, 2000-2009. The Medical Journal of Australia 2017; 206(2): 73-7.


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