May news about Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group

Wednesday 7 June 2017
  • Welcome to new members of the EPP group:
    • Ms Amanda Daluwatta – Amanda is an Honours graduate from the Research School of Psychology (ANU). She will be replacing Deborah Wong within the EPP group.
    • Ms Susan Pennings – Susan has joined the EPP group as a research assistant. She is a PhD candidate with a background in philosophy and bioethics, and will be supporting Professor Emily Banks with research tasks.   
  • Jill Guthrie was invited by the Royal Commission into detention and protection of children in the Northern Territory to give evidence in Darwin on 14 June.  This invitation is in response to a joint submission by Prof Michael Levy (ANU Medical school and ACT Director of Justice Health) and Jill to the Royal Commission.  Both have been invited to give evidence as part of a Justice Reinvestment panel that the Royal Commission has decided to hold.
  • The Community Report for the Cowra Justice Reinvestment research project will be completed in mid-June.  Jill Guthrie is working with ANU Publishing on the text which will incorporate artworks by young Cowra Indigenous artists, commissioned through the Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre.  Kamalini Lokuge is a co-author on the report, along with Prof Michael Levy and Dr Phyll Dance (ANU medical school).
  • On the 21st of May 2017, Associate Professor Rosemary Knight was an invited speaker at The World Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain. She presented on the paper "What about the patient? Translating research evidence into health policies and programs to prevent cancer and improve survival".
  • Bianca Calabria visited two community partners for the Family Wellbeing Evaluation Project to discuss measures and participant recruitment.
  • Raymond Lovett presented at the Cairns Institute on Indigenous data sovereignty as Part of the Mabo day celebrations.
  • The latest ACT Asbestos Report is being reviewed and will be launched soon (results currently under embargo).
  • Raymond Lovett presented on the Mayi Kuwayu study at a conference held at Miami State University.
  • Members of the Mayi Kuwayu study team ran focus groups in Cairns, Thursday Island and Alice Springs as part of the Mayi Kuwayu questionnaire development process.
  • The Mayi Kuwayu study team members attended the Central Land Council Ranger camp from 15-19 May (in Ross River, NT) to test the Mayi Kuwayu questionnaire (picture attached) with the Ranger group. Additional questionnaire testing will occur in Alice Springs in the coming weeks.



  • Publications:
  • Richardson A, Joshy G, D'Este C. (2017) Understanding statistical principles in linear and logistic regression (invited MJA paper in educational series)


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