Professor Lars Wallin Seminar | 9 October 2014

Please join us for a seminar presented by visiting Professor Lars Wallin, a registered (paediatric) nurse and Professor at Dalarna University in Sweden.

‘The effect of facilitation of local stakeholder groups on neonatal mortality. A Cluster-randomised trial in Vietnam.’

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
Time: 10:30am
Location: the Robinson Research Institute, Norwich Seminar Room, Ground Floor, King William Road, North Adelaide.

FREE EVENT hosted by the School of Nursing and Robinson Institute.

RSVP to: Sheridan Clark via

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Career Development Forum | 22 October 2014

The Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA), University of Adelaide and Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) invite you to a Career Development Forum:

‘Different career trajectories after PhD – choices and opportunities’

Date: Wednesday 22 October 2014
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am (registration from 9.00am)
Location: Rumours Café, level 6, Union House, University of Adelaide (North Tce Campus)

Dr Steven Polyak
Research Fellow, School of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, University of Adelaide
The life and times of a grant funded academic

Dr Kerstin Holata
Commercial Development Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences, Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd – The Commercial Development Company of the University of Adelaide Transitioning to a career in industry: how to create ‘lucky breaks’

Ms Carmel Williams
Acting Director, Public Health Partnerships Branch
Public Health and Clinical Systems, Department of Health and Ageing
Making a difference in the public sector

Chaired by Professor Julie Owens
Head, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health /
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide

This is a FREE event open to postgraduate students and early career researchers from all three universities. Join us for presentations and panel discussion followed by morning tea.
RSVPs essential for seating and catering requirements by Thursday 16 October to

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Executive Dean Update

I would like to update you on the current position with the review of the Faculty of Health Sciences.  I appreciate that staff are keen to learn of progress with this process.  This is an important exercise affording an opportunity for us to ensure that the Faculty is in as strong a position as possible to tackle the challenges that are facing us in a rapidly changing higher education sector.  The review is wide reaching and while most of the components of the report are completed there is still some work to be done in a number of areas.  It is expected that this will be finished very soon and I will update all staff in the near future.

This week, we have hosted academic delegates and PhD/Masters students from our partner Academic Consortium 21 Universities in Freiburg and Nagoya.  A total of 10 postgraduate students from these universities are spending two weeks with us, integrating into host research groups in Medical School South, the Hanson Institute, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and at SAHMRI.  We are looking to further strengthen research collaborations with these two universities and are exploring the establishment of joint PhD degrees.

On Monday, in collaboration with the Faculty of Sciences, we held the Greater Diversity Forum 2014.  This brought together a range of speakers including Professor Douglas Hilton and Professor Brian Gaensler, stimulating an engaging discussion which included possible strategies to promote gender equality and diversity that can benefit scientific endeavours and to improve equity and representation of international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our staff and student cohorts.  I will keep you informed of further developments with this in the Faculty.

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HDA Thematic Evening | Connecting with teenagers

Please join us for our third HDA Thematic Evening for the year Connecting with teenagers on Wednesday 15 October.

Connecting with teenagers

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014

Time: 5.00 – 7.30pm
{doors open from 4.30pm, networking with light refreshments from 6.30pm}

Venue: Union House, Rumours Cafe (6th floor), University of Adelaide (North Terrace campus)

FREE admission but RSVPs are required for seating and catering by Thursday 9 October to

Professor Michael Sawyer
Help-seeking by adolescents with depressive disorders
Head, Research and Evaluation Unit, Women’s and Children’s Health Network /
Professor, Discipline of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide

Professor Carlene Wilson
When knowledge isn’t enough – making sun protection salient to young women
Cancer Council SA Chair in Cancer Prevention (Behavioural Science) / Assoc Head of Faculty of Medicine (Research Higher Degrees), Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Flinders University

Mr Alwin Chong
What is the role of young Aboriginal men in families?
Director, Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit, University of Adelaide

Ms Jill Davidson
A public health response to a young person’s sexual journey: the Chlamydia on Line Initiative
Chief Executive Officer, SHine SA

Professor Claire Roberts
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide

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Provide First Aid Courses 2014

Course: Provide First Aid

Location: Adelaide Health Simulation & Skills Centre

• 3rd October
• 11th November
• 4th December

Delivered by the Adelaide Health Simulation and Skills Centre, the practical and VET certified course will give you the skills and fundamentals to provide first aid until a medical assistant arrives. Contact us now for more information or to book into a course today.

Upon successful completion of the First Aid course, you will receive a nationally recognised First Aid Statement of Attainment which will be valid for up to three years.

Please note that prior to the date of the course, you must complete an online multiple choice questionnaire to the required satisfactory level in order to attend the course.

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Just released: 2013 Robinson Research Institute Annual Report

This report showcases the brilliant science and clinical research being undertaken across the Robinson Research Institute, and documents research discoveries and achievements from 2013.

The document can be found here.

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Support research into mental health – Join us on Hat Day

You are invited to a scrumptious morning tea on October 7 in the School of Psychology to support Research into Mental Health.  The Hat Day event will raise funds to support Australian Rotary Health (ARH), which is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.

Details of the Hat Day event and to make a donation

How does ARH help?

ARH   provides funding into a broad range of general health areas, scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.

Australian Rotary Health is supported by a number of Rotary Clubs in Australia and has a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Find out more about ARH 

Join us to have some fun and make sure you wear your hat!!

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Seminar Series | Objectivity Lost?

The School of Translational Health Science, The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), would like to extend an invitation to the next seminar in our series.

Join the audience to hear a presentation by Dr Jon Opie, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide speaking on topic: Objectivity Lost?

It is often claimed that the objectivity of science is secured by observation. Theories are derived from the facts. Relativists reject this claim on the grounds that observation is unreliable and too flexible to provide a solid foundation for science. I will examine the arguments offered by relativists and show that they fail, not least because of the typically naïve way relativists construe scientific observation. Engaging with relativism is useful, however, because the debate helps clarify the real basis of scientific objectivity.

Friday, 26 September 2014 3.10pm onwards
JBI Conference Room
Level 1, 115 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

The presentations will commence from 3:30pm.  Prior to the presentations there will be complimentary CHEESE AND WINE served from 3:10pm. All staff and students are encouraged to attend and enjoy this final presentation for the year.

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HeartKids Australia Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program

HeartKids Australia is seeking applications from Australian researchers for project funding of between $20,000 and $50,000 under their Grants-in-Aid program.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday October 3, 2014.

To fulfil HeartKids Research Criteria proposed research projects will need to contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

  • reducing mortality and/or morbidity from childhood heart disease (CHD)
  • reducing the incidence of CHD
  • developing preventative measures to reduce CHD
  • improving early detection of CHD
  • understanding the causes and disease process of CHD
  • gaining a better understanding of the consequences of CHD and its treatment including neurological, cognitive or social impacts on children affected by CHD and how these issues may be addressed
  • improving the quality of life of children affected by CHD.
  • improving the long term management of heart disease that is clinically manifest in childhood.

Proposed research projects should demonstrate each of the following attributes:

  • they are feasible within the time and resources to be provided
  • they specify milestones that are measureable, and,
  • they have clearly defined outcomes.

Applicants must hold a position in an Australian recognised research institution and the institution must agree to support the research project, research infrastructure or capacity building which is being proposed for funding.

It is a requirement that a substantial part of any research funded by HeartKids Australia be conducted in Australia.

Application packages can be obtained from the HeartKids Australia office by calling (02) 9460 7450 or by emailing

Applications must be received electronically by the HeartKids Office by close of business Friday, October 3, 2014. Applications will only be accepted using the HKA form included in the application package.


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South Australian Health Economics Collaborative Seminar | Emeritus Professor Martin Buxton, Brunel University, UK

Flinders Health Economics Group and the South Australian Health Economics Collaborative invites you to a presentation by Emeritus Professor Martin Buxton, Health Economist, Brunel University, United Kingdom

Please join us for this great opportunity to hear Professor Buxton speak on the use of economic evaluation in decision-making within the NHS, the development of its use by NICE and other bodies and some of the key issues that arise, and to discuss the implications for Australian health policy.

Martin Buxton is Emeritus Professor of Health Economics at Brunel University (London, UK), where for twenty-five years he was the Director of the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) which he established and built up into one of the leading academic centres for applied health economics.

He has been actively involved in research on the economics of health and medical care for nearly forty years, and published widely. The bulk of his research has related to the methodology and application of economic evaluation to a wide range of health care interventions, ranging through pharmaceuticals, surgical interventions, population screening (particularly screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms), and implementation of digital imaging/picture archiving and of hospital management/information systems. His aim has always been to produce policy-relevant evidence and to encourage its appropriate use in public policy-making. He has been involved with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in a number of roles since its inception; he has advised the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on methodological issuers and is a member of the UK National Screening Committee.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
from 5:00pm – 6:00pm,
then 6:00pm – 7:00pm for drinks
Room 1, Level 1, Flinders University Victoria Square
182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Please RSVP to Julie Stone, Flinders Health Economics Group, or (08) 8275 2847 by Wednesday 17 September 2014.

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