Collaborating for patient care | A plan for the future

Following the very successful Interprofessional learning (IPL) forum in June, a workshop will be held to capture the key elements of our discussion in a Faculty IPL strategy, together with some practical planning for implementation.

The workshop will commence with a recap of June forum outcomes and an overview of national initiatives.

All are welcome to attend. A light lunch will be provided

Date: 11.00am – 1.00pm Tuesday 4 November 2014
Location: room 2066, Faculty of Health Sciences Boardroom, Level 2, Barr Smith South
Facilitator: Professor Maree O’Keefe, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Health Sciences
RSVP by 28 October 2014 via email to

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ASMR SA Leading Light Award | Professor Deborah White

Congratulations to Professor Deborah White on winning the 2014 Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) SA Leading Light Award.

This prestigious award recognises the exceptional research output by mid-career researchers who have pursued an independent research program and highlights the outstanding work being undertaken by these leading medical researchers in South Australia.

Professor Deborah White is the Director of Cancer Research (seconded from the University of Adelaide), and a Principal Scientific Faculty Member of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). In this role Deb has established the Cancer Theme, bringing together outstanding leukemia/stem cell researchers. In her role as Director of Cancer Research, Deb is responsible for the research output and conduct of approximately 100 cancer researchers. She is also directly responsible for her research group of over 20 researchers and postgraduate students.

Deb ‘s independant research is on “Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Therapy in Haematological Malignancy”.

Congratulations once again Deb!


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September – a great month for Awards to Dental School Staff

September proved to be an exciting month for the School of Dentistry with a number of staff being awarded significant international awards.

At the 54th Annual Scientific meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Section of the International Association for Dental Research held in Brisbane the following prestigious awards were made:

Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar: Oral Biology Award – To encourage an early career researcher and made on the basis of excellence in research in the broad area of Oral Biology.

Dr Jason Armfield: The IADR ANZ Division Award in Preventive and Community Dentistry – To encourage an early stage researcher and made to reward excellence in the field of Preventive and Community Dentistry

Ms Manpreet Bariana: Joan Chong Award in Dental Materials – To encourage an early stage researcher and made on the basis of excellence in dental materials research

At the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology, Professor Mark Bartold (Director, Colgate Dental Research Centre) was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the American Academy of Periodontology for his outstanding contributions to the art and science of periodontology. He is the first Australian to be awarded this honour.

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School of Psychology Research Seminar Series | October 30th

Simon De Deyne will present Meaning in the Mental Lexicon: A Network Approach.

Theories of word meaning based on semantic networks have a long-standing history in psychology. The revival of networks science and advent of sizable crowd-sourced data allow us to revalue a realistic working model of this mental lexicon. In this talk, I will show how such a model is derived and propose a network theoretic perspective to study semantics which allows us to simultaneously investigate micro-, meso- and macroscopic structure of the lexicon. The main part of this talk will address how the meaning for a subset of words (the mesoscopic level) can be derived by looking at the interconnectivity of these words in the network. While the model results capture word meaning for various types of words and semantic relations, they argue against the dominant view of the mental lexicon: Rather than a strictly taxonomically structured knowledge repository of coherent semantic categories like animals or birds, the new network approach favours a thematic organization of the lexicon.

Simon De Deyne did his PhD and PostDoc at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he was part of the Concepts & Categorization Research Unit. During that PostDoc, he has worked in Adelaide together with Dan Navarro & Amy Perfors in 2012. He has returned to Adelaide on an ARC research grant for a period of three years.

Date: Thursday 30th October, 1pm – 2pm,

Venue: 526 Hughes Building

No RSVP required. All welcome.

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School of Psychology Research Seminar Series | October 23rd

Lloyd Lalande will present Mindfulness Based Breathwork Therapy Shows Promise as a Brief Treatment Option for Anxiety and Depression..

This presentation will describe the process and results of doctoral research undertaken at the Queensland University of Technology by Lloyd Lalande that has developed Mindfulness Based Breathwork Therapy. MBBT is a standardised clinical breathwork model based on three core components of respiratory regulation, mindfulness, and relaxation. The research started by outlining a theoretical framework and empirical evidence suggesting breathwork may be a useful treatment option for anxiety and depression. The research then developed and evaluated a brief therapist training program. This was followed by a clinical trial of the manualized intervention with 42 patients with a diagnosis of anxiety and/or depression. Results showed health professionals could demonstrate basic competence in the manualized approach after receiving training. Client outcomes showed clinically significant reduction in anxiety, depression and stress symptoms within as few as 5 sessions. Both therapists and clients involved in the study expressed acceptance of the intervention. MBBT reunites mind and body in a way that promotes access to experience normally outside of awareness and at the same time integrates that experience. MBBT fosters the ability to remain in mindful contact with inner experience without the need for defence.

Lloyd Lalande has practiced psychotherapy since 1988. He has worked as a lecturer and course coordinator for undergraduate and master level counselling programs.

Date: Thursday 23rd October, 1pm – 2pm,

Venue: 526 Hughes Building

No RSVP required. All welcome.

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Provide First Aid Course 2014

Additional on campus courses are now available in June and July. 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.

Course: Provide First Aid

Location: Adelaide Health Simulation & Skills Centre

Date: 11th November or 4th December  |  9:00 – 17:00

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.

 Course details and how to apply

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Florey Postgraduate Research Conference Poster Prize Winners

 The Florey Postgraduate Research Conference on 25 September was a huge success with well over 100 PhD and Research Masters students presenting posters of their research, including 10 students from Nagoya University in Japan and the University of Freiburg, Germany.

All participating students are to be congratulated for the high standard of posters presented.

A record number of poster prizes were on offer, including sponsored prizes from the Florey Medical Research Foundation, ARI, Bendigo Bank and the Northern Communities Health Foundation, and School and Faculty Prizes.

We are pleased to announce the following prize winners.
John Berketa Dentistry
Viythia Katharesan Medical Sciences
Hannah Wardill Medical Sciences
Jacinta Johnson Medical Sciences
Stephanie Plummer Medical Sciences
Vasilios Liapis Medicine
Dzenita Muratovic Medicine
Mark Plummer Medicine
Khamis Tomusange Medicine
Sarah Hemming Medicine
Vasilios Panagopoulos Medicine
Alaknanda Alaknanda Medicine
Aneta Zysk Medicine
Julie Morgan Medicine
Dzenita Muratovic Medicine
Nozumo Kawashima Nagoya University
Amy Marshall Nursing
Adrian Kaczmarek Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
Ryan Rose Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
Zohra Lassi Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
Hany Rahmanian Population Health
Ismaniza Ismail Population Health
Manasi Gaikwad Population Health
Alexander Forndran Psychology
Clare McGuiness Psychology
Erica Tilley Translational Health Science
Natalia Stickel University of Freiburg
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OLT’s Grants, Fellowships and Awards Programmes information sessions

The OLT will be running information sessions in each capital city, as well as an online session, in October. The information sessions will cover the OLT’s Grants, Fellowships and Awards Programmes, and will have a specific focus on applying for 2015 Grants. The sessions will also include a mini-workshop by Tilly Hinton, OLT Secondee, on project impact, which is a criterion for 2015 Grants.

Dates for the information sessions are:
South Australia and Northern Territory:
Wednesday 15 October, Adelaide, at UniSA
How to register for SA and NT session

Online session:
Monday 27 October (will be via Go-To-Meeting).
How to register for the online session

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ARC Medical Research Policy FAQs Now Available

On 25 August 2014, the Australian Research Council (ARC) updated its Medical Research Policy. In response to queries received, and to assist potential applicants in interpreting the policy, the ARC has now produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document. The FAQs document is now available with the ARC Medical Research Policy version 2014.3 on the ARC website.

If you have any questions in relation to this matter, in the first instance please email

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Research Partnership

Within the School of Population Health, the Data Management & Analysis Centre (DMAC) supports major projects including the Australian Orthopaedic Association’s National Joint Replacement Registry (AOANJRR).

The AOANJRR has been nominated as a finalist in the ARI 2014 Adelaide Innovation Champion Awards. The awards recognise organisations working with experts in the University of Adelaide to improve their business – and sometimes the world – through research and development.

The winner is decided by public vote and the winning organisation will be rewarded with a series of promotional opportunities designed to spread the word about their success.

Staff are invited to vote for the AOANJRR at

Voting will close on October 17, with the winner announced at an award ceremony to be held on October 24.

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