It’s been a fantastic year for the Adelaide G-TRAC Centre which officially opened in February 2013.
Our Teaching and Training program has received incredibly positive feedback from students, consumers and age care workers. Our Seminar Series ‘Challenges of Care in an Ageing Population’ has been praised by attendees. Our community engagement events have been a hit with students and consumers alike, too!
Find out more about all this and our commitment to aged care training and research in our Spring 2013 Newsletter.
Best Paper Award
Congratulations to Professor Guy Ludbrook and Cliff Grant (Discipline of Acute Care Medicine) who, with colleagues at Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Western Australia, have been awarded the best scientific paper for 2012 by the Australian journal Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.
The award, presented in Canberra last week, was for their paper entitled
An analysis of computer-assisted pre-screening prior to elective surgery
The 7th Annual FHS Postgraduate Research Conference took place on Thursday, 29 August at the National Wine Centre of Australia.
The School of Medicine congratulates the prize recipients at this competitive and well-attended event.
2013 Postgraduate Conference Winners
During the morning sessions over 100 postgraduate research students presented posters of their research to reviewers, other postgraduates and staff members. After lunch, workshops on “Developing Your Culture of Leadership”, “Science, Research and the Media”, “Taking Culture into Account” and “What Health Professionals Need to Know about Social Media” were very well attended . Afterwards, the Faculty 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists Alex Cameron and Kaitlin Harkess (subsequent University of Adelaide 3MT Winner) gave their presentations to a receptive and engaged audience.
Prizes were awarded to the following students within the School:
3 Minute Thesis Prize $500
- Alexander Cameron (Surgery)
- School of Medicine ($500 for research or travel purposes): Lauren Giorgio
- School of Medicine ($500 for research or travel purposes): Eiman Saleh
- School of Medicine ($500 for research or travel purposes): Joshua Winderlich
ARI prize for Research with the Greatest Commercialisation Potential $500 (split)
- Darius Chapman (Medicine) $250
Florey Medical Research Foundation
- Lisa Schafranek (Medicine) $300
Northern Communities Health Foundation
- Aneta Zysk (Surgery) $700
- Stuart Callary (Orthopaedics and Trauma) $500
- Lauren Giorgio $300 (Surgery)
- Dale Watkins (Medicine) $700
- Rachel Lumb (Medicine) $700]
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Australian Rotary Health have 1 PhD Scholarship available in South Australia within the following health area:
This PhD Scholarship is offered under our Funding Partner Program which is a three way financial commitment between a Rotary Club or District ($11,000pa), Australian Rotary Health (7,000pa), and the administering university or research institute ($11,000pa). The annual value of this scholarship is therefore $29,000pa for a maximum of 3.5 years.
Guidelines and applications can be downloaded from the Australian Rotary Health website
The Adelaide G-TRAC Centre is holding an ongoing series of seminars and workshops in 2013 and 2014 on key Aged Care topics from Healthy Ageing to Dementia, Oral Health, Pain Management and beyond.
On Wednesday 25 September 2013, Dental Hygenist from the Special Needs Unit at the Adelaide Dental Hospital, Ms Clare McNally, will be presenting on:
The Importance Of Oral Health For The Elderly: Oral Health And Health Outcomes & Oral Health Assessment Tools.
- Revise the anatomy of the oral cavity
- Describe the common conditions affecting the oral cavity and be able to identify them on photographs.
- Introduce the oral health assessment tool to motivate and encourage all medical and allied health staff to conduct regular oral health assessments for elderly people
- Recognise when a referral to a dentist is required and have mechanisms to facilitate this referral
- Describe the daily oral hygiene requirements for elderly people, and where possible demonstrate the appropriate techniques.
4.00-6.30pm, Wednesday 25 September 2013
Please arrive at 3.45pm
Adelaide G-TRAC Centre
61 Silkes Rd
To find out more and book, click here.
In collaboration with the Office for the Ageing, SA Health we are pleased to announce a special age-friendly – Innovation in the Longevity Revolution event with key note speaker Dr Alexandre Kalache.
When: 9.30 -11.30 am Tuesday 8 October 2013
University of Adelaide (rear Art Gallery SA)
North Tce. Adelaide 5000
All welcome. To book tickets and find out more, click here.
Congratulations to Adam Deane and Michael Horowitz
Congratulations to Adam Deane and Michael Horowitz on their fantastic success in the 2013 Science Excellence Awards, held in the Adelaide Town Hall on Friday 16th August 2013.
Adam Deane won the award for excellence in the category of Early Career STEM Professional –Health and Life Sciences.
Adam and Michael were finalists in this year’s round against strong competition.
The Adelaide Health Simulation & Skills Centre is committed to innovation and excellence – improving patient safety through realistic simulation education.
The Adelaide Health Simulation & Skills Centre has a new website at ua.edu.au/health-simulation !
For any feedback on the new website please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to be progressing with our plans to move much of the School’s teaching, research and administration to a new Integrated Clinical School (ICS) building in the SA Health and Biomedical Precinct.
This new facility will enable us to build on the partnership we have enjoyed with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) for over 130 years given the proximity with their new facility (New RAH) and to foster ongoing and exciting links with the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) which will also house some of our Medical School researchers.
Our medical students will benefit from an innovative, state of the art learning environment. The new facilities will provide a perfect platform for a revised curriculum which will ensure that we continue to produce graduates of the highest quality that are able to provide excellent clinical care wherever they practice. We seek to develop attributes in our graduates that equip them for working in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. The clinical skills training facilities, simulation capabilities and digital learning platforms will greatly enrich our program. They will ensure that we achieve excellence in our students across the key domains of our program: science and scholarship; clinical practice; clinical reasoning; professionalism, advocacy and leadership.
We see enormous benefits to having students from the three schools housed together within the ICS. This affords an excellent opportunity for high quality inter-professional learning in areas such as clinical skills and simulation. This will help develop strong team-working skills and will enable the formation of valuable networks and inter-professional relationships.
Research is at the core of what we do. The ICS will house a significant number of our academic researchers and clinical titleholders. Co-location in the building of different research groups and the close proximity of the building with SAHMRI will inevitably encourage cross fertilisation of ideas and increase interdisciplinary research. We also strongly believe that the integration of teaching and research is crucial for our discovery-led medical program; out students will increasingly be exposed to world beating clinical research enhancing their enthusiasm for and involvement in translational medicine.
To stay updated with the progress of the building and for further information visit the Faculty of Health Sciences dedicated site for the ICS Project where you may also sign up for more regular updates as the project progresses.
Professor Alastair Burt
Dean of Medicine
If you’ve never experienced the discomfort of chronic sinusitis, chances are you know someone who has.
Affecting around 18% of Australians, its associated facial pain and pressure brings misery to millions. For many, surgery to enlarge the nasal passages leading to the sinus cavities is the only hope of relief. But even this fails in around a third of cases, with scar tissue forming and re-blocking passages. Naturally, it’s a problem medical researchers have been keen to solve. And in 2011, an international team led by the University of Adelaide finally did so.
Led by Adelaide’s Professor PJ Wormald, a world-renowned ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon, and including University of Otago Emeritus Professor Brian Robinson and his son, ENT surgeon Mr Simon Robinson of Robinson Squidgel Ltd, the collaborators developed a new gel that controls bleeding, improves healing and prevents scarring following sinus surgery.
According to Professor Wormald, the dressing put an end to the previous post- surgery practice of packing the nose with ribbon gauze to stop bleeding and prevent adhesions, which patients typically found extremely uncomfortable.
“The new gel’s placed into the sinuses immediately after surgery and is very effective in controlling bleeding,” said Professor Wormald. “It forms a coating over the wound that slowly dissolves over two weeks, allowing the sinuses to heal properly without the formation of scar tissue.”
Derived from chitosan, a polymer extracted from crab shell and squid, the gel has important blood clotting abilities and has been successfully trialled in sheep and humans.
Professor Wormald said the new product – the patent for which has been purchased by Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company – represented a significant advance for ENT surgeons and their patients everywhere.
“It will improve a huge number of surgical outcomes in the years ahead,” he said. “Millions of people will benefit.”