School of Population Health

The School of Population Health congratulates two of our academics and researchers who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list last weekend.

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia: Dr Richie (Richard) Gun for distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the field of occupational health and safety, and to socially disadvantaged communities in regional Australia and Timor-Leste. Richie has been a visiting Research Fellow in the Discipline of Public Health since 2002 and was a Senior Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Health from 1988 until 2002. He taught and mentored almost every local occupational health practitioner, shaping occupational health policy and practice across SA. He undertook much research here, including the leadership of two very significant studies –  the Commonwealth sponsored (UA based) study of the mortality and cancer incidence of Australian participants in the British nuclear tests and the cohort study of leukaemia and other cancers in Australian petroleum industry workers (“Health Watch”). Since his retirement Richie has provided medical services to a remote primary health care clinic in Timor Leste, travelling there on a regular basis, and in a completely voluntary capacity. One of his reasons for continuing this work that he is unsure there will be any medical care for these people at all if he ceases this role.

Member (AM) in General Division of the Order of Australia: Dr Gordon Cable – for significant service to aerospace medicine, as a practitioner, to public health education, and to professional medical bodies. Gordon is titleholder and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the school. He is a Senior Aviation Medical Officer for the ADF, and has been a consultant to the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine since 1996. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the University of Otago (NZ), and a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety Management from the University of Adelaide. The author of many scientific publications, his professional interests include: Altitude physiology of hypoxia and hypobaric decompression illness; Hypoxia awareness training of military and civilian aircrew; Postgraduate education in aerospace medicine for medical professionals. In his civilian clinical practice Gordon takes a particular interest in the management and certification of complex aeromedical cases, and education of aircrew in health, safety and performance issues. (Source:

Posted in News, Public Health, Research | Tagged , , , , , , ,
Comments Off on Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours in the School of Population Health

Today is the first day of winter, and for many Australians with winter comes influenza.

According to the director of the national influenza surveillance network, the University of Adelaide’s Professor Nigel Stocks, this flu season is underway early and it’s expected to be particularly relentless, so people should get vaccinated now.

“Our data indicated that in the last two weeks of May, confirmed diagnosis of influenza increased dramatically to over 20% – which means 20% of patients with flu-like symptoms who were swabbed for the national flu surveillance were found to be positive for influenza. This compared to 1% at the same time last year,” says Professor Stocks, the Director of ASPREN (the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network) and Head of General Practice at the University of Adelaide.

Read more

Posted in General Practice, Research | Tagged , , , ,
Comments Off on Flu surveillance: we’re in for an early and severe season

The University of Adelaide is conducting the first study of its kind into the mental health of professional firefighters at South Australia’s Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS).

The six-month study is focusing on the health and wellbeing of currently serving and recently retired firefighters, systematically investigating the effects of regular exposure to traumatic events.

“Currently there is insufficient understanding of the burden of traumatic exposures experienced by firefighters,” says Professor Sandy McFarlane, Director of the University’s Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Read more

Posted in News, Research | Tagged , , , ,
Comments Off on Landmark study into firefighters’ mental health

The Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide conducts research regarding various aspects of the mental health and wellbeing of Australian military populations. The Centre currently has a number of large-scale military databases containing questionnaire, interview and physical testing data, from which research projects could be developed. The Centre is also launching […]

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , ,
Comments Off on

Keynote presentations from the PHAA conference in September are now available on the PHAA website. These are well worth checking out, particularly the Basil Hetzel Oration by Dr David Jernigan, Director – Centre on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA), and Law enforcement and public health by Dr […]

Posted in Events, Public Health | Tagged , , ,
Comments Off on PHAA 42nd Annual Conference, Perth

This week I was able to attend the signing and launch of the new South Australian Aboriginal Health Research Accord.  With the support of the Elders Council of SA, the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, SAHMRI and the three SA universities, this Accord marks the beginning of a new era for the conduct of Aboriginal […]

Posted in Indigenous Health, News | Tagged , , , , , ,
Comments Off on South Australian Aboriginal Health Research Accord

On the 4th September Dr Scott Hanson-Easey‘s research will be featured on US Radio Academic Minute. Scott’s  reasearch attends to how Sudanese refugees were discussed on talkback radio soon after the stabbing death of a young Sudanese person in Adelaide’s CBD in 2008. His analysis shows how speakers on talkback radio attributed Sudanese refugees with […]

Posted in News | Tagged , ,
Comments Off on Dr Scott Hanson-Easey to feature on Academic Minute, US Radio

The Young Investigator Award (YIA) recognises and promotes the outstanding research undertaken by young investigators in the area of women’s and children’s health. It also enables young researchers to present their research in a way that is easily understood by the general population. Now in its 15th year, this highly prized award is an ideal […]

Posted in Events, Research | Tagged , ,
Comments Off on Applications are now open for the 2014 Young Investigator Award (YIA)

Tuesday 29th July, 2014 Venue –Room 515, Level 5, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Building, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053. See Map The HSRAANZ will be holding an Early Career Research (ECR) Workshop in Melbourne on 29 July for HSR students, early career researchers and their supervisors. The all-day event will kick […]

Posted in Events, Research | Tagged , , , ,
Comments Off on HSRAANZ: Call for Abstracts – Early Career Research Workshop

We congratulate Dr Hossein Afzali who has been awarded the Alan Williams Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship that provides financial support for one Visiting Fellow (£5,000) to the ‘home of health economics’ – the Centre for Health Economics, the University of York (UK).  During his visit (April-June 2015), Hossein will work with international leaders in health economics to improve the […]

Posted in News, Public Health, Research | Tagged , , ,
Comments Off on Alan Williams Fellowship awarded to Dr Hossein Afzali