School of Population Health

Following on from chairing an international modelling good research practices taskforce, Professor Jon Karnon and colleagues have published a textbook to inform the use of discrete event simulation for health technology assessment.

Discrete Event Simulation for Health Technology Assessment” by J. Jaime Caro, Jörgen Möller, Jonathan Karnon, James Stahl and Jack Ishak. Published by Chapman and Hall/CRC Press.

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The remit of the PBS is to provide access to effective and safe pharmaceuticals at a price that provides value for money to the Australian taxpayer. It decides which new drugs it will subsidise based on recommendations from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). But how does the PBAC assess value for money?

Read more in The Conversation – value for money, by Prof Jon Karnon, Dr Hossein Haji Ali Afzalis and Dr Laura Edney.

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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:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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