PHAA 42nd Annual Conference, Perth

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 Karl O’Callaghan APM, Commissioner of Police, Western Australia.

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South Australian Aboriginal Health Research Accord

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 Health Research in South Australia.

The South Australian Aborginal Health Research Accord
Companion Document to the SA Aboriginal Health Research Accord

Prof Annette Braunack-Mayer
Head of the School of Population Health

The following speech was given by Prof Rick Russell, the University of Adelaide’s signatory at the signing and launch. (Tuesday 2nd September, 2014)

Improving Aboriginal health and wellbeing is the greatest challenge that Australia faces. Although the health of Aboriginal South Australians is improving, with improvements in total mortality, infant mortality, and increases in Indigenous primary health care and allied health care services, we still have a long way to go. Aboriginal South Australians are still more likely to be hospitalised (particularly for assault, suicide and transport accidents), have less access to antenatal care in the first trimester, and experience ongoing barriers to culturally appropriate health care services for women.

Research can make a difference to the health of Aboriginal South Australians. At the University of Adelaide we know this; we have a long tradition of research and scholarship in Aboriginal health, carried out with the intent of improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal communities.

But, we also know that we have not always done Aboriginal health research the right way. We have not always aligned our research topics with Aboriginal community priorities; we have not always involved Aboriginal people in research design and conduct; we have not routinely demonstrated the respect that Aboriginal ways of knowing deserve or communicated in culturally acceptable ways.

In signing this accord, we commit to doing research in a different way. We have begun to take little steps in the right direction. For example, we have had an Indigenous Health Unit, Yaitya Purruna, since 2000. More recently, through the leadership of our Dean of Indigenous Education, Professor Iribinna Rigney, the Tarrkarri Tirrka (our new Integrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy) includes an array of targets to develop and enhance Aboriginal research across the University and increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers. We have embarked on an exciting Centre for Research Excellence in prevention of chronic diseases, led by Prof Alex Brown, and in partnership with the Schools of Population Health and Translational Health Science.

However, we also know that we have a long way to go.  This document will be immensely helpful to our researchers as we learn to do things differently.  We have a wonderful opportunity, through this Accord, to learn from our Aboriginal colleagues and to build research partnerships and activities which are respectful and productive for all of us.  We congratulate Wardliparingga on leading the development of this Accord and look forward to a new era of working together.

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Dr Scott Hanson-Easey to feature on Academic Minute, US Radio

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 inherent and long-lasting (essentialised) ‘tribal’ and cultural properties, which predispose them to violence, and makes their integration into the Australian community difficult. This kind of reasoning is commonly called ‘psychological essentialism’, and is sometimes associated with racist language.

About The Academic Minute

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy.  Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You’ll enjoy topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace.


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Applications are now open for the 2014 Young Investigator Award (YIA)

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 forum for promoting media interest in the excellent and varied research undertaken at the hosting institutions by high quality investigators researching women’s and children’s health issues.

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to be the major sponsor of the Young Investigator Award – an initiative of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.  Flinders University, University of South Australia, Robinson Research Institute and School of Population Health (University of Adelaide), Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute are also partners in the award.

Finalists present their research at a formal awards event, to be hosted on the evening of Wednesday 22 October at the prestigious South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Following scientific judging, each of the three finalists receives $2,000. The Young Investigator Award winner, judged by a media panel, receives $5,000 and each finalist is also eligible to take out the People’s Choice Award of $1,000 judged by the audience.

For more detailed information including eligibility and application requirements, please go to

YIA applications close on Monday 14 July 2014

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HSRAANZ: Call for Abstracts – Early Career Research Workshop

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 off with a keynote address from Prof Jane Hall, Professor of Health Economics in the UTS Business School, on what it takes to build your research career. Then, several early career researchers will present their work to an audience of peers and mentors and receive feedback from an experienced health services researcher in a relevant field.

The workshop will include plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion and is a great opportunity for ECRs and their supervisors to meet other Health Services Researchers, both early career and more experienced, to showcase their work and to receive valuable feedback.

Selection of Papers
PhD students and early career researchers (researchers within 5 years of completion of a PhD or with less than five years’ experience in the HSR field) are invited to submit an abstract on their research using the format provided in the attached Flyer to Sarah Green. Call for Abstracts closes 25 June 2014.

Selection of papers for presentation at the workshop will be on a competitive basis, based on the quality, relevance and interest of the research and its policy relevance.

Papers submitted for presentation should be based on health services research that is not yet published but is well developed/nearing completion in terms of analysis and/or writing up. The presenter must be the first author of the paper or a Chief Investigator on the project.

Preparation of Papers
Those selected to present at the workshop must provide a paper of no more than 5000 words, which must be available 3 weeks before the event (week of 7 July 2014) to allow discussants time to prepare their responses.

On the Day
Each presenter will have approximately 20 minutes to present their paper and 20 minutes for expert feedback and discussion.

Cost and Registration
This free workshop is open to HSRAANZ members only (which includes staff and students from HSRAANZ corporate groups). If you are not a member but wish to present or attend the workshop as a delegate you can join the Association before registering.

HSRAANZ Membership fees (GST included) – Individual $132; full time student $77; Corporate $1760

To join the Association go to Register Now. To register for the workshop please complete this form.

Any questions contact

More Information and Abstract Formatting Instructions

More information about the HSRAANZ

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Alan Williams Fellowship awarded to Dr Hossein Afzali

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 methods used to evaluate the value of new health technologies.

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Lead exposure only part of the story for Port Pirie kids

New research from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies shows that while childhood lead exposure in the South Australian city of Port Pirie has been a significant factor in their cognitive and mental health development, the family environment also has played a critical role. This research has reviewed 30 years of work conducted for the Port Pirie Cohort Study, is one of the few of its kind in the world, and one of the longest, that follows the progress of children born in the Port Pirie region into adulthood.

“By looking back over the data from three decades of research, we can see that there are consistent links between lead exposure in childhood and poorer cognitive and mental health development during childhood and adulthood,” says Dr Amelia Searle from the University’s School of Population Health, lead author of the paper.

The results have now been published online ahead of print in the journal NeuroToxicology.

Read the full article here


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Dr Arthur Saniotis invited to join an International Academy of Astronautics study group

Congratulations to Dr Arthur Saniotis, who has been invited to join an International Academy of Astronautics study group on medical support for a human expedition to Mars. Dr Saniotis is one of only a handful of international experts recruited to join the group. The group will work to define and agree on the medical support needs for manned deep space exploration, including flights to Mars.

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Integrated Primary Health Care

The Discipline of General Practice, School of Population Health has been successful in being selected as one of several research studies nationally to be awarded funding by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute “Integrated Primary Health Care Centres” stream. Professor Nigel Stocks leads a collaborative team of investigators that includes Professor Esther May, University of SA, Professor Gerard Gill, Deakin University, Dr Kathryn Powell, Assoc. Professor Caroline Laurence, and Dr Paul Aylward (latter three from The University of Adelaide). The project is entitled Analysis of the supports and hindrances to the integration of co-located services in multiple models of primary health care delivery.

This research project will investigate mechanisms supporting and hindering health service integration in community and primary health, by examining different co-location models that are representative of the diversity of models operating throughout Australia. There are six participating case study sites centres that are established to provide integrated multi-disciplinary approaches to patient care; the Superclinic model, the GP Plus model, the combined GP Plus and GP Superclinic model and two private models of co-located health services (Unihealth Playford GP Superclinic, Health at Campbelltown, Modbury GP Plus Superclinic, Noarlunga GP Plus Superclinic, Adelaide Medical Solutions, and Elizabeth GP Plus Health Care Centre). Two areas of major focus are; making use of this strategically gathered information to identify what model or aspects of models works best to optimise integration in primary health care, and identifying how particular cases have developed strategies to overcome barriers. Importantly we will include patients’ response to this form of service provision. The value of this particular approach is that we consider the experience of different models when there are no prescriptive guidelines for this new primary health care approach.

The research study will be conducted over the next 18 months.

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Congratulations to the following staff who have recently been awarded grants

Prof Sandy McFarlane, CTSS – NHMRC Partnership Grant: Improving the resilience, health and wellbeing of Australian firefighters: an epidemiological study of the Metropolitan Fire Services of South Australia, $351,665

Mr Paul Rothmore, Public Health – SafeWorkSA WHS Commissioned Research Grant: Taking the next step: Operationalising a behaviour-based approach for musculoskeletal injury prevention initiatives, $32,406

Dr Sharyn Gaskin, Public Health – SafeWorkSA WHS Commissioned Research Grant: A regulatory framework for carcinogens: Development and trial of an evidence-based audit tool for cytotoxic drugs in hospitals, $95,589

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