Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

Law and Public Health Lecture: 3rd October 2018 – Population and Labour Force Prospects for Australia

4-5:30pm, Wed 3rd October 2018
Theatre 2, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry Street, Carlton

Presenter: Professor Peter McDonald – Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. From 1995 to 2016, he was Professor of Demography at the Australian National University.

Australia’s Permanent Migration planning level has remained unchanged for the past eight years under both Labor and Coalition Governments. This planning level is based on the impact that immigration has on the ageing of the population and, hence, on GDP per capita. Continue reading “Law and Public Health Lecture: 3rd October 2018 – Population and Labour Force Prospects for Australia”


MSPGH Seminar: 26th September 2018 – Violence against women in Asia and the Pacific: What do we know from 20 years of prevalence studies?

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 26th September 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Henrica A.F.M. (Henriette) Jansen, Technical Advisor, Violence against Women, Research and Data, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO), Bangkok

Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, aims to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and includes targets and indicators on violence against women (VAW). Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 26th September 2018 – Violence against women in Asia and the Pacific: What do we know from 20 years of prevalence studies?”


MSPGH Special Seminar: 17th September 2018 – Why Intersectionality Matters to Gender and Health

12.30-1.30pm, Mon 17th September 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Olena Hankivsky, Professor, School of Public Policy; Director of the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada; and

Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Extending beyond gender-specific and social determinants frameworks, intersectionality focuses attention on a variety of multi-level interacting social locations, forces, factors and power structures that shape and influence human life. Continue reading “MSPGH Special Seminar: 17th September 2018 – Why Intersectionality Matters to Gender and Health”


MSPGH/VCCC Joint Seminar: 19th September 2018 – Improving the Delivery of Value-Based Personalized Cancer Care Services: Linking HTA and Health Services Research

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 19th September 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton (*the venue might change, see details on the event flyer)

Professor Maarten IJzerman, Chair of Cancer Health Services Research, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; & Professor, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Precision medicine applications offer the promise of improved risk assessment, earlier diagnosis and tailored treatment and survivorship care for cancer patients.  Continue reading “MSPGH/VCCC Joint Seminar: 19th September 2018 – Improving the Delivery of Value-Based Personalized Cancer Care Services: Linking HTA and Health Services Research”


CMH Seminar: 20th September 2018 – Investigating Stigma of Depression from the Perspective of Social and Clinical Psychology

12-1pm, Thursday 20th September 2018
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Dr Jun Kashihara – postdoctoral research fellow of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, as well as an honorary postdoctoral scholar at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Stigma prevents people with depression from seeking professional help and can decrease the public’s willingness to provide mental health first aid. Although plenty of stigma-reduction programs have been conducted so far, there remains room to amplify the effectiveness of these programs. Continue reading “CMH Seminar: 20th September 2018 – Investigating Stigma of Depression from the Perspective of Social and Clinical Psychology”


CMH Seminar: 11th September 2018 – Developing person tailored treatments in mood disorders; research of the Department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Groningen

12.30-1.30pm, Tuesday 11th September 2018
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Prof Robert Schoevers – Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences at the University Medical Center Groningen and Visiting Professor at TianJin Medical University, China.

Diagnostic classifications of mental disorders such as depression incorporate a heterogenous group of patients in terms of symptomatology, underlying pathophysiological mechanisms, natural course and treatment outcome. Continue reading “CMH Seminar: 11th September 2018 – Developing person tailored treatments in mood disorders; research of the Department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Groningen”


CHP Seminar: 28th August 2018 – Opportunity Pluralism and Children’s Health

12.30-1.30pm, Tuesday 28th August 2018
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Matteo Bonotti – lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Monash University

This paper (co-authored with Gideon Calder – Swansea University) argues that dominant ways of thinking about the relationship between children’s health and equality of opportunity are flawed. The paper therefore develops a new approach to the analysis of this relationship grounded in Joseph Fishkin’s (2014) theory of ‘opportunity pluralism’. Continue reading “CHP Seminar: 28th August 2018 – Opportunity Pluralism and Children’s Health”


MSPGH Special Seminar: 20th August 2018 – Measuring quality of life for Health Technology Appraisal: the challenge of switching ‘instruments’

12.30-1.30pm, Mon 20th August 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Nancy Devlin, Director of Research, Office of Health Economics, London, U.K.

Assessing the cost effectiveness of new medicines relies on the measurement of quality of life (QoL). For two decades, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in England has recommended use of the EQ-5D, a concise, generic measure of QoL. Continue reading “MSPGH Special Seminar: 20th August 2018 – Measuring quality of life for Health Technology Appraisal: the challenge of switching ‘instruments’”


MSPGH Seminar: 5th September 2018 – How institutions remember: preliminary thoughts on health security in the aftermath of the 2013-16 West African Ebola epidemic

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 5th September 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton (*the venue might change, see details on the event flyer)

Adia Benton, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, USA

The aim of this talk is to address methodological and theoretical stakes of studying the (re)emergence of the global health security agenda and its impact on marginalized communities and health workers. Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 5th September 2018 – How institutions remember: preliminary thoughts on health security in the aftermath of the 2013-16 West African Ebola epidemic”


MSPGH Seminar: 29th August 2018 – Ethical challenges in health care for children: When parents want to control and pay for medical treatment for their child

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 29th August 2018
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton (*the venue might change, see details on the event flyer)

Professor Lynn Gillam, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne; and Academic Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Decision-making about health care for children is now being influenced by a number of significant social and technological factors. Information technology, the internet and social media give parents of sick children vastly increased access to information about new treatments, from a wide range of sources. Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 29th August 2018 – Ethical challenges in health care for children: When parents want to control and pay for medical treatment for their child”


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