Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

MSPGH Seminar: 1st July 2015 – Edgar Sydenstricker: Epidemiologist or economist?

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 1st July 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Philip Clarke, Chair in Health Economics, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Edgar Sydenstricker (1881-1936) spent most of his working life employed as statistician at the United States Public Health Service.  He made methodical and empirical contributions to the measurement of health inequality, as well applying this to understand the cause of the disease pellagra, a major contributor to premature mortality in United States at the time.  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 1st July 2015 – Edgar Sydenstricker: Epidemiologist or economist?”


MSPGH Seminar: 24th June 2015 – Strengthening Civil Registration & Vital Statistics – implications of the Melbourne,  Bloomberg, DFAT and the Lancet engagement for health development

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 24th June 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Alan Lopez, Melbourne Laureate Professor and  the Rowden-White Chair of
Global Health & Burden of Disease Measurement, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health

There is now considerable and rapidly growing interest worldwide in the strengthening of civil registration and vital statistics systems in developing countries, both to facilitate identity management and as critical input into policy debates on health and social development strategies.  This is reflected in the priority given to CRVS system development by Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 24th June 2015 – Strengthening Civil Registration & Vital Statistics – implications of the Melbourne,  Bloomberg, DFAT and the Lancet engagement for health development”


MSPGH Seminar: 17th June 2015 – Healthy Lands – Healthy Children

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 17th June 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Colin MacDougall, Professor of Public Health and Executive member of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University; and Honorary Principal Fellow, Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

In this seminar, Professor MacDougall will argue that an Ecological Public Health has developed combining evidence about climate change the New Public Health’s focus on social determinants; and can be underpinned by children’s rights.  He will Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 17th June 2015 – Healthy Lands – Healthy Children”


How-To Seminar: 10th June 2015 – Thinking of applying for a postdoctoral fellowship from the NHMRC or ARC – How to plan for success

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 10th June 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

– Dr Amy Pennay, current NHMRC Early Career Fellow
– Dr Dennis Petrie, current holder of ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
– Dr Nic Geard, current holder of ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
– Professor Tony Jorm, Professorial Fellow, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and NHMRC Early Career Fellow panel member

This seminar is relevant to anyone who is thinking of applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at some point in their career, and for supervisors of students interested in applying for these fellowships. Three current NHMRC and ARC postdoctoral fellows will Continue reading “How-To Seminar: 10th June 2015 – Thinking of applying for a postdoctoral fellowship from the NHMRC or ARC – How to plan for success”


MSPGH Seminar: 3rd June 2015 – Interpretivism and policy research

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 3rd June 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Helen Sullivan, Foundation Director, Melbourne School of Government, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

This seminar will examine the value of Interpretivism to public policy research and by extension to public policy makers.  It will demonstrate how interpretivism offers an important alternative perspective that can help us understand why policy makers and professionals and practitioners might not always act in the way that postivism might suggest.  Drawing on empirical examples the seminar will Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 3rd June 2015 – Interpretivism and policy research”


CHE/CHP Seminar: 28th May 2015 – Will tobacco tax improve health, reduce health inequalities, and save money? And when? Epidemiological and economic modelling in NZ

1:00pm-2:00pm
B103-Theatre 1, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Tony Blakely, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand

Many countries are embracing a tobacco-free goal. Tobacco tax is usually considered a key to achieve low smoking prevalence.  In NZ there have been 10% per annum increases in tobacco tax since 2010. Continue reading “CHE/CHP Seminar: 28th May 2015 – Will tobacco tax improve health, reduce health inequalities, and save money? And when? Epidemiological and economic modelling in NZ”


MSPGH Seminar: 27th May 2015 – Implementation and Evaluation of Tobacco Plain Packaging in Australia

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 27th May 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Melanie Wakefield, Director and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria

This seminar will provide an overview of evaluation studies of the late-2012 world-first implementation of tobacco plain packaging in Australia. These include cross-sectional surveys of secondary schoolchildren before and after the policy, early responses and quitting responses of adult cigarette smokers from a continuous cross-sectional tracking survey, and Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 27th May 2015 – Implementation and Evaluation of Tobacco Plain Packaging in Australia”


MSPGH Seminar: 13th May 2015 – Social ties matter – experiencing and recovering from bushfires

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 13th May 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs, Deputy Director, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Beyond Bushfires study findings provide insights into the impacts of the Black Saturday disaster experience and what made a difference to mental health and wellbeing outcomes.  Both the disaster experience and the subsequent major life stressors were shown to have a direct and prolonged impact on mental health and wellbeing.  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 13th May 2015 – Social ties matter – experiencing and recovering from bushfires”


CANCELLED – MSPGH Seminar: 20th May 2015 – Edgar Sydenstricker: Epidemiologist or economist?

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 20th May 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Philip Clarke, Chair in Health Economics, Centre for Health Policy,
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this seminar has been cancelled.  Please remove it from your diary.


MSPGH Seminar: 15th April 2015 – Assess Now – Providing Tailored Feedback to Students

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 15th April 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor David Shallcross, Director, Engineering Learning Unit, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

“Assess Now” is an iPad app which allows tailored and individual feedback to be sent rapidly to students.  Originally developed to deliver feedback on student oral presentation the app can be adapted to deliver feedback on a range of assessment tasks, such as clinical exams, when the assessment needs to be completed rapidly in real time.  It has been successfully used across the University to deliver tailored feedback to over 2000 students.

For more details, please view the Event Flyer.

RSVP not required. All other enquiries to Nora Li, Tel: 03 8344 9350.


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