Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

MSPGH Seminar: 18th February 2015 – Making use of natural experiments to support evidence informed public health: opportunities & challenges

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 18th February 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Hilary Thomson, Senior Investigator Scientist
Medical Research Council | Chief Scientist Office, Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

There are numerous interventions delivered across populations which potentially contribute to changes in population health.  Applying experimental methods to these interventions is rarely possible, but there are other opportunities to generate evidence from these natural experiments.   This seminar will Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 18th February 2015 – Making use of natural experiments to support evidence informed public health: opportunities & challenges”


CMH Seminar – January 19 2015 12.30pm-1.30pm A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention

Presented by Morton M. Silverman, M.D.
Monday January 19 2015 at 12:30-1:30 pm in Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

In this presentation Dr. Silverman will review contemporary approaches to understanding the etiology of suicidal behaviours, and identifying suicide as a public health problem.
He will discuss how existing public health interventions can be tailored to address suicidal behaviours and the challenges inherent in implementing a public health approach to suicide prevention. The seminar will look at evaluating suicide prevention strategies on a national and international level.

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CMH Seminar – December 8 12.30pm-1.30pm – “Breaking the chains”: An ethnographic documentary about human rights violations against people with mental illness in Indonesia

Presented by Dr Erminia Colucci
Monday December 8 at 12:30-1:30 pm in Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

During this seminar, Erminia will discuss the use of visual methods to research in global and cultural mental health, illustrated through examples from her recent “Breaking the chains” ethnographic photo/film documentary project. The documentary depicts the use of physical restraint and confinement of people with mental illness in Indonesia and the efforts to eradicate this practice that is known as ‘pasung’ in Indonesia but widespread also in other countries.

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CHE/Gender and Women’s Health Unit – 17-Dec-14: Making it Better

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Wed 17th December 2014
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Lorraine Greaves, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health, Canada

Gender transformative health promotion can improve the health of both women and men, by seeking to change negative gender norms as well as improve health. Continue reading “CHE/Gender and Women’s Health Unit – 17-Dec-14: Making it Better”


CHE PhD Completion 15-Dec-2014: Carrier testing in children: Exploration of current practice and views of parents of children with genetic conditions and genetic health professionals in Australia

9:30-10:30am, Mon 15th December 2014

Level 3, Seminar Room 302/303, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Danya Vears: PhD Candidate, Centre for Health Equity

Despite the majority of genetic guidelines recommending that carrier testing should not be performed in children, the literature suggests some parents desire this information about their children.  Continue reading “CHE PhD Completion 15-Dec-2014: Carrier testing in children: Exploration of current practice and views of parents of children with genetic conditions and genetic health professionals in Australia”


MSPGH Seminar: 3rd December 2014 – Why don’t students turn up to your lectures?

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 3rd December 2014
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor David Williams, Professor in Physiology & Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Program Director of the Bachelor of Biomedicine and Chair, Teaching and Learning Development Committee, The University of Melbourne

Students are time-poor, stressed and anxious, the lectures are large and impersonal and probably at 8am, they are recorded and screen-captured, you can be ‘played back’ at double speed, and unless you are ‘value-adding’ to the didactic experience in your lectures why would they bother getting out of bed? Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 3rd December 2014 – Why don’t students turn up to your lectures?”


MSPGH/VCCC Special Seminar: 24th November 2014 – Breast Cancer Prevention – Missed opportunities and why we must act now

12.30-1.30pm, Monday 24th November 2014
Peter Doherty Institute Auditorium, Ground Level, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Professor Graham Colditz, Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health; Chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences and Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Siteman Cancer Centre, St Louis, USA

Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosis among women world-wide, accounting for 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed. The majority of cases are among women living in low and middle-income countries. I review reasons why we are not already acting to prevent breast cancer in the broader population. I will review drivers of breast cancer risk including growth and development before a woman has her first pregnancy. Continue reading “MSPGH/VCCC Special Seminar: 24th November 2014 – Breast Cancer Prevention – Missed opportunities and why we must act now”


MSPGH Seminar: 19th November 2014 – Statistical significance causing significant problems: Understanding Type S & Type M errors

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 19th November 2014
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor John Carlin, Professor of Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health & Director, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit and Data Science,
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

It has been suggested that research faces a “reproducibility crisis”, in that many claims that appear in research papers may be exaggerated or even false.  A not insignificant (shall we say) component of this problem is the heavy reliance in scientific publication on the concept of statistical significance.  A “significant” p-value provides a licence to make a scientific claim or report a “finding”, Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 19th November 2014 – Statistical significance causing significant problems: Understanding Type S & Type M errors”


CHP, Onemda and the Justice Health Research Group present this Seminar: 27th November 2014 – Complex alcohol control policies in Indigenous communities in Queensland have unintended consequences

12.30-1.30pm, Thur 27th November 2014
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Alan Clough PhD

Very high rates of injury and death during the 1990s were linked with increased alcohol availability and misuse in discrete Indigenous communities in rural and remote Queensland (Australia).  To address widespread concerns about a public health crisis, from 2002, the Queensland Government implemented alcohol control strategies known as ‘Alcohol Management Plans’ (AMPs) in 19 of these communities.  Although resources for prevention and treatment were promised, AMPs became increasingly focused on local prohibition, restricted access to alcohol and punitive measures for breaching restrictions.

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