Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

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.


CMH PhD Completion Seminar: 30th April 2015 – Resilience and Psychological Outcomes

2:00-3:309m, Thurs 30th April 2015
Room 516, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Ashraf Hosseini is a PhD Candidate at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

Migration is often a challenging and life changing experience. The challenges of migration may jeopardise mental health while this may also provide opportunities for growth and resilience. To explore theses issue in Iranians who migrated to Australia, this study has investigated ​resilience and psychological outcomes among Iranian immigrants living in Australia. Continue reading “CMH PhD Completion Seminar: 30th April 2015 – Resilience and Psychological Outcomes”


MSPGH Seminar: 29th April 2015 – Nutritionism: The Philosophy and Politics of Nutrition Science

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 29th April 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Gyorgy Scrinis, Lecturer in Food and Nutrition Politics and Policy, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Nutrition science research and dietary guidelines for the public have been characterised by a reductive focus on and interpretation of the role of nutrients in dietary health, which I refer to as a form of nutritional reductionism or nutritionism.  There are limitations with this approach to both understanding and communicating food quality and its effects on bodily health, in comparison with food-level and dietary level knowledge.  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 29th April 2015 – Nutritionism: The Philosophy and Politics of Nutrition Science”


MSPGH Seminar: 22nd April 2015 – In the trenches with the HEAG – and beyond

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 22nd April 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Lynn Gillam, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health; and Chair, The University of Melbourne central Human Research Ethics Committee

The School’s Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG) is one of 24 HEAGs across the University which work in the front line of the University’s Human Ethics review process.  It’s not always a fun job, but someone very definitely has to do it – or research would grind to a halt. In this presentation, I will discuss how the whole human ethics review process works, the role of our HEAG in that, what some of the known obstacles and irritations are, and how we can work collaboratively to make things work as smoothly as possible.  In particular, I will discuss the issue of review of research design and methodology and what that has to do with ethics.  This presentation draws from the recent review of the School’s HEAG, which I conducted at Prof Terry Nolan’s request.

For more details, please view the Event Flyer.

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


MSPGH Seminar: 1st April 2015 – What has the CRPD got to do with research?

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

Professor Jeffrey Chan, Chief Practitioner, Quality, Innovation & Safeguards at Yooralla;
Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney

It has been about six years since Australia signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the CRPD). There is a perception that the CRPD applies only to governments and disability service providers, and within the context of law and legislation. Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 1st April 2015 – What has the CRPD got to do with research?”


CHE/NCDC Seminar 10-Apr-2015: Prevention and control of NCDs in India: What has changed in the last 10 years?

9:00-10:30am, Fri 10th April 2015
Lecture Theatre 1 – Ground floor, Alan Gilbert Building (161 Barry Street)

Professor K.R. Thankappan, Professor and Head of Achutha Menon Centre, Health Sciences Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Prof Thankappan’s research focuses on chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and their risk factors, particularly tobacco.  Continue reading “CHE/NCDC Seminar 10-Apr-2015: Prevention and control of NCDs in India: What has changed in the last 10 years?”


MSPGH Seminar: 25th March 2015 – The Quebec Historical Population Register: recent findings from a demographic laboratory

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 25th March 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Lisa Dillon, Department of Demography, University of Montreal, Canada

Professor Lisa Dillon will present the Registre de la population du Québec ancien (RPQA), a longitudinal family reconstitution database of the Quebec Catholic population from 1621-1799, as well as associated census and vital event data from the 19th and 20th centuries.  She will discuss the evolution of this database, including current database development initiatives, and Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 25th March 2015 – The Quebec Historical Population Register: recent findings from a demographic laboratory”


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