Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

CHE PhD Seminar : 19th Aug 2019 – Advance care planning for children with severe neurodisability: viewing prognostic uncertainty as an opportunity rather than barrier

11:00am-12:30pm. Mon 19th August 2019
MR 2.002, University of Melbourne, Dept of Paediatrics, RCH (2nd Fl, West Bld)

PhD Candidate: Sidharth Vemuri
Supervisors: Prof Lynn Gillam, A/Prof Jenny Hynson and Prof Katrina Williams

Children with severe neurodisability have high care needs and multiple interactions with health services. These children are at risk of dying from their condition, though
this may not happen during their childhood. Continue reading “CHE PhD Seminar : 19th Aug 2019 – Advance care planning for children with severe neurodisability: viewing prognostic uncertainty as an opportunity rather than barrier”


MSPGH Special Seminar: 15th August 2019 – Is the USA heading inevitably towards ‘Medicare for All’? And who cares?

12.30-1.30pm, Thu 15th August 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Adam Elshaug, Professor of Health Policy and Co-Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney and; Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA

Fifteen months out from the US 2020 election two dozen Democratic candidates have begun vying for the nomination. There can be only one. Rarely seen for decades, most Democratic candidates (and importantly, most of the popular candidates) are running on the promise of universal health coverage.  Continue reading “MSPGH Special Seminar: 15th August 2019 – Is the USA heading inevitably towards ‘Medicare for All’? And who cares?”


MSPGH Seminar: 17th July 2019 – Moral Injury: Applying lessons learned from a military context

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 17th July 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Alyson Zalta, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, Department of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.

The term moral injury was coined out of a growing recognition that military service members face moral and ethical challenges in the context of war that are traumatic and have long-term mental health consequences. Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 17th July 2019 – Moral Injury: Applying lessons learned from a military context”


MSPGH Special Seminar: 11th July 2019 – The rebirth of PHC: Perspectives from Astana, Geneva and New York

12.30-1.30pm, Thu 11th July 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr David Hipgrave, Senior Health Advisor and Team Leader, (Health Systems Strengthening), UNICEF New York, U.S.A.

In October 2018, the global health community’s attention turned to a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration on primary health care (PHC). Agencies engaged in supporting countries on PHC are being asked to collaborate to a greater degree, ideally improving country ownership, and partners’ efficiency and collective outputs.  Continue reading “MSPGH Special Seminar: 11th July 2019 – The rebirth of PHC: Perspectives from Astana, Geneva and New York”


CHE Seminar: 11th Jul 2019 – Understanding the role and place of alcohol consumption amongst young people in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia

10:30-11:30am, Thu, 11th July 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

PhD Candidate: Ratih Eka Pertiwi
Supervisors: A/Prof Richard Chenhall, Dr Cathy Vaughan, and Professor Robin Room

Prevalent alcohol misuse amongst youth in Papua contributes to traffic accidents, violence, alcohol poisoning, and risky sexual behaviours. However, very little formal research has been done on alcohol in Papua, and almost none with youth to explore alcohol use from their perspective. Continue reading “CHE Seminar: 11th Jul 2019 – Understanding the role and place of alcohol consumption amongst young people in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia”


CHE Seminar: 6th Aug 2019 – Psychology of traumatised communities as whole entities

11:00-12:00noon, Tue 6th August 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Eugen Koh, Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The focus on community resilience has largely been on how it is organised (eg. suggested by social network analysis) or individually experienced (eg. psychological sense of community). Continue reading “CHE Seminar: 6th Aug 2019 – Psychology of traumatised communities as whole entities”


MSPGH Seminar: 3rd July 2019 – Mortality among Handgun Owners in California: the LongSHOT Cohort Study

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 3rd July 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor David Studdert, Professor of Law and Medicine, Stanford University

The US has rates of civilian gun ownership that are far higher than in any other country and rates of firearm-related death and injury that are among the world’s highest.  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 3rd July 2019 – Mortality among Handgun Owners in California: the LongSHOT Cohort Study”


CHP seminar: 11th June 2019 – Clinical and economic outcomes of using whole genome sequencing to contain a serious bacterial outbreak

12:30pm-1:30pm, Tuesday 11th June 2019
Seminar Room 410, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: A/Prof. Louisa Gordon

There are ~165,000 hospital-acquired infections each in Australia. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of pathogens can quickly confirm suspected cases of infectious disease, discriminate between strains and classify novel pathogens. The goal of the economic evaluation was to understand the role of WGS in managing patients exposed to a serious bacterial outbreak that occurred at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Continue reading “CHP seminar: 11th June 2019 – Clinical and economic outcomes of using whole genome sequencing to contain a serious bacterial outbreak”


CMH Seminar: 13th June 2019 – Do behaviors in kindergarten predict economic outcomes in adulthood?

12:30pm-1:30pm, Thursday 13 June 2019
Seminar Room 405A, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Dr Francis Vergunst

In a series of papers, drawing on two Canadian birth cohort studies and tax records spanning three decades, I show that children’s behaviours at age 6 years are associated with future earnings and welfare receipt. Specifically, teacher-ratings of children’s inattention and aggression-opposition are associated with lower earnings and higher welfare receipt from age 18 to 36 years, while prosocial behaviours are associated with higher earnings and lower welfare receipt, independent of hyperactivity and anxiety, and after adjustment for the child’s IQ and family background. Continue reading “CMH Seminar: 13th June 2019 – Do behaviors in kindergarten predict economic outcomes in adulthood?”


Master of Public Health Confirmation Seminar: 1 July 2019 – Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the early formation of their families

10:00am to 11:00am, Monday 1st July 2019

Seminar Room 515, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Masters of Public Health Candidate: Jack Bulman

Supervisors: Prof Kerry Arabena, Dr Mick Adams and A/Prof Richard Chenhall

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males have little to no support from services during the early formation of their families. Through a series of focus groups and interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males who are making the transition to first time fathers, this Masters project is seeking to understand what stressors males experience during this life transition to identify the supports required to fulfil their cultural obligations during the first 1000 days, from conception to a child’s second birthday.  Continue reading “Master of Public Health Confirmation Seminar: 1 July 2019 – Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the early formation of their families”


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