Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

CMH Seminar – 18-Aug-2015: Kriton Speech: Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

5-6pm, Tuesday 18 August 2015
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Joachim Diederich is a clinical psychologist and computer scientist. He is the Founder and Director of the Psychology Network Pty Ltd, an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland.

Kriton Speech integrates artificial intelligence and psychological methods to acquire knowledge for hybrid / neural network systems and to apply this knowledge for computational diagnosis. Continue reading “CMH Seminar – 18-Aug-2015: Kriton Speech: Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health”


CEB PhD Confirmation Seminar 20-Aug-2015: Domain-specific physical activity and sedentary behavior in relation to colorectal cancer risk

2.00-3.00pm, Thurs 20th August 2015
Seminar Rooms 302/303, Level 3, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Shahid Mahmood, PhD Student, Centre for Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne

Colorectal cancer is the second most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Environmental exposures play pivotal role in aetiology of more than two-third of cases. We hypothesize Continue reading “CEB PhD Confirmation Seminar 20-Aug-2015: Domain-specific physical activity and sedentary behavior in relation to colorectal cancer risk”


MSPGH Seminar: 26th August 2015 – Human security and disaster – Japan’s experience with international references

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 26th August 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Junko Otani, Global Human Sciences and Regional Studies, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University; and Regional Director, East Asian Center for Academic Initiatives (Overseas Shanghai Office), Osaka University

Proponents of the emerging paradigm of human security challenge the traditional notion of national security by arguing that the proper referent for security should be the individual rather than the state.  The proponents argue that the scope of global security should be expanded to include seven threats to security:  economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community and political (1994).  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 26th August 2015 – Human security and disaster – Japan’s experience with international references”


MSPGH Seminar: 19th August 2015 – Mental health laws and their effect on practice

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 19th August 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Bernadette McSherry, Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Adjunct Professor, Melbourne Law School

Mental health laws that enable the detention and treatment of those with severe mental health problems without their consent have long existed in most developed countries. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has instigated debates concerning Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 19th August 2015 – Mental health laws and their effect on practice”


CEB WIP 13-Aug-2015: Secondary prevention in multiple sclerosis: modifiable risk factors

12.00 – 1.00pm, Thurs 13th August 2015
MSPGH Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor George A. Jelinek, Head, Neuroepidemiology Unit, Centre for Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health,
University of Melbourne

The Neuroepidemiology Unit (NEU) was established as part of the CEB in July 2015. The Unit, headed by Professor George Jelinek, is examining modifiable lifestyle factors related to health outcomes, and the effect of a lifestyle-based preventive medicine intervention for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Genetics plays a key role in the development of the disease, but appears to have no influence on progression to disability, suggesting a pivotal role for environmental factors.


MSPGH Seminar: 12th August 2015 – The First 1000 Days – Building wellbeing outcomes for families and communities from conception to age 2

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 12th August 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Kerry Arabena, Director, Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health

The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. The First 1,000 Days program aims to reduce vulnerabilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families and Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 12th August 2015 – The First 1000 Days – Building wellbeing outcomes for families and communities from conception to age 2”


CMH Seminar – 20-Aug-2015: Experiences of discrimination and positive treatment in people with mental health problems: findings from an Australian national survey

12.30-1.30pm, Thursday 20 August 2015
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Nicola Reavley is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Career Development Fellow. Her research focuses on improving public knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems, reducing stigma and discrimination, and improving support for those with mental disorders.

The aim of the study was to carry out a national survey of experiences of discrimination and positive treatment associated with mental health problems. Continue reading “CMH Seminar – 20-Aug-2015: Experiences of discrimination and positive treatment in people with mental health problems: findings from an Australian national survey”


MSPGH Seminar: 5th August 2015 – Preventing suicide: a clinical and population-health perspective from the UK

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

Professor Nav Kapur, Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, Centre for Suicide Prevention, Centre for Mental Health and Safety, University of Manchester

Suicide is a complex problem with many potential causes.  Of course, we need to consider population wide and societal approaches but what role might health services have in preventing suicide?  Nav will draw on research from his unit in Manchester and other studies internationally to consider what interventions work.  Promising strategies include: Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 5th August 2015 – Preventing suicide: a clinical and population-health perspective from the UK”


CEB PhD Completion Seminar 28-Aug-2015: ‘Giving the finger to anal cancer’: screening for human papillomavirus and its sequelae in men who have sex with men living with HIV

11.00am-12.00pm, Fri 28th August 2015
Don Jacobs Room, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton

Dr Jason Ong, CEB, MSPGH

Men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV have a relatively high risk for anal and oral human papillomavirus (HPV) compared with the general population. This increases their risk Continue reading “CEB PhD Completion Seminar 28-Aug-2015: ‘Giving the finger to anal cancer’: screening for human papillomavirus and its sequelae in men who have sex with men living with HIV”


CMH Seminar – 6-Aug-2015 – Panel Presentation: Headspace – Implementing and evaluating early intervention in youth mental health

12.30-1.30pm, Thurs 6th August 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Nic Telford Manager, Evaluation; Dr Kelly Mazzer Research Officer; Vanessa Kennedy Evaluation Officer; Dr Angela Nicholas Senior Evaluation Officer; Amanda Reeves Evaluation Officer

headspace The National Youth Mental Health Foundation is now the largest provider of youth mental health care across Australia. First initiated in 2006 as the Australian Government’s response to a high level of need, but a low level of access, to mental health services among adolescents and young adults aged 12 to 25 years, headspace now has 76 centres across Australia. headspace centres are designed as highly accessible, youth-friendly, integrated service hubs and networks providing evidence-based interventions for mental health, alcohol and other drugs, general health, as well as vocational support. Continue reading “CMH Seminar – 6-Aug-2015 – Panel Presentation: Headspace – Implementing and evaluating early intervention in youth mental health”


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