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Public Health @ UNSW Symposium: Harnessing Great Science for Public Health Impacts

We are pleased to invite you to the Public Health @ UNSW Symposium on 'Harnessing Great Science for Public Health Impacts' to be held on November 27 2019 at the John Niland Scientia Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney.

The Symposium will showcase high-quality higher degree research and early career public health research being conducted across Medicine and related centres and schools*. It will feature the UNSW Medicine 2025 research themes of Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction, Infectious Disease, Immunity & Inflammation, Cancer and Non-Communicable Diseases. 

Keynote Speakers include internationally renowned nephrologist and incoming Dean of Medicine Professor Vlado Perkovic and leading epidemiologist and longstanding scientific director of the 45 and Up study, Professor Emily Banks from Australian National University.

The program will also include an interactive panel on Career Development for Public Health followed by closing remarks by the SPHCM Head of School, Professor Rebecca Ivers.

Although attentance at the Symposium is free registration is essential. 

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*The Symposium is brought to you by UNSW Medicine and its associated centres/schools: School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), Kirby Institute, The George Institute, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE), Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH), Black Dog Institute, Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre, Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE).

 

Keynote Speakers

Vlado Perkovic

Professor Vlado Perkovic

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Vlado Perkovic is the Dean of Medicine at UNSW Sydney having commenced in October 2019. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of The George Institute since 2011. He is Staff Specialist in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Vlado’s research focus is in clinical trials and epidemiology, in particular in preventing the progression of kidney disease and its complications. He leads several international clinical trials, and has been involved in developing Australian and global treatment guidelines. He has played a central role in the development of an affordable dialysis system, which was a Eureka Prize finalist in 2017. Vlado is the President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institute and is on the Board of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance. He is Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Advancing Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) group; and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of leading specialist and general journals, including the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Circulation, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Emily Banks

 

Professor Emily Banks

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU College of Health and Medicine

Professor Emily Banks is an epidemiologist and public health physician. Her research uses large-scale population data to identify potentially modifiable factors affecting individual and population health in different settings, to inform improvements in health and health care.  She is recognised nationally and internationally for her work on cancer, cardiovascular disease, smoking, medication safety and Aboriginal health. She currently leads the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice Group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford.

 

Panel Chair

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Professor Evelyne de Leeuw

Professor of Public Health, Director of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation

Evelyne is, since 2015, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). CHETRE is part of the University of New South Wales, South Western Sydney Local Health District (the healthcare and health promotion provider to the most diverse and most health challenged population in the Greater Sydney basin), and Ingham Institute (a charitative health research institute connecting industry, community and the profession). With CHETRE’s mission ‘to co-create intelligence for better health’ Evelyne believes she has landed her best job ever, working with people, problems, and politics for health equity. CHETRE’s stakeholders recognise ‘the best job’, too – Evelyne was appointed Director of the Healthy Urban Environments (HUE) Collaboratory, a research, development and advocacy centre across three universities (UNSW, WSU, UTS), two health districts, local governments and developers. Evelyne has several parallel jobs. She is Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal Health Promotion International (IF 2), sits on the Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education IUHPE, advises WHO, and is the chair of the Global Scientific Committee for IUHPE2022. Much of this is driven by Evelyne’s commitment to worldwide Healthy Cities – she has been involved with the European movement since its start (1986) and did evaluations and consultations with many local governments – including in Japan, El Salvador, Korea, Kazakhstan, and The Netherlands. Work with local health policy has driven her to argue for a ‘new’ scientific discipline – health political science, bridging public health, health promotion, policy studies, administrative, and political science. Finally some metrics. More than 200 peer reviewed articles and eight books. H-index 27. 50 online lectures and videos at Vimeo.

 

Panel Members

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Professor Jason Grebely

Professor Viral Hepatitis Clinical Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Jason Grebely is a Professor in the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Program at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney. His research focuses on the epidemiology, natural history and therapeutic strategies for enhancing testing and treatment for hepatitis C infection, with a focus on people who inject drugs. Jason has a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, both from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has published over 240 peer-reviewed publications and has current research funding from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council and the US National Institutes of Health. Jason is a Senior Editor for the International Journal of Drug Policy. He is also the President of the International Network for Hepatitis in Substance Users, an international body for improving knowledge translation, education and advocacy for HCV among people who inject drugs.

 

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Adjunct A/Professor Mary Haines

Director, Mary Haines Consulting (MHC)

Mary Haines is the Director of Mary Haines Consulting (MHC), a boutique consultancy company. Mary has over 20 years’ experience working in senior positions across the government, corporate, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. Mary’s expertise lies in strategy, implementation, research and evaluation in the health, human services and research sectors. Mary has held senior executive service (NSW Health) and governance committee/Board positions in the NSW Government (SLHD, CEC, ACI). Additionally, Mary has been an executive NSW government research funder in her role as a Director of Strategic Research Investment at the Cancer Institute NSW.  Mary also has is a depth of expertise in the university sector. Mary is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.  Mary is a Senior Adviser at the Sax Institute.  Maryhas a PhD in Public Health from University College London, UK and was a Fulbright Scholar based in the USA at the Rand Corporation/ UCLA/ Veterans Health Administration, focusing on evaluation and implementation.

 

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Dr Janani Shanthosh

Global Health Lawyer and Research Fellow in Health, Economics and Law, The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Sydney

Dr Janani Shanthosh is a global health lawyer and Research Fellow in Health, Economics and Law at The George Institute for Global Health. Janani leads a public health law research stream within the Health Economics and Process Evaluation Division of the Centre. This work aims to develop empirical research tools that policy makers and researchers can use to evaluate public health law (in terms of power, effectiveness, acceptability and sustainability), and to inform the design of legislative reform. Janani holds a concurrent position as Academic Lead of the Health and Human Rights Program at the Australian Human Rights (AHR) Institute, University of New South Wales. The Program works toward the progressive realisation of human rights at national, regional and global levels by improving the generation and translation of evidence about the linkages between human rights and health outcomes. Janani’s research interests are at the intersection of health systems and international human rights and include women’s health rights in the Asia Pacific region, Indigenous participation in the design and implementation of public health law, and non-communicable disease (NCDs) prevention and the law. She has published extensively in journals including the Lancet, BMJ Global Health and The International Journal of Drug Policy.

 

 
SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
9:00-9:15 Registration - Foyer
9:15-9:25 Welcome to Country
9:25-9:30 Welcome Address - Professor Rebecca Ivers, Head of School, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
9:30-10:30 Keynote Speakers -
  • Professor Vlado Perkovic, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
  • Collective experience, collective evidence, collective action: maximising the public health impact of research - Professor Emily Banks, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU College of Health and Medicine
10:30-11:00 Morning Tea
PARALLEL SESSIONS
11:00-13:00 Infectious Disease, Immunity and Inflammation Non-Communicable Diseases / Cancer
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction Interdisciplinary / Qualitative
DISCUSSION PANEL
15:00-16:00

Panel Topic: Career Development in Public Health

Chair:  Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, Professor of Public Health, Director of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation

Panellists:

  • Adjunct A/Prof Mary Haines, Director, Mary Haines Consulting (MHC)
  • Prof Jason Grebely, Professor Viral Hepatitis Clinical Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Janani Shanthosh, Global Health Lawyer and Research Fellow in Health, Economics and Law, The George Institute for Gobal Health, UNSW Sydney
16:00-17:00 Closing and Awards - Professor Rebecca Ivers, Head of School, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney

 

Venue

Public Health @ UNSW Symposium: Harnessing Great Science for Public Health Impacts

Higher Degree Research candidates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Symposium: Leighton Hall, The Galleries & Tyree Room

At The John Niland Scientia Building (G19), University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus, Sydney.

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Getting to the Venue

Public Transport

With nearly 1,700 UNSW Express Bus services per week the campus is easy to get to via public transport no matter where you are travelling from. See UNSW Bus Services for more details on public transport, depending on your original location.

Parking on Campus

For visitors driving to the University, UNSW provides a limited number of on-campus car parking spaces. The two major parking stations are:

  • Barker Street Car park - Entry via Gate 14, Barker Street.
  • Botany Street Car park - Enter via Gate 11, Botany Street.

Parking on campus is available at minimum charge on weekdays. Short-term metered parking is available in both parking stations and at various locations around campus. Parking is free after 7:00pm. Half and full day "pay and display" ticket machines are available on the top two levels of both Barker and Botany Street parking stations. Change machines are not available.

For more information on Visitor Parking see UNSW Parking.

 

 

 

Call for Abstracts

Public Health @ UNSW Symposium: Harnessing Great Science for Public Health Impacts

Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are invited to submit an abstract for the 2019 Public Health @ UNSW Symposium: Harnessing Great Science for Public Health Impacts. HDR candidates must be post-confirmation and ECRs within the first three years of their career.

Presentations should contain original research and include novel data and/or analysis. Presentations will be arranged in accordance with the UNSW Medicine 2025 Themes (Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction, Infectious Disease, Immunity & Inflammation, Cancer and Non-Communicable Diseases). Abstracts are required to indicate the preferred theme for the presentation. Please adhere to a 300-word limit and IMRaD structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion), but narrative abstracts are also allowed.

If you have any questions or require further information please email resdegree-sphcm@unsw.edu.au.

Please use the form below to submit your Abstract.

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AWARDS
  • Best abstract in HDR Category $250. Runner up in HDR category $150
  • Best abstract in ECR Category $250. Runner up in ECR category $150

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