1. The University of Melbourne Student Engagement Grants Program (including the Peter McPhee Student Awards) 2014 Guidelines

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    1.     OBJECTIVES OF THE GRANTS PROGRAM The Student Engagement Grants Program supports the participation of students in engagement activities that: 1.1.    Connect students with external partners to address important social, economic, environmental or cultural issues. 1.2.    Give students the opportunity to apply their learning in activities which develop skills and leadership. 1.3.    Assist students to initiate and implement constructive change in the local, national or international community. 1.4.    Provide opportunities for students to develop their social and civic responsibilities and become active global citizens.   2.     APPLICATION PROCESS AND OUTCOME NOTIFICATION 2.1.    Students may submit applications as individuals or in groups. 2.2.    All applications require endorsement from the activity leader’s Faculty/Graduate School. 2.3.    Applications must be made on the appropriate application form and include all supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 2.4.    There are two Award rounds, one per semester. Applications for Semester 1, 2014 close 12 noon,...
  2. PhD opportunity in childhood obesity prevention: call for applications

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    Is childhood obesity prevention among disadvantaged communities something you feel passionate about?  Do you want to join a very productive team? The Migration, Social Disadvantage, and Health Program, based within the Global Health and Society Unit, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University has a three-year PhD Scholarship ($26,220per annum for living expenses, tax exempt for three years).   The Migration, Social Disadvantage, and Health Program is led by A/Prof Andre Renzaho, so if successful the PhD student will work under his supervision.  He is overseeing multi-disciplinary research projects investigating various aspects of health associated with migration and social disadvantage in Australia and overseas including obesity prevention, intergenerational acculturation gap and  body size perceptions, maternal and child health, vitamin D deficiency, type 2 diabetes, mental health, blood donation, discrimination and social inclusion, health literacy, food security, and alcohol and drug prevention among culturally and linguistically diverse communities   About...
  3. World Congress of Cardiology is Coming to Melbourne

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    THE global platform to share knowledge and learn about the latest developments in science and public policy in the field of cardiovascular health.  The congress will convene thousands of cardiologists and experts in heart health – including stroke – and many of the world’s most influential speakers on those topics such as Sidney Smith, Salim Yusuf, Elliott Antman, Srinath Reddy, Mariell Jessup and Huo Yong will participate. The WCC scientific programme covers a broad range of topics in clinical science, basic science, and health promotion/health advocacy, including the latest developments in cardiology. There are over 200 sessions to choose from –        Where you can hear a keynote address by Marc Pfeffer on left ventricular remodeling –        A debate on whether the current guidelines to reduce sodium to <2300mgs are justifiable and feasible –        A session on the feasibility of the polypill becoming a solution for primary CVD prevention in low...
  4. RSVP for SGM

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    Hello everyone On behalf of the MPHSA committee, I would like to invite you all to participant in our upcoming SGM. Please come, participate, vote, and, even better, nominate yourself for one of our available vacancies. The available positions are President, Education Officer, Communication Officer, Treasurer, and Research Higher Degree Representative. You can find a description of the roles here. If you find yourself interested, the RSVP form will also get you through the process of nominating yourself. We look forward to seeing you all. When? April 3rd 2014 from 4:30 to 6 Where? Lecture Theatre 2, 207 Bourverie St. Best Wishes Ghazaleh, MPHSA communication officer  If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15L_JdB0UIFKYCwwkgkUyCJsPsQDPVC1W8gubsVijrAM/viewform   RSVP- SGM, 3/4/2014 Are you coming to the SGM? (3/4/2014) *  Yes, definitely!   No, sorry!   Maybe… Your name Your email address (in case we need to update you on event location details...
  5. Safer Community Program

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    As we commence a new academic year, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the services and support available to all University students via the Safer Community Program (SCP). The SCP (part of the Wellbeing suite within Student Services) aims to promote an environment that fosters safe learning, working and living at the University, and is the central point of enquiry for information, advice, and support to manage behaviours of concern. More information can be found here: http://safercommunity.unimelb.edu.au/about_the_safer_community_program Members of the University community are encouraged to contact the SCP if they: Feel threatened, unsafe, or are receiving unwanted attention. Are concerned about someone harming themselves, or someone else. Have seen someone behaving in a way that concerns them, or has caused harm. Require personal safety advice. Require support and assistance to manage concerning/challenging behaviours. SCP contact details are:  03 9035 8675 or safer-community@unimelb.edu.au Lastly, you can all download the free UniSafe smart phone...
  6. Master of Public Health Students: Request for MPH student volunteers: course planning for new students and informal mentor program

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    Welcome back for 2014. We hope you have had an enjoyable and restful break. Our school is seeking some MPH student volunteers to help welcome new students who will begin the MPH in Semester 1, 2015. If you could spare a few hours to help with either of the following, please email Johanna (mithenj@unimelb.edu.au ) 1. Attend course planning session(s) for new students Your role would be to chat informally with new students about the subjects that you have taken. Please email me if you could attend either of the following sessions. (Please indicate which session or sessions you are able to attend.) Course planning for new local students (Surnames A – K: 10am – 12 noon, Wednesday 19th February, Lecture Theatre 2, Basement level, 207 Bouverie Street) Student volunteers needed from 10.40am. Course planning for new local students (Surnames L – Z: 2pm – 4pm, Wednesday 19th February, Lecture...
  7. Student Experiences – Interview with Anna O’Halloran

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    Hi everyone Hope you are enjoying your break! Here is our second interview. This time we’ve had a chat with fantastic Anna O’Halloran. Anna is passionate about leadership, equity and health. She recently completed a Master of Public Health and her studies focused on public health leadership, gender and health, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She has worked as a researcher in the areas of cancer epidemiology and HIV prevention. Anna is the Director of REACH, a student-driven health initiative that promotes social change. She is also the General Member of the Future Health Leaders Council. You can find Anna’s LinkedIn profile here and see what has he been up to. Enjoy! Name Anna O’Halloran   What was your background before MPH? I completed a Bachelor of Science (with Honours in Immunology) at the University of Sydney. I worked as a research assistant in cancer epidemiology for about six months...
  8. Student Experiences- Interview with Chris Bates

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    Hello everyone Hope you are enjoying your break! The series of Student Experiences are a new addition to the MPHSA website. The aim is to hear the stories of students who have done public health related internships or volunteering. We want to know how did they get the position, what did they do, what did they learn, and what advices they might have for others considering to do a similar thing. The first interview is with Chris (Red) Bates, our own ex-president. You can find Chris’s LinkedIn profile here and see what has he been up to. Also, we would love to hear from you. Do you have a public health related volunteering/ internship experience and willing to share your story with us? Do you have any questions you want to see answered in the future interviews? Write to us. Let us know. With no further ado, let us move...
  9. Oceania Eco-Health Symposium: Linking Peoples, Landscapes, Health and Wellbeing’ to be held on 9-11 December 2013

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    Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit is proud to present a Symposium titled ‘Oceania Eco-Health Symposium: Linking Peoples, Landscapes, Health and Wellbeing’ to be held on 9-11 December 2013. This event, hosted by the Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, brings together four contributions to the future of Australasian civil society: a dialogue on practices that support the relationships between peoples, landscape and social health presentations on sustainable food futures and animal health a workshop on an Australasian Chapter of international EcoHealth, in which all people are regarded as Indigenous, that is, a product of their environment the launch of the book The Human Capacity for Transformational Change. Harnessing the Collective Mind by Valerie A. Brown and John A. Harris. This book describes collective social structures already in practice, which include a collective language, a transformation science, a deep democracy, a common pool economy, methods of collective learning, and a shared human identity. Together these offer a prototype...
  10. Registration now open! Nossal Institute for Global Health Oration and Forum

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    The 9th Annual Nossal Global Health Forum will be held Friday 29th November 2013. This year’s theme, ‘From Cell to Globe: Collaborations in communicable disease“, will comprise of four major sessions: 1) Low-cost technology for health 2) Mosquito-borne diseases 3) One health and influenza 4) Sexual and reproductive health The orator this year is Sir Gustav Nossal himself, who will deliver a speech on “Global Imperatives in Communicable Disease Control”. The oration will be held on Thursday 28 November evening at the Carrillo Gantner Theatre in the Sidney Myer Asia Centre. This is a FREE event. For more information visit here To register for the 9th Nossal Institute for Global Health Oration please click here —-   To register for the 9th Nossal Institute for Global Health Forum please click here

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