1. Outgoing President Report 2014 – by Lucy Westerman

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    MPHSA 2014 SGM President’s Report What an amazing journey the last nigh 12 months have been. I was hesitant to take on the additional responsibility of being president of MPHSA – balancing family, studies and other commitments was already plenty… but I was inspired by what had been started by the founding committee, and felt there was massive potential to keep growing MPHSA as a facilitator, to help connect students with each other, engage with MSPGH and empower students personally and professionally. Energised by fantastic support from MSPGH, I put my hand up… By some amazing stroke of fortune, we assembled an outstanding team of individuals who have since become dear friends to me. I expected to develop good working relationships and get tasks done, but didn’t anticipate the personal relationships that would blossom. Our committee, in spite of each of us facing our own significant and unanticipated life changes...
  2. 2014 SGM Agenda

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    Please find attached the agenda for our MPHSA special General Meeting to be held on Thursday 3rd April at 207 Bouverie St, Carlton The key purpose of the meeting is to elect new executive office bearers to fill the roles of President, Treasurer, Education Officer and Communications Officer until the Annual General Meeting to be held later in 2014. We hope you can join us to support committee, old and new!
  3. 2014 Student Staff Liaison Reps

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    Matthew Cook & Laura Thomas, Student Reps 2014   We would like to introduce two of the MSPGH student representatives who will be participating and contributing to the MSPGH Student Staff Liaison Committee for 2014. Matthew Cook My public health journey began 10 years ago when I completed a Master of IT. This lead me on a winding voyage from studying in Queensland through to bilateral exchange in Norway and working for a housing trust in the United Kingdom before returning to Australia. I finally settled in Melbourne where for the last 7 years I have worked for the Victorian Department of Health as an IT project manager. In that capacity I coordinate building and implementing clinical and patient administration systems for Victorian public hospitals and community health agencies.  While the business benefits of our work are relatively clear, the question remains: Has this work achieved improved health outcomes for...
  4. Reflections from School Planning Days

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    During October and November, MPHSA committee members and several other students were invited to attend Melbourne School of Population and Global Health coursework and school planning days to represent students. These days were a great opportunity for students tho share ideas about what is working well, what is not working so well, and what could be improved. We shared that we thoughts on challenging experiences students have had with assessments, academic skills, professional development for students, and logistics of some subjects. We also praised the fantastic staff, diverse and comprehensive courses, the wonderful student cohort and improving communication (particularly in some subjects). Areas we  recommended for improvement included: More timely return of feedback on assessments and access to reading materials Improved School communication (consistency, accessibility, social media) Investment in Epidemiology and Biostatistics students Improved access to course content for International Students in particular (diction, jargon, etc.) Engagement of alumni, and...
  5. End of Year Dinner – Reflection

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    Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated a great year of population and global health learning at our ‘cocktail style’ dinner catered by the Asylym Seeker Resource Centre Catering and held at the Gryphon Gallery. Around 40 students, a handful of significant others, and Prof Rob Moodie, mingled and chatted about subjects, revelations, plans and inspired ideas over a delicious spread of food from around the world. Special thanks to the talented students who provided home-made sweet treats ranging from lemon curd tarts and chocolate brownies to Australian pavlova and cupcakes. A big shout out of thanks to our outstanding organising committee, headed by Katherine Hawtin, with big help from Georgia Rankin and Lesley Hawes. All came in to generously give their time for this inaugural event, and did an exceptional and greatly appreciated job. Thanks also to our tireless and ever-supportive MPHSA committee members. We hope to see you...
  6. 2013 Pulse Check

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    It is time for a Pulse Check, and we want to represent as broad a range of students as possible, so we want to hear from you!
  7. 9th Nossal Institute Oration & 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 Our 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. For now, please Save the Date. Further information and registration details will be shared shortly. Keep an eye on the Nossal Institute’s website

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