1. New Subject in the Masters of Public Health

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    Community Based Participatory Research   Cathy Vaughan and Richard Chenhall will be teaching a new subject in the MPH in Semester 1, 2015. The subject is called Community Based Participatory Research.   If your interested in participatory approaches to research then this is the subject for you. We will be exploring a range of different methodological tools, such as photovoice, through engagement with a research project on campus. This will give you hands-on experience concerning various aspects of conducting a ‘live’ research project here at the University of Melbourne.
  2. LEPH 2014 in Amsterdam – October 2014

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    The Second International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health Amsterdam, The Netherlands 5-8 October 2014 Don’t leave it too late to register for this major conference. International interest is very high and this is reflected in the comprehensive, diverse and challenging conference program which has been developed with significant input from the Public Health Service of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Police. The program is now available at http://www.lephcon.com.au/program/program-2014/ . Check it out.   There are many eminent speakers particularly relevant to Public Health professionals, teaching institutions  and researchers including: Professor Clifford Shearing, Director of Centre for Criminology, University of Cape Town: What’s been happening to policing and why doesn’t it matter. Eamonn O’Moore, Director, Public Health Executive, UK: Prisons as public health institutions. Inga Heyman, Robert Gordon University, UK.  Virtually joining forces: collaborative police and health practice and education to support those with co-morbid physical and mental health needs in police custody. James Ogloff, Director,...
  3. Academic Skills Workshops

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    Academic skills are running a series of workshops during semester 2 for honours and Masters students writing a  minor thesis / research project. Download  Sem 2 2014 Sciences Research Writing Workshops Flyer
  4. What I learned from the Global Ideas Forum by Bridget Nwagbra

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    What I learned from the Global Ideas Forum If you have taken on biostatistics, epidemiology and a cocktail of MPH electives, probably you may feel like I do that you owe the world your skills. Probably you share with me that burning and overwhelming sense of responsibility and optimism to take on global health problems. Yet, I’m acutely aware of the challenges and uncertainties that come with the changing political environment as nations bloc together to foster trade and diplomacy. I’m not lost to shrinking investments on foreign aid for health. Obviously there are unanswered questions on how we can sustain the momentum and progress made by the MDGs in the post-2015 era. At the Global Ideas Forum this weekend, some of the answers began to emerge. If we have the data to generate information we can prioritize our health problems, facilitate health policymaking and measure our progress. With powerful...
  5. Global Health and Human Rights Keynote and Special Lecture

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    Global Health and Human Rights The subject Global Health and Human Rights (POPH90244), coordinated by Dr Hasheem Mannan and A/Prof Tilman Ruff, is due to commence 21 – 25 July 2014. Enrolments are still open for this subject, you can find a copy of the subject Timetable here   We are delighted that the subject will include a keynote address by The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Kirby will be discussing health and HIV issues of universal human rights. You are invited to attend this keynote address. Please see this flyer for further information and RSVP details.   You are also invited to a special lecture by Dr Joseph Amon, Director of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Amon’s lecture will focus on practical applications of human rights concepts in public health contexts. Please see this flyer...
  6. Males 17-19 years are needed for HPV research

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    Heterosexual males between 17-19 years of age- we need you! The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is currently looking for heterosexual males between the ages of 17-19 years to participate in a study on the prevalence of HPV infections. Your participation will be reimbursed with a Coles-MYER voucher that can be used at Liquor Land, Officeworks, etc. All that you need to do is make an appointment with Bec, the research nurse, to attend the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre two blocks away and simply fill out a questionnaire and take a self-collected sample.   Want a bit more information? HPV (the Human Papilloma Virus) is the common cold of STIs. While it can be symptomless, it can also cause genital warts and even cancer. A vaccine against the types of HPV that cause warts and cancer has been available for girls at school for a number of years, but programs have...
  7. AIDS2014 ­ Global Village and Youth Programme

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      AIDS2014 – YOUTH PRE-CONFERENCE State Library of Victoria, July 18th – 19th 2014. If you know any young people under the age of 26 who are planning on attending AIDS 2014 and would be interested in registering to attend the pre conference here is the link to apply: http://www.aids2014community.org/youth-program/#preconference   Or link to those who’d like to connect with, volunteer or take part in the global youth e-consultation for the youth program: http://www.aids2014community.org/get-involved/   The Melbourne 2014 Youth Pre-Conference is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) and YEAH, the Australian-based partner supporting the local work of the MYF. Open to all young people attending AIDS2014, the Pre-Conference will focus on information sharing and skills building for young people around the political, scientific, economic and social context of HIV/AIDS.   Facilitating the participation of young people at AIDS2014 and empowering them to be effective advocates for youth...
  8. 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,...
  9. 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...

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