2011 Articles

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Research aims to extend pertussis immunity to very young babies

Pioneering research led by VIRGo aims to extend pertussis immunity to very young babies. This world-first study is part of a multi-pronged response to a national epidemic of pertussis (also known as whooping cough), a highly infectious, potentially fatal respiratory disease.
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Choice as host a vote of confidence in Centre

The Centre for International Mental Health (CIMH) has been chosen to set up and host the secretariat for the Movement for Global Mental Health for 2011 to 2013.
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Hurdles and hardships of overseas doctors

A PhD thesis that revealed the hurdles and hardships encountered by overseas doctors trying to register to practise in Australia has won the Faculty of Medicine's prestigious 2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in a PhD thesis.
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New guide for malaria researchers

An expert biostatistician from the Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health is helping to save lives through her work on a new guide for malaria researchers.
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Evaluation shows value for money in Better Access program

A rigorous evaluation of the Better Access program led by the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economic (CHPPE) has provided strong evidence that the program delivers good value for Australian taxpayers. Better Access provided Medicare-funded psychological care to more than two million Australians over a three-year period.
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New Director brings wide-ranging research passion to McCaughey Centre

When Professor Billie Giles-Corti scoped her PhD research on environments and health outcomes at The University of Western Australia, she weighed up two choices. "I was looking at diet or physical activity.
Diet looked too hard. I thought I'd do something easy – I'll do physical activity." Twenty years later, the new Director of the McCaughey Centre at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health says her choice led to pioneering work that was exciting, challenging, complicated, forward looking – but never easy.
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Can twins help you to answer your research questions?

The Australian Twin Registry is based in the Department of Population Health and is a valuable resource available to all researchers. Twin research is helping us to better understand genetic and environmental causes in many diseases from epilepsy to cancer.
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The pill – an incomplete revolution

Fifty years after the contraceptive pill arrived in Australia, the revolution it promised women remained incomplete – and the belief that the pill gave women full control over their fertility was a myth. This was one of the confronting themes of an event co-hosted by the Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society, which is part of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.
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HPV vaccination program brings dramatic turnaround

Genital warts have all but disappeared in young heterosexual Australians as the result of the national HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination program, according to research based on surveillance data from the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.
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Honour for Lime Network Project

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health's LIME Network Project won the 2011 inaugural Rio Tinto Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education.
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Australian males to be recruited for National Longitudinal Male Health study

Two centres within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health are jointly leading Australia’s first major longitudinal study of male health. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health called Ten to Men will recruit a large number of males between the ages of 10 and 55 to take part in a broad-ranging program of research.
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Research partnership may transform lives of vulnerable children

This year, after a highly competitive process, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPH) was awarded one of three 'Research and Evaluation Partnerships' with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
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Mascot spreads 'clean faces, strong eyes' message

Towering over young children, Milpa the cheery-eyed, bright green and orange trachoma goanna needs a minder to manage his many fans when he lumbers into remote indigenous communities.
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2010 Articles

 Identifying Indigenous patients a health priority

Identifying Indigenous patients a health priority

Why is it relevant to identify a patient as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? Researchers working on a project aimed at doing just that often encountered this question, and both health professionals and indigenous communities raised it.
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Onemda sets Indigenous health agenda

Onemda sets Indigenous health agenda

A simple 'before and after' comparison charts the impact of Onemda over its first decade. This milestone was achieved in 2010 as its inaugural Director, Professor Ian Anderson, moved on to fresh challenges.
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Trust me – I'm a researcher

Trust me – I'm a researcher

A research project exploring the issue of trust in research will face a slightly ironic challenge from the outset – how to convince other researchers to trust the 'trust research' investigators.
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Freedom a first step for Aceh's mentally ill

Freedom a first step for Aceh's mentally ill

Aceh is a world leader in ending the horrific practice of "pasung" – the locking up of severely mentally ill people in medieval stocks, chains and tiny rooms. The Indonesian province this year started a program to achieve this goal but much more needs to be done, cautions Associate Professor Harry Minas, the Director of the Centre for International Mental Health within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.
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Project to link gender, mental health and disability

Project to link gender, mental health and disability

The Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society is using an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant to reveal an untold story. According to Professor Anne Kavanagh, the Centre's Director, there has been little Australian research on the mental health of people with disabilities.
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Simple message delivers 'strong eyes'

Simple message delivers 'strong eyes'

'Clean faces, strong eyes' is a simple message that is delivering powerful benefits to children in remote Aboriginal communities. Under a project led by Professor Hugh Taylor of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the slogan headlines the Trachoma Story Kits being distributed to Aboriginal communities, schools and health centres in three states.
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Centre's development much more than a numbers game

Centre's development much more than a numbers game

There are two ways to tell the story of the evolution of the McCaughey Centre from an idea in 2006 to a significant national and international centre for research on community wellbeing, says its inaugural director, Professor John Wiseman.
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Preventable job stress costs $730m a year

Preventable job stress costs $730m a year

Excessive pressure at work is costing Australia's economy $730 million a year due to job-stress related depression, a University of Melbourne and VicHealth report has revealed (www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/jobstrain).
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Study confirms eczema-asthma links

Study confirms eczema-asthma links

A new study confirming the temporal links between childhood eczema and rhinitis and adult-onset atopic asthma is highlighting the need to rigorously treat childhood allergies.
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VIRGo helps Mongolia plan for pandemic

VIRGo helps Mongolia plan for pandemic 

Mongolia's remoteness and sparse population are no barriers to an influenza pandemic, as VIRGo (Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group) researchers discovered in 2010.
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    BV: the STI you have when you don't have an STI

BV: the STI you have when you don't have an STI?

Although Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is globally the commonest vaginal infection in women of reproductive age, very little is known about the disease.
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