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The Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey 2012
The third biennial national survey conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Nous Group (Nous) has been published, providing key findings about the views held by Australians on their own health, on the Australian health care system and on aged-care services.
The third biennial national survey conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Nous Group (Nous) has been published, providing key findings about the views held by Australians on their own health, on the Australian health care system and on aged-care services. Among other findings:

-          the majority of Australians rated their health as excellent, very good or good (86%)
-          Australians expressed a high level of confidence in the health care system and over 85% of Australians expressed confidence in how the health care system would serve them if they were severely ill.
-          Australians' views of the healthcare system have improved significantly since 2008.
-          The need for more doctors, nurses and other health workers was identified as the area of the health system needing the most improvement (50%).

The full survey is available on the Menzies Centre website:
http://www.menzieshealthpolicy.edu.au/mn_survey/index.htm
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Glenn Salkeld re-appointed as Head of School of Public Health
The Sydney School of Public Health is pleased to announce that Professor Glenn Salkeld has been re-appointed as Head of School. He has been Head of School since 2007.
The Sydney School of Public Health is pleased to announce that Professor Glenn Salkeld has been re-appointed as Head of School. He has been Head of School since 2007.

Professor Salkeld has worked in health economics research for 18 years, specialising in the measurement of consumer and patient preferences for the outcomes (such as quality of life) of preventive and curative health care and the application of cost-effectiveness analysis to health policy (particularly in the area of prescribed medicines).

Glenn is a chief investigator on a NHMRC Program grant in the area of screening and diagnostic test evaluation. He is a member of the National Screening Committee’s ‘New Technology and Evaluation’ working group and a member of the Commonwealth’s Pilot Bowel Cancer Screening Implementation Committee.
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SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING
General Staff Travelling Scholarship 2013
Applications close on 29 November 2012.

Recipients can use the funding to travel in Australia or overseas to build on their knowledge, benchmark innovative practices and share ideas with colleagues who are doing similar work.
Applications close on 29 November 2012.

Recipients can use the funding to travel in Australia or overseas to build on their knowledge, benchmark innovative practices and share ideas with colleagues who are doing similar work.

They can undertake practical experience or specialised project work which expands on activities available within the University. Scholarships are open to all continuing general staff, up to and including HEO 10, who are in a position that is at least the equivalent of 0.6 full-time, and have a minimum of two years’ service at the University. The eligibility criteria and information on how to apply are on the Human Resources website.  You can also read about how last year’s inaugural recipients used their scholarships.
The David Syme Research Prize 2012
Closing date for this year’s prize is Thursday 13 December 2012

The prize rewards the best original research work in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology. Submitted research must have been produced in Australia during the preceding two years and preference will be given to work of value to the industrial and commercial interests of Australia.
Closing date for this year’s prize is Thursday 13 December 2012

 
This prestigious award was established following a donation by David Syme to the University in 1904. An information sheet and application form are available on the Faculty of Science website by searching under ‘David Syme’ at http://www.science.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships.  A list of previous winners is also available on this site.

The prize rewards the best original research work in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology. Submitted research must have been produced in Australia during the preceding two years and preference will be given to work of value to the industrial and commercial interests of Australia. Candidates for the prize must have spent a minimum of five full years out of the last seven years in Australia. Professors are not eligible to apply; researchers outside universities who have attained a level of seniority comparable to a university professor (LEVEL E) are not eligible to apply. The value of the 2012 prize will be approximately $7,000 plus a bronze medallion.

Please contact Linda Richardson on 8344 5949 or email: lric@unimelb.edu.au for further information.

The Bupa Foundation’s £800,000 multi-country grants
Applications close on 7 December.

With some urgency, The Charles Perkins Centre is looking to establish a group of interested researchers who have existing international collaborators to offer ideas for this project. To start developing the project, the CPC invites interested people to attend a meeting on  1 November in meeting room L4.00, the Quadrangle, at 10am-12pm.
Applications close on 7 December.

With some urgency, The Charles Perkins Centre is looking to establish a group of interested researchers who have existing international collaborators to offer ideas for this project. To start developing the project, the CPC invites interested people to attend a meeting on  1 November in meeting room L4.00, the Quadrangle, at 10am-12pm.

The charitable aims of the Bupa Foundation are to fund implementation of translational and action orientated research-based solutions, which:
-             drive tangible action to prevent or alleviate chronic disease or the adverse elements of ageing, and to promote wellbeing;
-             lead to the sustained uptake of healthy lifestyles;
-             measurably improve public health to a significant degree.

And/or research which leads to the development of such solutions. Please see the grant objectives below and for more details visit: www.bupafoundation.co.uk

A total grant of up to £800,000 will be awarded to fund one multi-country initiative of one to three years duration. It is important to demonstrate in the application how carrying out the research in more than one country enhances the project. There must be clear benefits from the multi-country aspect of the research. ‘Multi-country’ is defined as a project carried out in at least two of the following countries: United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the United States or India.

Please RSVP to Ali Ayoub if you can attend a meeting next Thursday 1st Nov: ali.ayoub@sydney.edu.au
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SEMINARS
 5 NOV    |  
2012 Colloquium: The Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Public Health (CIDM-PH)
CIDM-PH’s annual Colloquium provides a forum for CIDM-PH staff and students to present their research findings and projects to SAC members, Executives and Investigators, with feedback being incorporated into future planning.
CIDM-PH’s annual Colloquium provides a forum for CIDM-PH staff and students to present their research findings and projects to SAC members, Executives and Investigators, with feedback being incorporated into future planning.

The Colloquium is open to anyone interested in hearing about current CIDM-PH research and projects.

WHEN: Monday, 5 November 2012
TIME: 9am - 4pm
WHERE: Lecture Theatre 3, Westmead Education & Conference Centre Westmead Hospital
PROGRAM: PDF
REGISTER AND MORE INFO: Lou.Orszulak@swahs.health.nsw.gov.au
 14 NOV    |  
Workshop on integrated learning space, technologies and program design
This workshop will provide clarification on working examples and principles of technology-mediated program design at the University of Sydney.
This workshop will provide clarification on working examples and principles of technology-mediated program design at the University of Sydney.

Associate Professor Rob Ellis, Director eLearning, Learning Space says the workshop is for anyone who:
-     Has not gone down the path of thinking about technology at the program level ( or unit level) and wants to get an idea of what’s happening
-     Wants to learn from the experiences of others in their faculties
-     Wants to contribute to some shared principles for how to go about this
-     Wants to understand how the University is pursuing a vision of integrating physical and virtual learning and teaching space 

When: Wednesday 14 November 2012
Time: 1-3pmWith thanks
More info and register: melanie.young@sydney.edu.au by November 5, 2012.
 20 NOV    |  
Promoting a positive workplace
The University seeks to promote an environment that is free from unlawful harassment and discrimination, where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of background, beliefs or culture. To this end the Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit will provide this training session.
The University seeks to promote an environment that is free from unlawful harassment and discrimination, where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of background, beliefs or culture. To this end the Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit will provide this training session.

It will consider the following:
-      Promoting a positive workplace
-      Everyone’s basic rights and responsibilities
-      Relevant University policies
-      Definitions and examples of direct and indirect discrimination, bullying and harassment
-      What to do if you have a concern or complaint, or receive one from someone else 
-      What you can do to prevent discrimination, bullying and harassment
-      What to do if you observe these behaviours happening to others

Staff who have not previously attended one of these sessions may wish to enrol. The University meets the cost of the training.
When:              20 November 2012
Time:              9:30am – 12:00pm
Location:       Learning Solutions, Bligh Building, Carillon Ave, Seminar Room 2
More Info:   Contact the Staff and Student Equal Opportunity Unit
Enrol:            Enrolments are essential, log on to CareerPath and select “assign”
 3-4 DEC    |  
Obesity Australia Summit, Australian National University, Canberra
On 3-4 December Obesity Australia is hosting a Summit at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra entitled "Obesity: Changing the Rhetoric, Solutions for the Future".
On 3-4 December Obesity Australia is hosting a Summit at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra entitled "Obesity: Changing the Rhetoric, Solutions for the Future".

The meeting will outline the extent of the problem of obesity and its associated disorders, explore whose responsibility it is, and propose solutions for its mitigation. The target audience is broad - media, general practice, governments, community interest groups and specialist societies. The format is of six two hour sessions, with a series of accessible presentations followed by a 40-45 minute panel discussion, engaging speakers, panellists and the audience. Further details will be available shortly. If you are interested in registering, contact us at info@obesityaustralia.org
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CONGRATULATIONS TO...
 AWARDS    |  
Jodie Ingles, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Centenary Institute
Dr Jodie Ingles, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology, Central Clinical School, has won the 2012 Rita and John Cornforth Medal for the top PhD across the University of Sydney at the Alumni Awards on October 26.
Dr Jodie Ingles, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology, Central Clinical School, has won the 2012 Rita and John Cornforth Medal for the top PhD across the University of Sydney at the Alumni Awards on October 26.

Her PhD was supervised by Professor Chris Semsarian. Among the most significant findings is that genetic testing is a cost effective approach to managing families with genetic heart disease.
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Renae Ryan, Associate Professor Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences
Renae Ryan, Associate Professor Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, has received  a Tall Poppy Award.
Renae Ryan, Associate Professor Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, has received  a Tall Poppy Award.

The Tall Poppy awards are made by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence. They aim to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of our outstanding achievers. Dr Ryan's research focuses on understanding the way in which proteins move molecules across the cell membrane.
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Michael Cousins, Professor and Director, Pain Management Research Institute
Michael Cousins, Professor and Director, Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, who has been awarded Hon Doctor of Science by the McMaster University.
Michael Cousins, Professor and Director, Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, who has been awarded Hon Doctor of Science by the McMaster University.

The presentation address included this summary of Professor Cousin’s work: Michael Cousins is a ground-breaking researcher, clinician, teacher and advocate. He has helped countless patients both through his own clinical work and through the innovations he has brought to health care providers around the world through his research. He has played a keystone role in raising the profile of this important medical specialty and he has been a leader in helping to provide the proper context for pain within our understanding of the human experience.
Professor Rob Baxter, Kolling Institute of Medical Research
Professor Rob Baxter, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, has been awarded the 2012 ICCNS-Springer award "In recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of IGF research".
Professor Rob Baxter, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, has been awarded the 2012 ICCNS-Springer award "In recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of IGF research".

Information about the award and the International CCN Society (ICCNS) is available on their website.
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CONTENTS
News
Scholarships and funding
Seminars
Congratulations to...
Music medicine students in The Great Hall
James Morrison in concert with The Metropolitan Orchestra
Sydney Medical School online
MUSIC MEDICINE STUDENTS IN THE GREAT HALL
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Kathy Selby, who is one of Sydney's best known pianists, will be playing at a special concert at the University on November 4.
Kathy Selby, who is one of Sydney's best known pianists, will be playing at a special concert at the University on November 4.

The concert will also feature the combined degree music/medicine programme students, and the icing on the cake is the final work, which will be played by a piano trio including violinist Kirsten Williams (Associate Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and Julian Smiles, one of Australia’s foremost cellists, with Kathryn Selby. The fantastic programme program was put together by Kathryn Selby working with the music-medicine musicians.

WHEN: Sunday 4 November, 3.30-5.30pm
WHERE: The Great Hall, University of Sydney
PROGRAM: PDF

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JAMES MORRISON IN CONCERT WITH THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
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James Morrison  in concert with The Metropolitan Orchestra (artistic director Sarah-Grace Williams) in aid of the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI), Saturday 3rd November 2012.
James Morrison  in concert with The Metropolitan Orchestra (artistic director Sarah-Grace Williams) in aid of the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI).

Date:  Saturday 3rd November
Venue:  Concourse Concert Hall, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Time:   7:30pm
Cost: $20  for Students and Sydney Medical School Staff
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James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word.  Now 49, James Morrison’s career thus far has been diverse and perhaps not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lalo Schifrin, performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Princess Anne. Royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia. In 1997, James was recognised for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia.
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