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Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research



Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research

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Special events The new look Menzies School of Health Research website (www.menzies.edu.au) was launched in May in a ceremony featuring dancers from the Galiwin'ku community. The website is an innovative interactive framework to communicate with researchers, research participants, policy-makers, service providers, students and the general community. The Menzies School of Health Research Building was officially named in honour of inaugural MSHR Director, Prof John Mathews AM, in appreciation of his leadership in building nationally and internationally recognised health research capacity in the Northern Territory. The ceremony held in August was officiated by then Commonwealth Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator The Hon Kay Patterson. The DRUID study, a study to determine the prevalence of diabetes and related conditions in an urban Indigenous population, was launched in September. Fifteen new staff, including 11 Indigenous people, were employed to work on the project. MSHR formed a historic partnership with Charles Darwin University (CDU) to strengthen the health research and education capacity of CDU. The relationship allows Menzies to retain its autonomy, while at the same time being a Foundation School within Charles Darwin Universitys Institute of Advanced Studies. Renewed Commonwealth funding of $23 million over seven years for the new Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) has allowed us to enhance our strategic alliances with other organisations with an interest in Indigenous health. Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Queensland to facilitate the recruitment of high-quality research students. The International Health team renewed their Memorandum of Understanding with their principal partner, Indonesias National Institute of Health Research and Development in Jakarta. The Director and the Secretary of NIHRD signed the five-year MOU during a visit to Darwin in June 2003, enabling collaborative malaria and tuberculosis health research and training to continue in Papua province, with the potential to expand to other communicable and non-communicable diseases. International Expert on climate change, Professor Tony McMichael, Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, was invited to teach students enrolled in MSHRs Public Health Coursework program. Prof Paul Zimmet, renowned international diabetes expert, who was in Darwin for the launch of the DRUID project, presented a seminar which delivered a powerful message on diabetes to a packed audience. Dr Barbara Starfield and Dr Neil Holtzman from John Hopkins University, USA, presented seminars on Achieving Equity in Clinical Practice and Genetic Myths of Social Class and Race. The presentations were co-hosted by MSHR and Charles Darwin University. As one of his last official appointments, The Hon John Anictomatis, Administrator of the Northern Territory, visited Menzies School of Health Research in October to meet staff and tour our facilities. Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report | 2003 Highlights | 3 2003 highlights Important visitors & partnerships OPPOSITE PAGE: MSHR officially named its research facilities The John Mathews Building at a ceremony in August. Left to right: MSHR Director Prof Kerin ODea, inaugural MSHR Director Prof John Mathews AM, Federal Minister for Health & Ageing Senator The Hon Kay Patterson, and MSHR Chairman Mr Richard Ryan AO. THIS PAGE: Left: Torres Strait Islander dancers featured in the launch of the DRUID study in September, weaving through the crowd. PH OT O C O U RT ES Y PR IO Ri TI P RO JE CT , M SH R