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Annual report 2008, Menzies School of Health Research



Annual report 2008, Menzies School of Health Research

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Menzies School of Health Research annual report 2008; 2008 Menzies School of Health annual report


Menzies School of Health Research


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Through scientifi c excellence, education and research the team at Menzies is discovering ways to reduce the impact of disease and improve the health and well-being of people living in Australia and beyond. -- page 4


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Charles Darwin University; Discovery for a healthy tomorrow

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Who we are and what we do page 4 -- Where and how we work page 5 -- Menzies Strategic Plan page 6 -- Vision page 7 -- Values page 7 -- Goals page 7 -- The Year at a Glance page 8 -- Financial and Corporate Overview page 12 -- A Message from the Chair page 14 -- A Message from the Director page 16 -- A Message from the Indigenous Development Unit page 18 -- Child Health Division page 21 -- Healing and Resilience Division page 27 -- International Health Division page 33 -- Preventable Chronic Diseases Division page 39 -- Services, Systems and Society Division Page 45 -- Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division page 51 -- Education and Training Division page 57 -- Corporate Services Division page 63 -- Menzies and the Community page 71 -- Governance page 72 -- Honorary Appointees page 75 -- Research Funding page 76 -- Publications page 84 -- Professional Activities page 92 -- Collaborators page 96 -- page 3




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Menzies School of Health Research annual report; Annual Report




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Other noteworthy awards include Mr Mark Mayo who was the recipient of the 2008 Ryan Family Prize. Dr Alice Rumbold and Dr Shelley Walton were shortlisted as fi nalists in the NT Research and Innovation Awards in the Next Generation and Tropical Knowledge categories. And Mrs Sue Hutton was named as one of fi ve recipients in the 2008 Tribute to Territory Women qualifying Sue as an offi cial Living Legend of the NT. One of my personal highlights of the year was the presentation of Healthy Skin Training Certifi cates to 15 women from Eastern Arnhem Land at the Menzies AGM in May. I think that all those present would agree that this marked a critical moment in Menzies history. Providing our collaborators in Aboriginal communities with accredited training qualifi cations must surely become standard practice, and we are instituting processes to ensure that this continues to happen. We were also very privileged when several ladies from Eastern Arnhem Land were able to attend the inaugural Ochre art auction in Melbourne which raised over $250,000 for Menzies child health research. The event, the biggest and best in Menzies history, was a huge success thanks to the hard work and dedication of Mr David Smorgon OAM and the Ochre Committee. Several community and corporate partnerships were developed during 2008 resulting in a highly successful year on the fundraising front. Over $600,000 was raised for Menzies in cash and in kind donations. Thats a staggering 500 per cent increase on the previous year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all supporters, donors, funders and collaborators for their ongoing support and contributions without which we would not be able to carry on conducting our ground-breaking research. Menzies links with Indigenous people, organisations and communities continued to strengthen during 2008 and we were very pleased to be able to specifi cally thank the Tiwi people during a special thank you event held on Bathurst Island in conjunction with the National Rugby League. We very much value the relationships we have with the Tiwi Islanders and all of the other communities in which we work. One of the most moving and poignant moments of 2008 for everyone at Menzies was the Prime Ministers offi cial apology to the Stolen Generations. At Menzies, we marked the occasion with a morning tea organised by our Indigenous staff and many of those present recounted stories from their family members. With a global economic crisis looming in 2009 it will be interesting to see how the political and economic landscape changes over the coming year and how this may affect Menzies and its work. Looking forward, 2009 will be a time for consolidation for many areas of the organisation. Our aim is to ensure that existing and new research teams have time, space and resources to continue to produce high quality research outcomes and to plan for sustainable productivity into the future. This is not to say that we wont continue to expand into new areas and we are becoming more strategic in our plans to improve the development of Indigenous researchers as well as our engagement with Aboriginal communities. One priority in terms of providing a good environment for research is expansion of our headquarters at the John Mathews building. We are bursting at the seams, and in addition to securing a lease on an offi ce building nearby to accommodate a number of staff in the short to medium term, we hope to begin construction as soon as possible on extensions to the John Mathews Building. Early 2009 will also see Menzies undergo a Quinquennial Review of our scientifi c and academic activities. We have assembled an excellent team, whose guidance and advice I eagerly await. This has been one of our best years yet. To everyone involved staff, students, board and committee members, collaborators and community members who are involved with our wonderful organisation I thank you for your contributions and I very much look forward to the rewards and challenges that the coming year may bring. Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Director 17

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