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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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The year included a signifi cant focus on consultation and strategic planning for the Indigenous Development Unit which was undertaken to identify priorities, strengths, gaps and new challenges. We have accomplished some outstanding outcomes in 2008 which have emphasised the important roles that Indigenous staff play in the organisation both in research and non-research roles and it is evident that Menzies commitment to supporting and nurturing Indigenous leadership and building expertise in the sector is now paying dividends. A highlight of the year for me was the success of the Doing It Right workshop on Cultural Protocols for Working in Aboriginal Communities in partnership with Menzies Education and Training Division. This program has been a resounding success with plans in place for further workshops in 2009. In May 2008 the Indigenous Development Unit took the opportunity to travel to the Tiwi islands with many Menzies Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff to thank the Tiwi people for their contribution to our work over the past 23 years. This was held in conjunction with a National Rugby League tackle health head on event which included NRL skills clinics for Tiwi kids and the delivery of healthy lifestyle messages in conjunction with a give away of over $10,000 worth of NRL merchandise. The Menzies Strengthening Indigenous Health Research Capacities project, funded by the Menzies Foundation, continues to progress well. Menzies have worked hand in hand with the existing research hub at Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs and discussions continue with communities for further hubs which will allow community members to input more into the research needs of their communities. In partnership with the Ian Potter Foundation, Menzies has created the position of Indigenous Research Fellow. One of the key principles behind the formation of this position was to encourage the development of Indigenous researchers undertaking Indigenous health research. The aim of this fellowship is to allow an Indigenous person with an established professional qualifi cation to experience working in a research environment, and hopefully to encourage them to undertake further studies with a view to a longer-term career in research. The successful 2008 applicant, Ms Leisa McCarthy, has commenced her work within the Preventable Chronic Diseases Division. During the course of 2008 the Menzies Indigenous Development Unit established an Indigenous Staff Network to provide a framework for enhanced representation, support and participation of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students. The Network meets once a month to discuss their involvement in Menzies activities and provides targeted professional development opportunities for its members. The group also provides an understanding of local Aboriginal history and culture to ensure that research outcomes will be readily accepted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and ultimately, to improve the health of Aboriginal people. The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) held its 10th Anniversary Symposium in Darwin in October 2008 with more than 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and students in attendance. The Indigenous Development Unit attended the event and took the opportunity to talk to those present about research at Menzies and career opportunities. Menzies Indigenous staff attended many festivals, open days, careers fairs and other public events throughout the year ensuring that the Menzies message and Menzies opportunities were communicated to Indigenous communities, networks and individuals. I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students, our community partners and their representatives and the Indigenous organisations and individuals who, not only facilitate our research, but are the heart of our culturally rich environment those who offer us generosity, trust and friendship above and beyond the workplace. Bilawara Lee Manager, Menzies Indigenous Development Unit It has been another productive year at Menzies, with an emphasis on growth and development. Indigenous staff continue to contribute their unique expertise to a broad range of research programs and projects spanning the spectrum of Menzies work. A Message from the Indigenous development unit 18 Menzies School of Health Research | Annual Report 2008

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