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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




99 pages : colour illustration ; 30 cm.

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The Division was successful in three out of three NHMRC Project Grants as well as gaining further signifi cant funding from the Rebecca Cooper Foundation and a CVL/Pfi zer grant. Completion of the Evaluation of the 18-month Tobacco Project in six remote Aboriginal communities. Final report submitted to Northern Territory Government and stakeholder feedback workshop held. In early 2008 the Australian government announced it would spend $14.5m over the next four years on Indigenous tobacco control it is anticipated that Menzies work will play a major role in this important strategy. Completion of qualitative research about Aboriginal perceptions of why people smoke and quit, and of effectiveness and acceptability of different tobacco control activities. This research found that there is a complex interplay of historical, social, cultural, psychological and physiological factors which infl uence the smoking behaviours of Indigenous adults in remote communities. Specifi cally, this research supports the development of family-centred tobacco control interventions alongside wider policy initiatives to counter the normalisation of smoking amongst remote Indigenous communities, in addition to supporting individuals to quit. Work with Outback Stores on tobacco control led to their decision to remove tobacco from public display in all their stores. Outback Stores are now amongst the best in the country in protecting children from this form of tobacco advertising. Completed signifi cant proportion of data collection in Top End for eGFR Study and received community support to expand study to Central Australia, Far North Queensland and Western Australia in 2009. Tiwi Pakajura (kidney) Primary Prevention Program (TiwiPPPP) established which will undertake a randomised controlled trial. The trial will evaluate whether the development of albuminuria (kidney disease), hypertension (high blood pressure) or diabetes can be delayed or postponed in adults in the Tiwi community. In collaboration with ALPA and Yalu Marnggithinyaraw, completion of the evaluation of the ALPA FOODcard being used in association with the Australian Government welfare reform income management strategy. The RIST store monitoring tool we developed in 2007 is now being trialed in the NT, WA and QLD. We provided training to more than 40 Nutritionists across Australia in the use of the tool and have created a website for the tool and offer a helpdesk. After many years of supporting Galiwinku community with health promotion initiatives, Menzies researchers completed a three year community development project as part of the Australian Government Building Healthy Communities Initiative. This long standing partnership with Galiwinku community has contributed to building local research capacity and a strong relationship with the community that has assisted many other research projects conducted by Menzies and external to Menzies. Publication of several key fi ndings from the DRUID study related to diabetes and its complications such as cardiovascular disease in international journals. Highlights of 2008 41Preventable Chronic Diseases Division

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