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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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As a doctors daughter, Vanessa Johnston felt the call of a life in medicine from an early age. She graduated with a medical degree from Monash University in 1996 and seemed set to follow in her fathers footsteps. Menzies Staff under the Microscope Dr Vanessa Johnston Research Fellow, Preventable Chronic Diseases Division I always thought that working in health was a very privileged role very demanding, but very rewarding, she says. However, the more I worked in medical practice the more I became interested in the social aspects of health, in particular the social determinants of health among disadvantaged and marginalised communities. To satisfy this interest she embarked on a Masters of Public Health in 2001 and began working in the public health arena for the fi rst time, on multi-centre paediatric vaccine trials. From there she moved onto studying for a PhD in Public Health, focusing on the links between health and human rights in the context of Australian asylum seeker policies. The whole area of public health has been a revelation to me, partly because its opened my eyes to the very real physical ramifi cations of social injustice and partly because of the lure of exciting and innovative research, she says. In public health research you dont necessarily get the immediate results like you do in clinical practice, but you do feel much more connected to the bigger picture and the infl uence you can have on public policy. Vanessa arrived at Menzies in February 2007 as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, drawn by the opportunity to engage in the area of Indigenous health. Initially she worked half time with David Thomas on the Tobacco Control Research Program and half time in early childhood education, but tobacco has since become her principal focus. The need is absolutely huge research shows that 17 per cent of the gap between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is due to higher smoking rates, she says. Initially my role was to visit remote communities in the Top End, to conduct research to better understand the reasons why Aboriginal people smoke and the drivers and barriers to quitting. We believe this research gives us a better understanding of the social factors that infl uence Indigenous people to take up smoking. The ultimate goal is to develop more effective tobacco control programs targeted at Indigenous people. With her ongoing research activities slated to last four years, that leaves a lot of time to explore and enjoy Darwin. I always considered myself a big city girl and didnt think living in a regional area would suit me, but Im really pleasantly surprised at how well Ive adjusted to Darwin. I love the big thunderstorms and the dry season is great, and I especially love the fact that in Darwin, people are really taken at face value its very refreshing after Melbourne! Just as exciting is recent news that the Tobacco Control Research Program has won NHMRC funding to trial the effect of a family-centred program about second-hand smoke on respiratory health outcomes among Aboriginal infants. Well be conducting a randomised controlled clinical trial of the program, and were about to hire another four staff to help us conduct the research. Through this trial and our ongoing research program, we now have a real chance to impact on policy direction in the NT and nationally, and for me thats really what its all about. Through this trial and our ongoing research program, we now have a real chance to impact on policy direction in the NT and nationally, and for me thats really what its all about. Want to work or study at Menzies? Visit www.menzies.edu.au for more information about employment and education opportunities. 43Preventable Chronic Diseases Division

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