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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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Financial Services It was a demanding year for Financial Services as Menzies growth continued with an increased volume in fi nancial transactions, increased payroll activity due to new staff, contract extensions and staff turn over. Also the number of new projects commencing, grants submitted and an ever increasing number of active projects to manage. The year started with the arrival of Mr Shane Smith CPA, Financial Controller and Ms Debbie Wang, Finance Assistant. During the year Mr Smith acted as Team leader of Corporate Services in the absence of a Deputy Director. During the year Financial Services provided legal advice on contracts, commercialisation support to successful research projects and the provision of business development advice and support to Menzies. Financial Services also continued to work closely with other sections of Corporate Services Division to improve the effi ciency and effectiveness of services provided. Other challenges throughout the year included the treasury function with rising and then falling interest rates to manage and contend with, updating the Finance Committee Terms of Reference for the fi rst time since 1991, assisting with the leasing of offi ce space in Winnellie to house 77 staff, commencing functional design on the building extension work and internal reviews of travel arrangements and salary packaging. Financial Services also continued as Centre Agents for the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health in providing fi nancial management services and advice on a wide range of matters. Human Resources The Human Resource Unit has experienced a signifi cant turnover in its staff in 2008 with new staff commencing in all three HR roles. Recruitment was the biggest priority for the Unit again this year with a 15 per cent increase in overall staff numbers. However, this increase does not accurately depict the recruitment activity level for the year. One hundred and eighteen new employees commenced at Menzies from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008. Of these employees there were fi fty-eight casuals, forty-nine full-time staff and eleven part-time staff almost ten new employees per month to be recruited and loaded onto the payroll system. Indigenous staff numbers remained steady from last year at thirty one. Unfortunately, this does represent a fall from 17.5 per cent of all Menzies staff to 14.5 per cent because of the increase in overall staff numbers. It is expected that targeted recruitment campaigns in early 2009 will begin to increase the numbers of Indigenous employees at Menzies. The Human Resources Unit continues to service and support a large interstate workforce. Over 20 per cent of all Menzies staff work either from Alice Springs or interstate. The Employee Assistance Program with EASA has been utilised by 17 employees in 43 counselling sessions throughout 2008. This amounts to an uptake of the service by 8 per cent of employees throughout the fi rst full year of the Program. Despite the heavy recruitment load, the HR unit was able to implement some exciting new services in 2008 including the purchase of a suite of training materials for the delivery of training to work teams in areas such as assertiveness, team building, confl ict resolution, counselling skills for managers, providing feedback and coaching. In early December the Senior HR Offi cer travelled to Newcastle to deliver the fi rst of the new training services in a teambuilding activity for the SCARF teams quarterly meeting. The roll out of the Menzies Performance Development System to all staff was another signifi cant accomplishment for 2008. The system will be further enhanced next year with the implementation of the Aurion Career Manager Module (a module of Menzies payroll system) which will allow performance development to be managed electronically. Updating policies was another priority for 2008 with the Staff Representative, Termination, Professional Development Recruitment and Selection Kit, General Staff Reclassifi cation, Honorary Appointments and the TOIL (time off in lieu of overtime) policies all updated. Operations The year brought new staff to the Operations team who managed to recruit and retain a new Receptionist and also a part-time Corporate Services Support Offi cer. Management of Menzies laboratory facility benefi tted immensely with the appointment of a Laboratory Support Assistant & the arrival of Assoc Professor Phil Giffard as Head of Laboratory Science. Both appointments and the upgrading of the IT Co-ordinators position to IT Manager thus releasing the Operations Manager from related role-specifi c duties has improved effi ciencies in Operations. With the rapid increase in new staff and students coming on-board workspace, provision of infrastructure resources & travel requisitions have multiplied exponentially. A new e-form and Travel Policy are being developed and by early 2009 leased premises in Winnellie will have been fi tted-out to accommodate an extra 70 people. 65Corporate Services Division

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