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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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99 pages : colour illustration ; 30 cm.

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corporate services division Information Technology The Information Technology team serves Menzies staff, researchers and project teams through a series of services that includes integrating computer systems, coordinating and providing training, negotiating and managing information technology related contracts, and technology assistance and support. The team creates the technological environment that enables Menzies employees to quickly access vital information using the most effi cient and cost effective system hardware and software. The team provides leadership as an active partner in the regional Northern Territory telecommunications and data-sharing networks. Last year saw some signifi cant upgrades to the IT system as well as some major challenges. Menzies network infrastructure was obsolete. Old cabling/technologies with low bandwidth switching. Network equipment was appr so 2008 inlcuded some major upgrades including replacement of all of Menzies Switch infrastructure to new 1 Gigabit per second, Power over Ethernet (POE) technology switches signifi cantly enhancing the desktop experience and providing for the possibility of exploring Voice over IP (VOIP) trails in 2009. Internet Bandwidth was increased between Menzies and the rest of the world from 100 Megabits per second to 1 Gigabit per second to cater for research tools/collaboration that required high speed connections. Knowledgetree Document Management Pilot conducted and implemented as an Enterprise Document Management solution in 2008. To date this system has had low take up, however, has had some success for remote collaborators. There was signifi cant investment in video conferencing in 2008 and early 2009 including linking the new Menzies offi ces at Winnellie with the John Mathews Building via seminar recording, web streaming, and local video conference facilities. Biostatistics and Database Management Menzies is currently conducting a large number of projects on a wide range of topics including Indigenous health, malaria, melioidosis and the relationship between low birth weight and chronic disease in later life. The biostatistician and database manager provide assistance with writing grant applications and in the planning, design and implementation of individual projects. We are responsible for the maintenance of the databases (using Access and/or MySQL), providing assistance with data input and analysis, interpreting results and for archiving the data when a project is complete. We also offer training courses in the use of the statistical package Stata. Menzies also works with health professionals working at the Royal Darwin Hospital, CDU and other external agencies. Communications and Fundraising It was a big year for the Communications and Development team. Early 2008 saw the publication of Menzies fi rst newsletter, Discover Menzies, which is now published twice a year and distributed to almost 1500 people across the nation. It also saw the publication and distribution of a series of fact sheets about each research Division, Education and Training and the Indigenous Development unit and corresponding posters to be used at conferences and community events. The organisation continued to adopt the new branding which was created in 2007 and a series of templates were developed to allow staff to accurately refl ect the new style guide in all correspondence and publications. Menzies media activity increased during 2008 with 361 mentions of Menzies, Ochre and the Rioli Fund for Aboriginal Health. This is a 60 per cent increase year on year and the quality of the coverage received was consistently high. The Communications and Indigenous Development teams developed an in house media training course available to all staff. This was successfully run in 2008 and more sessions are planned in 2009. The year saw planning for the new Menzies website which will go live in early 2009. This will include the ability to accept online donations and information about the many ways in which the community can support Menzies work. The communication team worked in conjunction with the National Rugby League and Velocity Brand management to take NRL football to the heartland of the AFL the Tiwi Islands. The Tackling Health Head On event not only gave the Tiwi kids the chance to improve their skills but also delivered important health messages and rewarded them with some NRL merchandise for taking part. It is hoped that this event will be repeated in another location in 2009. Menzies fundraising team had a huge year which commenced with the establishment of the Menzies Development Committee a sub committee of the Menzies Board. Membership of the committee is currently at six and includes expertise in digital technologies, law, philanthropy, business and sport. The committee is brimming over with ideas and enthusiasm and has already contributed a great deal to Menzies fundraising programs. This is set to continue in 2009. The major event on fundraising calendar for Menzies in 2008 was the establishment of Ochre supporting Indigenous health through art a major fundraising event which was held in Melbourne in October 2008. This event helped to raise over $250,000 for Indigenous child health research at Menzies and also brought on board hundreds of new supporters thanks to the support and enthusiasm of Mr David Smorgon as Ochre Ambassador and the Ochre Committee chaired by Ms Liza Boston. 66 Menzies School of Health Research | Annual Report 2008

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