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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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Publication of two new educational fl ipcharts for substance misuse titled When Boys and Men Sniff and When Girls and Women Sniff. The Healing & Resilience Division received a funding boost form the NT Community Benefi t Fund to continue to explore community attitudes to gambling in NT remote communities. This work will commence in 2009. 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. 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. 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 within the community and beyond. A Business Case for a proposed National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care was completed, and funding partners will be secured in 2009. A study published by the Services, Systems and Society Division found that despite the good level of access to primary health services for Aboriginal children living in remote areas of the NT, their health outcomes were signifi cantly worse than for Aboriginal children living in other regional areas of Australia. The Implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adult Health Check project included a community intervention focused on tobacco cessation. This successful intervention decreased tobacco consumption by 8 per cent. A review of the incidence, aetiology and outcomes of cancer for Indigenous Australians by members of the Services, Systems and Society Division was published in the Lancet Oncology. The paper described that patterns of Indigenous cancer incidence and mortality are largely explained by the higher prevalence of risk factors, most notably smoking, and by inadequate health-system performance. Development of a new high resolution melt based method for the genetic fi ngerprinting of bacteria. This has been proven particularly successful and applied to a range of bacterial pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph) and group A Streptococcus. The determination of a unique evolutionary pathway for the newly discovered Staphylococcus lineage CC75 that is prevalent in the Northern Territory. Publication of research describing a growing problem with community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Aboriginal communities across northern Australia. Researchers believe the growing epidemic is particularly related to continuing poor skin health and poor quality and overcrowded housing. A new collaboration was established with the Katherine West Health Board that saw the commencement of web-based teaching sessions to staff of remote Aboriginal communities. More than 25 Menzies staff members were involved in teaching and tutoring for coursework and short course activities more than ever before. 9

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