Monday, 26 June 2017

Two new public health traineeships secured



In a major win for the School, we have received funding to act as a host institution for two advanced public health trainees in the 2018 cohort of the Victorian Public Health Medicine Training Scheme (VPHMTS). The scheme builds Victoria’s capacity in public health, producing graduates with strong skills and leadership to tackle current and emerging public health issues and cover public health emergencies such as the 2016 thunderstorm asthma event.

1,000th participant joins statin trial

1,000th participant Susan Ball (centre) celebrates with StaREE team members

Based on an article by Fleur O’Hare and Tania Ewing

An SPHPM-led national trial investigating whether cholesterol lowering drugs can lead to a healthier life in people 70 years of age and above has reached an important milestone with the registration of its 1,000th participant.

The STAtins in Reducing Events in the Elderly (STAREE) trial aims to recruit over 10,000 older adults to explore the debate around who are likely to benefit from statin treatment, weighing up the benefits and potential side effects of treatment. Statins are low cost, over-the-counter drugs used by millions of Australians to protect against heart attacks. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Excellence Awards showcase the ways we improve healthcare




SPHPM’s high-quality and diverse spread of research was on show at the School’s annual Excellence Awards earlier this month. The ceremony was held in the newly opened Conference Rooms at 553 St Kilda Road and was opened by ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine, who spoke about the need for scientists to share their passion and discoveries with media and the community.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Better pain management needed in emergency departments




The effectiveness of acupuncture for reducing acute back or ankle pain in the emergency department (ED) is comparable with that of pain relief drugs, but neither treatment, either alone or in combination, provides adequate relief within the first hour, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Over 20,000 people are treated in EDs each day in Australia and pain is the primary cause of attendance.1,2 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Men’s Health Week: Men want to be fathers but over-estimate their fertility



Men’s Health Week: June 12th – 18th 2017

Men’s Health Week is an international initiative started in 1994 to draw attention to preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment among men and boys. This year’s theme is “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance” and it explores the ways men balance physical and emotional health in a hectic world.

Dr Karin Hammarberg and colleagues at the Jean Hailes Research Unit published a paper looking at men’s knowledge about fertility that was published in Human Reproduction Update this year. 

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