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.

Trainees will undertake six placements during their three-year training program, including placements within SPHPM, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other health agencies. They can also gain experience in diverse fields such as acute emergency and rural health.

Our School’s demonstrated history in public health research and in training public health professionals contributed to the win. The School has delivered undergraduate medical and public health programs, the Master of Public Health and PhD opportunities for decades. Key areas that the cohort may gain experience in at SPHPM include long-term health outcomes following the Hazelwood mine fire, chronic disease prevention and the effects of aspirin in healthy older adults, injury prevention strategies and infectious disease epidemiology.

Projects also develop practical skills such as preparing briefings, chairing meetings, running community forums, working with the media, conducting audits and running journal clubs.

Dr Helen Kelsall was involved in the application process in conjunction with Prof Michael Ackland. She says,

“The VPHMTS is a great initiative for boosting medical public health specialist capacity in Victoria. Winning this funding will enable SPHPM to act as a host institution and to supervise a range of placements that are highly relevant to the competencies public health medicine specialists need as well as to work in closely with their external training such as in the Department of Health and Human Services.”

The scheme is funded by the Victorian DHHS. Trainees will be undertaking Advanced Training towards a Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM), Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Training positions will be advertised in August/September 2017.

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