Sunday, 11 September 2016

SCS Early-Career Clinical Practitioner Fellowships - APPLY NOW

Applications are now open for the SCS Early-Career Clinical Practitioner Fellowship scheme. Up to two awards will be made at 0.5 FTE, Academic Level B.  

Recognising the difficult transition from PhD student to independent clinician scientist, in 2015 the School established the Early-Career Clinical Practitioner Fellowship scheme to further the aims of the School in training tomorrow’s clinical academic workforce and of consolidating Monash Health as leading academic health service. 

The Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis, to clinician scientists who have recently been awarded a PhD or MD to provide protected research time to allow them to further develop their clinical or basic science research portfolio while also undertaking clinical duties at Monash Health. It is envisaged that successful applicants will apply for external funding, such as through NHMRC schemes (e.g. Project Grants, Early-Career Fellowships, Career Development Fellowships, or Translational Research Fellowships) during the period of the Fellowship, such that the Fellowship acts as a bridge to independent, sustainable research funding.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday 30th September 2016.

R U OK Day at MHTP

Last week more than 150 staff and students at the Monash Health Translation Precinct attended an RU OK Day morning tea and learnt about factors that influence mental health.

Guest speaker Dr Mandy Deeks from the Jean Hailes Foundation talked about anxiety, depression and stress, and gave some important take-home tips for those dealing with mental health issues.

The sharing and caring atmosphere at the event enabled staff and students from the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS), Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash Health to come together to ask each other ‘R U OK?’.

Thank you very much to the organising committee: Belinda Pelle, Nicola Abel, Jin Graham and Bernadette Dique.

Monash Health Innovation and Improvement Expo

Partnering for Innovation – Unlocking creativity to inspire change.
The Monash Health Innovation and Improvement Expo is returning in 2016 with a range of events across major sites from 11 – 13 October.

The second annual event builds on the successes of last year by unlocking creativity and partnership opportunities through a wide range of innovation and improvement displays, workshops, speakers and events.

The expo will feature a keynote address at Monash Medical Centre by Dr Louise Schaper, leader of Australia’s peak professional organisation for digital health and renowned advocate for the transformation of healthcare through partnerships in technology and information. This will be followed by a series of short presentations from staff, consumers and Monash Health partners whose successes resonate with the Expo theme ‘Partnering for Innovation’.

This year’s event will showcase a Technology Hub at the Clayton site, providing staff and consumers with a hands-on experience of the latest technologies and innovations in health. Staff will also have the opportunity to invigorate their own improvement journey through the Breakfast Seminar: ‘Energising Your Profile at Monash Health’.

Three Improvement Masterclasses will be held across bed-based and community sites. These sessions, facilitated by Monash Health Innovation and Improvement Advisors, will help staff transform their ideas to reality by breaking down essential steps in a project lifecycle, equipping participants with useful tools and resources to facilitate success.

Dandenong Hospital will host the Breakfast Seminar, an ‘Introduction to Design Thinking.’ This forum will provide staff with useful tools to cultivate empathy, drive cultural transformation and enhance patient experience to facilitate improvement in the clinical environment.

The HealthPlay, ‘Do You Know Me?’ will be facilitated by the Hush Foundation at the Kingston Centre. This live performance will invite the audience to reflect on the journey of care from the patient and family perspective in an aged care setting and provide an interactive forum for collaboration and participation to help deliver excellence in patient and resident care.

Monash Health Community provides the setting for a collaboration between Monash Health Innovation and Improvement and Monash Community at 122 Thomas Street. This event will feature an Improvement Masterclass and presentations from Monash Community clinicians, celebrating and inspiring current and future innovation and improvement opportunities in this setting.

Monash Health is a place for innovation and improvement. Come and partner with us on this journey!

Key dates:
Tuesday 11 October
Monash Community
Wednesday 12 October
Casey Hospital
Thursday 13 October
Monash Medical Centre Clayton
Kingston Centre
Dandenong Hospital

Places are limited at some events so please RSVP and don’t miss out. For more information please see the Monash Health Innovation and Improvement ExpoProgram HERE or contact Anton Glagovski 9594 4038.

Leader as Coach: Workshop for Women - places still available

For more information, please contact:
Cathryn O’Flaherty
Consultant, Organisational Development Culture & Learning
T: 03 9265 1941

CiiiD seminar "Expression and regulation of human IFN epsilon in the female reproductive tract" 13 Sept

Presented by Dr Nollaig Bourke from the Hertzog lab.

Dr Rishi Pathirana will chair the seminar, which will be held 1-2pm in the TRF Seminar Room 1.

The CID seminar will be held from 12-1pm in the same room.  Dr Fabien Vincent from the CID will speak. More information about the CID seminar series can be found here:

A light lunch is served at 11.45am in the TRF Level 2 foyer area.

MIME seminar: Emerging technology to improve management of spinal cord injury, 29 September

2016 SOBR Student Symposium - abstract submission open NOW

The 2016 SOBR Committee is very excited to announce that abstract submission is open for the 2016 SOBR Student Symposium!! Download the form from Dropbox:

Friday 18th November 2016
Storey Hall, RMIT University, Melbourne 
Abstract submissions close: Friday 30th September 2016
Facebook event:

Our plenary speakers include Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO and A/Prof Naotsugu Tsuchiya.

Don't be discouraged if you don't have any work to submit - register anyway to support and meet your fellow students, and get involved in the Victorian neuroscience student community! 

Hope to see you there!