Events: Coming Up and On Demand

FRI 9 October |  Back to school: the evidence behind the return to school and a plan for staying open
In the first seminar in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute COVID-19 Seminar Series, we'll hear from the team that prepared the COVID-19 in Victorian schools report at the request of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training.
Led by Professor Fiona Russell (Department of Paediatrics), the team analysed the Victorian school outbreak data, which informed the upcoming return to school in term 4. Panellists include the report's co-authors, Fiona Russell, Kathleen Ryan, Sharon Goldfeld, Margie Danchin, Kim Mulholland and Kathryn Snow. We are also pleased to welcome Liana Buchanan, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, to the panel. Panel discussion followed by a Q & A.

When: Fri 9 October, 1:00-2:00pm
Webinar link

9 October | Prehospital Acute Stroke Care: the New Frontier
Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO, Professor of Neurology, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Brain Centre, Royal Melbourne and Austin Hospitals was co-founder, with Professor Stephen Davis, of the Australian Stroke Trials Network (ASTN) within which there have been conducted numerous investigator driven and other stroke trials. He'll be the speaker at this week's RMH Academic Seminar Series. You can read more about what he's been up to in his recent Pursuit story.
When: 11am-midday, Fri 9 Oct
Password: 095983
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13 October | RESORT Symposium: Restoring the health of acutely unwell adults
This symposium celebrates the 3rd anniversary of using the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment on our inpatient wards and in our outpatient clinics. The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the University of Melbourne and Modbury Hospital Adelaide are collaborating to shape future evidence based health care models to deliver the highest quality of care in a most sustainable way.

RESORT is the largest observational, longitudinal cohort of geriatric rehabilitation patients examining clinical trajectories of health, function, quality of life and health care use of hospitalised older adults.  This symposium is open to all disciplines of researchers and clinicians and relevant stakeholders interested in ageing and aged care. Register here

4 November | MMS Women Clinicians in Academia Leadership Symposium
Save the date: The inaugural Melbourne Medical School Women Clinicians in Academia Leadership Symposium: The power of authentic leadership is aimed at women clinician scientists at any stage of their careers. The program will include plenaries, TED-talks and interactive panels with stimulating and diverse guest speakers.  Speakers include:

  • Wellbeing and burn out – be well to lead well – Professor Jane Munro – Royal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb
  • Power of sponsorship to boost your career – Professor Kate Drummond – Royal Melbourne Hospital / Uni Melb
  • Science communication skills and the power of social media – Dr Anthea Rhodes – Royal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb
  • Targeted lessons on advocacy and campaigning to advance science and medicine – Dr Ruth Mitchell – Royal Melbourne Hospital / Uni Melb

We encourage you to come and learn and connect with inspiring women leaders and share your stories. Full program details to follow soon.

When: Wednesday 4 November 
Time: 10am to 4pm
Register here

10 November | 2020 Victorian Showcase of Research in Health Professions Education
The theme for this year's 2020 Victorian showcase of research in health professions education is Journeys: clinician to clinical educator to educational researcher.

The showcase provides an opportunity for scholars from the Department of Medical Education EXCITE Master’s program to present their research. It provides a supportive forum to facilitate collaborations and build and strengthen the growing community of health professions education researchers. More Information: Brett Vaughan
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12 November | MMS Research Symposium: Overcoming Health Challenges Together
Please save the date for our annual Melbourne Medical School Research Symposium on the theme of Overcoming Health Challenges Together, which will be held virtually for the first time.

The innovative program will include the famous Moth-style talks, presentations from our 2020 MMS student and ECR publication prize winners and an update from the Head of the Melbourne Medical School, Professor John Prins.

    Speakers will include:
  • Professor Christopher Davey, Department of Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor Elif Ekinci, Department of Medicine and Radiology
  • Associate Professor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Department of General Practice

MMS Research Symposium: Overcoming Health Challenges Together
Date: Thursday 12 November
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Where: Online - Zoom details to come

Please promote this event to your colleagues at UoM and partner organisations. Registration and program details will follow soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions please contact the MMS Research Support Team:

18-24 November | Antimicrobial Awareness Week webinar series - call for e-posters
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to increase public awareness of the threat of antimicrobial resistance and the importance of efforts to improve antimicrobial use in all healthcare settings. This year, the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, at the Department of Medicine and Radiology and the Doherty Institute, will host a webinar series, focusing on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship in Australia. There is no registration fee for this event.

We invite e-posters from clinicians and researchers working on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship across a range of fields. Please submit your poster by 1 September 2020. We welcome posters describing case reports from clinical practice as well as research, and posters that have been presented at conferences previously. Register here

19 November | Centre for Digital Transformation of Health launch
The new MDHS Centre for Digital Transformation of Health, led by Professor Wendy Chapman, is working to enable digital health innovation to contribute to a learning, connected healthcare system. The Centre is being launched on the first evening of the Australian Institute for Digital Health Summit @ Melbourne. More information soon on the Centre website.   


Our MD students speak with the CHO

Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton answered question from the students about wellbeing, managing stress and  his career journey. Watch here.  

Hitting the Wall: How to Unpeel Yourself  
In July, Professor Jill Klein shared some simple strategies to help us to maintain our resilience, support our teams and take care of ourselves. Watch here.

Alumni Hour 
In September
, the Alumni Hour series featured Associate Professor Luke Burchill Australia’s first Aboriginal cardiologist. Luke is a Yorta Yorta/ Dja Dja Wurrung man who grew up on country in Mooroopna and Echuca. Based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, he is an accomplished clinician scientist and currently leads the Cardiovascular Health Equity Group at the University of Melbourne. Luke is on a mission to achieve health equity in the communities that he serves, particularly adults living with congenital heart disease and Victoria’s Aboriginal community.

Coming up in November is Associate Professor Tom Oxley, who is Director of Innovation Strategy in the Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York – as well as retaining his Melbourne research connections through the Vascular Bionics laboratory. Tom was also one of the presenters in the August MMSCelebrating MRFF Research Success webinar (below).

The series also featured Dr Bronwyn King in February. You can watch it here.

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Celebrating MRFF Research Success
In August the MMS Research Support Team held the Celebrating MRFF Research Success webinar with three presenters: Jon Emery (UMCCR/Department of Clinical Pathology, Anita D’Aprano (see separate story) and Tom Oxley (above) – sharing their strategies and insights into securing MRFF grants.

Dr Bow Tauro, MRFF Senior Project Officer, gave a presentation including invaluable information and links to resources to support you in finding and applying to MRFF opportunities. You can download Bow's slide pack here, and watch the recording here (access code: Access Passcode: Wzxk4q1+)

We encourage you to sign up to the MRFF Alert mailing list to receive alerts direct to your inbox for the MRFF schemes that interest you. The Research Support Team also welcomes your feedback. Please let them know what types of events and initiatives you would like available to support you in your research.

Professional Development – Medical Education 
Like many other conferences in 2020, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) to be held in Melbourne was cancelled.  However, the upside has been the development of a high quality and engaging series of professional development events for all health professions educators.  Working with colleagues from Australia and New Zealand, Professor Elizabeth Molloy, Associate Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron and Brett Vaughan from the Department of Medical Education have been working to curate this program of professional development events.

We have been fortunate to have two presentations from the conference keynote speakers Professor Rachel Ellaway and Professor Chris Watling, both from Canada.  It was great to see over 150 people attending these presentations from across Australia and New Zealand.  Professor Ellaway challenged us to think about how context plays a role in what we do as health professions educators, and Professor Watling took us through how culture can influence engagement with feedback.  Both of these presentations are available through the ANZAHPE website (

If you’re involved in health professions education at any level, we would encourage you to join us for one or more of these events.  Just go to

End-of-Life Perspectives – Palliative Nexus 
The Palliative Nexus research team (Department of Medicine – St Vincent's Hospital) has been keeping busy during Melbourne lockdown. In August, we launched a new series of virtual dialogues with thought leaders from Australia and around the world to discuss, debate and deliberate on matters related to palliative and end-of-life care.

The team, led by Professor Jennifer Philip, brings together clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals with a mission to improve equity, access, and quality of care in serious illness. Read more

Research and experiences on palliative care need to be discussed openly and honestly. Our Pal-Spectives series offers an opportunity to share both novel research findings and intimate reflections of friends, colleagues and experts on bringing better care to those suffering serious illness or facing the end of their life. These events are relevant for anyone with an interest in contemplating the big issues on life, death, and the stories that bind us.

Pal-Spectives: on research is a virtual forum with leading researchers presenting latest research findings, big ideas and up to date evidence relevant to palliative care.

Pal-Spectives: in conversation is a live podcast of thought-provoking conversations with leading and interested thinkers in the field of palliative care on their work, life, and what makes them leap out of bed.

We look forward to you joining us for the next in our series. Find the series here