Melvin Marzan awarded the Safer Care Fellowship.

Congratulations to Melvin Marzan who has been awarded the Safer Care Fellowship.

to investigate COVID-19 impacts on mothers and babies.

Department of Obstectris and Gynaecology research assistant Melvin Marzan, who has been leading the data analysis in the Collaborative Maternity and Newborn Dashboard for the COVID-19 Pandemic (CoMaND) project, has been awarded a 12 month fellowship with Safer Care Victoria to investigate the impacts of the pandemic on maternal and newborn outcomes.

This partnership between Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and the University of Melbourne is part of a new initiative between SCV and academic institutions to address high priority questions in public health using Department of Health datasets.

Mr Marzan completed his Bachelor of Nursing in the Philippines in 2010 and is currently in his final year of a PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Economics at La Trobe University. He has more than nine years of experience in health data analytics, information and knowledge management, including employment with the Department of Health, Philippines, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, USAID and University of Melbourne .

He will combine this part-time 2022-2023 SCV fellowship with his ongoing role on the CoMaND project in the Department of O&G. He will work with the Consultative Council for Obstetric and Paediatric Morbidity and Mortality to deliver an updated CCOPMM Communique on the indirect impacts of the pandemic on perinatal outcomes, and investigate the contributing factors associated with the rise in preterm stillbirths in 2020 recently published by CoMaND group in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.