Monday, 5 October 2015

Position vacant - Research Collection Nurse at Hudson Institute

The Hudson Institute is seeking a  Research Collection Nurse (0.5) for The Ritchie Centre.  See: 

CID/CIIID joint seminar- Tuesday 6th October 2015

The next CID/CIIID joint Seminar will be held on Tuesday 5th October from 12:30pm in the Level 3 Boardrooms of HUDSON institute
Dr Niamh Mangan will be presenting: "Type I IFNs and mucosal immune responses in the female reproductive tract"

Lunch will be provided.  All welcome.

PhD Mid-Candidature Review - Suzanne Kleve

Date: Wednesday 7 October 2015
Time:  9.30am
Venue:  BASE Facility, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Level 1, 264 Ferntree Gully Road
Notting Hill, 
Supervisors: Dr Claire Palermo, Dr. Zoe Davidson, Dr. Sue Booth
SAC/Panel chair: Dr. Ricardo Costa
Independent assessors: Assoc. Prof. Danielle Gallegos and  Assoc. Prof. Anna Peeters

PhD Mid-Candidature Review - Samantha Teague

Date: 13 October 2015
Time:  1pm
Venue:  Seminar Room, Level 3 P Block MMC
Thesis title: Investigating the role of attachment in the treatment of behaviour and emotional problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof Kylie Gray, Prof. Bruce Tonge, Prof. Louise Newman
SAC/Panel chair: Dr. Glenn Melvin
Independent assessors: Prof. David Kissane, Dr. Michael Gordon

Hudson Institute Student Society meeting Wednesday 14 October

The Hudson Institute Student Society invites ALL STUDENTS to come along to their Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) - to vote in favour of their name change and amended constitution.

Date: Wednesday 14 October
Time: 12pm
Venue: level 3 boardrooms (next to De Kretser concourse)

Pizza and refreshments provided.

Ritchie Centre Colloquium

Please see event and registration details below for the 2015 Ritchie Centre Colloquium:
Date: 21 October 8.30-4.30pm, 22 October 8.30-5.15pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Cost (GST Incl.):

  • Two Day Registration $150.00 
  • Wednesday 21st October $100.00 
  • Thursday 22nd October $100.00
Registration link:
Program flyer (1.48 MB Pdf)
The cost of registration includes meals, drinks and registration to the Public Forum on 22nd October.
For further information visit the Ritchie Centre Colloquium webpage or contact Lisieux Jones on

Procure to Payment (P2P) Information Sessions

As part of their continual commitment to improving their services, Procure to Payment (P2P) will be holding information sessions across all campuses during October.The sessions will mainly focus on travel, credit cards and staff reimbursement functions, and will also provide information on future P2P initiatives. 
Session Information:

ClaytonS1 theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk05/10/201512:00-1:00pm
ClaytonS4 theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk16/10/20152:30-3:30pm
CaulfieldCaulfield H.12606/10/20152:30-3:30pm
CaulfieldCaulfield H.12615/10/201511:00-12:00pm
PeninsulaRoom W3.14 Sport Building08/10/20159:30-10:30am
ParkvilleCossar Hall Tutorial Room 213/10/20159:30-10:30am
AlfredAlfred Centre Boardroom14/10/20159:00-10:00am
To attend, please RSVP at least a week before for the session you wish to attend.
Light refreshments will be provided after the session and there will also be door prizes for attendees.
If you have any questions please contact

Congratulations Simone Gibson on the award of PhD

The Monash Institute of Graduate Research is pleased to report that Simone Gibson has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.  Simone's thesis titled: "Integrating academic and clinical training - exploring opportunities and innovations" was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on  Tuesday 29th September 2015 and will be conferred upon graduation. 
Sincere thanks to all the academic and professional staff involved in assisting Simone Jane achieve this wonderful result. 

Congratulations to Dr Lisa Walter for obtaining an Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) funding

Dr Lisa Walter has been awarded funding to organize an Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) Concept Development Workshop for her study on sleep in children with cancer.  Her project "Bright light therapy to improve sleep, reduce fatigue and improve the quality of life in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia during maintenance treatment" will be the focus of a workshop which will provide an opportunity for interstate collaborators to meet, discuss and develop the concept, commence project planning/protocol development and establish roles and responsibilities.

Lisa was also successful in obtaining a travel grant to attend the  ANZCHOG conference next June in Cairns to present the preliminary findings of her study.

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Biggs and Prof Rosemary Horne for obtaining Creswick Foundation funding

Dr Sarah Biggs
Prof Rosemary Horne
Dr Sarah Biggs and Prof Rosemary Horne were successful in obtaining funding from the Creswick Foundation to bring A/Prof Hawley Montgomery-Downs to Australia in 2016. A/Prof Montgomery-Downs from the West Virginia University is an internationally recognised expert in paediatric sleep and will present a number of workshops and lectures within the Ritchie Centre, to health professionals, teachers and also at the 2016 PSANZ conference on infant and child sleep issues including the effects on maternal and family health.

Congratulations A/Prof Gillian Nixon and Prof Rosemary Horne for obtaining Jack Brockhoff Foundation funding

A/Prof Gillian Nixon and Prof Rosemary Horne were successful in obtaining funding of $30,000 for their project "Optimising daytime functioning in children with Down Syndrome through the early identification of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea" from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation.

Prof Rosemary Horne
A/Prof Gillian Nixon
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is extremely common in children with Down Syndrome, but the condition is not normally investigated or treated as part of clinical care.  OSA can have a significant impact on the learning, behaviour, cardiovascular system and quality of life of developing children, but its effects are yet to be studied in children with Down Syndrome.

Are you interested in taking on the challenge of a PhD?

In 2016, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is offering Top Up scholarships for students who are successful in obtaining either an APA or equivalent scholarship for their Phd studies. The Top Up’s are worth $8000 per year and are tax free stipends. Please see project details below:

The global relevance of basic anthropometric and food intake measures for nutrition screening in a rapidly industrialized society: from under to over nutrition in Chinese children 


Nearly all large epidemiological studies rely on interpretation of basic anthropometric measures (weight, height and waist circumferences) as determinants of growth during childhood. In China today both under and over nutrition co-exist on a scale that is unprecedented. The rapid industrialisation in China has generated an equally rapid change in the food supply in both quantity and variety. Food intake obviously impacts on growth and this project will examine the relationship between food patterns, physical activity and growth over time in early childhood. These project goals will be realized by secondary data analysis of several large Chinese birth cohorts (50,000 – 100,000 subjects). It will be undertaken in collaboration with leading researchers in China. Applicants should have a particular interest and confidence in working with large datasets. This PhD will enable skill development in nutritional epidemiology. Opportunities to spend some periods of time in China exist within this project. 

Alcohol: The forgotten component of energy intake 

Supervisors: Prof Helen Truby 

Consumption of alcoholic beverages has a unique place in Australia, but with the rise in obesity, the contribution of alcohol to energy intake is under greater scrutiny. Alcohol contributes more energy per gram than protein and carbohydrate. As such alcohol attains public health importance solely as a discretionary energy source with low micro-nutrient value. Consumption of alcoholic beverages has a short term stimulatory effect on appetite and desire to eat. These physiological processes combined with the food supplied in social situations, which are often high fat snack foods, contribute to passive over consumption of energy per se. This project seeks to develop and test food (snack) solutions to reduce the energy availability and increase energy utilization of snacks by altering macronutrient composition. It will test their effectiveness when consumed with alcohol in controlled trials. The long term outcome will be increasing the evidence base for guidelines around which foods can be served with alcoholic beverages that optimize energy utilization and reduce the stimulatory effect on appetite.

Applications are now open for 2016 Faculty Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowships (Round 1)

These Fellowships provide competitive funding to support the career development of promising newly-qualified postdoctoral researchers at Monash University. They are intended to provide initial support while applications are prepared for externally funded fellowships such as NHMRC Training Fellowships, ARC Postdoctoral Fellowships, etc.  
Applications should be made by the intended Fellow's mentor at Monash University. Mentors would normally be the Fellow's line manager and therefore the mentor must be a member of staff. Adjuncts are not eligible to supervise Monash staff.
The Faculty may award up to 4 Fellowships in each round. Competition is therefore at a high level and mentors should carefully consider candidates before nominating them.
Closing Date:  Monday 16 November 2015 at 5:00PM (AEDT)
Submission Process: Submit the completed and signed application form (and supporting material) as a single PDF document to by the closing date. 
The Application Form and Guidelines are attached below, and are also available at

All queries about this fellowship scheme should be directed to the Faculty Research Office at or (03) 990 29143.

Applications are now open for 2016 Faculty Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships

These Fellowships are targeted at outstanding candidates who have the clear potential to be successful in external career fellowships schemes. The candidates will usually have four to six years postdoctoral experience. The Faculty may award up to 2 Fellowships each year.
Closing Date:  Friday 20 November 2015 at 5:00PM (AEDT)
Submission Process:  Submit the completed and signed application form (and supporting material) as a single PDF document to by the closing date. 
The Application Form and Guidelines are attached below, and are also available at
All queries about this fellowship scheme should be directed to the Faculty Research Office at or (03) 990 29143.

2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to OHS

The 2015 “Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to OHS” is now open to Monash University staff.  The award is to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals who have applied new concepts in occupational health and safety in their workplace.

The award is aimed at ensuring that talented individuals receive the recognition they deserve for exceeding in health and safety at Monash.   Staff are encouraged to put forward their nomination for consideration.  Applications can be submitted by individuals or teams and further details can be found on the OH&S website.

The winner will receive a prize of either $3000 for an individual, or $5000 for a team and will be presented with the award by the Vice-Chancellor at a special celebratory lunch in November.
The closing date for nominations has been extended and is now due by Friday, 23 October 2015.