Tuesday, 19 April 2016

PhD student Sivanjah Indumathy's image displayed at 'Day of Immunology' photography exhibition

Visualising macrophages in the adult mouse testis
Congratulations Sivanjah Indumathy, whose macrophage image was selected to be displayed at the inaugural Day of Immunology photography exhibition "Snapshots of the Immune System". 

In the second year of her PhD at the School of Clinical Sciences and Hudson Institute, Siv belongs to the Testis Development and Germ Cell Differentiation Group, Endocrinology and Immunophysiology Laboratory.  She is also a member of the International Research Training Group funded jointly by the German Research Foundation and Monash University.
Sivanjah Indumathy
Of her winning image, Siv said that macrophages are visualised in the adult mouse testis using a transgenic CX3CR1-GFP knockout mouse model. 

"Macrophages with a stellate/dendriform morphology are widely spaced along the outside of the tubule, while macrophages in clusters are found within the interstitial space of the testis," said Siv.

Monash research reveals family-focused therapy reduces complicated grief

Professor David Kissane
Supporting families of patients with advanced cancer and assisting them in bereavement is an important clinical goal for oncology and mental health professionals.

For the first time, research at Monash University shows that Prolonged Grief Disorder, a common form of complicated grief that brings substantial burden and distress to the bereaved, can be prevented with early introduction of high quality, family supportive therapy.

Published last week in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology, the randomised controlled trial shows that family-focused therapy delivered to high-risk families during palliative care and continued into bereavement reduced the severity of complicated grief and the development of prolonged grief, a disorder affecting up to 20% of the bereaved.

“Rather than clinical services responding to family distress using a crisis model—which commonly happens today—this new model of care provides continuity of care by the psycho-oncologist, a social worker, psychologist or family counsellor, as the cancer is treated,” said lead author Professor David Kissane, Head of Department of Psychiatry at Monash University.

Professor Kissane said that bereavement care is not the 'Cinderella' add-on after death, but rather integrated into a comprehensive care paradigm during the treatment of advanced cancer.

Through the use of a simple screening tool, at-risk families can be identified in this cost-effective model of care.

“In our study, the rate of prolonged grief disorder at 13 months post death was 15.5% for family members who received standard care, whereas this rate significantly reduced to 3.3% among families who received family-supported care in the form of 10 family therapy sessions,” said Professor Kissane.

“We know that families who communicate poorly, display unbridled conflict or have low levels of involvement with each other, prove predictive of the development of prolonged grief disorder or depression in bereavement.”

“These same characteristics of family relationships prove challenging to clinical teams striving to care for the patient with cancer, and clinicians are often at a loss as to how best to help these families.”

According to eminent British psychiatrist Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE, Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is the most frequent and challenging form of complicated grief.

“PGD is clinically distinct from major depression and resistant to traditional therapies,” said Dr Parkes.

“This important new study provides evidence supporting the use of Family-Focussed Grief Therapy for PGD, it extends our understanding of the care needed by families at risk, before as well as after bereavement.”

The model of care reported in this study delivers family support via a series of six to ten family meetings across 12-18 months. 

Cornell University’s Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics Holly Prigerson has spent decades studying families struggling to care for a dying loved one.

“The data highlight how family conflict influences the plight, care and bereavement adjustment of all involved, and the need for a family-focused intervention is serious,” said Professor Prigerson, Director, Centre for Research on End of Life Care.

“Professor Kissane’s Family-Focused Grief Therapy is a novel and very welcome addition to clinical care of terminally ill patients and the family members who survive them into bereavement.”

“Not only is it likely to ease the mental anguish of bereaved survivors, but also the pain and suffering of the patient and his or her care providers,” said Dr Prigerson.

Facing advanced cancer and bereavement is very stressful for all families, with 20% of families struggling long term.

“This study explores the value of social workers offering family therapy interventions for at-risk families who have high conflict and low communication and found that the intervention resulted in real gains for this group,” said Ms Glenda Bawden, Head of Social Work at Monash Health.

“Such evidence allows social workers to confidently initiate family therapy as a helpful intervention to those most at risk of complicated grief.”

CEO of Palliative Care Victoria Ms Odette Waanders said this seminal research highlights important policy and practice opportunities to improve the way we support ‘difficult families’ during end of life care and how we can reduce the longer-term negative (personal, social and economic) impacts of complex grief.

SCS medical students inspired at World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Infertility

Tristan McCaughey, Phoebe Simpson, Professor Gab Kovacs
and Jenna Lyttle
Six medical students were selected to attend the World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Infertility (COGI) in Melbourne last month on behalf of the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS).

Professor Zion Ben-Rafael, COGI Congress Founder and Co-chairman generously offered the Monash Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology six complimentary student registrations.

Final year students Tristan McCaughey, Lachlan McNamara, Marcus Davenport, Phoebe Simpson, Claire McGannon and Jenna Lyttle were competitively selected to attend the conference.

COGI Faculty member and Monash University Professor Gab Kovacs said it is important for medical students to start interacting at international conferences early in their career, to get ideas and meet potential collaborators. 

"COGI is an opportunity for students to hear and meet high profile people speak about topics," said Professor Kovacs.  

"Our presenters included a number of world leaders in the field, such as Professor Jacques Donnez, who famously reported the world's first livebirth after cryopreserved ovarian tissue transplantation."

The conference is known as a forum for healthy debate about a range of controversial topics in the field of O&G.

"COGI shows medical students that there are many ways of doing things- that many topics are not black and white and even experts disagree," said Professor Kovacs.

Jenna Lyttle said she was very excited to attend the COGI conference, as it was a great opportunity to hear experts in the women's health field debate and discuss the current issues in obstetrics and gynaecology. 

"I have been interested in pursuing a career in O&G for some time, and the conference really helped to solidify this direction for me," said Jenna. 

"I met some influential clinicians and researchers, inspiring me to combine a medical career in both clinical and academic areas in the future." 

Lachlan McNamara said it was a very worthwhile couple of days which covering a breadth of controversial issues in the field of O&G. 

"The conference covered major modern day issues in fertility, obstetrics, surgical gynaecology and foetal maternal medicine, with commentary from world-leading researchers and clinicians."

The students would like to express their gratitude to SCS and Monash Health for giving them the opportunity to attend the Congress.

Professor Kovacs acknowledges and thanks Professor Zion Ben Rafael and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University Professor Euan Wallace for their support.

Dragon's Den Competition 20 April - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

The Dragons Den competition was open to all current MBBS students at the School of Clinical Sciences (SCS). Students were asked to submit viable project ideas they believed would lead to innovations in curriculum delivery for the MBBS program at SCS.

Nine finalists were chosen by a panel of SCS Academic and Professional staff and these finalists will be pitching their ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’ – Professor Eric Morand, Professor Michelle Leech, Professor Julian Smith, Professor Erwin Loh and Dr Eugene Fredericks. 

The Dragons will question the finalists on their ideas at the conclusion of the pitch.

Please email Claire.dendle@monash.edu to register your attendance.

Monash goes from MBBS to BMedSc/MD in 2017

The Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) will replace the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) MBBS program as of 2017 entry. The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) is an internationally-recognised, higher level qualification.

Deputy Dean of the MD program Professor Michelle Leech explained that: ‘The new program will be focussed as before on preparing graduates for medical practice with a strong focus on Patient Safety as well as enhanced research and professional practice skills to equip Monash Graduates to improve the health of our communities locally and globally.”

The Monash MD has been accepted as a minor change by the Australian Medical Council. Students who commence the MD will undertake a Scholarly Intensive Project in the final year of the course. Medical students will undertake traditional research activities as well having the opportunity to increase learning opportunities around clinical and professional practice.  The existing excellent Monash final year Patient Safety (Intern Preparation unit) will be further enhanced with extended learning outcomes. An intensified research methods learning kit will be embedded in our theme 2 (Population Health and Society) theme, which is already well recognised for educational leadership in evidence-based practice of medicine.

Monash will continue to offer the 5-year Direct Entry program, as well as the 4-year Graduate Entry program, with the same number of places available in both courses.

The entry and selection requirements for both programs will also remain unchanged.  Please check the Monash School of Medicine website for the most current information and selection dates.

The program has been accredited by the Australian Medical Association (AMC). For further information please contact future@monash.edu.

Congratulations Dr Dennis Wong on completion of his Doctor of Medicine

Graduate Research Education is pleased to report that Dr Dennis Wong has fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine (unsupervised).                                                                      
The thesis titled: "Novel techniques for assessment of functional significance of coronary artery stenoses by coronary angiography and cardiac computed tomography" was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on Tuesday 12th April 2016 and will be conferred upon graduation. 

Dr Wong presented the ability of coronary angiography and MSCT imaging in evaluating functional significance of coronary artery stenosis in patients with coronary atherosclerosis.

According to his supervisors, Dr Wong elucidated applicability of original scoring method as well as MSCT-derived measures of cardiac ischemia in the clinical settings. His thesis provides a nice overview of MSCT imaging to visualize coronary atherosclerosis and assess functional significance of coronary artery stenosis. In addition, Dr Wong describes a variety of findings showing the advantage of coronary angiographic and MSCT assessment of coronary artery stenosis.

SCS calendar - what's on

Did you know that SCS events, lectures, seminars and more are scheduled in the SCS calendar?  You can subscribe to our calendar, ensuring you will receive invitations and never miss another event or meeting.
Just click on any of the scheduled events and you can easily add it to your own calendar.
The SCS calendar is on the front page of SCS eNews: (scsenews.blogspot.com.au). You can also add the SCS calendar to your list of calendars by clicking on the +Google calendar button.

What's on for the week (19-22 Apr)

Tue19/04/2016 09:30 PhD Confirmation seminar: Mohammed Alasseiri
12:00PhD Mid-Candidature Review / Progress Review: Muideen Olaiya 
13:00CiiiD Seminar Series: not held in lieu of research retreat
15:30PhD Mid-Candidature Review / Progress Review Tammie Choi  
Wed20/04/201612:30Grand Rounds: Stroke
14:00MIME MHTP Affinity Meeting

SCS Dragons Den competition

Forthcoming events (22 Apr - 9 May)

Tue 26/04/2016 13:00 How NOT to analyse and present data
13:00 CiiiD Seminar Series
Thu 28/04/2016 16:00 Advances in 3D Printed Biomedical Devices
Fri 29/04/2016 10:00 PhD Confirmation seminar: Sushena Krishnaswamy
Tue 03/05/2016 10:30 Phd Confirmation seminar: Anselm Wong
12:00 CID - Weekly Seminar Series
13:00 PhD Confirmation seminar: James Duc Hung Ong
13:00 CiiiD Seminar Series
Wed 04/05/2016 09:30 Faculty of MNHS Graduate Research Supervisor & Staff Forum
Thu 05/05/2016 09:00 Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Medical Research Symposium

SCS Women in Medicine & Science Afternoon Tea, 10 May

The Women in Medicine and Science group invite you to an afternoon tea, hosted by A/Prof Beverley Vollenhoven, to meet and socialise with fellow researchers and clinicians.  Share your stories and discuss issues with like-minded women on Tuesday 10 May, 4-5pm in the Surgery Seminar Room, Block E, Level 5.

Register here for catering purposes.

CiiiD Tuesday seminar 19 April: Dr Ed Giles talking about Type I Interferon signaling in human intestinal T cells

1-2pm in the TRF Seminar Room 2.

Ed is a clinician at Monash Health and a new research fellow in CiiiD and the SCS. His clinical interest is in young people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  He completed clinical training in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and King's College Hospital in London. He also has a PhD in mucosal immunology, completed with Dr Andy Stagg and Professor Tom MacDonald at Barts Health (The Royal London Hospital) and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Grand Rounds 20 April, "Monash Health is the designated centre for state-wide endovascular clot retrieval service: a new era in acute stroke management"

Unit: Stroke                
Presenter: Associate Professor Henry Ma
Topic: "Monash Health is the designated centre for state-wide endovascular clot retrieval service: a new era in acute stroke management"
Date: Wednesday 20 April 2016
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.

MIME MHTP Affinity Meeting, 20 April 2-4pm

Healthy sleep in school aged children - the role of commercial sleep trackers: good or bad? 11 May, 6pm

To register your attendance, email Caroline Menara or phone 85722877.

Bridging the Gap: How to engage with Industry Workshops - Presented by Watermark and VIIN, 19 May

Looking for alternative sources of funding? Watermark Intellectual Asset Management and the VIIN are proud to present comprehensive 2-hour workshops discussing how to bridge the gap between scientific researchers and industry. Learn about intellectual property, licensing, freedom-to-operate and how to successfully pitch your project to industry.

Parkville Workshop 
Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Doherty Institute
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Clayton Workshop 
Venue: TRF Level 2 Seminar Room 1 and 2, Hudson Institute
Thursday 19 May 2016
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

Speaker details >
Registration is free. Each Workshop will be followed by a Q+A Panel and refreshments.
Register now >  Download a flyer >

Save the date - MHTP research week 22-26 August 2016

For your diaries:
MHTP Research Week
22-26 August 2016

MHTP Research Week will include:

  • poster presentations and prizes
  • internationally renowned speakers
  • translational research symposium
  • public forum on stem cell therapies
  • Ritchie Centre's Colloquium on cell therapy and regenerative medicine
  • early career researchers' forum and workshop

More details on the way...

Hudson seminars Autumn program 2016

Save the date: 2016 Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting, 14-16 September, Canberra

14 - 16 September 2016
The Australian National University, Canberra

Invited speakers
We are delighted to announce the following invited speakers:
  • Professor Amy Berrington de Gonz├ílez, National Cancer Institute, USA 
  • Professor Tony Blakely, University of Otago, NZ 
  • Professor Emily Banks, The Australian National University 
  • Dr Paul Kelly, ACT Health Directorate 
  • Professor John Lynch, The University of Adelaide 
  • Mr David Kalisch, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Registration for the 2016 AEA 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting is now open online. Early bird registration closes 5:00pm Friday 29 July 2016. Meeting accommodation can be booked when registering online. For more information, please visit the 2016 AEA website or email  aea2016@conlog.com.au.

Call for abstracts
You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the 2016 AEA 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting. Abstract submissions will be accepted online until 5:00pm Tuesday 31 May 2016. For abstract submission guidelines or more information, please visit the 2016 AEA website or emailaea2016@conlog.com.au.

You are also invited to submit a proposal for either a half day or full day pre-meeting workshop to be held on Wednesday 14 September. Proposal submissions will be accepted online until 5:00pm Friday 6 May.

AEA Student Conference Attendance Award
This award supports a number of students to attend the AEA Annual Scientific Meeting. Full-time students who are current financial student members of AEA and who have submitted an abstract for the meeting are eligible to apply. This is a merit based award. There will be ten awards for 2016.

Applicants should tick the box in the online abstract submission form and a written application addressed to the AEA President should be sent via email to the  AEA Executive Officer. The application should clearly state your intent to be considered for the award with evidence of your current full-time student status and a copy of your submitted abstract. More information will be provided in the AEA bulletin.

Students of Brain Research (SOBR) 2016 Professional Development Dinner (25 May) - TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is a proud sponsor of the 2016 SOBR Professional Development Dinner. 

The Students of Brain Research 2016 Committee invite you to an evening of networking and professional development led by the Lead Scientist of Victoria, Leonie Walsh, and eminent consumer psychologist, Adam Ferrier, as seen on the ABC's Gruen Transfer

Discuss the costs and benefits of linking you and your science with industry and government and mingle with prominent VIPs from top brain science research institutes and industry.

WHEN: 6:30pm Wednesday 25 May 2016 
WHAT: Two course meal and drinks all night (beer and wine) 
WHERE: State Library Of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Vic 3000
DRESS: Smart casual 

PRICE: $45 per person, visit WWW.BIT.LY/SOBR2016 

Save the date 3-7 April 2017, 15th World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne

It is our very great pleasure to invite you to Melbourne, Australia the host destination for the 2017 World Congress on Public Health. We are planning a Festival of Public Health during the Congress to engage researchers, practitioners, academics, administrators, policy makers, industry representatives, students and stakeholders involved in public health from all over the globe. It is our desire that they will share and enhance knowledge transfer about the latest advancements in public health, its challenges and opportunities, collaborations and advancements.

Please sign on to our online expression of interest form to receive regular updates, save the dates for abstract submission and be sure to join us in Melbourne 2017 for this prestigious event.
The International and National Congress Committees look forward to your participation.

Keep up to date with details at our website:  http://www.wcph2017.com/welcome.php

Flyer with details here.

CSL $25M Centenary Fellowship Program & Global Connections Fund

Please note the CSL Centenary Fellowship details below.  These Fellowships are valued at AUD$1.25m and two will be awarded. 

The fellowships are targeted at early stage and translational research with a focus on rare and serious diseases, immunology, and inflammation, with applicants being Australian citizens (or permanent residents) with a minimum of four years post-doctoral experience.

Applications open on the 1st June 2016, and details can be found ot www.csl.com.au

Heads are encouraged to nominate appropriate competitive individuals for these fellowships.

CSL $25 Million Centenary Fellowship Program
CSL have announced the establishment of a new flagship $25 million fellowship program for early stage and translational research in Australia.
About the CSL Centenary Fellowships
The CSL Centenary Fellowships are competitively-selected grants offered to mid-career (minimum 4 years post-doctoral) medical researchers. Two individual fellowships are to be awarded each calendar year. The total value of each award is $AUD 1.25 million, which is paid in annual instalments of $AUD 250,000 to the fellow’s employing university or medical research institute.
The fellowship provides for a full-time salary plus associated research costs. The breakdown is to be determined by the Fellow, in conjunction with the employing institution at the commencement of the Fellowship.

Research Focus
The fellowships are to be primarily awarded for early stage and translational research with a focus on rare and serious diseases, immunology, and inflammation. In any given year, at the call of applications, a specific research area may be indicated as a preference for that year’s awards.

Eligibility Criteria
Candidates must be Australian citizens (or permanent residents) with minimum tertiary qualifications of PhD level and at least four years post-doctoral work experience. Candidates do not need to be currently living or working in Australia at the time of application, but if successful they must undertake their research at an Australia academic institution. Applications will be judged on the basis of merit and excellence in competition with other applications.

Applications will be assessed on relevant skills and professional record, benefits the fellowship will provide to the individual, benefits the fellowship will provide to Australian biomedical research and alignment to the Fellowship’s stated research priorities.

Selection Committee
The CSL Centenary Fellowships are overseen by a Selection Committee, comprising independent members (including the Chairman) and CSL representatives.

Selection Committee Independent Chair: - Professor Ashley Dunn, PhD FAA
Professor Ashley Dunn was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1996, served as Associate Director of the Ludwig Institute until 2004 and is currently an Honorary of the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. Professor Dunn serves on a number of Boards within the biotechnology sector.

Further information is available at: www.csl.com.au

Global Connections Fund

The Global Connections Fund (GCF) is a new project of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and is supported by the Australian Government. The GCF will provide grants to help Australian researchers and businesses collaborate in the global arena, link with international counterparts and expertise, and seize opportunities and explore collaborative projects in global markets. Applications are now open.

More information about the GCF is available at: www.globalconnectionsfund.org.au

Global Connections Fund: Launch of PRIMING GRANTS program

The Australian Government’s Global Connections Fund and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) are pleased to launch a call for Priming Grants – a new vehicle for driving collaboration between Australian researchers and overseas small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and Australian SMEs with overseas researchers with linkages encouraged across 17 priority economies.

Priming Grants provide support for collaborations that focus on making a significant contribution to addressing national industry and research and science priorities:
·         Advanced Manufacturing
·         Food and Agribusiness
·         Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals
·         Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
·         Oil Gas and Energy Resources.
How Priming Grants can help
·         Funded support of AUD$7,000 for establishing initial contacts between researchers and SMEs that have identified a possible collaborative relationship, to:
o    support initial meetings and discussions between the two parties (e.g. travel and meetings focused on forming a relationship), and/or
o    formalise partnerships (e.g. legal fees) and/or assist with applying for major R&D funds in Australia and globally.
·         Advice on early stage collaborative links between researchers and SMEs for knowledge exchange and research and development (R&D) product development.
Priming Grants do not support Researcher-Researcher or SME-SME collaborations
If you have been a recipient of a CAESIE Priming Grant you are not eligible to apply for the same relationship but can apply for new relationships

Only one application per researcher or SME partnership is permitted.

How to get involved
In order to apply for a Priming Grant you must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) which OPENS ONLINE FROM 15 APRIL TO 27 MAY 2016.

The EOI process allows for ATSE to assess your eligibility to proceed to the next step and make an application. You cannot apply for a Priming Grant unless you have first made and EOI, had it approved, and been issued with an EOI number. Having an EOI approved does not guarantee that you will get a priming grant.

Download the Application Guidelines for full details.

For more information please visit the website http://www.globalconnectionsfund.org.au

myResearch: New Gene Technology application form

Following our previous notice regarding the new ethics and compliance management system, Ethics Review Manager (ERM), we are pleased to advise that the system is now Live.

Where can I access the new form?

The new form will be accessible from the myResearch website on the Monash intranet.  The URL is www.monash.edu/myresearch.

All applicants will require a Monash authcate to access the system.   If you have any issues logging in, please contact 990 51118 or email mro-infonetica_support@monash.edu.

Will my current information be in the new system?

Information related to your current dealings will be imported into the new system over the coming months.  Once imported you will be able to view a basic outline of that record.

What support is available for me with these new forms and processes?

Quick reference guides and short videos are available to assist you and can be accessed via the myResearch website www.monash.edu/myresearch.

Information sessions will be scheduled in the coming weeks for any staff wishing to see a demonstration of how the system works or ask questions.

Please contact Eleni Filippidis in the Monash Research Office with any queries by phone 990 51118 or eleni.filippidis@monash.edu.

AMP's Tomorrow Fund

The AMP Foundation is searching for Australian citizens and permanent residents of all ages, working in any field – from art to technology, science to social innovation and sport, film, fashion, music, medicine and more.

Individuals with plenty of determination, a definite plan and a desire to make a difference – either by creating something special or inspiring others – can apply today.

The application form is relatively short and simple and health and medical researchers feature prominently among previous years’ winners, so it is worth considering making an application.

Applications can be made at www.ampstomorrowfund.com.au and close at 4pm (AEST) on 18 May 2016.

It should be noted that AMP Tomorrow Fund grants are for individuals only, not organisations. If ​a researcher has​  a great idea that aligns with ​their organisation's work and ​they are​  passionate about pursuing this under your own steam, then ​ they should​ feel free to apply. ​Applicants ​will, however, be judged on ​their​  own merit and if ​they​  are successful, the funds will be awarded to
​the individual​.

Further information is available at the "Tips and tools" page of the AMP website at https://www.ampstomorrowfund.com.au/faqs/#toggle-id-10

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes open for nominations – $160,000 across 16 prizes

The ‘Oscars of Australian ​S​cience’, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, celebrate research, science communication and journalism, leadership, and students.

This year, two new prizes recognise innovation in medical research and innovation in citizen science. The total prize pool is $160,000.

The 16 prizes will be announced and presented at a gala dinner on 31 August
​ 2016​.  Nominations close ​on ​​Friday ​6 May ​ 2016​. 

​Further information is available ​at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/eureka

Extension on submission for FMNHS Gender Equity Travel Grants -IMPT

The deadline for submission of these grants has been extended to 22 April. Please find attached:

Grant guidelines
Application form here

2016 Dementia Grants Program - Round One Now Open

The Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (AADRF) currently has up to thirteen $50,000 capacity building project grants for new and early career researchers available.

· Five AADRF Project Grants (new and early career researchers in any area of dementia research)
· One Plants Management Australia – Whetman Pinks Project Grant (new and early career researchers in any area of dementia research)
· One Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care (new and early career researchers in dementia care)
· Six $50,000 or one $100,000 plus four $50,000 AADRF-Vic Project Grants (new and early career researchers in dementia in clinical or psychosocial areas)

Applications close 23 May 2016. For more information please visit the AADRF grants page.

Upcoming VicHealth Research Funding Opportunities

The next VicHealth ARC Linkage Projects and VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Projects, Stage 1: Expression of Interest applications will open at 9am, Monday 18th April 2016.

The VicHealth NHMRC Partnership Project Grant round will be advertised concurrently with the VicHealth ARC Linkage Project Grant round.
Applicants will be able to apply to VicHealth to partner on only one of these Commonwealth grants.
Successful applicants will go on to apply to the NHMRC in Cycle 2, closing 7th December 2016, or to the ARC in the annual round (September, TBC).
Applicants are strongly advised to review the Funding Rules for both Commonwealth grants to guide their decision.

For more information, and to apply, please refer to the VicHealth website:

Emma Cook
Project Officer - Knowledge
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
T: 03 9667 9014

Emotional intelligence at work - course opportunities for staff and students

This course is for anyone wanting to increase their capacity to think intelligently about their own and others emotions to intentionally and efficiently deliver individual and organisational outcomes. Any team member or team leader wishing to enhance their communication skills to build better relationships with all stakeholders.

Staff course ($280pp) details and registration below:

Student course (free, but books out very quickly):

Activity Title
Working with Emotional Intelligence
Judy Nichol, director of her business, My Future, My Choice Seminars, is passionate about learning and development and is known for her interactive and engaging programs. Her extensive experience and wealth of knowledge spans 20+ years as a class room teacher, facilitator/assessor of industry courses (Government and corporate) and as a certified executive coach, specialising in leadership and  emotional intelligence.
Target Audience
Anyone wanting to increase their capacity to think intelligently about their own and others emotions to intentionally and efficiently deliver individual and organisational outcomes. Any team member or team leader wishing to enhance their communication skills to build better relationships with all stakeholders.
Face-to-Face workshop
This course will provide a history of and definition of Emotional Intelligence using the Genos International model of EI to understand the emotional competence framework: personal & social competence.  Participants will gain insights into Emotional Intelligence as well as practical application of techniques to develop competencies in the different aspects of EI: perception, understanding, reasoning and managing one’s own and others feelings. Productive emotions produce positive results.
On successful completion of this course, participants will have practical techniques and an understanding of how to:
·        Better perceive & understand their own and others emotions
·        Articulate their feelings more authentically
·        Use emotional information in reasoning, planning & decision making
·        Effectively manage their own emotions and manage stress and increase their resilience
·        Improve their listening and questioning skills
·        Help others find effective ways of responding to upsets
·        Deal with different personalities and communication styles
·        Develop a Personal Action Plan based on their key learnings
Writing materials
Date: 17 May 2016
Time: 9.00am-5pm
Location: Rm G26, Holman Hall, 27 Sports Walk, Clayton 

Date: Wednesday 12 October 2016
Time: 9.00am-5pm
Location: Rm G26, Holman Hall, 27 Sports Walk, Clayton
Group Size
To Apply
Check availability & register through GRAMS. Learning Domain – Managing Your Career